Nikon info and rumours
Nikon info and rumours incl. D6
News and rumours of Nikon’s next cameras and lenses
With the D5 appearing in 2016, can we expect a D5s in 2018 and the D6 in 2020?
Nikon has had a fairly solid release schedule for the top of the range DSLR over the last few years, but what’s the DSLR market (and Nikon) going to be like in 2020?
As of the D5, this page takes over as our main Nikon rumour, info and news page.
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Nikon news, info and rumours (D6 and others)
23rd A new camera shows up in some wireless registration details – interestingly, it uses the same model code as the D750 [NR] which has been round since 2014. The registration suggests a wireless change – maybe just adding snapbridge?
Time for a look at the timeline
Video capable 4k No focus motor
12th Nikon announces the D7500
THE NEW NIKON D7500: SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE THAT DRIVES THE DESIRE TO CREATE
Exceptional Speed, Precision and Low-Light Ability Has Never Been as Attainable; The New D7500 Uses the Same Powerful Imaging Sensor and Includes Many Features from Nikon’s DX-Format D500 Flagship
MELVILLE, NY (April 12, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) — Enthusiasts are a distinct type of photographer, who go to great lengths in the relentless pursuit of the perfect capture. It is for this user that Nikon Inc. announced the D7500 today, an advanced-level DX-format DSLR that provides a robust yet lightweight camera with powerful performance and premium features. Using the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500 incorporates an exceptional combination of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture, yet remains within reach for a diverse array of image makers and creators.
“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value.”
Balance Image Quality and Low-Light Performance
The new D7500 features Nikon’s latest 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and EXPEED 5 processing engine, the same high-performance heart of the Nikon D500. Designed to excel in a wide array of shooting conditions, the D7500 eliminates the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity, with the class-leading dynamic range flexibility that is a hallmark of Nikon DSLRs. The compact DX-format form factor also gives photographers extended focal length reach that is an advantage for sports and wildlife photography, especially when coupled with the vast selection of available NIKKOR lenses.
Whether shooting a landscape at dawn or sports under indoor lights, the D7500 affords the latitude of low-light capability to consistently nail the shot, time and time again. Even in the most challenging light, users can capture images with minimal noise, thanks to a native ISO range that spans from 100-51,200, and an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent. Those same stellar image quality and low noise virtues also apply to those shooting video, whether it’s a 4K UHD production or a mesmerizing astro time-lapse of the night sky.
Focus with Precision, Capture with Confidence
The Nikon D7500 DSLR gives photographers many new premium features and advanced Nikon technologies to help create incredible images and video:
- The D7500 is fast enough to keep pace with the quickest athletes or animals; capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.
- Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, which is a preferred focus mode for those shooting fast action.
- The slim, tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touchscreen LCD can be used to easily control, compose and play back, even while mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.
- Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic color rendition in nearly any shooting situation.
- Lightweight DX form factor allows for an agile, comfortable body with deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. The monocoque body is durable and approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500.
- Shoot all day and well into the night with up to approximately 950 shots per charge (CIPA standard).
- Like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.
- Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow.
- The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimized to function with line-of-sight using SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional
- WR-R10 accessory.
- New Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.
- Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth1 and Wi-Fi2
Multimedia Capabilities for Creators
The Nikon D7500 adds in a diverse array of advanced features for multimedia content creators, including 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture and the ability to produce awe-inspiring 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files, for greater flexibility and easier playback on a wide range of devices. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.
For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and step-less depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95 SRP*. For more information on the Nikon D7500 as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
1.The camera’s built-in Bluetooth® capability can only be used to connect the camera to a compatible smart device running the SnapBridge app, and to take advantage of SnapBridge features.
2 This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
Using the SnapBridge App System Requirements:
Android 5.0 or later or 6.0.1 or later
A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.
The SnapBridge app is available for compatible iPhone®, iPad® and/or iPod touch®, and for smart devices running the AndroidTM operating system. The app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple’s App Store® and GooglePlayTM. SnapBridge can be used only with compatible cameras.
*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Full specs [DPR]
7th Nikon has announced the establishment of a new ‘Optical Products division’ [Nik]
“Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) announced today that the establishment of the Optical Engineering Division on April 1, 2017. Aggregating all the optical engineering functions distributed in each division is intended to create a synergistic effect and enhance multifunctionality, as well as enabling flexible deployment of resources to the area as necessary so as not to miss any business opportunity.
This new Optical Engineering Division is an organization that aggregates lens, mechanical and system engineering functions related to optical equipment and optical solutions. Superior technology and knowledge with respect to optical engineering maintained in each division will now be accumulated and evolved in the Optical Engineering Division to develop optical products that create new value.
In our restructuring plan, announced in November 2016, we decided to restructure our group companies to enhance manufacturing technology of optical components that are our core competence and a differentiator from our competitors. All the functions related to the manufacturing technology of optical components, which were previously owned by Nikon Corporation and our group companies, have now been brought together at Tochigi Nikon Corporation, our consolidated subsidiary, which started operation on February 1, 2017.
In addition to these advances for manufacturing technology of optical components, the newly established Optical Engineering Division will further improve our greatest strength, optical technology, by aggregating optical engineering functions, thereby helping to maximize our products’ competitiveness.”
Hopefully far more than a re-arrangement of the deckchairs – I noted Thom Hogan’s discussion of the ‘mirrorless’ market and the problem that ongoing DSLR sales face [TH]. With Canon looking more serious about mirrorless I’m hoping Nikon gets its act together pretty soon in the higher end of the mirrorless market. I may not use their kit professionally* but I still want to see them do well…
*Remember that commercial photography is my day-job! – Nikon last asked me to try out their kit in 2008 – I said yes, but whoever arranged it moved on before we could sort anything out. They’ve since gone very quiet and I know from talking to other photographers that getting a response from Nikon to even try something is an uphill struggle. This ties in with conversations I’ve had with key Nikon pro users (and would-be users) around the world, so it’s not just the Nikon subsidiary here in the UK that’s been pared back :-(
The D7500 is likely to be announced next week, for delivery in June [Nok]
3rd Nikon announce a slew of 100th anniversary products:
London, UK, 3rd April 2017: Nikon is pleased to announce its range of commemorative models and goods to celebrate its 100th Anniversary on July 25, 2017.
Since its inception as Nippon Kogaku K.K. in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique products that have pushed the boundaries of optical and precision technologies. The Anniversary range, which feature the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and details, include Nikon’s two flagship digital SLR cameras, the ultimate NIKKOR lens in the f/2.8 maximum aperture lens series, a special set of three NIKKOR lenses, and finally, commemorative editions of three binoculars.
A special collection of commemorative goods will also be available, please see our 100th Anniversary site http://www.nikon.com/100th/ for further details, such as this half scale Nikon F
1st Hardly a surprise, but the D5 and D500 sensors are made by Sony [NR]
The next D7xxx camera is supposedly jumping directly to D7500, bypassing the D7300 name.
29th Some specifications for the upcoming D7300 appear [NR]
- 20MP sensor (as in the D500)
- ISO range: 100 – 51,200
- 4K video | 51 AF points | 8 fps
- Tilt screen | SnapBridge
11th Some (very) vague suggestions that this year will see 5 new lenses [NR]
7th Nikon has firmware updates for the WT-7 wireless transmitter and D7200, D500, D750, D810 DSLR cameras [NR]
WT-7 support is added/fixed and numerous camera bug fixes are included.
A review of the D5600 [DPR]
28th The timeline suggests a D7300 looks likely this year, and there is a burst of rumours/speculation – most seem to be conflations of the 20MP (D500 sensor)/4K video/51 AF points note at [NR]
27th It seems that the ‘interview’ below is not as clear cut as many suspected/hoped [TH]
25th Nikon says all is well at Nikon… An interview in Japan points to their plans?
[via Google-xlt at NR]
- The Nikon camera business is undergoing a major restructuring.
- This is a quote: “bringing in multiple mirrorless cameras at an early stage”
- Nikon is taking an aggressive approach to rebuild their camera business.
- Nikon has no plans for closing domestic or overseas manufacturing plants at the present time.
- In the future Nikon will concentrate their resources on medium to high-end DSLR cameras and lenses as well as mirrorless cameras.
- Nikon will have fewer models in the future.
- Nikon still wants to develop a high-end compact camera.
Sounds good, but do have a look at Thom Hogan’s comments below. No doubt better translations will surface (given the intricacies of Japanese corporate-speak)
15th A deeper look at Nikon’s malaise from Thom Hogan [TH]. Things aren’t dire, but I share his concerns for the way Nikon’s management seem to be addressing things.
13th In a surprising announcement Nikon Cancel the DL line of cameras…
Cancellation of release of the DL series of premium compact cameras
London, UK, February 13th 2017 – Nikon Corporation announced today that sales of the long-awaited DL series of premium compact camera, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, will be cancelled.
A June 2016 release was originally planned for the DL series. However, with the identification of issues with the integrated circuit for image processing, release of the three cameras was delayed indeterminately.
Since then, everyone involved has worked very hard to develop products with which our customers will be satisfied. However, it has been decided that sales of the DL series will be cancelled due to concerns regarding their profitability considering the increase in development costs, and the drop in the number of expected sales due to the slow-down of the market.
We sincerely apologise to all those affected by this decision, especially those customers who waited so long for the cameras to be released, retailers and others whose business will be affected, for the inconvenience this decision may cause.
The DL had been missing for some time, but I was not expecting it to get the chop quite like that…
However another financial note [PDF] reads even less well:
11th Nikon updates ViewNX-i to V1.2.5 and fixes image corruption issue [NR]
8th A D820 is pitched at 46MP [NR] – but it’s still tentative…
7th There seems to be a bit of a flood of speculation at the moment about a D810 replacement – most seem to be collections of other speculations heaped on supposition and studies of timelines.
As yet nothing of consequence, but I note that the potential MP count is up to 72.
As ever, real evidence is always welcome… ;-)
29th It’s noted [NR] that the D810 may not be in production any more, but stocks could last for quite some time
After mentions of a new DSLR at the Indonesian radio regulatory authority (Dec 14th below), it’s likely that we’ll see an updated camera within a few months.
Of course we don’t know what model will come when or in what order, although I expect plenty of speculation given the lack of solid rumours ;-)
18th More on the 2016 BCN Japanese sales figures, which are not a good thing for Nikon [TH]
I have to say that I agree with much he says – I’d love to show how good the new Nikon 19mm PCE lens and a D810 (or its successor) is for a working architectural photographer like myself (someone who uses the Canon TS-E17mm and 5Ds) but it’s been a while since Nikon in the UK reached out to working photographers in any promotional way.
There’s a hint (but no more) that the DL cameras may start shipping in March [NR]
13th The Df ‘mk2’ looks a distinct chance this year, and there’s a suggestion that it will have the D750 24MP sensor [NR] – seems an old sensor for 2017 model.
11th Nikon announce that their 100th anniversary will be in July this year.
London, UK, 11th January 2017: Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 25th 2017. Since its creation (as Nippon Kogaku Kogyo) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique opto-electronics and precision technologies.
We at Nikon sincerely thank everyone who has been part of this journey for their support in the development of our company over its 100 year history.
As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, we are launching the Nikon 100th anniversary logo and a special Nikon 100th anniversary website.
1. Nikon 100th anniversary logo
Designed by Nikon’s own design department, the logo will be widely used as the symbol of our celebrations sharing Nikon’s 100th anniversary activities with our customers around the world.
2. Nikon 100th anniversary site
The 100th anniversary site – http://www.nikon.com/100th/ – will offer special anniversary content, such as a celebratory movie and a record of our history over the past 100 years. Further content will continue to be added in the run-up to the anniversary, to share in the celebrations of Nikon’s 100th birthday.
For a somewhat more pointed take on the whole ‘Hundredth Anniversary’ thing see Thom Hogan’s article. From a point of view of wanting to see a strong innovative Nikon do well in the camera market, I’m minded to agree with him.
Sorry, but the DL cameras are still officially ‘pending’ [MR]
31st A quick note for Nikon View NX-i users on the Mac about possible image data corruption transferring images with Nikon Transfer 2 on macOS Sierra 10.12.2. ViewNX-i version 1.2.4 is compatible with 10.12 but it is not compatible with 10.12.1 or later and you should avoid Nikon Transfer 2 until an update is released. [NR]
29th What’s up first? As well as the more obvious ageing models in the timeline below, I note a mention of a D5x in 2017 predictions [TH] and a potential return to putting a high MP sensor in a top pro body.
The D3x was the last camera that Nikon UK directly approached me over, and I was just arranging to test one when the fall out from the financial crisis meant they cut back on testing/promotion. At the time, the D3x and 24mm shift lens made for an interesting option for architectural work. Now I’m using a 50MP Canon 5Ds and TS-E17mm for that. The new Nikon 19mm tilt/shift and a D5x in the 80+MP range would indeed be interesting to try (or for that matter a D810 update with that lens).
21st Real or fake? Some supposed very low light photos appear, and are said to be from a D7xx full frame (FX) camera due next year. [NR]
16th Definitely that time of year for wondering what’s next. From a higher end (FX) POV, there are several cameras showing their age and next year is Nikon’s 100th birthday (DF update?).
There’s plenty of reading of the tea leaves [NR], but as in Canon land not much hard info.
14th A new regulatory report shows the registration (at the Indonesian Communications Agency) of a new Nikon camera, built in Thailand [Nok-xlt]
The N1610 model number doesn’t give much away. A look at the Nikon time-line suggests that several cameras are of an age for replacement or it could even be that rumours of the death of the Nikon 1 series were premature?
(note that FX models are currently manufactured in Japan).
3rd An interesting strip down of the new Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED lens [LR]
10th The D5600 is announced: [DPReview]
“It evolves the line by adding SnapBridge (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth) while shrinking the size of the camera body. Like its D5500 predecessor, it uses a 24MP sensor and EXPEED 4 processor. The D5600 also maintains a 3.2″ fully articulated LCD, but adds a few new functions: enabling and disabling auto ISO is now possible via the touch Fn button and the D5’s frame advance bar touch interface has been adopted. In-camera time-lapses are also offered with an auto exposure smoothing feature to make varying exposures due to changes in lighting look less jarring.”
9th Nikon changes their mind… an updated press release [MR]
But hold on…
Nikon themselves refute this, making this statement:
“There were media reports such as in The Nikkei this morning regarding Nikon’s restructuring plan centering on headcount reduction during several years. Nikon has made no announcement in this regards.
Although Nikon is constantly studying various management options including headcount rationalization for strengthening company’s profitability mainly of Semiconductor Lithography and Imaging Products Businesses, nothing has been decided at this time.
Should any facts pertaining to this matter are decided, Nikon will immediately make an announcement.”
7th Are we due the D5600 soon? [NR]
5th Thom Hogan soundly debunks the ‘Sony buying Nikon’ rumour doing the rounds [TH]
3rd Some full res sample images (some too highly processed IMHO) from the new PC-E 19mm [NR]
Definitely a lens I could use… ;-)
17th A D3400 is announced:
“Alongside the New Nikon D3400 DSLR, Nikon Releases the Compact AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lenses to Capture Life in Amazing Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 17, 2016 AT 12:01 A.M. EDT)
Today, Nikon unveiled the compact yet powerful Nikon D3400, an entry-level DSLR that enables users to capture and share amazing images easier than ever before. The new D3400 provides a simple and seamless way to share stellar images from nearly anywhere through Nikon SnapBridge.
Through always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, Nikon SnapBridge allows photographers to transfer images from the camera to a compatible smart device.
For those looking to learn more about photography, the D3400 also features Nikon’s acclaimed Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step assistance when adjusting camera settings to help individuals learn how to capture the best photos possible.
Nikon also announced four exciting lightweight lens options which are ideal companions for the new D3400, helping budding photographers easily build an all-in-one camera kit.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, are versatile zoom lenses for everyday shooting, while the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED are compact telephoto options for capturing action from afar.
Great for travel, these new portable lenses provide fast, smooth and quiet autofocus operation and help users capture life as it unfolds with stunning clarity and detail.”
Info at [DPR]
20th Thom Hogan reads the tea leaves about what cameras Nikon will announce over the coming months and into 2017 [TH]
Here are the suggestions, but read the article to see why…
July/August: D3500, two lenses, DL ship announcement
September: D650, two lenses, KeyMission relaunch (Photokina)
January: Nikon 2 (;!) launch, D850 (CES)
February: D7300, lenses, maybe DF2 (CP+)
The (2009) Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 is widely being mentioned as being replaced by the end of the year [NR]
24th A useful set of feature updates come with the new D5 firmware [TH]
22nd Some outline info for a D3300 replacement [NR]
“No 4k video – SnapBridge compatible
24MP sensor – The D3xxx line will remain DSLR and will not go mirrorless. Announcement before Photokina”
9th The ageing D3300 is now marked as discontinued, so something to replace it should be along before too long [NR]
23rd Although only a comment for an article, I see another mention of Sony testing a 70-80MP sensor for their new mirrorless and hence D810 follow-on.
Seems a reasonable step up, and enough to get the forums going ;-)
Whether the manufacturing delays affecting current Nikon products will delay any intro isn’t known.
22nd Potential supply shortages coming up? It seems that earthquake damage may shut down Sony’s sensor manufacturing for a while [Sony]
31st An interview with assorted Nikon people [DPR] where we learn that the D500 really is the successor to the D300s, even if Nikon wanted the 7000 series to do that job. They might even consider some more DX lenses.
Somewhat opaque as such interviews often are, but worth a read.
8th No idea what they are, but Nikon just registered three new cameras in Indonesia [NR]
Several models showing their age, but the new models need not be DSLRs
4th Nikon Japan have pushed back D500 availability to the end of April.
22nd A forthcoming firmware update may raise 4k recording to 30 mins [NR]
Why no-one thought that 3 mins would not be a bit of an ‘issue’ is not explained
17th A few reviews and articles starting to appear, but only pre-release/’hands-on’ at the moment.
12th Great photos and a D5 camera review to go along with them [OL]
8th An interesting internal Nikon document describes many D5 features
6th D5 is announced…
5th A more detailed set of D5 Specs [DCI Google xlt]
I note that there is a version of the body with Dual CF cards and one with dual XQD slots
Two D5 body types: D5 XQD-type and D5 CF-Type
20.82 MP CMOS sensor
EXPEED 5.4K processing engine
153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, 15 points work at F/8
Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW): 12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
Continuous shooting speed up to 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
Max normal ISO: 102,400
Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000
3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
Memory: card slots: D5 (XQD-Type) is 2x XQD, D5 (CF-Type): 2x CF
Shutter speed: 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
Finder coverage: 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
USB3.0 Micro-B terminal
Weight (battery and media included) D5 (XQD-Type): 1405g. D5 (CF-Type): 1415g
Shipping March, 2016
2016 January 4th An early mention of the D5 briefly appears on Nikon’s New Zealand’s Facebook page [NR]
With the imminent arrival of the D5, Nikon rumours for 2016 onwards are moved to the Nikon D6 page
Older info/rumours are in the pre 2016 Nikon archive