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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?

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Nikon news, info and rumours (D6 and others)

2016 November

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.”

Nikon D5600

9th Nikon changes their mind… an updated press release [MR]

8th Nikon drops sales forecasts (Reuters)
In yet more unwelcome news, the company announces ~1k job losses in Japan [Nikkei]

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 Nikon D3400A 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.

16th Thom Hogan describes Nikon’s financials as ‘Grim’ [TH]


22nd Potential supply shortages coming up? It seems that earthquake damage may shut down Sony’s sensor manufacturing for a while [Sony]

2016 March

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.

2016 January

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
Battery: EN-EL18a
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

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