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2020 May

21st  The D6 is shipping in many parts of the world – Download the user manual

20th The launch of the D6 will now be on the 5th of June (in Japan) according to a Nikon announcement [Nikon]

April

26th Nikon have postponed the announcement of their financial results.[PR]

This is to announce that NIKON CORPORATION (hereinafter “the Company”) has decided to postpone the announcement of its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, which was originally scheduled for May 12, 2020

2nd A camera (N1933) appears in certification info [Nok] – not sure what the Z6 means in this? Z6 mk2 already

nikon-camera-coming-image

March 

9th The D6 is delayed until May 20th, due to parts shortages [DCI]

February

12th Nikon have announced two new Z lenses – [Nikon Z page]

The D6 is formally announced[DPR], and this page moves on to wondering if we’ll see a D7 in 2024

d6 oblique

2019 December

31st A Nikon D780 is due for launch next week [Nok]

The design and what’s included/missed out will show a lot about how Nikon is approaching new ‘cheaper’ models, given their financial situation.

27th The D6 is now listed at B&H (no info, just a signup) whilst some reports from testing are appearing. No real details, just indications that it’s rather good…

17th Nikon announce firmware v.2.20 for the Z6 and Z7 and support for CFexpres cards [Z6/7 page] Nikon notes that it will add CFexpress support to the Nikon D5 (XQD-type), D850 and D500 at a later date.

November

20th A very good article [TH] by Thom Hogan puts together his ideas for what Nikon needs to do – well worth reading for a much more realistic analysis of the camera market than you’ll see an most photography forums ;-)

19th Rumoured specs [NR] for the Nikon D750 replacement seem a little more rounded. A 2020 release it could come quite early in the year.

  • The Nikon D750 replacement could be called D770 or D790 (it should have a model number between D760 and D800)
  • 24MP BSI improved sensor
  • Articulated TFT LCD tilting touchscreen, 3.2″ with 2,100,000 dots
  • Significantly improved processor (compared to the D750)
  • Improved fps RAW shooting
  • Video: 3840×2160 24p-30p, 1920×1080 24p-120p
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • No built-in flash
  • Higher ISO (better than the D850)
  • Dual SD UHSII card slots
  • Between 51 and 153 AF points – one number that I was given is 105 AF points
  • An updated interface like the Z-series
  • Slightly smaller and lighter body than the current D750
  • Nikon EN-EL15b battery (used also in the Z7, Z6, D850, D750 and other Nikon cameras)

September

27th An update to Nikon model number info [Nok] shows a lot of camera models in the list.

  • N1722 Interchangeable lens camera
    Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac) and Bluetooth
    Battery: EN-EL15b
    Charger: MH-25b
    USB cable: UC-E24
    Microphone: ME-1
    Remote code: MC-DC2
  • N1834 Digital camera
    Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b / g / n) /Bluetooth 4.1 installed
  • N1845 Digital camera
  • N1847 Digital camera
  • N1849 Digital camera
  • N1850 Digital camera
  • N1912 Interchangeable lens camera
    Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac) and Bluetooth
    Battery: EN-EL25 (7.6V, 1120mAh)
    Charger: MH-32

    4th As expected, Nikon have made a ‘development announcement, saying they are developing the D6 (who’d have guessed)

    To include some actual info of interest, they also mention the development of a AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens in F mount.

    NIKON IS DEVELOPING THE D6 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA AND THE AF-S NIKKOR 120-300MM F/2.8E FL ED SR VR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS
    MELVILLE, NY (September 4, 2019 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the Nikon D6 professional DSLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens.

    Nikon released the D1 digital SLR camera in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series. Thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development, Nikon’s professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and responding to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance and reliability, even in the most severe conditions. With the D6, Nikon is currently developing its most advanced DSLR to date.

    This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount. The new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F mount lens that Nikon is developing will provide professional photographers in fields such as sports photography with even greater support.

    Nikon is striving to expand possibilities for imaging expression and leading the way in imaging culture with both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, as well as a rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses.

    Details including release dates, pricing and specifications for these products will be announced at a later date. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

    Next up, more news about bears in the woods… ;-)

    D6_frontAFS_120_300E_FL_ED_SR_VR_angle1

     

    August

    30th In more positive news, it seems the D6 will be announced on September 4th (next Wednesday) [Nok]

    This seems a little early, so it’s probably just a development announcement, with the full announcement later in the year, or very early 2020.

    29th In a DPR video there is a suggestion (~6:45) that Nikon is dropping 5 lines of DSLRs [via NR]

    With two new DSLRs in the ‘pending’ list below, it prompted an update for the Nikon timeline and wondering just what might be for the chop?

    nikon-drop-5-dslr

    So, my 5 are:

    • DF
    • D750
    • D610
    • 2 from D3500/D5600/F7500

    15th Whilst technical registrations rarely give much in the way of specs, model numbers almost always signify a real camera on its way. Best place for this info (until the site closes in October) is [Nok] and [Nok]

    A look at the figures suggests at least the following:

    • 2 FX DSLR cameras
    • 1 FX mirrorless camera
    • 1 DX mirrorless camera

    Another model (N1912) was recently added [NR] so we have quite a range on the way

    Current timeline

    Level Size 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 2016 2017 2018 2019
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
    Top FX r                     D3X              
    FX s                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5
    DX r   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                              
    DX s     D1H D2H D2HS                              
    High FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
                                      Df
    DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
    Mid FX                                   D750
                                  D600 D610
    DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
    Better               D50        
    D5000
    D5100
    D5200
    D5300
    D5500
    D5600
    Entry                
    D40
    D40x
    D60
    D3000
    D3100
    D3200
    D3300
    D3400
    D3500
    Z
    ml
    FX                                       Z7
                                          Z6

    Video capable 4k No focus motor

    7th Nikon first quarter figures are out and they show the decline seen elsewhere [NR]

    Thom Hogan is on holiday this month so I’ll wait for his more nuanced analysis rather than wade though some of the fan ‘thoughts’ on forums ;-)

    July

    31st All of the camera companies are hurting at the moment – Nikon is selling less than 1/6th of the peak in 2013.  A Nikei interview [Translated and via DCI] with their president:

    (The mainstay digital cameras continue to face harsh environments)
    “The market has decelerated rapidly. Our sales volume is less than one-sixth compared to the most recent peak in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. There may be a further downside risk. Costs will come first, and profits from the imaging business such as digital cameras will drop to 12 billion yen, but in three years we would like to secure 20 billion yen. “

    “The digital camera is considering a review of the sales network. We will restructure the sales system focusing on each region, such as North America, where internet sales are increasing, and Asia, where store sales are highly influential. Although it has been reduced, there is room for cost reductions, such as a review of procurement costs. “

    So more ‘consolidation’…

    17th The launch of Sony’s 61MP A7RIV has boosted rumours of a 60MP Nikon Z8.

    Sony are usually happy to sell their sensor some time after they appear in a Sony camera.

    4th The D6 needs to be available for next year’s Olympics, so an early 2020 announcement was always likely.

    The latest set of rumoured spec [NR] includes mostly predictable features, but the note about image stabilisation is an interesting one.

    • Potential announcement in early 2020
    • Prototypes already in testing
    • Adding sensor stabilization delayed the D6 announcement
    • The D6 will definitely not be a “hybrid” camera, but rather a DSLR with some mirrorless features (better video, IBIS for example)
    • Dual CFExpress memory card slots
    • .76-78x 100% viewfinder
    • New Expeed dual processors
    • Better/improved AF than the current D5
    • Built-in Wi-Fi
    • 3.2 million dot touch screen, with full touch capabilities
    • Excellent/improved silent shooting modes

    This ties in with the difficulties I’ve heard about for ‘just adding’ IS to cameras like the next Canon 1D X. Getting it to work is one thing, but getting it to work at the reliability levels required for the 1D X mkIII or D6 is a very different matter.

    June

    12th After a quiet period for Nikon DSLR info, the D760 gets a mention [NR]

    • The D760 will become the entry level FX DSLR model
    • Rear button layout to change to match D500/D810 (AF-On button on the rear)
    • The number of AF points will increase but it will not be 153 points dynamic-area AF – probably in the range of 65 to 70 AF points
    • Big improvement in video quality
    • AF low level will be improved
    • Two memory card slots

    However it’s not until early 2020 so take such things with a big pinch of salt

    April

    22nd Time for a few D6 potential specs [NR] – we’re some time away from any announcement, but the mention of IBIS is an interesting one.

    • 24 MP sensor
    • 4K 60 video
    • Longer manual exposure times (like in the Nikon D810A): from 1/8000 – 120 seconds. (up from 30 seconds)
    • Built-in sensor stabilisation (variable)

    There’s a firmware update [V1.2] for the D500. Improves wireless connectivity and addresses a few bugs.

    20th That there will be a Nikon D6 in time for the Tokyo Olympics next year is one of those things you’d get long odds betting against. When though?

    A look at the timeline suggests early 2020, although there have been suggestions for a mid 2019 launch. It’s suggested [NR] that this has been put back whilst addressing performance issues. As yet there’s none of the more detailed info that appears in the run-up to a launch, but then maybe Nikon learned a bit more about keeping quiet during the design/launch of the Z series…

    Also suggested for this year – 2-3 mirrorless DX APS-C cameras and a D750 successor.

    Certification info has 5 unannounced Nikon model numbers N1838, N1845, N1947, N1849, N1850 [Nok]

    Level Size 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 2016 2017 2018 2019
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
    Top FX r                     D3X              
    FX s                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5
    DX r   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                              
    DX s     D1H D2H D2HS                              
    High FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
                                      Df
    DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
    Mid FX                                   D750
                                  D600 D610
    DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
    Better               D50        
    D5000
    D5100
    D5200
    D5300
    D5500
    D5600
    Entry                
    D40
    D40x
    D60
    D3000
    D3100
    D3200
    D3300
    D3400
    D3500
    Z
    ml
    FX                                       Z7
                                          Z6

    Video capable 4k No focus motor

    February

    21st New D600 / D610 / D750 firmware announced

    Nikon D600 firmware update version 1.04

    • The SETUP MENU > Time zone and date > Time zone display now shows only the names of major cities in the currently selected zone.
    • Fixed an issue that resulted in over-application of distortion control in pictures taken with an AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens at a focal length of 10 mm and with FX (36×24) 1.0x selected for Image area > Choose image area, Off selected for Image area > Auto DX crop, and On selected for Auto distortion control in the SHOOTING MENU.

    Nikon D610 firmware update version 1.04:

    • Fixed an issue that resulted in over-application of distortion control in pictures taken with an AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens at a focal length of 10 mm and with FX (36×24) 1.0x selected for Image area > Choose image area, Off selected for Image area > Auto DX crop, and On selected for Auto distortion control in the SHOOTING MENU.

    Nikon D750 firmware update version 1.15:

    • Fixed an issue that resulted in over-application of distortion control in pictures taken with an AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens at a focal length of 10 mm and with FX (36×24) 1.0x selected for Image area > Choose image area, Off selected for Image area > Auto DX crop, and On selected for Auto distortion control in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU.
    • Fixed an issue that resulted in photos shot with non-CPU lenses being overexposed when taken by pressing the shutter-release button all the way down in a single motion under the following conditions: the standby timer off, On selected for Custom Setting c1 (Shutter-release button AE-L) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, and lens information specified using the Non-CPU lens data option in the SETUP MENU.

    January

    16th Quite a few Nikon camera model codes show up in some new regulatory info.

    There were these three N1838, N1811 and N1721, to which we can add N1845, N1847, N1849 and N1850

    That’s seven unannounced camera models…

    The info comes via Nokishita , who have a page listing unannounced camera codes, along with ones which can now be linked to specific cameras

    8th All Z at the CES show…

    Nikon announce the 14-30m F4 S ultrawide zoom for the Z series

    The announcement info (at CES) also includes a Z6 based ‘filmmaker’s kit’

    Nikon are also showing some new firmware features for the Z6/7 that will be available at some time… (details on Z rumour/info page)

    2019 January 1st Nikon’s upcoming lenses for the Z series are noted [NR]

    First up are likely the 58 f/0.95 and 14-30 f/4

    Nikon Nikkor Z lens roadmap

    For 2018 rumours/news see the Nikon 2016-2018 archive

    2016 December

    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]

    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… ;-)

    August
    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]

    July

    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]

    June

    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]

    May

    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.

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

    April

    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

    February

    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

    [NR]

    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