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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?

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)

2017 January

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.

Press info:

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 – – 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]

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)

TopFX_Res.          D3X      
FXSpeed         D3D3SD4D4SD5
DXRes. D1D1XD2XD2XS           
DXSpeed  D1HD2HD2HS           
HighFX          D700D800(E)D810 
DX   D100D200D300D300SD500
MidFX                 D750    
DX     D70D70SD80D90D7000D7100D7200    
Better       D50    

Video capable 4k No focus motor

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.”

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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