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2018 December

15th Another new model (N1838] code appears in registrations [Nok]

This could be the D6, long expected in time for the 2020 Olympics.  As ever there can be quite a delay between registration (which is for the wireless aspects of the camera) and any real launch. The lack of a D5s could shorten the usual cycle a bit.

5th It’s not all mirrorless, with A D760 suggested for mid 2019 [NR]

A glance at the timeline below shows how long it’s been since the D750 (announced Sept. 2014) so there’s plenty of scope for improvement. The [Oct 2013] D610 is also likely for the chop.

Much as for Canon, there is that lingering question as to how (and when) an APS-C mirrorless makes its entrance. At the moment I see the mirrorless models for both being pitched into the more profitable full frame models.


29th The D6 is starting to get mentions in rumourland, with suggestions of a ‘Development Announcement’ at a show early next year and 2019 availability.

No specs at all as yet

Looking at the timeline, the expected D5S never materialised this year, so it could be that we’ll see a D6 a bit earlier than 2020.


5th A Lensvid interview with Nikon covers a good range of question about the new Z system [LV]

See also our new Nikon Z rumours/info page for more specific Z related updated

I’ve also updated the Nikon timeline to show the new Z cameras (layout subject to change as we find out Nikon’s plans.

It’s also worth noting the age of some  current models…

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FX s                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5 D6
DX r   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                            
DX s     D1H D2H D2HS                            
**** FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
*** FX                                   D750 D780
                              D600 D610    
DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
**               D50        
FX                                       Z7 Z7 II
                                      Z6 Z6 II
DX                                         Z50

Video capable 4k No focus motor


30th The D3500 is announced [DPR]


The Redesigned Nikon D3500 is the Most Portable Entry-Level Nikon DSLR Ever, and the Easiest Way to Capture the Moments that Matter Most

MELVILLE, NY (AUGUST 30, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon unveiled the new Nikon D3500, a compact, entry-level DSLR that makes capturing the world easier and more convenient than ever. The 24.2-megapixel D3500 features an updated CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED image processor to capture sharp details and vivid colors, and is packed with easy-to-use features that help first-time DSLR users start capturing better photos and video right away.

With its ergonomic and lightweight body, approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and convenient features like Nikon SnapBridge1 and helpful Guide Mode, the Nikon D3500 is a great option for parents, travelers and photo enthusiasts who are eager to take their photography to the next level.

“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”

Nikon D3500

Capture Stunning Images and Video with Ease

The Nikon D3500 is bursting with high-performance features that help first-time DSLR users capture amazing images in a variety of situations. The camera’s broad ISO range of 100-25,600 makes it easy to capture sharp, clear images in low-light shooting situations with very little noise, while the 11-point autofocus (AF) System locks onto subjects, even fast-moving pets or children to help ensure that fleeting moments aren’t missed. The D3500 also features built-in Effect Modes to help entry-level users discover and express their personal creative vision.

Additionally, the Nikon D3500 is capable of continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps), helping to capture candid moments with ease. The Nikon D3500 is also equipped with Full HD 1080/60p video capability. Users can switch from shooting photos to video at the press of a button, allowing them to capture spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime with stunning sharpness and clarity.

To further expand creativity, the in-camera Guide Mode gives new DSLR users the tools they need to learn about their new camera’s capabilities and become better, more knowledgeable photographers.

All these amazing features have been incorporated into a new ergonomic and lightweight design featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip and the slim monocoque body design similar to the Nikon D5600. The new design also features a more beginner-friendly and intuitive control layout, with a larger playback button and the most frequently-used controls all relocated to the right side of the camera’s LCD where they are easiest to access.

The redesigned Nikon D3500 is ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, making it the perfect companion for any family event or travel adventure.

Always Connected for Easy Sharing

Sharing photos with the ones you love is easier than ever with the Nikon D3500 and Nikon SnapBridge app. The D3500 uses Bluetooth2 to create an always-on3 connection between the camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly share 2MP images to social media as they are captured. Additionally, D3500 users will now be able to trigger their camera remotely via Bluetooth using SnapBridge. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space4, a free online image sharing and storage service that preserves memories in the cloud.

Pricing and Availability

The Nikon D3500 will be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $849.95* in September 2018. A Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will also be available for (SRP) of $499.95* in September 2018. For more information on the new Nikon D3500, please visit

29th Nikon D3500A D3500 is expected for Sept 28th [Nok]

28th Not entirely unexpected, but Nikon point out that they won’t be able to deliver all the Z6//lens pre-orders by the release date [NR]

27th A good overview of the Z lenses and what they show about Nikon’s plans for the range from Thom Hogan

23rd Lots of Z series announcements today – see the Nikon Z news page for more.


25th The new mirrorless announcements start – I’ve a Nikon Mirrorless news page that include press releases and any other specific information

16th More details emerge, suggesting that Nikon’s upcoming announcement will be an important one   [Mirrorless page]

“The upcoming mirrorless full-frame camera is rumored to be the most expensive Nikon marketing campaign ever with bloggers meetups in exotic locations and maybe even some celebrities involvement.”

9th More specs for Nikon mirrorless FF cameras appear, but still no detailed mount info, which would indicate what’s happening to your ‘F’ lens collection. [Mirrorless page]

Expect an adapter with a focus motor for your really old lenses.

BTW, I’m looking at the snippets we’ve seen so far and they look a tad too coordinated for ‘natural’ leaks (??) ;-)

4th A good set of specs for two Nikon mirrorless models on the Mirrorless page

3rd It’s noted [Nok] that two model numbers do not automatically mean two cameras – they could be for a FF Mirrorless or a D750 successor.

2nd The wireless regulatory testing info [Nok] popping up round the world is about the only solid info about new cameras out there.

Two new model numbers from Nikon (N1710 and N1711) both use the EN-EL15a battery.
As to what they are though… ?


18th Nikon UK has announced its Summer cashback scheme

London, UK, June 2018: Nikon UK launches its Summer Cashback promotion, offering up to £275/€300 on selected Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.
The promotion runs from 15th June 2018 until 31st August 2018 and all claims must be received by the 30th September 2018 (inclusive) in order to qualify.

Please find below details of the promotion, including the cashback amounts that can be claimed against selected products.

Tim Carter, Head of Product Management at Nikon UK says: “Our summer cashback promotion is ideal for photography enthusiasts looking to invest in some exceptional Nikon glass and high-performance cameras in time for summer. The changing season marks the perfect time for photographers to hone their craft and look at adding to their gear.”

He adds: “With up to £275 cashback available, not only is this promotion perfect for those looking to make great savings on new kit, but also for those looking to find that perfect gift for someone special.”

For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit:

Terms and conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability.

15th A Nikon patent application [USPTO] for a complex 16-35 f/2.8 VR lens. The 27mm back focus distance at the wide end suggests a mirrorless design.

Nikon 16-35 F2.8 VR

14th Nikon announce development of a 500/5.6 PF (diffractive optics) lens.

London, United Kingdom 14th June 2018: Nikon today announces the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR – a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The high-performance AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens is significantly smaller and lighter than other lenses of the same focal length due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. Hand-held photography is easy with this compact lens, while its portability makes it suitable for a wide range of situations, from capturing fast-moving subjects at sporting events to unpredictable wildlife.

The lens’ release date and recommended retail price will be provided at a later date.

About Nikon’s Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Element

The Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, developed by Nikon, provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a regular glass lens element. Due to the use of a PF lens, a remarkably compact and lightweight lens body can be attained with fewer lens elements.


8th In advance of Nikons annual report, there is an upbeat article at Nikkei

It seems that flat panel making equipment has done well, but there is this about the camera side:

“Meanwhile, the market for Nikon’s mainstay single-lens reflex cameras is shrinking. But the company aims to offset the decline with structural reforms it began in fiscal 2016. Last fiscal year, it began using return on invested capital as a way to measure segment performance. Moving forward, Nikon will also streamline costs in its imaging products and precision equipment businesses, while holding down outlays in advertising and research and development.”

I don’t know enough about Nikon’s business to make any meaningful observations, so I’ll wait to hear from Thom Hogan ;-)


30th It seems that Nikon are now prepared to admit that a new mirrorless system is coming – a news item on Japanese TV (NHK) suggests that a product will be on the market by next spring.

I’d note there is only one source for this, and they don’t link to the NHK info – but we do ;-)
It’s actually from CP+ earlier this year (18:30 in)


9th A Nikon CP+ interview in a French magazine is discussed at [MR] – it’s one of the usual anodyne ones from camera companies I’m afraid.

One slight hint may be that for mirrorless, they are very keen to make use of the large amount of ‘F’ mount lenses out there.

About a possible Full Frame mirrorless:
“Nikon launched the F mount 60 years ago. We have already sold 100 million goals. We have massive users who are already using our F mount lenses. Think of them. Nikon lens enthusiasts are very precious to us. In any case, it is difficult to answer your question clearly.”

No, I don’t think there will be a focus motor in their mirrorless cameras…  ;-)

Thom Hogan has a well considered review of the  850D [TH]

1st D500 firmware update


28th Firmware updates for 9 DSLRs. Most of the changes are concerned with AF-P lens support.

22nd Nikon win some design awards for the D850/D7500 and W300

London, UK, 22nd February 2018: Nikon is pleased to announce that three of its products have received an ‘iF Design Award 2018’ within the product discipline.

The winning products are:

Digital SLR camera – Nikon D850

The D850 is Nikon’s latest flagship model, giving full-frame photographers the ultimate combination of resolution, speed, and light sensitivity. It is an ideal choice for photographers who want the freedom to deliver stunning images without exceptions. The D850 excels in all areas, making it the perfect camera for pros.

Digital SLR Camera – Nikon D7500

The D7500 is an advanced DSLR camera that packs much of the innovation of the acclaimed D500 into a lightweight, robust and more affordable body. Its 20.9 million pixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range make it a capable and versatile tool in the hands of a passionate photographer.

Compact Digital Camera – COOLPIX W300

The COOLPIX W300 is a rugged compact digital camera that is waterproof to 30 m, can withstand the shock of falls from as high as 2.4 m, and offers great performance with 4K UHD movies. The durable camera is well-equipped with intuitive features to capture an action-packed excursion such as hiking, camping, skiing or even relaxing on the beach.

The ‘iF Design Awards’ are prestigious global design awards, sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH. The awards consist of several disciplines such as product, communication, and packaging. This year, over 6,400 entries from 54 countries were evaluated by renowned, independent experts.


16th Interesting times for Nikon with quite a queue of all new products (DX/FX mirrorless and lenses) and a series of products old enough to suggest they are due for an update.  A well thought out walkthrough of the options by Thom Hogan [TH], including the observation that Nikon marketing isn’t great at keeping a lot of balls up in the air at the same time, meaning no D5s or D500s

Anyone waiting for the usual cycle of updates may be disappointed.

Time for the Nikon timeline’s 2018 update (and plan for adding mirrorless rows)

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FX r                     D3X                  
FX s                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5 D6
DX r   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                            
DX s     D1H D2H D2HS                            
**** FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
*** FX                                   D750 D780
                              D600 D610    
DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
**               D50        
FX                                       Z7 Z7 II
                                      Z6 Z6 II
DX                                         Z50

Video capable 4k No focus motor

11th A Nikon patent image purports to show a new ‘Z’ mount for Nikon full frame mirrorless

Nikon lens Z mount patent

External diameter is 49mm and the flange distance 16mm.

9th Full details of the 180-400 f4 TC1.4 on their own page (UK and US info) – Just £11,000 and available in March

6th Nikon are going to announce a AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR lens at CES [Nok]

2017 November

20th It’s the phones that did it… Nikon press info [PDF] about Chinese plant closure (info from Oct 30th)

Nikon Corporation (the “Company”) has announced at the Board of Directors’ Meeting held today the resolution that operations of consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. will be discontinued.

1. Reason for Discontinued Operations Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd.

(NIC) was established in June, 2002 in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, and manufactured digital cameras and lens units for digital cameras. In recent years, however, due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment.

In this context, the Company conducted rounds of thorough reviews and discussions on the global manufacturing structure optimization measures stated in the company-wide restructuring plan announced by the Company in November 2016. The Company has decided to discontinue operations of NIC. Thereafter, we will begin conducting relevant dissolution and liquidation procedures of NIC. Specific details will be notified separately according to the decision.

As part of restructuring the Imaging Products Business, the Company will focus more on high value-add products. China’s position as one of the most important markets in the world will remain unchanged. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the Company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal, contributes to photo and imaging culture development, and strengthens the sales effort of imaging products and the after-sale services in China that meet customers’ satisfaction.

Moreover, besides NIC, the rest of the Company’s manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in China remain in full operation, and continue proactively developing business and services in China.

4th The Df and D610 are both getting on a bit (early 2014). Now, I note that a store in Prague is listing the D610 as discontinued. Could be a local issue (no-one wants one ;-) ) or a sign that a replacement is on its way. No similar reports elsewhere as yet.

The timeline…

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FX r                     D3X                  
FX s                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5 D6
DX r   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                            
DX s     D1H D2H D2HS                            
**** FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
*** FX                                   D750 D780
                              D600 D610    
DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
**               D50        
FX                                       Z7 Z7 II
                                      Z6 Z6 II
DX                                         Z50

Video capable 4k No focus motor


24th Almost in the ‘Oh dear I do hope not’ category, Thom Hogan drills down into Nikon’s annual report and finds little cause for optimism.

Right up front you get a sentence that should immediately give you pause: “In November 2016, Nikon decided to discontinue the Medium-Term Management Plan Update announced in 2015, and enter in a period of restructuring.”

11th Nikon UK has launched its Wide-angle and Portrait Cashback promotion offering up to £90/€100 on the Nikon D5600 and selected NIKKOR lenses. The promotion will run from 11th October 2017 – 9th January 2018 and all claims must be received by the 9th February 2018 (inclusive) in order to qualify. For more information on the promotion, and how to claim:

nikon uk cashback


1st The D850 info page has a number of Nikon product videos added.


24th As expected, the D850 is launched [see our D850 info page]

18th In the D850 launch date stakes, the next popular date is August the 24th…

It seems that the Nikon D7500 has won the European Prosumer D-SLR Camera 2017-2018 award, presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

“This Award reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines and is a fitting tribute to the innovative engineering and great performance of the D7500.”

Awards and what’s best? – see the Northlight Golden Pineapple award for more…

12th The D850 leakage rate turns to a flood as a whole presentation about it appears in China – See a rough translation for more [NR]

  • 45.75MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • No AA filter
  • 0.75x optical viewfinder (largest ever on a Nikon FX cameras) | No EVF or hybrid viewfinder
  • New and improved version of SnapBridge
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • No built-in GPS
  • Tiltable LCD (3.2″, 2.36 million dots)
  • Fully functional touchscreen: supports touch AF, touch shutter and touch menu
  • Memory card slots: one SD and one XQD
  • The SD slot will support UHS-II
  • AF system from the D5 (153 points, 130% frame coverage compared to the D810, all AF points @ -3EV, middle/center crosshair sensor @-4EV)
  • New smaller AF point
  • No built-in flash
  • Back illuminated buttons
  • Joystick selector
  • 8K time-lapse video capabilities
  • 4k UHD video in FX format (with no crop)
  • Slo-mo full HD 120fps video
  • Improved LiveView split-screen display
  • Improved silent shooting mode: fully-silent, no-sound electronic shutter in live view (no mechanical movement, can shoot up to 30fps @ 8MP with the electronic shutter)
  • Improved battery life
  • Lighter than the D810
  • Native ISO range: 64-25,600
  • ISO 64 extendable down to ISO 32 (Lo1 = 32, Hi 2 = 108,400)
  • New natural light AWB
  • RAW sizes: small, medium, large
  • 7fps without grip, 9fps with grip (MB-D18a battery grip)
  • 51 images raw buffer at 14-bit RAW
  • 180k RGB meter
  • Supports for Nikon wireless trigger WT-7
  • Fully-silent, no-sound electronic shutter in live view (6 fps silent shooting)
  • Built-in focus stacking: up to 300 pictures with up to 10 levels of focusing steps (still need external software)
  • New 1:1 mode
  • Price will be CNY 23,999 or around $3,600 (source: Chinese forum)
  • Announcement date could be August 16th

10th Assorted dates have appeared for various Nikon events round the world over the next few months – first up is London on the 17th. I guess one could be the D850 ‘launch’.

See the list and copies of invites for some [NR]

8th firmware update


31st It’s suggested that the D850 is to be a 46MP 10fps ‘Baby D5’ [NR]

29th Specs for the 850 continue to trickle out with 45-46MP and a range of other features [NR] …expect to see it at a camera show in October.

26th What a coincidence – some pictures of the D850 are leaked to NR

Nikon D850

25th Nikon announce that the D850 is ‘under development’

UK press info:

London, UK, 25th July 2017 – Nikon is pleased to announce the development of the next frontier in full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850.

The D850 will be a formidable tool for those who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, and hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion and weddings, as well as multimedia content creators.

The D850 follows on from the D810, which was highly praised for its extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics. The D850 will be a powerful new full-frame FX-format digital SLR camera, engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users over the years, who demand the very best from their camera equipment.

The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers who seek high resolution and high speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this calibre, complemented by NIKKOR lenses, can offer.

*Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date

For further ‘clarity’ the US version…

MELVILLE, NY (July 25, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) –- Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850. This announcement coincides with Nikon’s 100th anniversary of its establishment, which is celebrated today.

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, with rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users, who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

To learn more about the Nikon D850, please visit Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

So, there you have it … but not yet.

20th Is a Nikon full frame mirrorless camera to feature a curved sensor?

See Japanese patent info on the Mirrorless info page

15th It seems that Nikon’s troubles with the D750 shutter are not over with an updated service advisory (models produced up to Sept 2016). You’ll need to check your serial number: EU link | US link.


In July 2015 and with an additional notice in February 2016, we announced that the shutter in some Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras manufactured between October 2014 and June 2015 does not function normally, sometimes resulting in shading of a portion of images. Since that time, further examination of the issue has found that the same issue may also occur with D750 cameras manufactured from July to September 2014 and from July 2015 to September 2016.

Therefore, any D750 manufactured from July 2014 to September 2016 is eligible for inspection and repair of its shutter. Please follow the instructions in the “Identifying affected products” section below to check if your camera is affected.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

Please direct inquiries regarding this issue to your nearest Nikon service center.

12th Nikon clarify things a little over their mirrorless plans [DPR]

“While details are confidential, we can say that we are currently developing new mirrorless products that build upon Nikon’s strengths, and offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation.”

11th D500 and D5 firmware update announced

Nikon D5 Firmware Version 1.20: Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20

  • Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
  • Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
  • Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
    • If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
    • In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
  • Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
    • Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
    • Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
    • Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
  • Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
  • Updated some help text.

Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20

Nikon D500 Firmware Version 1.13: Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.12 to 1.13

  • Fixed an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.

Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13

Nikon launches a new 70-300mm lens:

“London, UK, 11th July 2017: Nikon gives sports, wildlife, and travel photographers the power to achieve better handheld telephoto shots with the new AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. Faster AF plus SPORT VR mode hone in on the action without compromising sharpness. The lighter, weather-resistant build goes anywhere.

AFP 70_300E ED VR

From the winner’s expression to birds in flight, the latest incarnation of this full-frame telephoto zoom captures exceptional stills and movies. As an AF-P NIKKOR lens it boasts Nikon’s Stepping Motor, which brings subjects into focus extra quickly and extra quietly. Vibration Reduction (VR) is now faster, quieter, and more effective. And this lens also benefits from SPORT VR mode, inherited from Nikon’s pro lenses. A firm favourite with photographers who shoot action, SPORT VR mode enables photographers to reliably track fast-moving subjects—even when they’re moving erratically. Additional features from Nikon’s pro lenses include an electromagnetic diaphragm, which ensures precise exposures at high frame rates. And A/M and M/A focus-mode switches that make it possible to control manual-focus override simply by turning the focus ring. The preferred option of sports photographers, M/A mode allows switching with virtually no time lag. The A/M focus mode is less sensitive to prevent unintentional switching to manual mode.

Emma Fergie, Product Manager, Lenses & Accessories, Nikon UK says: “The new AF-P 70-300mm lens is an excellent addition to our NIKKOR lens line-up. Nikon is renowned for its ability to integrate proven pro technology into more affordable lenses, and this new telephoto zoom is testament to that. Exceptional features like the SPORT VR and advance vibration reduction (VR) mean that this is the ideal lens for photographers who often have to shoot in gruelling situations.”

A significant upgrade—New features of the AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR

  • More flexibility: this 70–300mm telephoto zoom (105–450mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR) now boasts a minimum focus distance of 1.2 m throughout the zoom range and a 0.25x maximum reproduction ratio.
  • AF-P Stepping Motor: for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus. Enables video footage to be recorded with practically no drive noise.
  • Advanced Vibration Reduction (VR): enables shooting at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower than otherwise possible.¹
  • SPORT VR mode: delivers a more stable viewfinder image, which is helpful when shooting exceptionally fast action, or when panning.
  • Weather-resistant build: every movable part of the lens barrel is sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.
  • Electromagnetic nine-blade diaphragm: delivers consistent automatic exposure control even during high-speed bursts. The rounded diaphragm blades enable natural-looking bokeh.
  • Superior control: A/M and M/A focus-mode switches. Focus ring and the zoom ring boast a knurled covering that enables a firm grip.”

10th Nikon updates its EN-EL15 battery advisory

7th The date of ‘peak 100th anniversary’ is the 25th. and it’s been suggested as a time for a D810 replacement – you could of course add in a Df mk2 as well, since it’s a bit older than the D810…

6th Nikon look to be planning more for their ongoing “100th Anniversary”

Some key translated points of a French magazine interview appear [NR], so there will be new stuff soon, they are not going away…

UPDATE This was also in the original translations, but has been removed – such are the difficulties of lack of source material  ;-)

‘They are working on a small camera to compete with smartphones’

As someone who rarely ever has a mobile phone with them, I can still see why phone photography has become so ubiquitous – it’s the camera most people carry, and they use it. Why would you carry another device? When it first appeared, I quite liked the idea of the DxO One – indeed, I was asked if I’d like to try it, but didn’t have a phone to use it with ;-) Cameras in phones have nowhere near peaked in quality yet, so I’m curious to see how Nikon chooses to define ‘compete with smartphones’ and what sorts of software they come up with for it.


30th No firm news but people seem to be expecting a D810 followup for late July?

6th A Japanese magazine article seems to have sparked a lot of discussion about Nikon’s future, suggesting that there is a chance that someone will buy the company, with the Japanese government trying to push Fujifilm into the frame.

Expect plenty more heat, and maybe a little light… [FR]

2nd Thom Hogan points out how a lot of what will be in the successor to the D810 is easy to work out [TH]

1st Nikon releases new firmware  for the D3400  and D5600, with improved pairing and connectivity between cameras and the Android versions of SnapBridge.


31st The three lenses are announced.

I was interested to see the fisheye, since I have the Canon EF 8-15

Full Press info:


  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR – Compact Ultra-Wide-Angle Perspective DX-format Zoom Lens
  • AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -Circular Fisheye Zoom for the Ultimate in Versatility and a Unique Perspective
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED – Outstanding Definition and High Resolution Wide-Angle Prime Lens

MELVILLE, NY (May 31, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) — Today, Nikon announced three exciting new wide-angle NIKKOR lenses to give a diverse array of users brilliant image quality and maximum versatility whether shooting vast landscapes, architecture, interiors, events and many other wide-angle applications. The new ultra-wide zoom and lightweight DX-format AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is an excellent value for budding shutterbugs and novice shooters looking to explore a wide-angle point of view, while the new AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is an FX-format circular fisheye zoom lens for photographers and content creators who desire a truly unique perspective. Lastly, the new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is a superior prime lens that provides professional and advanced photographers the ultimate in wide-angle image quality. Both the AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED are the latest additions to the Gold Ring Series of NIKKOR lenses, a mark identifying Nikon’s premium lens offerings.

“Nikon continues to push the limits of optical excellence, while making new perspectives more attainable than ever before with our latest wide-angle NIKKOR offerings,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Whether a photographer is a novice learning the art of landscapes, an enthusiastic video creator or a working professional shooter, Nikon now makes the wide-angle perspective achievable for everyone.”

The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR – Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens That’s Compact and Portable

The new NIKKOR 10-20mm is an ultra-wide-angle DX-format zoom lens that opens new perspectives and possibilities for those new to photography, and is ideal for shooting travel and scenery, real estate, large group portraits or vlogging. This new lens combines superior image quality and an attainable price to give consumers wide-angle versatility with a lens that’s remarkably compact and lightweight.

Like all NIKKOR lenses, the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR provides advanced optical technologies for stellar image quality in any light, whether shooting a sun-drenched coastal vista, tight spaces or the night sky. The lens features the equivalent of 3.5 stops1 of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, to help capture sharp images while handheld or in challenging light. Additionally, it utilizes Nikon’s Pulse Motor technology for super-fast and whisper quiet AF operation- which is especially useful when recording video. The optical formula contains three aspherical elements for excellent image quality with minimal distortion even at the widest focal length.

This is a versatile lens that not only excels at shooting expansive horizons, but also offers a remarkably close working distance that’s useful for images or showing up-close details when making product-related videos or how-to content. To get closer to capture small objects with big details, the lens has a close minimum focusing distance of only 8.6 inches (0.22 meters), bringing small objects to life in glorious size.

AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED – Circular Fisheye for Photographers and Content Creators

Nikon’s first fisheye zoom gives photographers and filmmakers an FX-format lens with the look and feel of a circular fisheye and the versatility of a full-frame fisheye, all in one lens. The new lens design provides a creative circular 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view (180-degree diagonal angle of view) on the long end of the focal range. The lens can also be used on DX-format cameras for a distinctive point-of-view and extreme wide-angle applications. When looking to push creative boundaries, the intriguing perspective from a fisheye lens should be considered to provide a distinct look to your photos and videos, such as a dramatic emphasis on a subject or an extremely wide interior point of view.

The AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is also the latest in Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of premier lenses and features a next-generation design for high-resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. Made for advanced photographers and creators, this durable lens is constructed of lightweight magnesium alloy, and employs internal focusing (IF) to retain its compact size, even while focusing. It is also Nikon’s latest lens to use an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video.

The optical formula of the Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration, while two aspherical lens elements minimise coma even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon’s non-stick Fluorine coat to help resist dirt, fingerprints and smudges, while Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps reduce ghost and flare.

Nikon 8-15 info

AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED – The Latest in The Gold Ring Series of f/1.4 Primes in the NIKKOR Line

The new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is Gold Ring glass that provides maximum versatility for outstanding definition and sharpness regardless of shooting scenario. With a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and nine blade rounded diaphragm, it affords a shallow depth of field with gorgeous bokeh and stellar low light performance, making it a great choice for shooting low light landscapes, interiors and events.

The superbly balanced and solid body is composed of lightweight magnesium alloy, and features dust and water drop resistant sealing to withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt and smudges. The optical construction of the lens is engineered for the best possible wide-angle image quality. It consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

The new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is a welcome addition to Nikon’s stable of impressive f/1.4 primes that give professional photographers and creators the highest levels of image quality and performance, which also include; The AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED.

Price and Availability

The Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED will be available immediately for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $1249.95. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late June for a suggested retail price (SRP)*, $309.95 and $1999.95, respectively. For more information on these NIKKOR lenses as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit

1: Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

30th af-s 8-15 f3.5-4.5The zoom fisheye lens is mentioned on TwT

NIKKOR AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye lens

There is also a recent patent suggesting its optical layout.

Japanese prices appear for the 3 lenses [DCI]

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED:¥240,300 ($2,100)
Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR:¥40,500 ($360)
Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED:¥148,500 ($1,300)

29th Three new lenses are suggested for this week:

  • Nikkor 28mm f/1.4 lens
  • Nikkor zoom fisheye lens (FX/DX compatible)
  • Nikkor zoom wide-angle DX lens (10-20mm?)

28th Nikon, ASML and Zeiss are in a patent licensing spat [DPR] connected with semiconductor manufacturing. Nikon upped the ante by launching action against ASML and Zeiss, who then responded with countersuits.

These things tend to get resolved (albeit slowly), however it’s noted [Skb] that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) is launching an investigation which could potentially affect US Nikon camera sales.

20th Nikon re-organises its business [NR]

The problem is that charts like this are largely meaningless without a lot of background knowledge and additional information, much of which Nikon won’t want to make available. Before I took up photography I spent quite some time doing consultancy covering re-organisation and M&A activity. This is complex stuff, so ignore most of what you might read on photography sites, with the general exception of Thom Hogan, who does actually know what he is talking about ;-)

17th Possible specs for the D820 now include the same AF as the D5 NR

12th Looking through Nikon’a financials I’m afraid I see little to promote confidence. I hope there is more going on for real, than Thom Hogan’s analysis suggests [TH]

5th No real info, but at NR some D820 suggested specs say ~46MP

The sheer number of comments and certainty that some other sites re-post this shows just how little actual camera info is around at the moment. It’s not often that I get any direct Nikon info, so I can’t comment on the accuracy or otherwise


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

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**** FX                     D700 D800(E) D810 D850
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
*** FX                                   D750 D780
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DX           D70 D70s D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200 D7500
**               D50        
FX                                       Z7 Z7 II
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DX                                         Z50

Video capable 4k No focus motor

12th Nikon D7500Nikon announces the D7500

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.

d7500 rearFocus 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

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 for further details, such as this half scale Nikon F

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.

2nd Nikon has firmware updates for the D5600 and D3400 (fixes some connectivity issues D3400 Firmware | D5600 )

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:

nikon finance

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.

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).

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