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Nikon info and rumours Archive 2008-15

Archived news and rumours of Nikon’s next cameras and lenses

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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?

This is an archive page of Nikon info/rumours from before 2016

>> See the current Nikon Info/rumours/updates page

If you’re new here then do note that I’ve been keeping tabs on various camera rumours for several years and receive all kinds of of tips and rumours. Some are considerably more believable than others.

Please do use your common sense when reading some of the speculative reports, and remember that the info is here for entertainment as much as anything else.

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2015 December

24th More cold water for the SamNik rumour [PR]

21st Two, as ever, thorough overviews from Thom Hogan – one looks at what’s coming up from Nikon [TH] (and others) and another gives the (still running) Nikon buys Samsung camera rumour a deserved kicking [TH]

15th D5 more pics, and it’s 20/21MP [NR with lots more pics]

rear view of D5

12th First pics of the D5 – could be announced this month [NR]

11th Focus points for the D5? – now up to 153 [NR] …and 102k ISO too

7th Nikon also pours cold water on the ‘Nikon buys Samsung camera biz’ notion [NR]

3rd Has Nikon acquired samsung’s camera business – I think not… see more on the Mirrorless rumour page

2nd A new lens patent has within it the suggestion that Nikon is looking at a full frame mirrorless camera

A patent for a mirrorless, full frame 19mm tilt/shift lens appears (lenses page) with just 22mm back focus distance.

There was a patent for a rather uninspiring 28-80mm f / 3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens from Nikon last year, so they have form in this area.

Of course, if you really want to stretch things, it’s just an ultrawide lens for a mirrorless medium format camera…


26th New firmware for the D4S and D750 [NR]

18th In a slightly puzzling announcement Nikon say that they are working on a D5 and other items:

“Development of Digital SLR Camera Nikon D5

November 18, 2015, TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models.

The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon’s Speedlight lineup, are also being developed.

Through the combination of this next-generation professional camera offering an even higher level of performance, these advanced accessories and the rich lineup of existing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is pursuing further possibilities for imaging expression.”

The Wireless unit is new, but I have to wonder who in Nikon felt the need to make such an announcement and why – perhaps of note is the lack of mention of a D400 or ‘pro’ APS-C DSLR?


30th D810 firmware update [NR]

An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.

Note: Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.

Fixed the following issues:

Incorrect distances were shown in the camera playback info display for photographs taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual (GN) mode.
The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b4 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.

Some help text has been changed.


29th The D5 now seems expected in early 2016.

Since it’s now ‘late 2015’ and there is no sign of it… 

As you can see below, not much else has changed since June’s guestimate

Are we close enough for specs [NR] to have a bit more chance of accuracy?

20MP FX sensor

New focusing module with larger coverage and 107 or 173 autofocus points

Native high ISO of 102,400

15 fps

Body design similar to the D4s

4K video 60/30fps

Full HD slow motion

2015 June

26th Some Nikon related lens patents including a phone adapter type device [NR]
22nd In a bout of D5 speculation [NR] there are suggestions of a very high (102k) unexpanded ISO and 4k video

New 20MP FX sensor
4k video
173 autofocus points
Native high ISO of 102,400
15 fps
Body design similar to the D4s
Announcement expected in late 2015 or in early 2016.

One interesting point is the potential non-Sony/Nikon sensor
11th Comments from Thom Hogan reflecting on cameras coming from Nikon – no signs of a D300s replacement at the moment.


21st The D750 gets a firmware update ‘camera operation is now more reliable’


25th Thom Hogan wonders about the missing D300s replacement [TH] and how it fits in the top end of Nikon’s lineup.
Maybe a D500 to go with an upcoming D5 later this year?


10th A wider spectral sensitivity ‘Astro’ version of the D810 is announced [DPR]

“The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.”
5th D5 later this year at 20MP? [NR]
New 20MP FX sensor
173 autofocus points
Same processor as the D4s
Body design similar to the D4s
Currently scheduled to be announced in the second half of 2015


9th A new scheme is coming offering advanced firmware upgrades for Nikon FX cameras [NR]

How this differs from just making firmware updates available, as currently, remains to be seen. Of course it could could eventually be a mechanism to charge for some updates, or just as another way to maintain contact with camera users.
If it works, expect everyone else to jump on the bandwagon ;-)

1st Nikon acknowledge the reflection issue with some D750 cameras. See the discussion and more info at [TH]

2014 December

24th Nikon interview about what’s coming [DCW – Google xlt]
High MP and an answer to the Canon 7D2


5th We were told of rumours circulating at Photokina that both Canon and Sony were close to introducing stacked (multilayer) pixel sensors in products next year (see main rumour page).

There has been a steady stream of patents over the years, but no sign of such sensors other than from Foveon/Sigma.
The Sony comment actually specified Sony/Nikon, reflecting their close arrangements with sensor design, but there was no information as to what level product, such sensors might first appear.

Foveon never caught on the way it was first hyped – any new technology has a lot of bayer sensor design experience to overtake…


12th Nikon announce the D750 [DPR] – looks as if a D400 is unlikely

New 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
EXPEED 4 Image Processor (similar to D810 and D4S)
Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon’s first FX-format D-SLR with a tilting LCD display (3.2 in. 1,229K dot)
Pro 51-point AF System
Group Area AF – Lock in subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination
6.5 frames per second (fps) burst rate at full resolution
Same level of video functionality as the Nikon D810
Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 60/30/24p
Power Aperture for smooth transitions and other advanced video features
Record to dual SD memory card slots or output via HDMI
Optional MB-D16 battery pack provides extended battery life and vertical grip


19th It seems that there will be a D750 FF ‘sports’ camera from Nikon [NR] in time for Photokina.

12th Whither the D300S successor? Nikon’s camera for Photokina is FF and ‘Sports/action’ [NR]
8th It seems that a new FF DSLR (mid range) is expected from Nikon -24MP … but still no D300S replacement [NR]
Whilst there was a brief ‘Nikon Medium Format’ flurry of chat last week, there seems to be nothing in it – see the Medium Format Rumours page for more, including the last time it appeared a few years ago.


15th The new Nikon Capture NX-D (version 1.0.0) image editing software is now officially released. [NR]


26th The D810 is announced [DPR]
25th D810 should be announced tomorrow.
17th The revised version of the D800 will be the D810 and announced towards the end of June.
8th Expect a D800 mid-life boost to be announced on the 26th
6th We seem to be getting close to press announcements in the next few weeks.
The D800S is the favourite at NR


20th Suggestions that the D800 will be updated to a D800S later this year [NR]
13th New firmware for the D800/800E – quite a few changes – see D800 page for details.


23rd New firmware ‘C’ V1.01 for the D4S (Nikon EU) – Minor fixes.


26th An ‘s’ update for the D800 is suggested [NR]
Look for similar updates as in the D4/D4s step.
11th D4s high ISO/low light comparison with D4, D3s, D800E and D600 [NR]
6th Suggestions that there won’t be a D4x, but a revamped D800 ‘S’ model [NR]


26th Join the dots.

A class action lawsuit in California gets the green light, covering D600 Oil/Dust issues.
Nikon announces technical service advisory with a free cleaning and free shutter replacement for all D600 owners

The offer was initially in the US, but is worldwide [USA link].
25th D4S announced, same size sensor, with various aspects of performance boosted:

‘Newly designed’ 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
Expeed 4 processing
ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 – 409,600 equiv)
51-point autofocus system (same as D4)
Group Area AF allows for more accurate subject tracking with less ‘distraction’
11 fps continuous shooting with continuous AE/AF
New ‘small’ Raw size (approx. 8 megapixel)
1080/60p video for up to 10 mins at 42Mbps or 20 mins at 24Mbps
Smoother transitions when shooting interval or time-lapse stills/movies
CompactFlash and XQD card slots
Gigabit Ethernet port, in addition to support for WT-5A wireless transmitter
EN-EL18a battery provides 3020 shots per charge (CIPA)

There are many sites with overviews and brief ‘tests’ [IR DPR]

19th The D4S is expected to be announced next week [NR]

18th Two interviews with senior Nikon people at CP+ are published [IR DPR]
5th More details about the forthcoming D4s [NR]
Announcement next week, for March/April delivery.
3rd Thom Hogan has written an excellent article about questions faced by Nikon, and his suggested answers. [TH]


27th How about 4k video in the upcoming D4s ? [NR]
7th Yes, A D4S is mentioned, in one of the most content free press releases I’ve seen for a while:

Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, and has announced the development of the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. The camera will be on display, before its official release, at the Nikon booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Nikon’s new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 HD-SLR camera, including enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine. The new HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.
The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.
Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.

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6th Will we get a ‘development announcement’ for what follows the D4 at this week’s CES show? [DCI – Google xlt]
The suggestion is: ‘pre-announce now’ – ‘announce in February’ – ‘deliver March’
As far as I can tell ‘pre-announcements’ are only ever thought up in marketing departments – if true, then we may also see what the tactic is aimed at over the next new weeks…

2013 December

27th We’re told (thanks) that it’s a D4s that’s coming – much more of an update than entirely new model.
26th Seemingly, Nikon has stopped selling the D4 [NR] through their exchange program – something on its way soon?
19th At NR they report: “A new D4-like body is rumored to be already in production in Sendai. The Df production was apparently halted for two months, so they can “push” this new product before the Olympics”.

There’s a suggestion that Canon are looking at something in the same market segment next year [1DXs page]

3rd Sony seem to have developed a 54MP full frame sensor – looks as if yeilds are still too low to see it for a while, but it would make for an interesting D800 followup or D4x [SAR]


5th Well, the DF is announced (Obligatory B&H link ;-)
All the big sites have only had one to play with briefly, so expect a lot of discussion about it [DPR first impressions]
In particular I note this in the DPR conclusions:
“As such, although I hate to say it: from a cold, hard practical point of view, I can’t shake the feeling that the Df is a little bit… silly. Hardcore Nikon fans will point to the support for 50 year-old non-Ai lenses, which is valid, but I suspect that the constituency of photographers for whom this is a real selling point is vanishingly small. Of course, I could be wrong. Naturally, there will be some photographers who will see the Df purely in terms of a lower-cost shell for the D4’s very capable sensor, and might not care about the design.”

16 MP FX CMOS sensor (same as D4)
ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204,800)
Max 5.5 fps
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (as D610)
3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen
Physical shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials
Compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses (including pre-Ai standard)
Single SD card
EN-EL14a battery (~1400 exp.)

3rd We’re sent some specs for the DF (thanks) – real ones should appear fairly soon…

16.2MP FX CMOS Sensor, 5.5 FPS
Operating software similar to D610
Can work with non-Ai lenses – inc. interlock lever
EN-EL14 battery (as per D5300)

1st An invite for a Nikon press event on the 5th appears in Thailand [TC]
No more tech info on the DF, although some new videos show much more of the camera. It looks very much how I remember film cameras looked back in the days of film ;-)

Perhaps Canon will make a digital version of the A1 or F1 (probably not, they seem to have liked ‘curvy’ design for too long)


29th DF due for relaease on November the 5th
25th Called the ‘Nikon DF’ [NR]
24th The Nikon ‘retro DSLR’ looks increasingly real, with video trailers [PB]
Are there enough old Nikon users out there? (used lens prices have already shot up)
It will be interesting to see how it is positioned against the new D610
23rd The ‘new camera’ is suggested as a digital ‘FM’ and coming in two weeks…
22nd The new Nikon ‘Hybrid’ camera rumour draws increasingly detailed specs. Timeframe is between a week and ‘months’, with 6th Nov suggested.
The latest suggestion is that it won’t have video… [NR]
21st New Nikon FF mirrorless? What started as a full frame mirrorless rumour develops into something else.
Subsequent info points to an SLR looking like an old Nikon FM2 SLR [NR]

I’d note that we are rather late in the camera announcement season for a major announcement. Perhaps more a rumour aimed at reassuring the faithful and those who used such kit in the distant past ;-)

17th The D5300 is announced [DPR]

At 24MP its features push towards the D7100 capabilities
24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, without OLPF
EXPEED 4 processing
ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
5 fps continuous shooting
39 point AF system, 9 sensors cross type
2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
1080p60 video recording, built-in stereo mic
1.04M dot 3.2″ vari-angle LCD monitor

A quick comparison with the 700D…

Nikon D5300 Canon 700D
Sensor resolution (type) 24MP CMOS (no OLPF) 18MP ‘Hybrid CMOS’
Autofocus System 39 AF points (9 cross-type) 9 AF points (all cross-type)
ISO sensitivity 100-6400 (max 25,600 equiv) 100-12800 (max 25,600 equiv)
Display size / resolution 3.2in, 1.04M-dot vari-angle 3in, 921k-dot vari-angle (touch-sensitive)
FPS 5 fps
Video Mode 1080 60p/30p 1080 30p
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 440 shots
Dimensions 125 x 98 x76 mm 133 x 100 x 79 mm
Weight (without battery) 408 g (16.9 oz) 580 g (20.4 oz)

8th The D610 replaces the D600
6 fps maximum frame rate instead of 5.5 (51 JPEG Fine down from 57 on the D600)
3 fps Quiet Continuous shooting mode
Improved auto white balance algorithm
Lower US$2000 suggested retail price
– not unreasonably, Thom Hogan asks why? [TH]


22nd A sign from Nikon that they will be moving to higher margin products as part of their response to changes in camera sales [Nikon] – one response to the issues I recently looked at in an article about falling DSLR sales, and what it means
A D4x then later this year?


25th Suggestions that an upcoming Sony SLT will feature a new 32MP sensor an 8-14FPS [SAR] It’s not clear if this is APS-C (~72MP on FF)
Favourite for the D400 is still 24MP, but info has been sparse of late.
10th Along with upcoming D400 suggestions, the info about a D4 based DSLR (from February) is still circulating (now late 2013/early 2014)


2nd Firmware updates for Nikon D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 [NR]


21st The D7100 is announced. Launch info and hands on review at DPR

24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, no low pass filter
ISO 100-6400 standard, 25600 expanded
Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7fps in 1.3X crop mode
51 point AF system, 15 sensors cross type
2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
Spot white balance in live view mode
1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack
Pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification
3.2″, 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 X RGBW)
Front and rear IR receivers
Equivalent water and dust resistance to D800/D300S

Quite a jump in some areas, but overall probably not a huge leap – where does this leave space for a D400 in the lineup?
20th At Pentax forums [PF], there’s a supposed copy of a page from Japanese magazine “Camera Japan”, there’s a slew of ‘predictions’ for 2013: Canon 70D for March, 700D for June, EOS Me for July, 7D Mk2 for August and an EOS 3D: Nikon D7100 in March, D400 in June and a D4X in October. September is slated for the Nikon 2 – presumably another mirrorless…
A scan of the page is on the main rumours page
15th It seems there is likely to be a new Nikon lens rebate program in the US before long.
4th Some D4X rumours appear [NR]
Body as per Nikon D4
36 MP sensor without AA filter
6 fps (11 fps max)
Video improvements
Price a few hundred dollars above the D4
Announcement Q3 2013


1st – This magazine scan appears on the Chinese Xitec forum (see also Canon version)
I believe it’s from the Japanese ‘Impress’ magazine.
Gives their percentage chance estimates for new Nikon cameras
new nikon cameras for 2013

Nikon D7200 probability is very high and it will arrive in 2013 with 39 point AF system and ISO range expandable up to 25600.
Nikon D9000 – the rumored specification says newly developed sensor, 10fps continuous shooting speed and 51 point AF system.
Nikon V3 will arrive in 2013
Nikon D4x is also expected to come on 2013.

2012 November

7th The D5200 is launched:
CMOS sensor 24.1 MP
RBG sensor split 2016
39 AF points (multi-CAM4800DX)
920 000 dot LCD monitor 3.0-inch Vari-Angle
5 fps max
Video – full HD (1920 × 1080i)
Shutter speed 1/4000-30 seconds
Equivalent to ISO25600 ISO100-6400
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
EN-EL14 battery
Weight (including battery and media) 555g approximately
Release due for December


30th D5200 is expected for November 6th [NR]


13th The D600 appears, but at $2100, perhaps not quite the ‘cheap full frame’ some wished for [preview at DPR] Nikon D600: Key Specs

24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
1080p30 full HD video mode with stereo sound recording
Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
Single-axis electronic level in viewfinder, duel-axis (pitch and roll) in live view
Dimensions: 141mm x 113mm x 82mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.2 in).
Weight: 760 g (1.6 lbs) (camera body only, no battery – not sure why this figure would interest anyone outside of the markting department)

D600 versus D7000 D600 versus D800
24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 16.2MP DX-format CMOS)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting (compared to 6fps)
3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen (compared to 3in)
D800-style combined movie/still live view mode button
Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 36.3MP CMOS)
10.5MP DX-format crop mode (compared to 15.3MP)
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (compared to 51-points, with 15 cross-type)
No AF micro-adjust function (D800 allows micro-adjustment in +/-20-step increments)
Autofocus sensitivity down to -1EV (compared to -2EV)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting in FX mode (compared to 4fps in FX mode)
2,016-pixel RGB TTL exposure metering sensor (compared to 91,000 pixels)
2x SD slots (compared to CF+SD)
No ‘Power Aperture’ aperture control during movie shooting (offered by D800 using Fn + Preview buttons)
Shutter rated to 150,000 cycles (compared to 200,000 cycles)
Magnesium-alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate (D800 is full mag-alloy except flash housing)
USB 2.0 interface (compared to USB 3.0)

9th The D600 is expected to be announced this coming week [NR]


5th A top LCD layout for the D600 is suggested [NR]
2nd An Italian dealer puts the D600 in an advert [1k1]


14th D600 looks real enough in some pictures at [NR]


26th We hear that as a result of various patent cross licensing deals between Canon and Nikon, there may be a Nikon body with EF lens mount [main rumours page]

From the land of wishlists and unfortunately not that likely, IMHO

11th At NR they seem very keen on a D600 – before Photokina


26th Some very vague D600 rumours are doing the rounds – not much other than cheaper, less MP, full frame and this year.
Once again, Thom Hogan makes some telling observations on the direction and state of Nikon’s business [TH25th Apr] and I have to agree with his summing up of the competition ;-)

“The good news for Nikon is that no other camera maker has figured it out, either. Sony has decided that EVFs are your only choice. Canon decided that all still users were actually closet video shooters in disguise. Fujifilm seems to think that lots of performance issues can be overlooked if they just make everything look like old rangefinders from the 1960’s. But really, Nikon, is that all you aspire to be: better than an inept group of other players?”

25th Important battery safety advisory for EN-EL15 batteries. The Nikon EN-EL15 battery is used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras.
18th The D3200 is due tomorrow 24 MP sensor, 11 AF points, 4 fps, ISO range: 100-6400, with max of 12800.
This is likely the same sensor that will be tweaked for the long awaited D400.


29th Expect to see a 24MP D3200 for April [NR]


7th D800 release.
Video interview with Nikon at CES [MP]


6th The D4 is announced Full details
D800 is likely next up, but what about the D4x? The D3x appeared a year after the D3 (see timeline below)
4th Seems that a D4 article was accidentally released, for long enough to confirm the specs and $6000 price tag.
Available February it seems [NR]

2011 December

28th Press conferences confirmed for the 6th
20th January the 6th is suggested for the D4 [NR] whilst the ISO range is revised to 100-12800 native [NR]
19th Thom Hogan suggests we’re getting the D4 and D800 early next year, but with announcements possibly January and February [TH]
17th How abou a D4 shipping by the end of January? NR suggests an almost unheard of delivery schedule, given the camera hasn’t even been announced yet.
12th Some D4 specs at NR

16.2 MP, 11 fps
100-102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
Integrated Ethernet in the camera
Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder
Improved video
Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
Improved 51 AF points
AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0
Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8

No sign of whether it too replaces Nikon’s previous D3X (like 1Dx/1Ds3) – I suspect not


17th Some ruminations appear [NR] – looks as if no-one knows much :-)
12th After all the 36MP D800 hoopla, rumours about Nikon announcements have gone very quiet. There is talk of upcoming events early in December, but no details as yet [NR]
On a lighter note… I was catching up on some forum threads, when an ‘interchangeable sensor for D4’ comment appeared [LL] – well, the poster seemed pretty sure ;-)
2nd No sign of any DSLR related announcements from Nikon, and Thom Hogan paints a fairly dismal picture [TH] of just what natural disasters have done to Nikon’s production this year. If the ’36MP D800′ ever was a real announcement, it’s likely to have been put back to next year, along with the (always IMHO) more likely D4.


17th Have upcoming Nikon announcements been delayed by events in Thailand [NR]
13th There is a Nikon sponsored event in Adelaide 23-26 October …called ‘The Event’
As part of this, it’s believed that Nikon are putting quite some effort into keeping details of what’s coming up as secret.
12th Interesting Nikon lens patents over the last few months [MP]
3rd From the ‘land of wishful thinking’, there’s a suggestion of a 36MP D800 on the 26th [1k1]


29th Some Nikon patent sightings [PB] – Anti dust and secondary mirror features – just the sort of things to appear in a D4?
23rd No FF Nikon DSLRs in October, according to a Swedish Nikon exec.
21st The V1 and J1 appear with a new CX sensor (10 MP 13.2 x 8.8mm)

More than a few DSLR users mutter – where’s my D4? (or D400 or D800)

20th Expectation of a Nikon (mirrorless) announcement is stoked by the curiously named website [NR]
8th A nikon DSLR announcement is due – but it seems to be only a D3100 in red [NR]

2011 August

25th DSLR announcement date guesss get pushed back into September [NR]
Thom Hogan seems fairly sure that any D4 won’t ship until early next year, so there is no rush for an announcement.
24th Some compacts from Nikon [DPR]
23rd A press release surfaces for two Nikon compact cameras [NR]
22nd A suggestion that all there will be from Nikon are some Coolpix cameras [NR].

Just like the assorted Canon ‘rumours’, what once was a range of DSLRs and mirrorless seems to have been downgraded somewhat.

September seems to be favoured now…

I note that Thom Hogan still suggests a DSLR announcement [TH]
16th With a Nikon event set for the 24th (next week) there are suggestions that the new Nikon ‘mirrorless’ is the only camera due then [NR]

So, when’s the D4?

2nd The Nikon leak rate increases, with Nikon Rumors agreeing [NR] with Thom Hogan’s changes.

“The D700 replacement will be available in Fall 2011 and the D3s replacement will be available at the beginning of 2012. Both will be produced in Malaysia. The D700 successor will have 24 MP, the D3s successor will have 18MP. Both cameras will have new AF-system and many new ‘astonishing’ feature.”

1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/’FX’) to come out with a D4 this month [TH]. D4x is pushed to late next year.


26th Nikon press events are scheduled for 24th August.
25th 22nd/23rd of August? – more signs [NR]
19th Two FX cameras by the end of August? – via a Nikon rep [NR]
11th A German camera store has Nikon event in Germany in September [NR]
More speculation from Thom Hogan [TH] puts a D4 and D400, announced in August, as what people will see.
Sony sensors at 24 and 36MP ? [SAR]
3rd In expectation of new cameras and to show the relative ages of different models, I’ve added a Nikon Timeline below, and on the main rumour page.


29th When I had a Canon 60D for a while, I was struck by how useful the flip out screen was for some jobs. A Japanese magazine has drawings of what they suggest is the D4 and I see such a screen.

If it’s for real, expect to hear a lot of anguish and wailing about it on forums – much along the ‘I don’t need live-view’ comments a few years ago.

Some specs too [NR]:

Full frame 18MP CMOS sensor (8 MP when cropped to APS-C)
Usable ISO 51200
11fps (20fps with live view, 30fps with APS-C crop)
Flexible LCD monitor
Built-in WiFi
51 point all-cross AF point

28th Second half of August is still a strong suggestion for D4/D400 [NR]
More Sony talk [SR] ups expectations that Sony are still serious about aiming at the higher end pro market
19th Sony are rumoured to be bringing out an A920 at 32MP in August [PR] and it’s being suggested as a potential sensor for a new Nikon. See also [SR]

32MP would be a big jump for a D3s -> D4, whilst not very big for D3x -> D4

8th Having been out working for a few days I missed the gigantic ‘everything you ever wanted’ D4 (et al.) post on NR

I’ve not seen susch a comprehensive wishlist posted for some time and am quite happy to go along with the NR opinion of total fiction ;-)

More realistic would be the comments I’m hearing of from some Nikon reps suggesting to pro users that they might like to hold off on D3s replacements for a while if they can.

2011 May

30th Some $250 Nikon instant rebates in the US [NR] – only a few lenses and DX bodies…
26th Nikon have said their launch schedule is unaffected [NR] and a major Nikon announcement is supposedly due for the end of August.
23rd A number of hard to find items (US) are appearing in the Nikon Store Outlet refurb section [TH], whilst there are reports that the current D700 microsite has vanished [NR]
11th We’re hearing (thanks) of Nikon reps downplaying any new product announcements. Whilst not referring to any particular camera, the suggestion was:
‘…if you need a new camera, buy one, don’t think something new will be available any time soon’
This matches up with shortages of pro level cameras we’re hearing of from many Nikon and Canon sources – of course finding one in stock is another matter…
There is also a suggestion of an actual release cancellation (S4100) at NR
4th There are suggestions that an August announcement is still expected [NR] – also, the D300s is getting a bit long in the tooth, announced in July 2009 (D300 Jan 2008)
3rd I note suggestions that the Nikon D4 will be pushed back to 2012 [1k1] and the D800 later this year.


27th Summer announcement and a removable sensor for the D800 – lots of different things at NR
13th From Japan we hear (thanks) that the D4 will push 4 key improvements for pro users.

– Improved high ISO

– Improved AF

– Much improved metering

– Further flash system integration.

No details other than they hoped I would consider it (?!?) as a ‘working pro photographer’.
7th A slew of compact cameras, but no DSLRs from Nikon at CP+ [NR] They are suggesting that FX camera announcements will be a summer event.

2011 January

28th We hear (thanks) that the D4 is slated for an early Q2 announcement (April?). D4 at ‘around’ 20MP (FX ‘FF’ and HD vid). The same technology will appear in the (DX) ~18MP D400.
The D700 replacement (D900), with similar video to the D4 will come along later (this year or next)
The D4 should actually be released by the end of the Summer.
As a follow on from what we were told this morning (above), a working pro photographer let us know that they had received ‘hints’ from a Nikon office to wait until August, when they enquired after buying several D3s cameras. Next year’s Olympics was also suggested as the next time for a new Nikon for the pro user.
25th The D300s gets the not-available treatment [NR]
24th Seems that Nikon may be making an announcement in late August [NR]
20th Everyone’s expecting quite a lot of higher end announcements from Nikon this year, but so far the rumours have been pretty quiet. March seems to be a popular estimate for some news [NR] with both mirrorless and a D800 mentioned.

Whilst I’m currently expecting the Canon 5D mk2 replacement – after- the 1Ds mk3 replacement, I’m minded to think we may not see a D700 replacement similarly delayed until after the D4 makes its entrance.

2010 November

5th Thom Hogan makes his annual predictions [TH] for next year in digital cameras.
D4 for Aug, D400 for Aug or later, D800 March? Lots more, and plausible as ever ;-)


14th Suggestion of a D800 book, seen at several Amazon stores for Feb 2011 [1k1]
TH comments on D400/800/4 rumours [TH Oct 6th]


15th The widely trailed Nikon D7000 appears [DPR preview] and looks to be rather more than a D90 follow-on (in the way the 7D was more than a 50D follow on) – $1500 (£1300)

16.2MP CMOS sensor
1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone
ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)
39-point AF system with 3D tracking
2016 pixel metering sensor
Scene Recognition System aids metering + focus accuracy
Twin SD card slots
3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
New Live View/movie shooting switch
Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Lockable shooting mode dial
Built-in intervalometer
Electronic virtual horizon
Shutter tested to 150K actuations

A new metering sensor makes its appearance, and I’m sure the forums are already discussing what this means for the D300S follow on (D400? – NR)


29th Whilst we always take rumours from dealers with a pinch of salt, we’re told (big UK dealer) that the 1Ds4 could be announced as soon as next Thursday… The same source said that the Nikon D4 is also now on their system and to expect it shortly – the ‘expected’ Nikon announcement is the D90 replacement and most have the D4 slated for 2011. Suggestion for Nikon announcements are 8th/15th [NR]
The D3 was announced in August 2007 and D3s in October 2009, which is probably why most comments I’ve read put the D4 next year.
22nd Some speculation as to who is designing/making Nikon Sensors for the latest cameras [NR] whilst Thom Hogan has some interesting thoughts about Nikon sensors and future developments (such as a 38MP D4x)
21st D3100 as expected [DPR] and suggestions that the D90 replacement is the only other DSLR on its way [NR]
This suggests that there will be no new FX (35mm FF) format cameras this year – but then some specs for the D800 appear [DR] 16MP, 9 FPS
Full HD 1920x1080p (24, 25, 30, 50, 60fps) with Stereo sound & AF
Perhaps -after- the D4 appears next year?
After all the recent Sony FF sensor stuff, there are renewed questions about who designs/makes Nikon sensors [SAR]
14th Looks as if it’s the D3100 getting announced next week [NR]
14MP, HD Video, ISO 100-12800
Also new lenses:

Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300/4,5-5,6 G ED VR (ca. 420 €)

Nikkor AF-S 85/1,4 G with Nano coating (ca. 1650 €)

Nikkor AF-S 24-120/4 G ED VR with Nano coating (ca. 1220 €)

Nikkor AF-S 28-300/3,5-5,6 G ED VR


17th Pretty good hints that the D700 is not for replacement this year [NR]


25th Thom Hogan has some pointed comments [TH] about how (and why) Nikon service handles ‘gray’ imports so differently in the US and Europe when it comes to repairs and warranties.
Nikon US rebate scheme looks to be getting an extension [NR]
17th Nikon web sites are down for maintenance today [NR] – maybe something new, but nothing in the larger DSLR area is expected.
5th A photographer moving to Nikon kit is told pretty emphatically that the D700 replacement won’t be this year [NR]. Some time around March 2011 seems a pretty popular choice.


10th A suggestion [1k1] that the D700 replacement is a 2011 product, although it’s asked elsewhere [NR], what would Nikon show at Photokina? D90 mk2 and EviL ;-)


26th Although we don’t get sent nearly as many Nikon rumours as for Canon, it’s worth noting that both have run a bit thin this year. Not just here – it would seem that it’s a thin news year so far for many of the plethora of ‘’ sites that have sprung up over the last couple of years ;-)
The D700 refresh/replacement is still imminent, but as to when? Dates do keep passing by – our only comment received this year was a rather too vague ‘July’ – see some more thoughts at [NR]


17th DPR reviews the D3s, and at the same time DxO produce some sensor specs.
No sightings of any D4 like cameras at the winter olympics yet ;-)


27th I notice that Thom Hogan has updated his 2010 predictions

BTW these are always well worth a read.

Of interest to full frame afficionados are his suggestions for:

D900 – poss 24MP version of D700 (March)

D3xs – sensor updates from D900 (Aug)

D700s – sensor updates and D3s features (Nov)

The D4 and D400 are still slated for a 2011 release – both expected to incluse a much revised AF system.

2009 October

14th D3s announced
13th Lots of D3s info starting to appear – best place to see what’s what is NR where I note a report from a French magazine suggesting
Anti-dust system.
The max ISO is 12,800 with new Hi3 mode at 102,400
9 fps (FX), 11 fps (DX)
Video @ 720p 24 fps.
Quiet mode.
Expect lots of info by tomorrow morning :-)
12th Latest D3s specs are at NR
9th Lots of Nikon events on the 14th, so expect to get D3x details early next week.
8th A Nikon press event on the 14th in Denmark [zoom] Article mentions rumours of video and up to 15fps
6th A D4 early next year? One 1D3 owner moving to a D3 (yes it happens ;-) was told by (someone at) Nikon that the D4 would appear early next year.
However, with a widely anticipated [NR] D3s by later this month, it would be surprising for the D4 to arrive so soon…

2009 September

27th Back from a brief holiday, I thought I ought to check the state of D700x/D3s rumours…
The D3s seems to have taken the lead [PPH] expecting something in October.
More info [NR] now puts this almost as a given (15th?), although specs seem a little difficult to pin down.
Nikon D3s with ISO 200-12800 (D3 was with ISO 200-6400).
New ISO range HI-3 at 102,400 ISO.
12.1 mp FX sensor (same as the D3, but tweaked).
D-movie with 24 fps.
8th The D700x noises are getting louder, so I’m expecting to see something by November – even if it’s a D700s (D700+video)
See NR for a good roundup of rumours
Since it’s what I currently use, I tend to note more Canon related items on these pages – however, do note that I view the ‘ra ra ra’ fans for either company with equal disdain and amusement :-)
Before the world economy had its little ‘issues’ we were waiting for Nikon UK to send us a load of kit to try out, unfortunately this appears to have fallen off their radar (they contacted us BTW), but if the word seeps back – we’d still be interested ;-)

July 30th

As widely expected a D300s and D3000 are announced. Specs etc at DPR.

D300s differences vs. D300

720p HD video, including autofocus while recording
SD card slot in addition to existing CF slot
Faster continuous shooting (7fps, vs. 6fps)
Socket for external microphone
Live View and Info buttons
Discrete ‘OK’ button in multi controller
Interactive settings display screen
Auto and Extra High Active D-Lighting options
Quiet drive mode
Virtual horizon

14th After the wishlist, comes a well considered roadmap from Thom Hogan [TH] it even receives a positive reaction on DPR

9th Either a very big leak, or someone has far too much spare time ;-)

At NR, we have a purported Nikon product roadmap.

For 2009

Nikon D3000, 12.3MP, 7 AF points, ISO 200-3200 extendable to 6400, 3.5fps, Video unknown
Nikon D300s, 12.3MP, 7fps, HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps), CF and SD cards slots, 920,000 pixel LCD screen
D700x, 24.5MP, 5fps, HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps)

New lenses:

AF-S Nikkor 24 to 135 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4G
AF-S Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G

For 2010.

Nikon D4, 15.7MP (more sensitive and with less noise), Up to 16fps with “double exposure”, ISO 200-12800 (plus extended range), 61-point AF, 1080p video at 30fps, CLS control (although no flash is mentioned)
Nikon D400, 13.8MP (more sensitive and with less noise), 8fps, Up to 12fps with “double exposure”, ISO 200-6400 (plus extended range), 61-point AF, 1080p video at 24fps
Nikon D4x, 30.2MP, ISO 100 – 6400, 6fps, 1080p video at 30fps

Quite a wish list ;-)

June 30th Picture vanishes at LT site, but is at NR

29th It seems there is a D3000 on its way [LT]


Some features of the excellent D3 do look a little behind the times, and as such a D3 update is suggested by many in the Autumn [NR].

A few more MP and a dust removal system seem quite likely. D3s and D3h seem popular names, based on previous models.

This is not a Photokina year, so there are less constraints on announcement timing.

We had a flurry of interest from Nikon last year, asking us to try their kit. Despite repeatedly saying ‘Yes Please’, nothing ever materialised :-( This is a pity, since I’d love to do a comparison with some of the top notch lenses now coming to market.

My suspicion, is that this particular UK promotional programme was wound back as the downturn hit. As I’ve said when asked by both Canon and Nikon reps, we’ve made our equipment choices in the past based on what was available at the time…

20th Nikon Press conferences scheduled July 30th and August 4th? [NR]

No-one expecting any single digit ‘D’ release, as far as I can see

13th The D300S looks to be taken as a given by many.

A possible sreen shot at [NRThere is a suggestion of a histogram zoom option, which could be very useful for tricky lighting and some HDR work.

3rd Looks as if the D300 upgrade is due pretty soon, with assorted Nikon web site alterations suggesting a ‘D300s’ name [NR]

May 21st D4 and Nikon MF threads seem to have dried up on many forums, now that the D3x is available and suitably beyond the means of many who post… [DPR]

D400 stories seem to be on the increase, including comments that the D300 is soon to be discontinued.

Via [NR] …some suggestions

HD movie function with stereo
Tiltable display with continuous AF
16-18 MP sensor
Some new DX lenses

April 14th It is indeed the D5000

Most obvious feature is the articulating screen, which I guess we can expect to see in the more DSLRs now.

Headline specs are

12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
2.7″ tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
Expeed image processing engine
Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
New battery with increased capacity
72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback

More info

Nikon ‘D5000 Microsite’
Hands on preview at DPR
Comparison shots from various cameras IR
German info PS
Sample images DPR

12th An announcement next week?

Nikon Europe web sites seem to be down – probably for the announcement on the 14th.

Lots of suggestions what it might be at [NR]

6th Pictures of a supposed new Nikon DSLR with an articulating back have emerged [EG]

More related pics (D5000?) at [NR]

1st A Nikon press conference on the 14th [KB] [NR]

March 28th Some specific Nikon web site areas for the D40 and D300 have vanished. In the past this has been a prelude to new models.

No solid rumours of replacements at the moment, but you can read the tealeaves at NR

January 13th Prices going up, due to currency fluctuations

In the UK the D3X is up by £500 and D3 by £200

Latest UK price list [PDF]

D400 appears in a Russian magazine [NR]

CMOS (iso 100-6400, 7 fps)
Video: HD video with 24 fps
Cards: CF\UDMA
Display: 3 inch display with resolution 922 000, with dynamic adjustment
Body: magnesium body with weather protection
Price: priced around $2000

Approx translation

“Nikon D400: An ideal compromise.
The D400 DSLR is a great compromise between price and quality. The new camera is meant to replace the last year’s popular D300, a camera which can be fully appreciated not only by amateurs, but also many professionals.
The D400 specifications fully meet the requirements for modern mid-range priced cameras.
A 14.3 Megapixel CMOS matrix is used in this camera, with an ISO range of 100 to 6400 and a 7 frame-per-second capability. An interesting feature of this new camera is the ability to shoot video at 1080p and 24fps. All of this makes the D400 not only a great picture camera, but also not too bad of a video camera.
For media storage, CF/UDMA cards are used.
The camera is equipped with a liquid crystal display with a diagonal of 3.5in and a resolution of 922,000 pixels.
The LCD is able to dynamically adjust the brightness and color following a change in ambient lighting, thus providing an accurate representation.
The safety of the optical and electronic components is assured through the use of a magnesium alloy frame. Rubber gaskets are used for each button to prevent moisture from entering the case.
The estimated price will be around $2000, which is a great price for what this camera has to offer.”

2009 January 8th Nikon prices are set to rise in the UK next week (12th) [NR]

2008 December

26th A collection of Nikon (and other) camera predictions from a Korean site.

The info (seems more a wish list ;-) even includes an FX sensor in a D40/60 body… Oh, and a 30MP D4 by the end of the year :-)

D400 and others – more info on the general rumours page

11th A set of specs for a D400 on NR

Looks to be a good follow up to the D300, but note it was an anonymous post (we may never mention names but much like NR we give credence to people who are happy to give theirs)

New 14.8 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor effective 14.3 megapixel
Self-cleaning sensor unit (low-pass filter vibration)
ISO 100 – 6400 (with boost up to ISO 25600 and down to ISO 50)
14-bit A/D conversion
Movie capture at up to 1080p 24 fps with stereo sound
Nikon EXPEED Plus image processor 30% faster than previous EXPEED image processor
Super fast operation (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 40 ms, black-out 90 ms)
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 200,000 exposure durability
Multi-CAM3500DX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
Auto-focus tracking by colour (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) now available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
Vignetting control in-camera
Automatic chromatic aberration correction
Custom image parameters now support brightness as well as contrast
Seven frames per second continuous shooting (nine frames per second with battery pack)
3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast-detect AF, face detection
‘Active D-Lighting’ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes colour in darkness
Buttons sealed against moisture
Same ultra-fast startup and shutter lag as D700
Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
Picture Control image parameter presets
UDMA compatible single CF card slot
Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
Extensive in-camera retouching
HDMI HD video output
Magnesium alloy body with connections and buttons sealed against moisture

7th 24MP D800 for August?

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the tinfoil hat brigade are now becoming firmly convinced that the D3x was actually ready last year, and that the D3 sensor is really a 24MP one. Follow the trail at DPR

I was sent evidence supporting this, but unfortunately woke up before I could update the site… :-)

Back in this Universe I note that TH suggests 2011 for the D4:
“..What we’ll see in 2010 is the ‘s’ models. Given where things are, these might be video and Live View improvements.”

Looks like this may become a long page ;-)

2nd After all the info we’ve been sent, we thought we ought to keep Nikon info on a page of its own :-)

The most likely update is to the D3, but we’ll include anything for what a lot of people think might be an MX format

This from our Canon MF info:

Will there be an ‘MF’ camera from Nikon? The oft mentioned MX format? Well, there is a collection of comments and thoughts on what a ‘DM1’ MX format camera might mean over at Nikon Guides

“…semi-modular professional camera with a 36 x 48mm 50 megapixel sensor, ISO 25-800 sensitivity, and files so huge that the smallest memory card you’ll want to consider will be a 233X UDMA-enabled 32GB card that can barely squeeze 100 aboard images. Your $9995 will get you a camera with built-in GPS and WAN capability, and a 4.3-inch TFT LCD. ”

Certainly, such a camera would stick a boot quite nicely into the somewhat ‘refined’ digital MF market. I’m sure many digital MF dealers (or the few remaining manufacturers) would not welcome Nikon barging into their market ;-)

1st D3x announced

Key Features

24.5 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range and 12-channel readout.
ISO 100 – 1600: extendable up to 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 50 (equivalent).
5fps consecutive shooting (7fps in DX Crop mode)
EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.
Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customization of image parameters before capture and offer complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various colour modes.
920,000-dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images using the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
Two Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX crop mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
Quick response: approx. 40 ms shutter-lag and 55 ms viewfinder black-out.
Highly accurate, durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit: Standard rating of 300, 000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
Dual CF card slots: configurable for parallel (simultaneous) or serial (consecutive) recording.
HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
Durable magnesium alloy body built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments.
Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4.

  D3 D3x
Sensor 12mp FX 24.5mp FX
Frame rate 9 fps, 11 fps DX w/o focus 5 fps, 7 fps DX
ISO settings LO1, 200-6400, HI1, HI2 LO1, 100-1600, HI1, HI2

D3x Specifications

Release specs.

Sensor 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
FX format
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
25.72 million total pixels
24.5 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Price $7999
Image processor Nikon EXPEED
Image sizes
(FX format) 
6048 x 4032 [L]
4544 x 3024 [M]
3024 x 2016 [S]
Image sizes
(DX format) 
3968 x 2640 [L]
2976 x 1976 [M]
1984 x 1320 [S]
Image sizes
(5:4 format) 
5056 x 4032 [L]
3792 x 3024 [M]
2528 x 2016 [S]
File formats  NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Lens mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
No field of view crop (full-frame)
When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
Usable lenses Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36×24)/5:4 (30×24) image size
AF NIKKOR other than type G or D: All functions supported except 3D Colour Matrix Metering II
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Colour Matrix Metering II
Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Colour Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
* IX NIKKOR lenses cannot be used
* Excluding lenses for F3AF
Auto Focus 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
Multi-CAM 3500FX
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
AF Area Mode Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
Automatic-area AF
Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

AF assist External Speedlite only
Exposure modes Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
Manual [M]

TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
3D Colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Colour matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8, 15, or 20 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (default 12 mm)
Spot: Meters approx. 4 mm dia. circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Metering range 3D Colour Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter coupling CPU and AI
Exposure lock Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketing • 2 to 9 frames
1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Exposure compen. +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Sensitivity Default: ISO 200 – 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Boost: 100 – 12800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, HI2 = ISO 25600
Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
DOF Preview Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modeling flash
White balance Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning
Manual presets (four)
Colour temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Picture Control Standard
Image parameters Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
Hue: 5 levels
Colour space  sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
Viewfinder  Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.7x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen  B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
LCD monitor 3.0 ” TFT LCD
922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 Colours)
170° viewing angle
Brightness adjustment
LCD Liveview Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
Shooting modes Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 – 9 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 – 11 fps with DX format)
Liveview [LV]
Self-Timer (programmable)
Mirror-up mode
Continuous buffer  JPEG Large/Normal: 64 shots (at 9 fps)
RAW: no data yet
Self-timer 2 to 20 sec custom
Flash control  •TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
Slow Sync
Rear-curtain Sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Orientation sensor Tags images with camera orientation
Playback mode Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
One-touch zoom
RGB histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point
Auto image rotation

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)

Custom functions  48 custom functions
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type A connector)
Remote control 10-pin terminal
PC Sync flash terminal
10-pin terminal 

GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Remote control: via 10-pin terminal

Communications  FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
Storage Dual Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Power  Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a/EL4
Included dual battery charger MH-22
Optional AC adapter EH-6
Dimensions  160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)
Weight (no batt)  1220 g (2.11 lb)

2008 November 19th The 24MP speculation mounts [DPR] and for MX too (see also our MF info page)

17th D3x on the 1st of December? [DPR] 24MP and a weak AA filter?

12th Thom Hogan has made his (Mostly Nikon) pronouncements for 2009 which includes a D3 followup idea:

Something not called a D3x: probably announced in late 2008, but certainly announced in early 2009 and shipped by the March timeframe.
D3-type body, new Nikon FX high resolution sensor
At least 24mp
If this is indeed in the D3 body as I expect, then I will also predict a D700-type body version of it about a year afterwards; Nikon likes using sensors in more than one body

His article is (as ever) always worth a read

2008 June 8th There have been enough D3X comments that we thought we’d put a few on a page of their own…

The most credible source for a lot of info is Thom Hogan, who is widely regarded fro his Nikon info. He summed up a DPR comment with:
“Thus, I’m predicting that by Christmas the Nikon DSLR lineup will look like this: D60, D90, D300, D3, D3x, and possibly the D10 or whatever the lower-speced FX body is called.”

Thom is also not afraid of making predictions, so for a good discussion of what’s expected and what he got right last year, see his 2008 predictions..

There is also a supposed YT video.

Even more in the land of speculation there’s the likes of…

28 or even 32MB?? In a DPR thread we get:

“Today told that while the resolution of the new top Nikon is a closely guarded secret, a strong hint was dropped in that it will offer an additional 12mpg crop. This sounds as though it will exceed the resolution of the 1DS MKIII – possibly 28mpg or 32mpg – at full resolution…”

We’re told that this underwater housing for the D3, originally included a mention of the D3 and D3X but now it doesn’t…

It seems that in a Delkin Press release back in December there was mention of the D3X

“Poway, CA. December 3, 2007 – Delkin Devices, Inc. today expanded the outer limits of CompactFlash card storage capacity and speed for digital cameras by announcing its 16GB UDMA enabled CompactFlash PRO card. This latest addition to Delkin’s Compact Flash PRO line boosts screaming fast read/write speeds—up to 305x (45MB/sec sustained transfer speed capability). Now photographers using UDMA enabled cameras such as the Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon D3X have a memory card that can maximize the full benefits of their camera investment.”

However as is pointed out by those with more critical rumour checking skills, there is no D3 on the list, so just a typo? ;-)

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