In what could be the biggest camera launch of the year, one of Nikon Rumors’ sources has tipped the launch of the Nikon D4 and D400 for August.
Given the coming Sony A77 with a 24MP sensor, it is most likely that the D400 will sport the same 24MP APS-C sensor but labeled with the ubiquitous “Developed by Nikon” asterisk seen in recent Nikon pro-DSLR specs. The D400 will almost certainly feature 1080p video to follow the recent trend of Nikon DSLRs. Hopefully, the D400 will avoid the cumbersome aperture adjustment problem that made the Nikon D7000 more frustrating for video capture.
As for the Nikon D4, there haven’t been any solid indicators as to what kind of sensors Sony has planned for its next full-frame cameras. However, if Nikon could make use of the 24.6MP sensor found in the D3x and Sony A900/A850, while putting it to buffer-crunching speeds offered by the Nikon D3s, I don’t think too many Nikon shooters would be complaining.
But don’t let me speak for you…. Would the love-child of the D3x and D3s give you enough speed and resolution, or would you still beg for more. If so, what?
And for those of you looking for the nostalgic history of Nikon’s recent pro cameras, consider the following.
The Nikon D3 was announced on August 23, 2007 alongside the D300. The dynamic duo were refreshed two years later by the Nikon D3s and D300s on October 14, 2009, both of which added 720p HD video capture, while the D3s scored some serious improvements in high-ISO noise control.
So, what’s on your Nikon D4 and D400 wish list?
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