- 3″ OLED screen
- New battery and grip (the BP-511 is getting rather dated)
- GPS Built-in
- Wifi as an add-on
Similar spec rumors on the Canon 1D Mark IV:
- 3″ OLED screen
- APS-H format
- 12 frames per second (presumably, it will autofocus properly)
- GPS Built-in
- Wifi as an add-on
Another wish spec-list has surfaced on the Sony A800. While doubtful, I thought I would pass this one along as well.
Sony A800 Specs (Rumor #3)
- 16.2MP full frame sensor exmor R (new technology)
- 100-25600 ISO
- 8 frame/sec
- SSI, same a900 OVF, new AF system,
- GPS and WiFi built-in
- 3.5 in. LCD display
- Pop-up flash
- Flash sync (1/500)
- Camera level
- 23 AF sensors
- Quick Live View
- Video Full HD
- Dust/splashes sealed
- Aluminum-magnesium alloy body
- Released early September, 2009
Seems a little ambitious to me . . . . I like the previous list better as specs that we might actually see. To be fair, Photo Rumors doesn’t give the tip any real credence either.
I was checking to see if anything had surfaced on the Nikon D400 and I noticed that an “exact match” (when you put your search term in quotes) search for “Nikon D400” produced a number of new stories about the rumored camera, but also revealed that legitimate retailers, like B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com, are buying ads in Google’s search results for the exact match term “Nikon D400”.
Here’s a screen capture of the search results for “Nikon D400”:
I recalled that B&H and Amazon did the same thing with the D90 back in August, just prior to its release.
For now, the links are going to search results pages for Nikon D400.
And, here’s the search query that I used.
The rumors and chatter are in full force now. If anything new is coming from Nikon at PMA, I’m strongly leaning toward the Nikon D400 as their DSLR release.
As for specs, I’ve seen several rumors lately that compare it the Canon 50D, which if true, the Nikon D400 will stack up quite nicely:
- 15 megapixels
- 6 frames per second
- ISO 12800
- 51 point AF
- 1080p video
While none of the sources I’ve read indicate substantial reliability on the specs, I think these make sense and are quite reasonable. First, it crushes the Canon 50D, particularly if high-ISO performs anywhere near the D700. Second, it’s enough of a step up from the D300 to be a true replacement as opposed to an “oh, we’ve got an upgrade” kind of release.
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Sure as tomorrow is coming, a Nikon D400 will come . . . some day. When? I can’t say for sure. I’d wager that PMA 2009 (in March) would be a good place to announce it. Frankly, I’m surprised that we haven’t seen more rumors on this camera lately. As far as DSLRs go, it’s the next big thing for Nikon.
Nikon Rumors is reporting some rumored specs of the Nikon D400 (at a price tag of $2000) from an anonymous source, which are as follows:
- 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 color (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 color 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
[via NR] Plausible?
I think so. These specs seem like a solid response to both the Canon 50D and Canon 5D Mark II. Given the bargain price of the Canon 50D, however, I’m not too sure how bad it will hurt the 50D. $2000 is a bit of a magic number for prosumer DSLRs and it may be enough to sway those Nikonians looking to switch to the 5D Mark II if these specs and price point turns out to be true.
For now, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D400 coverage for the latest news and rumors.
Thom Hogan has piped up on bythom.com with some thoughts and possible insider info on the coming Nikon D3x and D90 cameras. Word is that a D3x with the rumored 24+ megapixels should be announced around Photokina in September. The D80 replacement (the D90) may creep out past Photokina (perhaps PMA 2009).
I received a message out of Japan that the high-resolution camera is in the D3 body. I trust that message more than my guess, though please note that having one (usually good) source does not mean something is verified. . . . It seems that a D80 replacement should also be in that set of announcements, which should come just before Photokina, but we just haven’t seen any of the kinds of leaks and rumors we have with previous consumer bodies out of Thailand, so maybe the D80 replacement is going to be later than Photokina.
I don’t have any insider info myself; however, my money is on a for sure showing of the D3x (or whatever they call it) at Photokina. I’m also starting to wonder whether or not Nikon will replace the Nikon D80 at all. I’m beginning to think that they’ll let the D40/D60 line handle the entry-level consumer and let the D70/D80 line die off.
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Below is an archived record of the Nikon D700 rumors leading up to its official announcement.
Is this the new Nikon D700? These images have surfaced across the web and purport to be official promotion material of the Nikon D700. Looks pretty convincing to me. A good portion of the material is readable and appears to be quality copy written for a Nikon DSLR. Additionally, the Nikon D300 price appears to be dropping – perhaps in order to make room for the Nikon D700’s more premium price point. One thing’s for sure, the Nikon rumors are seriously heating up as we move closer to Photokina 2008.
If these are legit, here’s what you can expect from the new Nikon D700:
- FX Format
- 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED Image Processor
- 14 bit A/D Conversin
- 16 bit Image Processing
- Magnesium Alloy Body
- Compatible with MB-D10 Battery Grip
Nikon D700 Full Specs
Price (body only):
- US $ 2999
- 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
- FX format
- RGB Color Filter Array
- Built-in fixed low-pass filter
- 12.9 million total pixels
- 12.1 million effective pixels
- 3:2 aspect ratio
- Nikon EXPEED
- 14 bit
- 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
- 3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
- 2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
- 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
- 2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
- 1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
- NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
- NEF + JPEG
- JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
- 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
- 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 Color Matrix Metering II
- AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color 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; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
- 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
- Multi-CAM 3500FX
- AF working range: -1 to +19 EV
- Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
- Program Auto [P] with flexible program
- Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
- Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
- 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color 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
- 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)
- Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
- Presets (seven) with fine tuning
- Manual presets (four)
- Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K, 31 steps)
- White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
- Auto (200 – 6400)
- Up to ISO 25600(expanded range)
Flash Sync Mode:
- Front-curtain Sync (normal)
- Red-Eye Reduction
- Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
- Slow Sync
- Rear-curtain Sync
- Compact Flash Type I or II
- UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
- Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
- Included battery charger MH-18a
- Optional AC adapter EH-5a
- Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
- Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
- One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries
More Nikon D700 Images
Nikon D700 Updates
6/30/08: Rumored leak in German magazine – D700 and SB-900 (with photos). (Read more)
6/26/08: Rumor of a June 30 announcement. (Read more)
6/25/08: Rumored pic of D700 and new lens, turned out to be a fake. (Read more)
6/20/08: Info on a July 1 announcement. (Read more)
Earlier this week, Thom Hogan had some more insight on the new releases from Nikon for 2008. Specifically, he noted on his site that Nikon gave an indication of low projected unit volume in the coming year. He noted that Nikon’s commentary on this projection was that Nikon would focus on “upper end” cameras this year. Thom noted futher how this was consistent with the rumors of the Nikon D3x. Still, Thom notes, that doesn’t rule out the introduction of a Nikon D90 or a mid-level Nikon D10. Both of these models are certainly higher up the food chain than the Nikon D40/D40x/D60 that have pushed Nikon up in the market over the past year or so.
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