As we saw with the announcement of the Nikon D3s, it looks like Nikon intends to squeeze as much as possible out of that 12.1-megapixel FX format sensor . . . for good reason though, it’s an awesome sensor that has been producing great images for over 2 years now.
Rumors of succeeding models to the popular D3 (which saw a recent refresh with the D3s) and D700 bodies have been floating around for several months. Rumors of the D800 or a D700x seemed to gain momentum after Nikon announced the top-end D3x. Many expected to see a high-megapixel equivalent of the D700, which came roughly 9 months after after the D3. Since its introduction, the D700 has been characterized as sort of a “Nikon D3, Jr.”
With the next camera-release cycle just around the corner (first-quarter 2010), it should be no surprise that rumors of Nikon’s next-generation DSLRs are on the rise. I use the term “next-gen” because the rumors suggest that the 12.1-megapixel workhorse sensor may be left behind in favor of a higher resolution sensor in the next FX-format DSLR from Nikon. Additionally, there’s also plenty of talk that this next-gen FX series will finally challenge Canon’s 1080p resolution and other video features in its recent DSLR lineup. While many photographers could care less about video capabilities in DSLRs, there’s no doubt that video is becoming more and more popular as a crucial feature in DSLRs.
I quized a Nikon rep today he confirmed the D800 is coming but the release date won’t be till Feb March 2010
That would certainly coincide with a PMA 2010 announcement if this rumor is right. Also, that would be a bit under 2 years since the release of the D700.
Next up, Nikon Rumors pulls from a foreign forum reports of a pre-production 18-megapixel D4 in field testing.
D4 is already under primary field trial .FF sensor with 18 million pixels, Full HD-quality video as in Canon.
Frame Rate Of 10 images per second, 102,400 Asa quality similar to what today is Asa 25,600 in Nikon D3S. Improving the quality of the existing D3s by two stops.
Most important information: a completely new Autofocus sensor that will enable outstanding autofocus performance.
Note, however, that several commenters on the Nikon Rumors post have called into question the reliability of the forum poster in reporting leaks and rumors. This is a good time to be reminded that rumors are just that, rumors.
Until Nikon officially announces a D800 or D4 (or Chuck Norris is spotted using either), we’ll just keep tracking the rumors of these cameras. Stay tuned.