It’s been quite some time since we have heard anything about the Nikon D400. When the D7100 launched, there was a lot of concern that the D400 wouldn’t show up to replace the D300s after all, and that Nikon would allow the D7100 to remain atop the DX camera lineup and the D600 would sit at the low end of the FX line as a gap-bridger to the D800.
New rumors suggest that the D400 was, in fact, pushed back in Nikon’s DSLR line-up in order to allow the D7100 to shine for awhile on its own. Of course, the D7100 is an excellent camera in its own right; however, it is still missing some things that you expect on a proper D300s replacement.
Additionally, it seems that Nikon and Canon are playing a waiting game with each other before they release the D400 and 7D Mark II, respectively. The D300s and 7D were quite the combo to go head-to-head. And they are both still doing just that. However, 4 years later now, its about time we see something else on the high-end APS-C front from both manufacturers.
Rumored specs include more processing power to handle the high resolution files at a faster frame rate (something in which the D7100 lags behind). Additionally, the faster processor may lead to 60p video at higher resolutions. An improved AF system is also rumored for the D400, as well as the Nikon D4s, which is rumored for a 2014 release. The D400 is also rumored to pack the same 24MP sensor as the D7100 with no AA filter to boot.
The latest announcement date for the D400 is September 2013, but could be pushed to early 2014 depending on what happens with the Canon 7D Mark II.
[via Photography Life]