Rumors of a Nikon D400 have recently began to surface. A couple of reputable sources, Thom Hogan and DPR forum user jeff-c, have alluded to a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor manufactured by Sony being placed in the D400. (via DPR) While December 1 has been speculated as the announcement date for the past week or so, no confirmation has come yet. jeff-c said that Nikon would announce a high-MP 135-size DSLR in about 45 days back around the end of October – so the first half of December looks pretty promising.
Thinking back to a little over a year ago, the announcement of a D400 makes more sense. Recall that last Fall, Nikon announced the D3 and D300 together. Both cameras were shockers and solid performers. Imagine what a D4 (or D3x) and a D400 combo would be like – with the D4 at 24+ megapixels on an FX sensor and the D400 as a 16 megapixel DX DSLR.
Additionally, the D400, when announced, would almost certainly have the ability to capture HD video like its sibling D90. In fact, I would expect the D400 video capabilities to be closer to that of the Canon 5D Mark II with audio-out capabilities and full 1080p capture.
And, while the timing is a little shorter than typically seen in Nikon’s DSLR cycle, the early (i.e., 12 mos. cycle) announcement of the 15 megapixel Canon 50D may force Nikon’s hand with the D400.
If the Nikon D400 isn’t announced in December 2008, you can almost bank on it for PMA 2009 though.
Stay tuned for the latest news and rumors on the Nikon D400.
1/27/09 – Spy Shot of Nikon D400?
2/5/09 – Nikon D400 book on Amazon.de.
4/5/09 – Possible April 14, 2009 announcement.
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The latest word on the long-rumored Nikon D3x is that Nikon’s going to drop the bombshell on December 1.
Additionally, rumors of a Nikon D400 are also surfacing.
I’ve not seen anything convincing of either point yet; however, Nikon Rumors has posted the trail of breadcrumbs here and here. You’ll also find a lively discussion in the DPR forums here.
Fotosidan has confirmed that there will be no Nikon press conference on November 20, as previously believed. Looks like the hopes of the Nikon D3x will have to wait a little while longer.
Here’s the Fotosidan original page and the translated english version.
Could this be the next version of the Nikon D3 that popped up on the Nikon Germany website? Here’s a closer look:
What’s a Nikon D3 2 folder doing just below the Nikon D3 and D300 folders? A Nikon D3x, a different folder for the Nikon D3′s updated firmware, or just a spare folder for all the Nikon D3 stuff?
I dunno, but crunch time is closing in for the 24MP rumored camera. See this Nikon D3x rumor for the last word on the topic.
A new rumor is surfacing regarding a follow up to the Pentax K20D. A Chinese forum, DCHome.net, reveals some specs for what could be the next Pentax DSLR. The initial rumored specs for the Pentax K30D are as follows:
- CMOS APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor (not APS-C – 1.5x)
- improved AF speed
- better ISO control
- 3.5fps at 14mp
- 6.5fps at 6mp
- new AF assist
Also in the rumor mill is a Pentax K300D with a new CMOS sensor developed in conjunction with Samsung.
There are a handful of forum posters that actually have access to inside information. These elect few don’t tout their credentials. No, they quietly state facts, which are proven by the later release of new camera models.
Yesterday, one of those forum posters spoke to the coming Nikon full frame pro body:
A high pixel count pro body in 135 format, about 45 days to go for more details. :-)
That’s it. That’s all he needed to say. Jeff-c is generally on the money with leaks, predictions or whatever you want to call it.
Additionally, he’s not the only one calling for a big December announcement from Nikon – see here and here.
Better pinch those pennies, because Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s bringing a Nikon D3x or D4 along with him.