Nikon D400 Ads Surface

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.

B&H Photo Nikon D400 Ad Link

Adorama Nikon D400 Ad Link

Amazon.com D400 Ad Link

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.

For the latest news on the D400, stay tuned to the Photography Bay front page and the Nikon D400 Rumors page.

What do you think?

Anyone heard of, seen, touched or dreamt of the Nikon D400?  Fire away in the comments below or email me at pic at contact [at] photographybay.com.

Rumor: Nikon D400 at 14.8 Megapixels

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.

Nikon D3x and D90 Updates

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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Nikon D700 Rumor Archives

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

Sensor:

  • 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

Image processor:

  • Nikon EXPEED

A/D conversion:

  • 14 bit

Image sizes:

(FX format)

  • 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
  • 3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
  • 2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]

(DX format)

  • 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
  • 2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
  • 1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]

File formats:

  • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
  • NEF + JPEG
  • TIFF
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21)

Lens mount:

  • 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

Usable lenses:

  • 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

Auto Focus:

  • 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX
  • AF working range: -1 to +19 EV
  • Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode

Exposure modes:

  • Program Auto [P] with flexible program
  • Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
  • Aperture-Priority Auto [A]

Metering:

  • 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)

White balance:

  • 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)

Sensitivity:

  • 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

Storage:

  • Compact Flash Type I or II
  • UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported

Power:

  • 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

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)

More Rumors on Nikon D90, D10 & D3x

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.

More from Photography Bay:

Nikon D3x

Nikon D10

Nikon D90

Photokina 2008

New Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IIIn Rumor – June 2008

Just when we thought rumors had died off for the Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IIIn, up crops another over at the FredMiranda.com forums.  This one seems pretty weak on its face; however, Yakim (the poster) has been around for quite some time and generally has a pretty good ear to the ground for upcoming gear.  Still yet, take it with a grain of salt.

5D Mk II.
1D Mk III N.
2 new lenses.

The source is an old Israeli photographer which shoots Nikon, has a vast collection of Nikon equipment and has some internal knowledge in Nikon and Canon (a little). FWIW, he is well respected in Israel and is considered a reliable source.

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For more on each of these cameras, see Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II page and Canon 1D Mark IIIn page.

Canon 5D Mark II and 3D Rumors Gone Wild

The rumor mill is in full swing across a variety of camera brands right now.  While I’m happy to pass them along, remember folks, these are still rumors.  I do my best to point you to the sources when I can find them. Additionally, there are a ton of rumors that I simply pass over because they are so obviously false.


Looking back at some of the comments made by Photography Bay readers on the Canon 5D Mark II rumor regarding a purported screenshot of a Canon.de webpage (see here), I was almost certain that it’s a fake.  Additionally, I’m inclined to disregard the information that appeared with it.

However, I want to point out one additional observation.  A commenter going by the name “Phil” found what appears to be the source of the screen shot over at PBase (here’s the link).  Phil actually didn’t link to the 5D Mark II screenshot.  He linked to a screenshot of a Canon EOS 3D from Canon.it (Canon Italy).  When I saw it, I figured I would post something a little later tonight; however, it’s gone now and the following message appears in it’s place:

The images have been removed.  We simply had to remove them.  Why?

Well, a very well-known lawyer sent us a long letter on behalf of an extremely irritated marketing department of a dreadfully famous company.

Guess what happened?

Well it seems we slightly messed up the plans they had for the launch of a product . . . sorry but it was not our fault.

Peace & be happy.

You can take it for what it’s worth.  Frankly, I don’t know if PBase’s message isn’t a worse marketing headache for Canon than the screenshot.  I was ready to write off the screenshot as a dummied up page by someone trying to stir the pot.  Now, I’m scratching my head a bit.  Also, the presence of this message on the Canon 3D screenshot page makes me wonder even more.  I’m still trying to dig up a cached image of the Canon.it screenshot, but haven’t had any luck yet.

For now, you can keep up with the rumors on the Canon 5D Mark II Rumors page or the Canon 3D Rumors page.

Sony A700 Discontinued?

Reports are surfacing that the Sony A700 is destined to be discontinued in April.  Most of this info arises out of notations in Best Buy’s inventory system, which indicates a discontinuance date of April 27, 2008 for the Sony A700.  Here are a few of the quotes from readers who have posted this news in forums:

I just called my local BB in Maryland. There is a discontinue date of 4/27/08 for this cam. They are selling at origial price until at least after the discontinue date.

The clerk said she had heard of the new replacement coming out but didn’t have much info.

The discontinue is widespread. Something is going on. Many other electronics sellers are dropping the price on the a700.

My BB has a decent amount of Aplpha gear. The A100, A200, A350, A700, 18-200, 11-18 and 75-300. Some filters too. They also have a discontinued date of 4/27. This all happened very quickly as I was in there about a week ago trying to monitor the price of the 36 flash and the A700 was full list price of $1,399. They are not getting rid of all Alpha items, just A700.

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Whether this means Sony is discontinuing the A700 or whether it’s just that Best Buy is no longer carrying the A700 remains to be seen.  The A700 does, however, seem to be a bit of an odd duck right now, due to the introduction of the A300 and A350.  I could certainly see Sony dropping the A700 from the current lineup in order to incorporate the awesome Live View featured on the A300 and A350 into a true prosumer DSLR.