Looking at Thom Hogan's Nikon product introductions, It looks likely to be a D90 replacement. The D90 AF was under specified from day one. The video (much as I hate to deal with it it) has been thoroughly eclipsed. It would normally be time for a D90s(x) but it seems new sensors are ready, so adios D90... The D5000 pretty much spelled the end.
I hated the idea of video (crappy video, anyway) but several clients have asked so I'm ready to jump. I'm running my shop on two D300 bodies and a D3000 for my personal rig.
Say it's a D7000 (D90 replacement). The 1080i spec indicates 2nd generation video - lets hope they:
*extended the record time from 5 minutes - even a small improvement would be helpful
*new video codec - some flavor of H.264 please
*mic/line audio input
*better contrast-detect AF for live view and video (I tried out a D90 the other day and man, it just doesn't work hardly at all!)
The new AF sensor will be great - not quite the 51-point D300s - but at least better than my little D3000!
Let's hope they simplify the menus - oh, and don't kill me, but they can leave out the AF motor AFAIC. Never met an AF-s lens I didn't like. Don't be surprised if it happens, Nikon faithful. Prepare yourself emotionally....
I'll buy one because the better video will allow me to occasionally leave my heavy duty Panasonic video rig at home.
Bring it on, Nikon brothers!