Who said class action lawsuits do not work? Just few hours after I reported that the first D600 class action lawsuit was filed in California federal court, Nikon USA published a new technical service advisory where they announced a free cleaning and free shutter replacement for all D600 owners, even those with expired warranty. You can send your camera even if you do not have a problem. To schedule your service, go to this website. My only concern is that this advisory is valid only for the US, hopefully other Nikon subsidiaries will follow. Update: Nikon Japan, Nikon China, Nikon Canada and other subsidiaries have also issued similar service advisories - this is global fix.
New Nikon D600 cameras are still available on Amazon for slightly over $1,500. Check also the refurbished D600 prices on eBay.
Here is the full text of the service advisory:
Nikon D4s pre-order options (shipping starts on March 6th):
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If the new $6,500 D4s dos not fit your budget, B&H is currently selling refurbished Nikon D610 full frame cameras for $1,749.95 (vs. $1,996.95 for a new body). Here are few other refurbished products worth mentioning:
The first Nikon D4s vs. D4 high ISO comparisons (and other D4s information) can be found at Clubsnap. There is also a short video demonstrating the Nikon D4s shutter burst:
The first official sample images from the new Nikon D4s (pre-order options) are now available on flickr and Nikon Japan:
Update: more samples and few comparisons can also be found here.
Nikon is rumored to release a new D4 firmware update. The new version could be out as early as tomorrow. I have no details on what will be included, but I doubt we will see some of the D4s upgrades to trickle down to the D4.
The Nikon D4 memory card issue (when using the cameras with any of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CF 160MB/s and Sony XQD S cards at the same time) has been fixed by SanDisk and do not require a firmware update.
The Nikon D4s is now officially announced: 16MP sensor, ISO 409,600, RAW S (small) and a price tag of $6,500 ($500 more than the D4; see D4s vs. D4 specs comparison).
Nikon D4s highlights:
- 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- 3.2" LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
- Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 409600
- 11 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
- 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
- 14-Bit RAW Files and 12-Bit RAW S Format
- 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
Nikon D4s pre-order links:
Shipping will start on March 6th. Official sample images are available here.
Nikon also announced a new Capture NX-D software and two Quick-Draw straps.
Additional Nikon D4s details: