Nikon event in Taipei tomorrow

Update: the event in Taipei was for the already announced Coolpix cameras - see this report for more info.

Nikon has scheduled an event in Taipei for tomorrow (March 22nd, 2011). The only detail I have is the text 新品體驗會 (translation: "the experience of new models" or "an experience of new stuff"). The event will take a place in one of the luxurious hotels in Taipei and may not be for a new product announcement. Has anyone received an invitation?

Nikon Malaysia is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of events from March 31st till April 3rd, 2011.

They are also promising a surprise contest on March 31st:

"We have a special contest planned for you. Do come back on 31 March 2011 to find out what’s the surprise!"

I already reported about a possible press event on April 4th. This date could have been moved to the second week of April because of the situation in Japan. I believe a new product announcements is imminent in the next 3 weeks. Potential new products to be released are the Nikon D5100, Nikon's mirrorless camera and some tips even suggested the D400.

Nikon's strategy is to announce different product categories separately in order to get full attention of the press. We should no longer see Coolpix and DSLR announcement on the same date. This could mean that we may have multiple announcements in the next few weeks.

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  • Del-Uks

    Nikon will announce the D800 production at Notion VTEC factory… simply because Nikon needs an economical boost after loosing the Sendaï factory.


  • broxibear

    “Nikon holds 10th anniversary carnival
    IN conjunction with Nikon Corp’s 10th year anniversary, its local unit Nikon Malaysia Sdn Bhd will be organising a four-day carnival this month between March 31 and April 3.
    Several activities are lined up for fans of electronic gadgets and photography enthusiasts, including the launch of the Nikon Club at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
    Visitors attending the event are also promised plenty of fun activities including photo contests, photography talks, a full range of photography equipment on display, history of Nikon photography, offers and promotions for its latest cameras and lenses. Admission is free.”

  • (Fingers crossed) D800… D800… D800…

    • D800?

      D800 @ >20Mp? Where to buy?? (with or without video…)

  • Uck761

    The “新品體驗會” should be translated as “the experience of new models”

    Btw, Nikon, don’t disappoint me, I hope the D800 will come with more than 20MP sensor.

    • WoutK89

      News flash, D800 will feature 19.9 MP 😛

    • thanks for the exact translation, I updated the post

      • Joe

        Admin, Uck761’s translation is not so accurate too. It should be “An experience of new stuff”. It does NOT necessarily imply a new product or new camera model. It can just be a new idea, new accessories or new online service.

        • thanks, I added your version as well

          • Mock Kenwell

            Admin, unfortunately, both these translations are inaccurate. It actually reads, “The D800 will come out on March 31st.”

            • Joe

              I wish that would be true too. lol

    • Andy Yang

      Actually, it’s just a flowery substitute for “Product Launch Press Conference”, likely for the batch of compacts announced in early February.

    • Geoff_K

      I would be happy at 18-20MP with video.

  • The invisible man


    • the woman

      The d900 post just gets funnier and funnier each time you post it–you are hilarious!

      • the dog

        wait wait, I have it… the D1000

  • I must say that I have not received any other info about a potential announcement on March 22nd – I will be surprised if Nikon announces a new product tomorrow, but everything is possible. Plans may have changed in the last few weeks as a result of the earthquake in Japan.

  • K

    Hope it’s the D5100

  • mirrorless PRO! :))

  • aslightdelay

    Well, if they do a contest, hopefully it’s run better than the Aspire sweepstakes. They said they’d be announcing a winner in February; we’re nearly in April, and still nothing.

  • I think they are in Taipei to get away from all the sadness in Japan. A Taipei location would suggest something consumer or computer oriented, not a new pro FX body. VTEC is a specialty machine shop. Parts will come from there, but not complete camera bodies.

    Also, it’s a bit soon to say the Sendai factory is lost.

    • LOLCATmasterFTW!!!

      Most likely VTEC can do the camera bodies (magnesium alloy chasis and bodies) however I think what they may not be able to do is the rest.

      • That’s not too far out. They could do finishing machining on the magnesium castings that are made elsewhere. There are all sorts of non optical parts they could manufacture.

  • Ting Tian

    新品體驗會 is like this:
    新品: new product
    體驗: try out, experience
    會: event, meeting

    based on the name, the activity could be either an event that allows people to try a new product like D5100, or just an event that provides P300, D7000, etc. for testing. I think it should be about P300 and the new DCs, not a new DSLR.

  • The invisible man

    I found a Nikon D800 !
    (D5000-D3000-(10xD90)-D300)=D800 !

  • mshi

    No, it’s digital FM2.

    • I’d get one.

      • Elton

        Really? 60% center weight match needle metering, manual focus, manual exposure, can’t see the image until post processing. Aperture ring only lenses…

        Buy yourself a nice d3100. Turn everything to manual, including turning auto review off. Enjoy.

        • mshi

          Come on, dude. I was talking about its form factor.

          • elton

            So you do want the auto-focus sensors, back LCD, command dials, a battery big enough to power it more than 10 seconds, etc? You’re asking for a D3100. Form follows function.

  • Digital mirrorless FM2?

    Plus they are going to announce a video contest

    Uhoh, maybe I shouldnt have told? 😛

  • Kede

    It’s D800! Ok, I hope it’s d800….

  • mandrake

    If anything gets announced my bet is on the D5100 but I wish it were the D800.

  • na

    all i want is d400….
    when will they put the vr on their 300 f4, and where is af-s 80-400

    • PAG

      +1 … in a really big, bold font

      • count my +1 too
        it’s a shame that they don’t have a 300 f/4 VR… I just can’t afford nor do I want to carry a 300 f/2.8

    • Daniyar

      +1 on VR for 300/F4 and/or new 80-400.

  • Ron Lty

    ISO performance @ 17200 equivalent to that of a D3 @ ISO 200
    120fps @ 4K native video
    same price as the D700
    same dimensions as the D700

    one can dream without being trolled please ><

    • Ron I like your dream but doubt the specs. I can’t see Nikon going beyond 16mp or 18mp for D800, D4. D4x at 32mp much later. Remember their statement about not getting into a mp race with others.

      Personally I doubt we will see the D4 until Fall, if then, with the D800 to follow. The tragedy in Japan will likely hold things up a bit.

      But one can dream:-)

  • Alex

    All I want this ‘Christmas’ is a D700s.

  • Myles

    I have this sneaking suspicion that if we get an announcement for any pro bodies within the next month, then we should expect serious delays before they actualley hit the market. If indeed, as we expect, production of pro bodies has been impacted at sandai, then it’s reasonable to put forward that even tight lipped nikon may announce what they were working on, simply to try and hook us PBS product that has been significantly delayed because of unforeseeable events. I expected d4, d800 to be announced in the fall, but if we hear sooner, then I suspect they are significantly delayed and are going to rely in te hype machine called the intranet to sustain intrest while try get their shot together in the aftermath in and around sandai. IMHO.

  • LOLCATmasterFTW!!!

    How shameful that people here are asking for a new camera model when Japan has been suffering because of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactors problems…

    Dudes and dudettes really, can you be less of a selfish pr*cks? Instead of thinking a new camera you could be donating money to the Red Cross in Japan to help the thousands of homeless, sick and hurt people.

    • danmur

      I have donated, and unless you didn’t notice, them having the announcement shows that they are still in business. It’s not selfish, talking about the company, and being interested in products that they are going to be release is also going to help them.

      We are customers, and we support them. If they were in such shambles, they wouldn’t have any announcements.

      So go preach elsewhere.

      • Touché

        Very well said!

    • Mock Kenwell

      Bleeding heart, politically correct bullshit. Plus you actually typed the words “dudes and dudettes.” Your credibility card is revoked. Just assume everyone here cares about Japan to their last breath. If you want boo-hooing, go post on, not a site dedicated TO PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO SPECULATE ABOUT FUTURE CAMERAS. It’s not a tough concept. Really. You people are really pissing me off.

      Healthy Nikon = Healing Japan

      • mandrake

        Couldn’t have said it better!

      • scurvy hesh

        I would have agreed with you but you had to play the “Politically Incorrect” card. Only human Shreks like Limbaugh use that term.

    • Rob

      Obvious troll. People don’t come to a camera forum to mourn the losses of others. They come to talk about cameras. He just wants you to respond.

    • JakeB

      Nice of you to stop digging in the rubble/pouring water on the reactors long enough to tell off others.

      Your post assumes that everyone here hasn’t donated. Other than that, what do you want us to do?

      Meanwhile, life goes on. If people want to take pleasure from speculating on Nikon Rumors, which will ultimately translate into big purchases and PROFIT for Nikon, is that such a bad thing?

    • Geoff_K

      Do you want some cheese with that whine ?

  • Hey, I live in Taipei and have a few hours off in the middle of the afternoon. I’ll try to swing by the hotel and have a look if anyone has anymore information about it. (Hotel and time?)

    • unfortunately the tipster did not give me the location, I tried to find it online and but I couldn’t, thanks anyway

    • Segura

      DO IT!!!!

  • dyrcz

    I was tired of waiting, so I bought a Nikon D3s yesterday + 24mm f/1.4G and now i´m very happy Nikonian! 🙂

    • I bet you are!! That would be a killer combo.

  • broxibear

    Nikon have released another statement about the impact of the earthquake and tsunami today…
    2nd Notice on the impact by the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan

    The Nikon Group would express our deepest condolences to the victims of the earthquake and extend our profound sympathy and heartfelt concern to those individuals and families suffering from the disaster.

    We have set up the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the President on March 11 immediately after the earthquake, and have been gathering safety information of our employees, examining damage to the manufacturing equipment and continuing every effort to resume operation at the earliest possible. The following is an update regarding the impact of the earthquake on the Nikon Group and outlook on the future production.

    1. Safety of the employees
    To our deepest regret, death of one employee of Sendai Nikon Corporation has been confirmed. Safety of three employees is not yet confirmed in the area of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture.
    2. Damage to the manufacturing equipment and outlook on the future production
    One of our own plants and seven of our manufacturing subsidiaries are located in Miyagi Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture in the disastrous region*. Operation has been suspended at all of them after the earthquake.
    At Tochigi Nikon Corporation, operation has started from Friday, March 18.
    At Sendai Nikon Corporation and Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., both of which have been severely damaged, operation is expected to resume by the end of this March. Operation at the remaining facilities will start tomorrow on March 23.

    Even after operation resumes, we have a concern that the situation may happen where our production cannot fully satisfy our customers’ requirement due to inability of full swing production caused by problems such as the planned blackouts of electricity and procurement of components from our business partners. While we will do our utmost effort to overcome such expected difficulties, we will be most grateful if our customers could understand such circumstances.
    We assure to extend our best support for restoration of the facilities hit by the disaster to our customers of Precision Equipment and Instruments business, and repair/servicing to our customers of Imaging business suffering from the disaster.
    3. Forecast of effect by the damage to our business performances
    We are continuing our endeavor to evaluate how the immediate damage by the disaster and planned blackouts of electricity will result in our group companies and business performances. We will announce our findings immediately when it is judged that there will be important change in our forecast.

    * Locations of each plant and manufacturing subsidiaries

    * Mito Plant, Nikon Corporation : Mito,Ibaraki Pref.
    * Sendai Nikon Corporation : Natori, Miyagi Pref.
    * Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
    * Zao factory, Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
    * Tochigi Nikon Corporation : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
    * Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
    * Kurobane Nikon Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
    * Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. : Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Pref.

    Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. is an equity-method company.
    Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd. which is an equity-method company.

  • Libra @ Taipei

    Looks like it’s for Nikon Coolpix DC, including P300, P500, L120, and S9100

    • cannot open the link, but thanks – the event was just to show some of the existing products

  • Garni

    D800 please, i dont wanna wait until aug or later!
    damnit nikon

  • So, anything happen at the event?

  • chocobo

    Try this:


    NO DSLR!!

    • Thanks!

      • coolpuke

        some coolpux for me , again !!!

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