What could the Nikon D400 sensor be like?

The only D400 traces so far (credit: Anders Relling)

In addition to Nikon's press event on August 24th, Sony is also expected to announce its new a77 camera on the same date. This is another reason why we may not see a Nikon D300s replacement this month - Sony will want to take all the glory with its new 24MP sensor. Here is what I know about the a77 sensor in case Nikon decides to use it in the D300s replacement later this year:

  • World's first 24.3 MP APS-C sensor (FIY: Nikon D7000 has a normal ISO range of 100-6400)
  • ISO range of 100-16000 (expandable to ISO 50)
  • The sensor will offer AVCHD progressive (ver.2.0) full HD video recording at 60p which is also world's first
  • A 24p frame rate option will also be available.
A recent unscientific poll indicated that the D300s replacement is the second most anticipated Nikon camera right now (22% of all votes).
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