Three possible scenarios for the Nikon D800 and other rumblings

I basically see three scenarios for what is currently going on with the D800:

  • The D800 is really delayed because of the floods. If that’s the case, Nikon could have announced the beast and then come up later and say that the camera is delayed, just like Sony did. Nobody would have complained. Canon’s 1Dx will not be available until March 2012 anyway.
  • Nikon saw that Canon announced a 18MP camera and decided that their 36MP is an overkill and pulled the plug. Less likely, but still possible.
  • Nikon distributed wrong D800 specs with made up announcement/expected date to confuse the competition (and NikonRumors). Or maybe they just want to see how people will react to a 36MP sensor?

Several sources are telling me that the next full frame camera from Nikon will be revolutionary. To be honest, I don’t see anything revolutionary in the D800 except the MP count and the removal of the AA filter. Maybe this “revolution” will come with the Nikon D4 and not the D800.

What else am I hearing?

  • The Nikon D800 product intro video was shot in Chicago few weeks ago. This should be easy to verify once the D800 is announced.
  • Nikon D800 camera samples were sent to many countries in preparation for the announcement.
  • The D800 will probably have a Sony made sensor while the D4 will have a Nikon produced sensor.
  • Several tipsters indicated that the Nikon D4 will be announced in January, 2012. The specs: 18-24MP, improved AF and video.
  • Received some reports that the Nikon SB-900 can no longer be ordered in Canada. A new SB-910 flash was one of the three products expected to be announced together with the D800.
I would not describe any of those tips as reliable at that point, I just wanted to share the latest buzz.
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