Upcoming Nikon products – all you need to know (recap)


A lot of information was reported here in the past 3 months. If you have missed any posts, here is a recap of all upcoming Nikon products:

Nikon D800 - already announced

  • 36 MP sensor (7360x4912)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Improved AF with face recognition – the D800 will still have 51 points AF point
  • CF+SD memory card slots
  • USB 3.0
  • ISO range: 100 – 6400, ISO LO @ 50 and  ISO HI-2 @ 25600
  • The screen will be larger than 3 inches (probably 3.2 in.)
  • The D800 will not have built-in GPS
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • There will be two different D800 versions/models, one with the antialiasing filter removed
  • 4 fps continuous shooting, about 6 fps in DX mode with optional battery pack
  • Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
  • Headphone jack, can input from an external device such as a PCM sound recorder
  • 86k pixels RGB sensor
  • 200,000 shutter cycles
  • Uncompressed HDMI video out (just like the Nikon D4)
  • See those cropped Nikon D800 samples at high ISO
  • The Nikon D800 commercial was shot in Chicago and  involves high speed motorcycle chase
  • I do not have an announcement date yet, I suspect the D800 will be announced for the CP+ show in Japan (February 9-12, 2012) or maybe even earlier

  • 16.2 MP
  • 11 fps
  • 100-12,800 ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
  • CF + XQD memory card slots! That's right, the Nikon D4 will have the new Compact Flash XQD memory card slot.
  • Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
  • Integrated Ethernet in the camera
  • Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder (maybe some type of a hybrid viewfinder? Nikon had several related patents)
  • Improved video, I have no other details on that but my guess is 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800
  • Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
  • Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
  • Improved 51 AF points
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
  • Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8
  • The Nikon D4 may start shipping at the end of January 2012 (or only few weeks after it is announced)
  • Announcement on or around January 6th, 2012

The current AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens patent

  • A new 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (see patent)
  • A refresh of the 16-85mm lens (it may even have a fixed f/4 aperture)
  • No definitive announcement dates yet

Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter  - already announced

The current Nikon WT-4A wireless transmitter

  • Compatible with the new Nikon D4 and possibly with the D800
  • Very compact, mountable on the camera

Nikon Coolpix P300 replacement - already announced

Nikon D400 - to be announced after the D4/D800, no other details available.

Capture NX 2.3 - already announced.

Nikon SB-910 - already announced.

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