Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and thanks for being a [NR] reader!

Thanks also to everyone who submitted tips and supported this blog!

Expect 2012 to start with a bang and may as well be Nikon's best year in terms of new product releases (D4, D800, D7000 replacement and maybe even D300s replacement). I will be at the PMA 2012 show and will have a coverage of the new Nikon products.

It has become a tradition to share some blog statistics at the end of each year (see the 2008, 2009 and 2010 posts). In 2011 NikonRumors.com broke all previous records and almost doubled the traffic from last year: 6,001,501 absolute unique visitors from 229 countries/territories generated a total of 40,435,344 pageviews! The [NR] blog now has a total of 2,119 posts with 178,483 comments. The NikonRumors Forum now has 6,656 members that created 69,384 posts in 3,198 topics.

And some social media stats: Facebook: 22,077 "likes", Twitter: 38,837 followers, 4508 g+ circles, the YouTube channel has 321,010 video views, the Flickr stream was viewed 4,566,201 times, 25,667 readers currently subscribe to the RSS feed. In 2011 I also started using Instagram and I love it!

Those were the most popular NikonRumors.com posts for 2011:

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Nikon D800
  2. The name will be Nikon D800, the sensor will be 36MP (99% probability)
  3. Nikon D4 specs: 16.2MP, 11 fps, 12,800 native ISO, XQD memory card
  4. Nikon rep: two DSLRs will be announced by the end of August
  5. Nikon D800 design concept camera
  6. Nikon V1 and J1: the new mirrorless cameras from Nikon
  7. Picture of Nikon’s mirrorless camera mount
  8. Seven 50mm prime lenses for Nikon F-mount compared by Cary Jordan
  9. First mockups of Nikon’s mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
  10. Upcoming Nikon products – all you need to know


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  • Jabs

    With growth comes more responsibility.
    You must really stay online a lot.

    Thanks a lot for your dedication and hard work here – looking forward to all the new Nikon bodies and lenses in 2012.

    • sam

      everyone a verry good year, and sorry about my frustrated comments about nikon, this brand still rocks and i’m looking forward to the beautiful d800

  • T.I.M

    Bonne année à toutes et à tous !

  • Happy New Year to you and all NR readers as well.

  • Всех с Новым годом! 🙂

  • Happy New Year!!
    Χρόνια πολλά!! (many years)

  • xophaser

    a D7000 replacement? I think the D300s needs one first. I also look at sony alpha rumors for Nikon sensor spec.

    • WoutK89

      I think because of all the natural problems Nikon has suffered coming year will be booming. All the cameras that were in the pipeline will be released. This inclused a D400/D9000 and D7100.

      And to all NikonRumors readers a happy New Year as well 😀

      Keep up the good work admin!

  • Mehdi Moeqrie

    Selamat Tahun Baru!
    Happy New Year!
    Bonne Année!

  • Juergen.

    Happy NEW Year to All from Germany!
    Frohes Neues Jahr für Alle!

    And a big T H A N K S to Peter for the site!!!

    Well earned success through hard work! T H A N K S !

    Juergen from it’s-2012-since-51-minutes Germany

    • Jürgen

      Hi Jürgen,
      another one.
      We Germans do not have too many names to choose from 🙂

      I also wish everyone on this site a good new year. Peter please keep it up, great site, great work.


  • henry

    thasnk you for everything…!!

  • BenS

    “… new product releases (D4, D800, D7000 replacement … ”

    Wat ? the d7000 will be replaced soon ? Why ? Or is this a typo error ?

    • Jim

      I think he meant sometime in 2012?

    • The D90/D7000 product line is on a 2 years refresh cycle – expect new model in August 2012.

      • Ruben

        Oh wow. The D7000 is 2years already? Oo
        But ye, like alot of others, I want to compare the D7100 to the D400 before i invest in it.

        • Brent

          The D7000 is only 15 months old (since release).

      • bens

        oic , thanks Admin. I forgot that detail. Just got reminded how old my D80 is.
        Still waiting for the affordable FX 🙂

        • WoutK89

          Me too am still happily shooting my D80!
          My priority has been buying lenses so far, what use for a better body if the lenses don’t match 😉

          • 120-300 os

            Happy New Year gelukkig Nieuwjaar Feliz año nuevo and your text is totally right that´s why invested decmber 10th on an f2:8 120-300 os in Holland

            • 120-300 os

              Oeps uups oops ofcourse in Nikon Mount

    • Tony

      If the D800 is as expensive as rumored (>$4000) then surely a priority will be to fill the D7000-D800 gap. This gap is currently filled by D300/D700. Are D300/D700 users to be left with no obvious upgrade path? I cannot believe that Nikon are going to cede the $1200-$4000 price range to other vendors.

    • I don’t need a D7000 replacement. What is needed is some good glass for DX shooters starting with a fast wide angle prime like 16 f2. It is amazing that Nikon has not done a wide DX prime in ten years and then the first thing they do with the Nikon 1 toy system is to release a wide angle prime, like that is the right audience for it…

  • duh

    Of course it was a great year for rumors! No freakin cameras would come out… Forever!! Why in the world couldn’t Nikon make a a fullframe 1080P DSLR when Canon managed to years ago. Those who couldn’t wait defected while the faithful few held on frustrated. If what comes out this coming year is any good rumor traffic will drop to a fraction I suspect.

  • Happy New Year to Peter and to all the Nikon Rumors readers! Here’s to an even better and fruitful 2012!!!

    • Cary, your 50mm lens review made the top 10 posts for 2011! Congrats and thank you! Happy New Year!

      • Awesome! 🙂 Thank YOU, Peter! 2011 was amazing – looks like we’re going to be even busier in 2012! God bless!

        • Cary, I think you did a fantastic job. Congratulations!!! All the best to you for 2012!

    • T.I.M

      @Cary the label guy
      We went to St Augustine on 12/30 night, that was cool (many tourists).
      I have some good shoots, too bad we can’t post pictures on NR.

      • We weren’t able to make it down there before Christmas this year. Too busy with client work as well as working on the new article. We’re going to take a break and go down there next weekend, gotta break-in our newly acquired D3s. 🙂 The D3s and 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G need to get acquainted.

      • there is a NikonRumors Flickr group and you can also add pictures on the forum

      • Post the shots up in the Picture A Day thread in the forum!

        • T.I.M

          I tried to long-on several times on the forum but It did not work (can’t remember my user name/password).

          So I sent the pictures to Peter, asking if he could email them to you or post them on the forum.

          Sorry (I’m getting too old).

  • broxibear

    Happy New Year Peter…watch out for those NDAs !

    • Jürgen

      happy new year to you, I always appreciate your contributions to this site.


      • broxibear

        Thanks Jürgen,
        Happy New Year to you and to all the people who post…It’s always interesting to read the different views from various parts of the globe.

        • Broxibear, Happy New Year and thanks for all the good links you provide!

          • broxibear

            No problem…have a safe one Peter.

  • Capt Srinivas

    Happy new year to all and may the coming years bring a lot of responsible rumors

  • Happy New Year!!! Thanks for everything

  • BTW, the image in this post is supposed to represent that there is a light at the of the tunnel and all roads lead to [NR] 🙂

    • I was hoping you’d say something about the image. Can you tell us more about the image — who created it, and what the subject matter is? It’s a great shot!

    • Zeb

      I thought it was reference to the Star Trek scene where Picard is being tortured about the number of lights. 😉


      Nikon likes to torture its users by keeping them waiting…

  • nuno santacana

    Bon any!

    Sadly, one more year without the D700 replacement.

  • nuno santacana

    Anyone wants the D3s sensor in a D700 body?

    • Even better – who wants the D4 sensor in a D800 body?

      • Jaws

        That is what I would want the most is the D4 sensor in a D800 body. Though, I would settle for the D3S sensor in the D800 body. I really hope we see something along those lines later this year.

        I think a D4 sensor in a D800 body would be much more in demand than a 36 MP D800.

      • nuno santacana

        If money wasn’t a problem. That’s why I was asking for a D3s sensor in a D700 body. I’d more than happy.

        • Fredbare

          Or a D3S sensor in a D300 body – i.e. ‘lightweight’ FX.
          No sense in discontinuing a great sensor – and the design and ‘tooling’ costs have been covered……………

          • But the D700 body is basically a D300 body. Only real difference is the housing for the prism.

            • Fredbare

              There’s a relatively large weight difference between the two – hence D300 mass.

      • Levi H

        Omg – yes please.

      • anon743

        That would be a more logical move IMHO.

        I don’t mind the D800 being regarded as a “poor man’s D4” as long as it can retain satisfactory speed (fps) performance as well as good high ISO performance — these factors are more important than pure pixel count increase.

        • amryl

          If the future D800 is regarded as a “poor man’s D4”, than I’m a destitute with my D90….

      • 120-300 os

        Me count me in.

    • A.T.M.

      D800 Sensor in a D4 Body! thank you..

      • Magnus

        My vote:
        D4 sensor in a D800 body!
        (i.e. the D700 replacement)

        • anon743


  • Alex

    Happy New 2012 from Sweden to everyone.

    • Magnus

      … eller som vi säger:
      Gott Nytt År!

  • Karesz

    Happy 2012 to every NR reader and administrator from Hungary!
    Thanks guys for maintaining this superb site!
    Boldog új évet kívánok minden magyarul értő olvasónak!

  • Happy New Year, everyone!

    …and Peter, thanks again for such a wonderful, high-quality and fun site! You richly deserve all your hard-earned success! I’m so glad I ran across this site awhile back, it’s saved me lots of money and frustration, enlightened me on many topics and gave me a ton of laughs in the process! 🙂

  • Jake

    Not that I’d even be interested in it, but Nikon’s film cameras have been on an 8 year refresh cycle for decades. Is it likely that we’ll see an F7 as well in 2012? Or do you think Nikon is done with film cameras?

    • I think Nikon is done with film, plus I am not sure how they can improve the F6.

      • They could make it digital. 😉

      • They can always update it to the newest AF and metering systems.

        But yeah, as much as I love film, I think 35mm has outlived its general benefits. Medium Format and larger will still have a place for some time.

      • They can add that red banana thing like one on D5100, D800 and D4. 🙂

      • anon743

        Maybe an AF upgrade eg. the CAM3500 or 4800 with 51-point selection?

    • Eric

      When the F5 was introduced, Nikon said Pro cameras were going to take 10 years to refresh. Interesting how vastly more complex cameeras get such quick refreshes when competiton is hot. Thank goodness for Nikon and Canon ! (I use both professionally.)

  • Happy New Year All lets hope it’s a better year than 2011 with all the problems around the world lets remember there is more to life than new cameras the one i’ve got is ok my D3S is good i’ve got a canon 5d mk2 with more pixels but that’s not the camera i pick up for my weddings.

  • Happy new year every0ne. Looking forward to a year of shooting Nikon and lots of rumors.

    • Ron Scubadiver


  • J0rge

    Happy new year to all NR readers. Thank you NR admin for the excellent work you do on this site. Happy 2012!

  • Brent

    No D7000 replacement until 2013… just so I get a full two years in before it’s outdated in its segment, lol.

    • WoutK89

      The obvious reaction… Outdated, not by a long shot.
      The D7100 will probably be a minor update to the D7000

  • Instagram is AWESOME.



  • wow peter your really rockin’.
    cheers for 2012!

    and cheers also for nikon and to all of us!

  • Afshin Deliry

    سال نو همگی مبارک
    happy new year

  • Well it is with a heavy heart that since Nikon did not replace the D700 this year I had to make a change. I did so after a lot of thought and consideration. My photo equipment is comprised of all 2.8 or better glass. I have two D300s and a D700. I own 8 flashheads (800s and 600s). So without any further dribble I confess to you all that I had to do something about improving my photography trips to the deserts and west coast locations.

    I DID! I retired my tent and bought a camping trailer as a base of operations when out photographing the world.

    Happy 2012 everyone!

    Look forward to running into you with a D800 in the desert southwest and west coast of the US.


  • KnightPhoto

    Great job [NR] – you are doing really well, great track record keep it up!

    Happy New Year everyone, may there be new Nikon’s in it for you all!

  • Eric Calabros

    Happy New Year.. the year of FX

  • Kevin Bond

    Sorry to be picky but your 6m unique visitor number is likely to be overstated, i for one view this site on 4 different devices/locations, and seeing as iv’e never entered anything that can tie all of my sessions together i’ll appear in your stats as 4 different people.

    Still a hugely popular site though, and great things coming this year indeed!

  • simpleguy

    Happy New Year to everyone 🙂

  • FDF

    Chocolatey new year!

  • R!

    Happy new year to evry one having fun and arguing here, It’s the best on the web for sure, thank’s to the good job of the ADMIN and long live the best brand in photography for decades and may be 2012 a Nikon year!!!!!

  • KnightPhoto

    Some observations about the D800 manufacturing moving to Thailand (if it proves to be true):
    – Capacity at Sendai to manufacture all those D4 will be dramatically increased. Sendai won’t have to switch their lines from D700, to D3S, to D3X like they do today.
    – Meaning we can all get our D4 sooner than normal and availability should be more continuous.
    – Likewise at times it has been difficult to get a D700 in the last 3.5 years. Capacity in Thailand to manufacture D800 should improve units per month Nikon are able to deliver.

    If Admin is bang-on with the specs (and he has a great track record), then both D4 and D800 should be great sellers and Nikon will need all the manufacturing capacity they can get. Then yes the D400 and D7100 will be next, so Nikon should be very busy this year in Japan, Thailand, and China!

    Plus maybe a “tweener 24mp FX sensor” in a D7000 style body? Nikon is going to need a cheaper FX body to mount those f3.5-5.6 lenses for which [NR] advised us of patents in 2011. Doesn’t Sony plan a new 24mp FX sensor in addition to the 36mp one – I believe that is what I heard?

    I just hope Nikon are as clear as they are able to be regarding what their path forward in FX for each sensor (16mp, 24mp, 36mp), so that people can make informed choices about which camera to plan for. As it was, I just spent two years waiting for a D3S sensor in a D700 body that never came. Had they told me, I likely would have found a way to sell my D700 and get a D3S. I.e. if they really are only going to offer the D4 sensor in the D4 they should indicate that shouldn’t they? Wouldn’t it benefit sales of the D4 to be clear about that? Not sure if they can do this, but it would be good to know. Or maybe they could time-box it? “No D4 sensor in any other body for 2 years”? 18-months, 1 Year, etc. I guess I won’t hold my breath 😉

  • Happy New Year NR admin, we all love you! 🙂 I’m one of those always reading your posts never commenting (feeling too intimidated!) but couldn’t stop myself from expressing my best wishes for 2012. May all your predictions be 100% accurate and this site’s statistics continue going up at a speedy pace…and everything you wish for in your heart becomes reality. 🙂 x

    • Not sure what it says, but the D4 logo is mine.

      • Zoot

        My French isn’t great, but I’m reading this as a pre-order facility from a Geneva-based supplier, with the qualification that they “don’t know exactly when it’s coming, but the rumour is that it’s coming soon”.

        “The rumour”, I suspect, emanates from NR, and that may well be why, and from where, they have pinched your logo.

        In other words, they don’t know anything other than what has appeared on this site.

        The rascals.

        • Well… those guys are having an “important meeting” with some Nikon Switzerland rep. next week… ;-p

  • Artur Kozłowski

    Long Live Nikon, and all other, Rumors sites! Who would have thought that photography aficionados are such passionate gossipers!!!

  • Paulo G

    Um Bom Ano a Todos!

  • Fredrik BG

    Ah, this sucks, I’ve had my D7000 for a month. Upgraded from D80 and now I feel a bit screwed… Why do I always hesitate buying new gear and now it’s going to be old and outdated…

    • MJr

      Except it isn’t going to be updated ‘now’. That’s not what he meant.

  • D800

    D800 was the most anticipated camera of 2011.

    Anticipated and constipated too 🙂

    Only 5 days left. Yes, 5 days to 36mp D800.

    • Well I am not sure, the D4 will be announced, but I am no tsure about the D800 – maybe next month for the CP+ show. I just don’t know.

  • alvix

    – 5 …..

  • MJr

    Well i’m hoping for a new 16-85mm (dx) with constant F4 !

    Or a 17-55mm F2.8 with either performance to match the price (and weight), or a price to match the performance. That’d be good too.

  • the Nikon D4 will be available before that, so this info is wrong IMHO

    • Any Anon

      I think they meant “commercially available”, then these cameras must be announced before that date.

      Hope D4 will be announced 5 days later, and D800 at CP Plus Show…

  • broxibear

    northlight posted an article today http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_5d3.html saying they’ve had information that the Canon 5D Mark III will not be a particularly high megapixel sensor, instead Canon will watch how the market responds to the 36MP D800 and react accordingly ?
    This suggests that Canon, like many Nikon users, are not quite sure about such a high MP camera.

  • ArthurH

    Happy new year Admin, and thanks for a great website!

  • Fredbare

    Happy new year to all!
    Special thanks to Admin for still managing to keep the site interesting even with the lack of new products available throughout the year.

  • Happy New Year to NR!
    And congrats on the amazing stats! O_o Simply unbelievable! 🙂

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