Nikon will announce three more DSLR cameras in 2012

The current DX camera line according to Nikon Europe

In addition to the D4 and D800, Nikon will announce three more DSLR cameras in 2012. I believe that the new cameras will all be DX models - my vote goes for Nikon D3100, D7000 and D300s replacements.

In terms of lenses, I am confident about at least two new DX products:

  • A refresh of the 16-85mm lens (it may even have a fixed f/4 aperture)
  • A new 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (see patent):

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  • proStudio

    what? all dx cameras? i hope not. where the hell is the d4x? please dont tell me d800/e is meant to be my new pro body studio camera! 🙁 cos its not.


    I got some pretty decent intel from a fairly connected person to Nikon saying two 100% guaranteed bits of info.
    #1. There will be NO d400 or upgrade to the d300s.
    #2. The replacement/upgrade of the d7000 will be this year.

    • Azimuth

      I guess that:

      1) the whole DX series will be on the Nxxx numeration from now on.
      2) the D400 will be 24 MP, not PRO but FF body.

  • NewsMonkey

    I hope all of them come with an articulated LCD screen! I’ve never understood why there seems to be so much resistance to just putting them on every DSLR, especially if they are used increasingly to shoot video.

  • DaveyJ

    I agree with Leroy on the desirability of a 24 megapixel Nikon that would give a better choice between the D7000 and the D800 or D4. Sales for Nikon would be better on this camera. It would sell more cameras then all these three put together. Maybe the revised, updated D7000 is going to be in that range? The D7000 revised of course would add the Expeed 3 processor. Many are already picking up on negative guesses about no D400. I don’t think that is a good move. It is amazing how many astute photographers that seem to waiting for THIS camera.

  • DieterM

    I don’t know which rumors I should believe, but I am really waiting for a replacement for the D300s.
    I am rather surprised about the fact that there could come a replacer for de D7000, because this one hasn’t been on the market for that long? 1.5 years?
    Anyway, I hope Nikon will come soon with the news! (and hopefully they’ve got the water out of the factory by now)

    • poizen22

      they just want to update the full line to expeed 3 is all so there is no reason for nikon not to upgrade. the d7000 was an incredible display of what the expeed 2 could do id love to see a d7100 with the same sensor but an expeed 3 in it allowing 60p at 1080p. dont forget about mention of nikon releaseing a 4k camera this year to.

  • Lee

    I’m waiting exclusively for the D300s replacement.

    • 120-300 os

      +2 but as extra for the D800 for me someday!

  • Giannis

    I want an FX D400 please.

  • Art

    I don’t expect to see a FX D400.

    Why would Nikon piss off all of the D300/s users with multiple DX lenses? Sure we can use them, but there will FX and DX for a long time, and Nikon needs the flagship DX body.

    • Maybe the D7100 will become the new DX Flagship if they do not come out with a D400. All they need to do is add more focus points, allow up to 9 bracketed images.. and a few other updates that would meet or surpass the D300s specs.

  • Vitaly

    what are the chances of nikon releasing the D7100? I’m in process of getting the d7000 and if it comes out this summer, i can wait.
    any thoughts?

    • KnightPhoto

      I can’t see a D7100 this summer. Nikon Thailand needs to focus on getting out the D300S DX successor camera first. So unless you are prepared to wait as long as Christmastime I’d go ahead and pull the pin on a D7000 now…

      On another topic I personally expect the D400 will be DX. We wildlife and bird shooters are a large market and sorely need the new D4 AF and metering subsystem improvements in a high fps, deep buffered, crop camera. Toss in a new 80-400 and you’ve got a great selling combination.

      If another FX body is needed in the line-up, i.e. the “true D700 successor” 😉 it has to come in addition to the DX D400, not instead of IMHO. Personally I think the D800 IS THE D700 successor, and the only other FX to come will be in a D7000 body and the rumoured Sony 24mp FX sensor. Because of this belief, I ordered a D4 (even though the size and cost are not ideal for my needs, I still expect it to be a great camera).

    • jablko

      The D70 was released in the spring of 2004.
      The D80 was released in summer of 2006.
      The D90 was released in late August 2008.
      The D7000 was released in early September of 2010.

      Based on this track record, I expect a D7000 replacement (D7100?) this year, but not until September or October. However, a D300s replacement (D400?) is likely to come much sooner. I’m guessing it will be shipping before the London Olympics. Fingers crossed for a March announcement and an April shipping date.

  • Abaper

    I’d like to get an upgrade or replacement on Nikon D90. I could wait during this year to get a new one. Because D7000 is too new to get a replacement.

    • Alex

      This winter I replaced my D90 with the tried-and-true D300s because of the advanced AF-system, and I love it. I don’t see many reasons to hunt after novelties since the progress will always be a step ahead of you.

  • Pax

    I am waiting for D400 Fx body and same sensor as that of D4, 16MP is more than enough, and for wildlife and bird we shoot 36MP of D800 is not exactly suitable. However D800 is targeted towords studio and potraits shooters not sports and wildlife. Now is a high time to announce a fullframe for sports and wildlife with higher Fps in a compact body. And please some less pixles. No need of 36…..

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