Some fresh Nikon D400 rumors

Nasim Mansurov posted on his blog a list of Nikon D400 specifications that he received from a good source.

At that point I have no reliable information on the D400 and I am not sure if this camera will make sense if Nikon upgrades the D7000 and releases a low priced full frame DSLR (D600). Keep in mind that the D5100 is also due for a refresh, that means that Nikon will have to announce another four DSLR cameras by the end of the year (D400, D600, D7100 and D5200), in addition to the D4 and D800. I still believe that one of the DX DSLR lines will be discontinued, the question is which one. The D3200 already has a 24MP sensor and there are not many upgrade options left for another three DX models, unless we end up with four 24MP DX DSLRs which is highly unlikely (the D600 is also rumored to have a 24MP full frame sensor). We will have an interesting summer ahead of us.

Nikon D400 specs:

  • Sensor: 24.2 MP DX CMOS, 3.82µ pixel pitch (same as on the D3200)
  • Sensor Size: 23.2 x 15.4mm
  • Resolution: 6,016 × 4,000
  • Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-6,400
  • Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  • Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
  • Processor: EXPEED 3
  • Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter III with face recognition and a database of 30,000 images
  • Dust Reduction: Yes
  • Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  • Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
  • White Balance: New White Balance System
  • Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
  • Shutter Durability: 200,000 cycles, self-diagnostic shutter
  • Camera Lag: 0.012 seconds
  • Storage: 1x CF slot and 1x SD slot
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.94x Approx.
  • Speed: 8 FPS, 9 FPS with optional battery pack and Nikon D4 or alkaline batteries
  • Exposure Meter: 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
  • Autofocus System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-type sensors
  • AF Detection: Up to f/8 with 9 focus points (5 in the center, 2 on the left and right)
  • LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
  • Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 30 fps max
  • Movie Exposure Control: Full
  • Movie Recording Limit: 30 minutes @ 30p, 20 minutes @ 24p
  • Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
  • In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  • Two Live View Modes: One for photography and one for videography
  • Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
  • GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
  • Battery Type: EN-EL15
  • Battery Life: ~900 shots
  • USB Standard: 3.0
  • Weight: 800g (body only)
  • Price: $1,799 MSRP
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  • If the sensor is 24MP (same as D3200) then dont expect good high ISO performance like the D800

    • Pablo Ricasso

      Sigh… (from earlier)
      …And new releases of cameras have proved fairly consistently that it was, in fact, possible to increase the pixel density while still improving low light performance. This evolution will likely continue and people will still complain about too many pixels when this new camera is eventually replaced with something even better.

      • raizee

        The D3200 (24 MP) produce noticeably more noise than the D5100/D7000 (16 MP).

  • TR

    Nikon, please make a D300/D700 follow-up in the D800 body! Almost nobody needs 36 Megapixel, but we do need high sensitivity and a broad dynamic range. Put a 24 MP high ISO FX sensor into the D800 and you have a new customer.

    Compared to the D300s, it would be good to have a full-frame body, just for the larger viewfinder picture.

    The consumer-body of the D600 is disappointing: How to change ISO easily and quickly? And yes, a well-powered and fast AF motor is important as long as the AF-S lenses do not get smaller.

    Hope you can make it.

  • Jesse Davis

    Any word on external audio input options for video?

  • Nikon w.t.f. are you doing? I do NOT need more than 17 MP. I need a follow up for my D300 with better iso performance. I think the best upgrade path for me would be a second hand D700. I was really disappointed with the iso performance of the D800 and the ludicrous 36.3 MP. But I am really, really disappointed again with this rumor. I hope it has the dx size sister of the D4’s 17 mp sensor. That will make me happy.

    • RRRoger

      You obviously do not have a D800 or you would not say that.
      I regularly shoot up to ISO 6400 and the images are a lot cleaner than my D3 was (same sensor as D700).
      The 36MP pictures now coming out of my D800 are the best I ever shot.
      The ability to crop (if you only print 8×10) are incredible,
      and I often print 17×25 of a crop

      • raizee

        Yeah the MP scale up of the D800 certainly didn’t hurt the ISO performance. The same cannot be said for the 24 MP DX sensor though… It’s noticeably noisier than the previous generation 16 MP sensor.

      • Richard

        No, I don’t have a D800. I’ve read comparisons. The last one was in a magazine comparing the D800 with the Canon 5D mkIII.
        The files from the Canon on high iso were much cleaner. They admit that the Nikon smokes the Canon on dynamic range and color, but not on high iso. On DXO mark the D800 is the clear winner. But not from iso 1600 and up. I’m a sports and theatre shooter, I shoot horses often in bad light. The D300 was a massive improvement over the D200, but again, I don’t want these MP’s and I want 9 frames a second, High iso sensitivity and I cannot afford a D4. I don’t know why Nikon is suddenly moved in the many mp’s competition, only landscape-and studiofotographers want that…..

  • I don’t think D400 would be more expensive than D600. D7000 shouldn’t and doesn’t need to have an upgrade until 2013.

  • Bengt Olesson

    Hmmmm. Weighing these rumours up, it should be that the D400 becomes King of DX, while the 7000&5000 lines are merged into a D7100 – a D7000 update with a flip-out screen. Or keep the 7000 & see the D5200 do that and slowly phase out the D7000 a la D90. Anyway – the D600 looks ideal for my back-up for the D4 rather than the D800.
    All is good – so many options. This summer will be interesting! Great info again admin.

  • raizee

    The D3200 is so basic and limited, that I think there is still room for a D5200, unless the D7100 will be substationally cheaper than the current D7000.

  • John

    Nikon had better have a D400 in the pipeline. The D300s is so overdue for replacement, and with the options of the mega-overkill D800 (not interested) or the not-quite-there D7000 (tempted…. but still not good enough) where’s the top of the range pro-bodied, pro-spec’d DX?

    While they’re busy chasing a new market with an entry level FX (also not interested), they’re risking loosing us DX shooters. I’m seriously overdue for an replacement, and I’m not spending good money buying a brand new 2year old camera.

    I’m liking the look of the 18-300 lens though. My order is in. Anyone want to buy a couple of 18-200s? Its nice to see the lens support for DX is still coming……but where’s the body?

    And I agree with what many have said. Forget the mega-megapixel nonsense, give us a good ISO range, and a good buffer for high FPS. High megapixel cameras attract the point-and-shoot SLR brigade. In fact there’s a new market for Nikon, an entry level SLR with 36 megapixels and no mode dial or settings, just an “auto” position. That’s how most of the 3xxx, and 5xxx are used anyway.

  • ralittle2

    John wrote:

    In fact there’s a new market for Nikon, an entry level SLR with 36 megapixels and no mode dial or settings, just an “auto” position. That’s how most of the 3xxx, and 5xxx are used anyway.

    +1 – LOL, but true.

    Hurry up with the D400 will ya? I need a new camera and have been waiting, and waiting, and…

  • ralittle2

    So why is the D400 late?

    What if the D400 uses the same focus system as the D800 and Nikon knew they had “issues?”

    Could that be a legitimate reason for not seeing the D400 yet?

    Does the D4 use the same system as the D800?

  • ghazali

    Come’on Nikon, if there is a D400..It’s really-really late. I have been waiting for 4 years since d300 was first introduced. Make D400 with the best performance of its ISO. MPs is another story for me. I am dying hard praying for D400 to be the truly King DXs of all time. Come on Nikonians…please give your support

  • Torben Christiansen

    The D400 is going to be a entry model FX that is my guess. It fits with the naming schema that Nikon has started working on. D3xxx, D5xxx, D7xxx and in FX D6xx, D8xx and here a D4xx would fit in very well. That would mean 3 DX models and 3 FX models that they can cycle for the next many years:

  • ghazali

    I hope “d400” if there is, will not be an entry model FX. So far, the magnesium type DX body keeps continuing from D200, D300, and D300s. Don’t forget, those are still DXs. It has been 4 years and magnesium type body definitely need a new one and that’s “D400” The passion is always there. Now the border line of Fx is D600 or it’s quite cheap, I don’t think people from Nikon will go down further to have another cheaper Fx body. This will kill Dxs line production and that’s theirs marketing strategy for professional or semi-pro Fx production. I strongly believe D400 and d600 is the border line of Dxs and Fxs

    • No, it won’t be – the D600 is the entry level FX camera.

  • ghazali

    Yeah, NR is correct, hope to see d400 for a better iso performance and low noise in low light case.

  • ghazali

    It’s a new year already…Still no signs of D400. The other competitors are going rough. Hope my patience paid.

  • Parkinson Sniper

    Don’t push Nikon. It’s not late. Let them cook it as much as they want and make a great camera for us…give them time.

  • w

    8 fps with 24mpix and expeed 3 is unreal. In D800 throughput with 36mpix and 5fps is 1,72Gb/s, in D600 with 24mpix and 5fps is 1,44Gb/s, in D4 with 16mpix and 10fps is 1,92Gb/s (battery with higher voltage), D7100 24mpix and 6fps is 1,72Gb/s (like in D800). Max througtput of expeed 3 is ca. 2Gb/s. 8fps with 24mpix is 2,3Gb/s. (calculate for 12bit raw). Without new expeed 4 8fps is impossible.

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