Nikon D800/E replacement to be announced on June 26th

I can now confirm the the announcement date for the Nikon D800/E camera replacement: June 26th. Here again are the rumored specifications:

  • The new mode will most likely be called D800s
  • 36MP sensor
  • No AA filter (just like the D800E, this time Nikon will only introduce one model without the AA filter)
  • Improved software to suppress moiré
  • Expeed 4 imaging processor (they may call it Expeed 4a)
  • New higher resolution LCD screen
  • sRAW
  • Improved video capabilities
  • Same AF improvements like in the D4s
  • Improved low light capabilities: one stop better ISO performance
  • Built-in GPS
  • No Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Improved frame rate at 5 fps (6fps with the MB-D12)
  • The new camera will be lighter (compared to the D800/D800E)
  • The price is expected to be higher than the D800E ($3,296.95)
  • The camera will be made in Thailand




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  • Umano Teodori

    I really hope that moire suppression software does not remove also the benefits of removing AA filter

  • Kokor Hekkus

    If the price is not less than D800E there is no reason to make the change.
    Commercial choice quite incomprehensible, given that the substance changes very little.

    • Manuela

      I think 6fps compared to 4fps is a huge improvement.

  • Larry

    Hoping d800s announcement will lower the d800 price, before getting discontinued. will jump on a new d800 body.. great improvement over my old trusty d90!

    • Stephen Middlehurst

      Just a heads-up Nikon may already be drawing down stock of the D800 & D800e. Upgraded from my trusty D7000 to an 800e on Wednesday at Grays of Westminster (one of Nikon’s best retailers in the UK) and they confirmed they’re not going to get any more stock of either model. Once the current stuff is gone, it’s gone. Suggests Nikon may be looking to do a very quick transition on this one. They also mentioned a price of £2,700 for the replacement model so £350 more than the current D800e.

  • Louis-Félix Grondin

    What this is not made in Germany? Why would anyone buy this crap?
    Personnaly I don’t ever buy anything that’s not built in germany. I might have a lot of debts and no autofocus on my camera, but the things I buy rarely break and are made by people who know what they are doing (I hope so since they charge 50 box per hour).

    • Manuela

      You are kidding?

      • Louis-Félix Grondin

        German products are never a joking subject. They are seriously well-crafted objects.

        • peterw

          probably you live in Switzerland, otherwise most people can’t afford to buy those nice crafted German products 😉

          • Louis-Félix Grondin

            As I said, I do have a lot of debts.

            • Guest

              German products are worth having debts for. Heck, it’s worth starving for.

              You’re a very wise man. I should learn from you.

  • squoop

    I would like to replace my D800 with this especially for the extra stop, higher frame rate and no AA filter, but it would be too costly given the only $2350 or so I can currently get for my mint D800. But as I’m in no rush — can someone please tell me whether, if I wait until the D800s price drops in a year or so, will the D800 also drop so much more by then that I would still be in the same boat? Or would waiting bring the prices closer together?

    • Manuela

      I don’t know for sure, I suppose that the price of the D800 will drop

      massively when the D800S is out provided that the D800S has the specs as announced. My advise would be either to sell the D800 as soon as possible or keep it for a longer period.

  • peterw

    The best news being: this camera is out before Capture NX2 is discontinued.

    (A big bonus over present camera’s would be faster working in Live-view photography. It takes really long before the camera is prepared for the next shot).

  • Ang

    Any news if the shutter will be less noisy?

    • Walter Hungtight

      I’d like to know this as well.

      • I don’t think they will change the shutter.

    • Michiel953

      It’s not that noisy.

      • Ang

        When u shoot weddings it is…

        • Michiel953

          Allright. My auto ISO is set at a ceiling of 2500. That usually works, though it’s not perfect; let’s say “smooth grain”. I shot the opening/vernissage of a photo exhibition some six weeks ago, early evening with a mix of daylight and spots, 24 and 58, mostly 2.8 and 4, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. But then, I’m not a pro, and the “action” was relatively slow.

          • Michiel953

            Sh*t. Me and my big mouth, caught my foot in it once again. Noisy shutter, of course. As far as I recall a bit smoother than the D700, less clangy than my compact F’s, less clacky than my F2. Mmm. It’s not really quiet, but it’s a relatively smooth operator.

    • KnightPhoto

      I don’t think the shutter will change on a D800S but maybe on the D900? Nikon needs to go with an Electronic First-Curtain shutters in order to significantly enhance the Quiet mode (this is what Canon does at least in their high-end cams, not sure all models?) as well as reduce shutter induced vibration on high magnification/high resolution photography.

      Or could Nikon just introduce a fully electronic shutter option to their DSLRs? For example the Nikon 1 series can do this and it works great as a silent camera. And you also have the option of turning on the mechanical shutter for when that is needed.

      Notice that the Sony A7R has shutter-indiced vibration issues whereas the electronic first-curtain A7 does not have vibration issues.

  • Jim Bob

    Any idea if the SD cards will support UHS II…. ? Or will be still keep them where they are currently at UHS I standard.?

    • Guest

      How many fps?

  • Edward Philip Maria Nafzger

    The D800P Cake for the rumors pushing up

    • Manuela

      How many fps? 😉

  • fauxtog

    I’m planning on picking one up, but I’m done being a guinea pig. I preordered the D4, and ended up with one of the “left-focus problem” units. I learned to live with it and adjust for it (but certainly never happy to do so), and vowed never to be so quick to the draw for any camera in the $3000+ price range again.

    GPS is nice. Better AF–I’ll take it. Lighter? After carrying around a D4 for so long, anything lighter than the current D800 will be a joy.

    I’m going to wait it out, though. No left-focus, oily shutter/sensor, light-leaking LED panel (Canon), greenish screen for me, thank you.

  • photoroto

    Gotta know. WHAT’S IT GOING TO COST? $3595? $3995? $4995?

    In the end, it would probably be worth it to me at any of those prices. But that “end” will come sooner at a lower price than a higher one.

  • whisky

    same CF + SD … or XQD + microSD ?

  • Sushi Q

    What camera bodies are being/remain being made in Japan then? Doesn’t make sense to put Japanese workers into unemployment does it?

  • nikon56

    Higher price for a thailand buit .
    it’s a shame
    When we know the problems of

    the thailand made D600

    • KnightPhoto

      We don’t know where the shutters were made, I’ve never heard, and not sure if they are from a subcontractor.

  • Jon

    This is interesting, may be an alternative to the D4s in some occasions… i am very much interested in the low light performance / AF improvement… can’t wait 🙂

  • rhlpetrus

    Hi Admin, good job as always, a question: no info on the fps rates at 1.2x and 1.5x crops? Is 1.2x crop kept? I hope they have solved the high ISO amp glow issue, and that the AF accuracy has actually improved, as has for Canon’s top models.

  • Daniel D

    Hey guys, when you have a wife, you don’t need a GPS, but it’s nice to send her some photos from time to time just to know you are ok at the corner pub watching a football game from World Cup. But above the joke, have you noticed that Canon has a camera called 1Dc capable of 4K (from almost 3 years ago) ? Panasonic go even further and bring de 4k at cheaper price on GH4. What about Panasonic FZ1000 – the bridge camera with 4k for 1000$. There are even phones capable of 4k recordings. But Nikon offer us built in GPS on a Chinese camera. Why Nikon add the SQD card slot on D4/D4s but no 4k? Why Canon did not answer with a new models released on the market when Nikon offer 2 opponents (D800/D800E) for 5D Mk3? or when Nikon released Df – Canon – no answer. A colleague of mine suggest that Canon is focused on every other feature which Nikon seems to forgot about :). Don’t get me wrong guys – I love Nikon stuff – but we are in 2014, in the middle of internet era and Nikon sell us D800s/D4s as a top professional cameras – and that’s not cheap at all.
    P.S. at least, my wife is happy for the built in GPS 🙂

  • Watter102

    It needs at least 40MP to be a player, especially when you look closely at the angles subtended by the current optical element configurations. Otherwise, this just isn’t in the contemporary.

  • myst

    Any idea about res. od sRAW?

  • Radu

    I’m confident this camera will be amazing,just hope Nikon will step up it’s game with the lens series,especially the tilt-shift lens..I would love to see a new 24mm PC-E or even a brand new 17mm just like Canons’ lens

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