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Update: 24 July 2011 – It looks like out timing is pretty good for announcements. Some sites are reporting news that Nikon will be making announcements at the end of August 2011.
The D700 replacement didn’t materialise as expected though. The is the camera that absolutely no-one knows anything about.
The latest news from sources in Japan is that Nikon is prepping the market for the release of no fewer than 5 digital SLR cameras in 2011. It’s hard to see exactly every model that will be affected, but it does mean that the D4 and D400 will come in August. The most likely date will be the 30th August 2011 for these announcements.
The first to come out though looks like it will be the D5100. This will be the same as the D3100 but upgraded with the D7000’s sensor. This makes sense since the D5000 hasn’t been around in stores for a while and there is a gapping hole in the line up at the entry level side of things.
The good news for those looking for the D700 upgrade, that looks like it might be coming very soon. From the looks of things, this might be around April 2011. The specifications for this are very airy fairy though. We’ve gone from a D700s which just has video, to an 18MP D800 to a D700x with 24MP’s.
Personally, I hope the specs don’t come out until the announcement. It will definitely add an air of mystery and excitement to the whole saga.
The 5th camera is likely to be a D3x upgrade to include video. There’s no expected timings for this camera, so I’d be thinking after the D700 upgrade but before the D4.
Nikon is unlikely to just include the obvious enhancements to most of these cameras, so we’d be expecting some interesting innovations including a completely different live view auto focus. This is something that has been worked on for a while and all manufacturers are trying something here. Let’s see what unfolds.
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