With the Nikon D300 being announced in August 2008, perhaps the new Nikon D400 will be coming in August 2009?
It seems unlikely though as the normal Nikon lifecycle is 2 years for each product, I’d be guessing a D300s (with video) or D300x (more megapixels) would be more likely.
The specs look pretty feasible with 1080p 24fps video recording, aiming at the Canon 5D Mark II market where the video capability has been a great success.
The rest is pretty normal like the 14.8MP DX sensor and the standard features, not a far reach from the D300.
- New 14.8 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor effective 14.3 megapixel
- Self-cleaning sensor unit (low-pass filter vibration)
- ISO 100 – 6400 (with boost up to ISO 25600 and down to ISO 50)
- 14-bit A/D conversion
- Movie capture at up to 1080p 24 fps with stereo sound
- Nikon EXPEED Plus image processor 30% faster than previous EXPEED image processor
- Super fast operation (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 40 ms, black-out 90 ms)
- Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 200,000 exposure durability
- Multi-CAM3500DX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
- Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
- Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) now available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
- Vignetting control in-camera
- Automatic chromatic aberration correction
- Custom image parameters now support brightness as well as contrast
- Seven frames per second continuous shooting (nine frames per second with battery pack)
- 3.0? 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
- Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast-detect AF, face detection
- â€˜Active D-Lightingâ€™ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
- HDMI HD video output
- Magnesium alloy body with connections and buttons sealed against moisture
If it turns out to be true, it might be quite a beast. I was wondering about upgrading my trusty D200 for a D300 but it just wasn’t attractive enough.
This D400 might be enough to tip the balance, there’s just something about HD video that’s really cool (think fast primes, shallow DoF in low light – sweet!).
I’m guessing the next release from Nikon will be a low end model, perhaps something like the Canon 1000D.