Posted on 19. Aug, 2011
We’re nearing the fall here in the northern hemisphere – a somewhat traditional time for camera announcements and there are big rumors of Nikon releasing something next week! Will Nikon release a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) killer?
The ratio of tips and rumors I received for a new DSLR vs. mirrorless camera announcement on August 24 is 50/50. The main difference is that I got some details on the mirrorless camera and nothing on the DSLR front. This is why I changed my â€śpredictionâ€ť from two DSLR bodies to a mirrorless only announcement next week.
DentonImages reported a few weeks ago:
This is the email I received from a reader describing a recent Nikon event organized for major authorized dealers in a country I will not mention online in order not to get anyone in trouble:
They essentially explain what happened with Nikon since March 11th (earthquake, tsunami, Fukushima, etc.) and what major decisions have been taken since concerning the product plants situated in the area.
They told us that most of the machines have been moved to a new plant in Malaysia and most of the employees have been moved as well with some monetary compensation. Then, some photo slides of the Malaysian plant have been shown. The new facility is already producing cameras and lenses. Expect to see â€śMade in Malaysiaâ€ť Nikon product very soon.
Now, as you can imagine, everybody asked for the D700 and D3 replacement schedule. Here is what the Nikon rep said: â€śTwo new FX bodies will be announced by the end of August. Availability in Fall.â€ť Even though the rep wasnâ€™t explicit about which current cameras are going to be replaced, it was quite clear they were talking about â€śold body designsâ€ť (guess D700 and D3). Nevertheless, the two FX cameras will be aimed at different customers who have different needs: one camera for â€śexpertâ€ť photographers, the other for â€śproâ€ť photographers. Technical spec and form factors will be significantly different as well.
Could it be that the camera for the â€śexpertâ€ť photographers is actually the previously rumored D400? In any case, the major announcement scheduled for the end of August seems to be on track and has not be delayed by the recent tragedy in Japan. All information so far points to the announcement of two new DSLR cameras. The Nikon Coolpix line will also be upgraded, probably somewhere in the middle of August.
This is the latest from CR
A Nikon division (I wonâ€™t mention the country) will be showing new Nikon products on August 24, 2011. The showing is â€śconfidentialâ€ť and will require an NDA. We already know the Nikon mirrorless will be coming.
Please donâ€™t yell at me for posting Nikon stuff on Canon Rumors (trust me, itâ€™ll happen).
Whatever Nikon does, could give some insight into what Canon and others in the industry will do. Photographic equipment companies rarely one up each other in the span of a month or so.
I received word that one manufacturer will surprise everyone with a big megapixel camera next Thursday, August 25, 2011.
The report is very vague, but comes from a bang on source. Iâ€™d almost [CR3] this.
What are you hearing? Sound off in the comments below please.
(cover photo credit: snap from the Nikon site)