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Monday, July 13, 2009

Nikon D3000, Nikon D300s, and Nikon D400 Rumour Updates

Rumours are flying around the internet hot and heavy right now about a supposed leak of Nikon's 2009-2010 road map.

The anticipated Nikon D300s is being said to have the following upgrades:
- full HD - no surprise there
- improved AF - always welcome but I've got not complaints with my pair of D300's
- dual cards slots with the addition of an SD card - that's one CF and one SD - nice feature

Basically, I still see no reason why I'd buy a pair D300s bodies to replace my D300 bodies.

The newly noted Nikon D3000 appears to be the long awaited D40 replacement. From the specs I've seen, the D3000 is a stripped down D5000 with no HDMI input, microphone input, or articulated LCD display.

No big surprises here. The D3000 seems like it'll be a great replacement for the D40. In typical smart and logical Nikon style, the D3000 would appears to be built from Nikon's existing parts inventory, something they Nikon does quite a bit.

If the D3000 is sporting the D5000 / D90 sensor in a small, stripped down body, it could just be the best choice yet for a light-weight, compact DSLR. I'm thinking it would be a great, low-priced, low-light camera option with a Nikon 50mm f 1.8 on it. Hmmm....

On a kind of dissapointing note, the rumors I'm seeing about the Nikon D400 have it at 13.8 megapixels with a stop better high ISO noise. Again, this is nothing that would make me upgrade from my current pair of D300 bodies. The extra 1.8 megapixels is nothing, and one stop better high ISO is nice, but nothing to write home about.

But remember, these are all still just rumours.

My guess would be that the D3000 rumours are pretty accurate. Same for the Nikon D300s rumours.

Now the Nikon D400, I think it will be closer to my specs from my Stuff I Want From Nikon post.

And if none of these cameras do it for you, there's always the Nikon D700x. :)

In the meantime, it's fun to read the rumours, guess what will be coming, and wait in eager anticipation, isn't it!

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HGRD said...

I'm going to be in Chicago from Aug-2 to Aug 11 and I was thinking oin buying the Nikon d60, is it the best option or should I wait for the d3000 when is the d3000 going to be released?


Matt Ballard said...


I guess the answer depends on how soon you need the camera. There's no guarantee on when the D3000 will be released. If you need a camera now, then I'd go ahead and get the D60.

If it's within your budget, consider the D90 or D5000. They are a significant sensor upgrade over the Nikon D60, as well as other added features.

See you behind the camera!