Nikon Roadmap? D4, D4x, D700x, D3000, others – all with 1080p video?

I tread very gently in the gear world, and even more gently in the rumors world, because both can be slippery and boring slopes, but this caught my eye because I like what I see, however nefarious it might be. Apparently Wired GadgetLab has picked up a document that highlights the roadmap of Nikon’s dSLR program thru 2010. Call in the real deal or the fanboy fantasy…your guess is as good as mine (more likely the latter). Take this all with a grain of salt: It doesn’t affect my photography or yours, and it’s just “possible” gear options out there in the future, but regardless it’s sort of interesting/fun to consider.

Couple that caught my eye:

Nikon D4
15.7MP (more sensitive and with less noise)
Up to 16fps with “double exposure”
ISO 200-12800 (plus extended range)
61-point AF
1080p video at 30fps
CLS control (although no flash is mentioned)

Nikon D4x
30.2MP
ISO 100 – 6400
6fps
1080p video at 30fps

The rest of the possibly leaked cameras + a pretty serious pile of lenses after the jump. [click the 'continue reading' link below].

From the Wired post:

“2009

Nikon D3000
12.3MP
7 AF points
ISO 200-3200 extendable to 6400
3.5fps
Video unknown

Nikon D300s
12.3MP
7fps
HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps)
CF and SD cards slots
920,000 pixel LCD screen

D700x
24.5MP
5fps
HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps)

Plus a bunch of new lenses, mostly updating older classics with new G-version, the ones that come without an aperture ring, and adding internal autofocus motors to work with lower end models. These will be:

AF-S Nikkor 24 to 135 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4G
AF-S Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G

Then, 2010. Here come the big ones:

Nikon D4
15.7MP (more sensitive and with less noise)
Up to 16fps with “double exposure”
ISO 200-12800 (plus extended range)
61-point AF
1080p video at 30fps
CLS control (although no flash is mentioned)

Nikon D400
13.8MP (more sensitive and with less noise)
8fps
Up to 12fps with “double exposure”
ISO 200-6400 (plus extended range)
61-point AF
1080p video at 24fps

Nikon D4x
30.2MP
ISO 100 – 6400
6fps
1080p video at 30fps

Plus lenses for 2010

AF-S Nikkor 14 to 28 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
AF-S Nikkor 120 to 450 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 300 mm f/4G VR
Nikkor AF-S VR 400 mm f/5.6G
AF-S Nikkor 70 to 240 mm f/3.5-4.5G VR
AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/2G DC
AF-S Nikkor 24 to 85 mm f/4G VR
AF-S DX Nikkor 60 to 95 mm f/2G VR
AF-S DX Nikkor 17-60 mm f/2.8G VR”

And also from the Wired Blog, the somewhat-messy, whole enchilada document they were sent, all in text form:

1. August 2009: introduction
Nikon D3000,
D300s,
AF-S DX Nikkor 17 to 65 mm f/3.2-4G ED VR

Nikon D3000: Effective pixels: 12.3 million … Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data ….
[S] 4.288 x 2.848 … pentamirror … 95% coverage … 0.78x magnif. …. Compatibility AF-S and AF-I …
1 / 4000 p. 30 … p. 3.5 fps … 420-zonal RGB sensor …
Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party / Indoor, Beach / snow, Sunset, Dusk / dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure compensation + -5 EV in 1 / 3. Exposure bracketing – not known, ISO 200 – 3200, steps 1 / 3, N-1 Lo, Hi +1 (?)
AF MultiCAM 380 (* new) – 7 focus points, 1 cross type, AF-S, AF-C AF-A, M + electronical rangefinder,
AF area mode: Single point, dynamic area, car area
Live View focus – contrast – detect AF, face priority
Movie – not known!
Active D-Lightning: Auto or Off
Internal flash sm. number 17/56 at ISO 200
LCD monitor: 2.7-in, 230 to-dot … FIXED
HDMI – N
Battery: EN-EL9a
124 x 92 x 62 mm, 480 g.

Nikon D300s – differences from the D300:
Continuous high-speed mode: 7 fps, without batterygripu, 8.5 fps with batterygripem, 14-bit mode included
1 Release mode addition: Self-timer + MUP
2200-pixel RGB sensor
LCD monitor: 920 to-dot, 2.9-inch, Výklopný
Enhanced contrast detect AF
Enhanced phase detect AF: new 2,200-pixel RGB sensor cooperates with 3D Tracking, Auto-Area AF-C is dynamic area,
flashing auxiliary section plus focusing direction “display in the viewfinder with the” user-control “change of direction
The new processor speeds up AF and significantly increases the quality Movie mode as compared to the D90 and D5000,
Movie – mode: 1920 * 1080 at 24 fps Quicktime MOV, H.264 codec
3.1-fold compared with the cache memory D300
795 g
Extra High Lightning D-mode
AF Fine Tuning enhanced: -30 to 30 for the near focus distance, infinity, the shortest and longest focal length
CF + SD slot
…. I do not see a price anywhere!

AF-S DX Nikkor 17 to 65 mm f/3.2-4G ED VR:
– Lightweight zoom middle class at an affordable price for use with the new D300s with other Nikon DX cameras,
2 ED and 2 aspherical members, 72 mm filtrov thread, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode (??!)

1. October 2009: presentation
Nikon D700x,
AF-S Nikkor 24 to 135 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4G,
AF-S Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G

Nikon D700x – differences from the D700:
effective pixels: 24.5 million … Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data ….
[S] 6.048 x 4.032
Continuous high-speed mode: 5 fps without batterygripu, 6.5 fps with batterygripem
1 Release mode addition: Self-timer + MUP
2200-pixel RGB sensor
LCD monitor: 920 to-dot, 2.9-inch, Výklopný
Enhanced contrast detect AF
Enhanced phase detect AF: new 2,200-pixel RGB sensor cooperates with 3D Tracking, Auto-Area AF-C is dynamic area,
flashing auxiliary section plus focusing direction “display in the viewfinder with the” user-control “change of direction
Movie – mode: 1920 * 1080 at 24 fps Quicktime MOV, H.264 codec

AF-S Nikkor 24 to 135 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR:
lightweight and affordable zoom with high image quality, 77mm filtrov thread, 610 g, 7 rounded blades diaphragma,
3 aspherical and 2 ED members, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
revised lens for maximum optical performance in the digital FX zrcadlovkách Nikon,
VR II for up to 4 stops, filtrov thread 82 mm, 1530 g, Nano – Crystal Coat, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4G:
peak lens completely revised design, Nano – Crystal Coat, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G:
top portrait lens with SWM focus and Nano – Crystal Coat, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode
/> Q1/2010: performances:

AF-S Nikkor 14 to 28 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED:
77 mm filtrov thread!, Enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 120 to 450 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
VR II for up to 4 stops, 82 mm thread filtrov, 1480 g, enhance contrast-detect AF-S mode

Q2/2010 time:

Nikon D4,
Nikon D400

Nikon D4 – new features:
effective pixels: 15.7 millions, FX sensor completely new design with maximized by increasing the sensitivity of more than 1 EV
as “ultra-fast pixel register cache”, which allows to double the frame rate or increase dynamic range, including
effective aid noise reduction with natural lodging details.
[S] 4.852 x 3.234
Continuous high-speed mode: FX & DX mode 11 fps, 16 fps mode FX with a double-exposure with the phase detection AF & mirror up 8/sec.,
DX mode 18 fps with a double-exposure
FX & DX DR enhanced double-exposure mode: 5 fps for dNEF (* new) JPEG, and without the composition, 3 fps for the car, the JPEG
DR enhanced double-exposure mode: Auto, manual setting of time for both the ISO and exposure in “M”,
in the “A”, “S” and “P” mode with a semi-double exposure corrections in the range of + -5 EV in the range of 1 s. and 1 / 8000 p. and ISO 200 – 6400
Format dNEF,
ISO 200 – 12800, Lo-1, Hi 2
100% Viewfinder, 0.78x magnification, integrated hledáčková magnifying glass for the DX cropping
Integrated sensor management Nikon CLS
Movie – mode: 1920 * 1080 at 30 fps
Multi-CAM 4500: 61-point AF, Auto / User Drive dynamic AF-C, intelligent co-operation with 2200-zónovým 3D Color Matrix meter
to achieve the elusive success of autofocus, the possibility of combination with contrast-detect AF final doostřením
for specific uses. The possibility of the electronic image projection or additional information to the entire area of a large viewfinder.
Dual histogram for the double-exposure mode. Highlite map.

Nikon D400 – new features:
effective pixels: 13,8 millions, DX sensor completely new design with maximized by increasing the sensitivity of more than 1 EV
as “ultra-fast pixel register cache”, which allows to double the frame rate or increase dynamic range, including
effective aid noise reduction with natural lodging details.
[S] 4.550 x 3.034
Continuous high-speed mode: 8 fps, 10 fps with BG,
12 fps with a double-exposure phase detection AF & mirror up 6/sec.,
14 fps with BG to double-exposure with the phase detection AF & mirror up 7/sec.,
ISO 200 – 6400, Lo-1, Hi 1
Movie – mode: 1920 * 1080 at 24 fps
Multi-CAM 4500 DX 61-point AF, Auto / User Drive dynamic AF-C, intelligent co-operation with 2200-zónovým 3D Color Matrix meter
to achieve great success autofocus.
Screening of additional information across a large area of the viewfinder.
Dual histogram for the double-exposure mode.

Q3/2010 time:

AF-S Nikkor 300 mm f/4G VR
Nikkor AF-S VR 400 mm f/5.6G
AF-S Nikkor 70 to 240 mm f/3.5-4.5G VR
AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/2G DC
AF-S Nikkor 24 to 85 mm f/4G VR

AF-S DX Nikkor 60 to 95 mm f/2G VR
AF-S DX Nikkor 17-60 mm f/2.8G VR

Nikon Coolpix P1DX
Compact camera with DX 12.3 MPx sensor.
Hours outbreaks distance from 28 to 85 mm, f/3.5-5.6 speed, stabilization sensors,
2.9-inch LCD for the 920-dot, Výklopný, head-up viewfinder, the internal flash
Telepředsádka 1,8 x

Q4/2010 time:

Nikon D4X – new features:
effective pixels: 30.2 millions, FX sensor completely new design with maximized by increasing the sensitivity of more than 1 EV
as “ultra-fast pixel register cache”, which allows to double the frame rate or increase dynamic range, including
effective aid noise reduction with natural lodging details.
[S] 6.736 x 4.490
Continuous high-speed mode:
FX 6 fps, 10 fps with a double-exposure phase detection AF & mirror up 5/sec.,
DR enhanced double-exposure mode: Auto, manual setting of time for both the ISO and exposure in “M”,
in the “A”, “S” and “P” mode with a semi-double exposure corrections in the range of + -5 EV in the range of 1 s. and 1 / 8000 p. and ISO 200 – 6400
Format dNEF,
ISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1, Hi 1
Movie – mode: 1920 * 1080 at 30 fps

(all via Wired GadgetLab and pretty sure it tracks back to my pal at NikonRumors.)

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33 Responses to Nikon Roadmap? D4, D4x, D700x, D3000, others – all with 1080p video?

  1. Timothy Lusk July 9, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Wow. Awesome find, Chase. I love my Nikons. Wish I had a nice cashflow to support that hobby and the new cameras that keep coming. ;-)

  2. Laurence Hardy July 9, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Hey Chase,

    gotta love the dream inspiring leeks!!!

    just wondering how long do you expect your Body's to stay with you before being upgraded. and do you trade in or keep all of the old stuff?

  3. Sea Cat July 9, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    You point out that the D4 information talks about "integrated CLS" but nothing about a flash. Nikon has never put a flash on their top of the line models. What's the chance that Nikon is cooking up a Radio triggered versus strobe triggered CLS update? Presumably such a system would be usable on other models with an RF version of the SU-800. Maybe that's why the magic word with the D4 is "integrated?" :-)

  4. Zak.Shelhamer July 9, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Man, its about time to upgrade I just hope the prices of the d3 go down!

  5. David Lara July 9, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    I think the D300s looks like a good upgrade to my D200. I know ppl question why the hype of video function on DSLR's but in the ever evolutionary art of professional photography you gotta keep offering more and more to your clients. Adding small clips and small production work to your photography work is where the industry is taking us. This way you don't have to lug around two cameras, with one you can do both works, stills & video.

  6. Morgan July 9, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    The D4x is very unlikely now that they've just released the D3x. The one i'd really love to see is the D300s, or the new D400. I just hope they don't swamp us with camera's that resemble each other enormously.

    The new lenses are nice though.

    Cheerioz

  7. Anton Nelson July 9, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I'm glad Nikon don't appear to be rushing into this daft sensor-measuring contest pervading the digital camera market at the moment.

    Also interested to see the idea they would put video in their flagship camera's.. a bold move and certainly adding credence to the idea that convergence is here to stay in the professional photo world.

    Not sure I understand why some models would have 30fps video and others 24fps.. seems a bit arbitrary to me..

    I hope they have manual aperture/shutter-speed /ISO controls on the video mode, using an adapter that won't focus to infinity on a D90 is a real ball-ache.

  8. Don July 9, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I read this yesterday, the alleged roadmap for this year makes sense. The D4 roadmap seems unlikely unless Nikon has accelerated their release dates. Irregardless of the body timelines, I think we're all waiting for the release of new lenses. I'd love to have some new updated FX primes.

  9. Judson Collier July 9, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Just a thought, but I find it odd that all of the high-end cameras operate at 30fps while the lower supposed cameras operate at 24.. (though, i merely scanned the doc.)

    unless of course it's up to 30fps, with an option to hit it to 24.

  10. Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    looks good but Nikon's recent Price Hike has been tough…

  11. Younes July 9, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Bring'em on! That D700x sure looks inviting, even though I just got my D700. Thom Hogan metioned that the D700x would come before his November prediction, so all looking good.

  12. Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    The Ratrace is in full swing! Make me glad I only bought my D700 this year!

  13. Graham McBride July 9, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    I see Nikon have been busy bumble bees… Great I always look forward to new and improved cameras!

  14. TC July 9, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Interesting – I wonder what it will do the the prices of the regular D700… or the D300.

    I've been wanting to jump ship from Pentax, for the better AF and better high-ISO, but getting a new house and a new set of lenses is just… hard to justify..

  15. Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    I´m far more interested in glass rather than new cameras to tell you the truth, IMHO Nikon is wasting a lot of time and R&D; releasing every year another 18-xxmm or 18-xxxmm Zoom:
    (not in order of appearence in the market):

    1) 18-55mm
    2) 18-55mm II… Read More
    3) 18-55mm VR
    4) 18-70mm
    5) 18-105mm VR
    6) 18-135mm
    7) 18-200mm VR

    And I would rather see a version of Canon´s EF 70-200mm f/4L and the 17-40mm f/4L in Nikon mount, tack sharp lenses with awesome construction quality (metal) for $600 each, for me it would be far more appealing to see this kind of lenses being introduced than yet another high megapixel camera in the semi pro or the entry level market.

    Eduar

  16. codevader July 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Mmmmm. 105mm f2! Perfect for DX. I want!!

  17. Don July 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    The 105 f/2 should be sweet. I've been lusting after a 105-135 fast prime mainly for indoor sports. The older DC lenses look ancient compared to Canon's much loved 135mm L f/2 & Sony's Carl Zeis 135mm f/1.8.

  18. David Redding July 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Nikon really has to beef up their primes! A 35mm 1.4 and a 85mm 1.4 would be sorely need additions to their line up.

    It really is heart breaking to be a Nikon prime shooter when you look at what Canon has to offer their prime shooters…. 50mm 1.2 DREEEEAM!

  19. David H. July 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    I know that I should really want some sort of primitive video in my camera and be just all tickled to pay extra for it. It would be much better than saving money for a decent video camera. But for some dumb reason, I don't want more stuff in my cameras. I just wanna use it to take pictures without fiddling. Is that so hard?

    I might consider a new Nikon D4X with wheels and a seat and wings so that I may use it to fly around with since it will probably weigh more than a 747 anyway.

  20. Konfral July 10, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Chase,

    You will probably be the first to get your hands on these toys. Just remember to shoot some cool videos when you test them in the field.

  21. car blog July 10, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    What about the Nikon D60?

  22. Don July 10, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    I think the D60 update will get a new nomenclature, D?000 most likely since they can't call it the D70. Personally, I think the semi-pro and amateur models need a revised nomenclature, they've always seemed backwards to me.

  23. Matthew Saville July 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    I'd bet money that was just a bogus wishlist. Half the camera specs and lenses are just wayyy out in left field. Nothing but wishful thinking… But that's just my suspicion. Time will tell…

    =Matt=

  24. Anonymous July 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    How about calling the guys who asked you to promote the D90 and ask them if this is true?

  25. photo retouching services July 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    I personally feel Nikon are playing catchup to the new Canon Eos 5D. Saying that do you really need video in a photographic camera?

  26. Rob July 21, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Having 1080p in a still photo camera is nice, especially when you're working with After Effects where sometimes you need clips here and there, or if your out and you find a nice clip that can be shot. Kind of a side treat to expand the portfolio a bit.

  27. nikky July 22, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    i hope they fix the video "wobblies" you get on the D90 when you move the camera

  28. Poseurs August 1, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Most of the specs do look to be expected. The 70-200 F2.8 vrs, At last a full frame version. Pros have been waitng nearly two years for this lens. Dont ask for a canon 50 1.2 in nikon fit as none of my friends will use theirs unless stopped down to 1.8 or 1.4 at a push, soft they are.Look at the sony sensors as these are what nikon use, if you see a 30mp one then a d4x may bee on the cards. As for the double exposure to increase frame rates, why bother.
    I also hope someone looks at flashguns as my sb900 steams after a nine shot burst and ive seen one melt. As for the video feature that is great although the current two minute two gigabyte story would make it unusable. The off camera flash theory sounds a good idea as some red carpet photographers already strap a flsh to the railings, but if every one did it how woud you seperate 50-60 guns. I look forward to the D4 as the D3 is now being heavilly discounted so something is about to happen, dont forget it was released in 2007 so its due an update.

  29. David Teran September 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    The awesome thing about this list…is that so far, it looks to be a legitimate list.

    Minus a few details, such as the date of the 70-200mm VRII release…

    If this is true, I'm getting a D4 next year, and going to wait on the purchase of a D3 this year…

    YESS!!
    -David
    http://www.davidteran.com

  30. Nick September 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    When it says 12 or 18 fps with "double exposure"… what is that saying? Whats the double exposure thing and how will it change the final images?

  31. Shadi Eideh / شادي عيدة October 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    I read this the first time when it was published, i stumbled upon it again now…it's nice to see that so far, Nikon prophecies were true; the D3000 and D300s are out, although specs are not 100% identical..

    D700x ? where art though ?

  32. ALON September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Nice…

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