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Nikon May Combine D300s/D7000 Lines in 2013, Unleash New High-MP DSLR

What does Nikon have up its sleeve for 2013? According to Nikon Rumors, it may be at least one pro-sumer DSLR early in the year, possibly followed by a beastly high-megapixel flagship DSLR later in the fall.

NR writes that it’s likely that the D7000′s advanced consumer DSLR line will be merged with the D300s’ compact professional DSLR line, resulting in a single high-end DX sensor camera.

It may seem from this Wikipedia chart that the D600 is the D300s’ successor. It’s not.

Rumored specs for the D400 (or D8000, or whatever it’ll be called) include a body similar to the D300s, a 24MP sensor, and 8fps continuous shooting.

The consolidation would leave the D3200 and D5200 as Nikon’s two consumer-oriented DSLRs, with a single new DX option to upgrade to before making the jump into full frame.

We may not be too far away from this camera’s launch date: Nikon Rumors points to January and February 2013 as the months in which we should be expecting it to arrive.

The blog also writes of an impending followup/companion to the D4 flagship DSLR, a camera that’ll possibly carry the name D4x. It’ll be a model that runs alongside the D4 (rather than replace it) and is expected to have a massive megapixel count — either 36MP like the D800, or a resolution as high as 52MP.

Sony is reportedly testing its own SLT cameras with those resolutions as well (36MP and 50MP+), which makes sense, since Sony provided the sensor for the D800 and may continue to be the supplier for the “D4x”.

If the new Nikon flagship does carry the model name “D4x,” then there’s a serious fad going on in the camera industry over the letter “X”. Canon has already named its new flagship the 1Dx, and Sony is rumored to be considering the name A1x for its upcoming entry in the megapixel race.


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  • Bas

    Serious fad over the letter “X”? Nikon had the D1X, D2X, D2Xs and the D3X… so what’s would be so special about the letter “X” when a D4X comes out?

  • 432432432

    we need bigger harddrives…. 10GB would be fine.

  • perento

    D3= S D800= E D3= X = SEX

  • Amon

    …is what on your mind that is!

    Very funny though XD

  • Mansgame

    Makes sense…it will offer something for the soccer moms and those waiting for a D400 for some reason instead of getting the D600 (after getting the sensor cleaned).

  • YS

    This is what happens when people write blogs with very little knowledge of history – Nikon has used the “X” nomenclature as early as the 1990s, with the F-401X.

  • VitaminB

    or 10 TB