Nikon Rumor Roundup, or: What to Expect in the Next Few Months


The folks over at Nikon Rumors have been hard at work keeping everybody up on what you can expect from Nikon, but if you’re like us, you just don’t have the time to follow rumors day in and day out. So here’s a roundup of what the most exciting and plausible rumors that should give Nikon lovers some idea of what to expect in the next couple of months.

Nikon D4s/D4x


Every indication is that there is indeed a D4 followup in the works. According to NR, production on the Df was halted for a couple of months for the sole purpose of pushing this camera before the winter Olympic. Couple that with the fact that NPS Japan recently stopped selling the D4, and it seems likely we’ll see a D4s or D4x before long.

However, contrary to previously-reported rumors, NR doesn’t believe it’ll arrive on January 17th. So what will?

Nikon D3300


The big CES reveal, if rumors are to be trusted, will be the Nikon D3300. But wait, says you, CES starts the 7th not the 17th. Right you are. It seems the January 17th date is most likely the date that the D3300 will be announced in the Middle East and Africa, the rest of us should see it on the 7th.

Lending credence to this rumor is the fact that the Nikon D3200 two-lens kit is already marked as discontinued on B&H Photo. Alright, on to mirrorless.

Nikon 1 V3


A redesigned Nikon 1 V3 camera is almost certainly on its way, we just don’t know when it will arrive. It was initially rumored for a CES release, but slow mirrorless sales in Europe and the US might entice Nikon to follow Canon’s lead and release the new camera only in Asia.

If that is the case, NR expects the camera to make landfall, not at CES, but rather at the CP+ show in February.



In addition to the three cameras above (sorry folks, no word on the mythical D400) it looks like we’ll be seeing a few new lenses from Nikon as well.

The long-rumored Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G FX lens and a collapsible 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G DX lens are both expected to arrive on the 7th with the D3300. Other rumored lenses — such as a Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6 underwater lens for the AW1, a new Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4G and a 16mm fisheye lens — are also probably on the way, but no word yet on when they might arrive.

And that’s about it. NR maintains that there are a few point-and-shoots also in the works, one of them potentially sporting a 1-inch sensor to compete with Sony’s RX100II, but those rumors are too vague and insubstantial to lend much credence to as of yet.

Of course, this very likely isn’t everything swirling around the rumor mill, so drop us a line in the comments to let us know if we forgot something or if you want to give us your take on the gear listed above.

  • Eric Schurr

    when is Nikon going to replace the antiquated D300? Many of us are DYING for an upgrade…

  • harumph

    Really? I’m not saying this to be snarky or anything, because I genuinely don’t know, but why wouldn’t anyone who’s been dying for an upgrade just buy a D7000 (as just one example)?

  • Scott

    Amen! I felt the same frustration waiting several years for a D300 upgrade, ordered a D7100 the day it was announced, and couldn’t be happier. The D7100 is a great camera and a nice upgrade. Other than a higher frame rate, I don’t see it lacking in anything we’d expect to see in a D400. And until we see a new generation of processors what can surpass the D7100’s five 24-megapixel files per second throughput, we won’t surpass the D7100’s capabilities.

  • Debopriyo Datta

    Unfortunately a D7000 is not a replacement for the D300. It just does not have the same feel. I have both and I keep going back to my D300.

  • nikonian

    Im on the flip side in a way. While I do not have a D300 my D200 is my last camera on my list and I sometimes pick my D7000 over my D700 too… The only 3 things laking on the d7000 is the buffer, size, and PC sync. The AF is up to par and the low light/image quality is much better

  • Andy Umbo

    The D300/300s shoots .tiff, the D7000 does not..plenty of pros shoot .tiff on a daily basis, especially those that spent years delivering transparencies. I consider Nikon to be technologically inferior to Canon, but still shoot it because I have a .tiff selection, as does their D800

  • nikonian

    It is a valid point but it would take nothing to add that to a D7200… I only shoot 14bit raw so it has no effect on me. I do agree that canons do have more up to date firmware but on the flip side I find nikons to have more useful functions for the most part. Seriously how many photogs do I know ues the print button… none!

  • sayithere

    get a Pentax K-3 !

  • Rangefinder

    Retro? All I ask for is a simple digital body that is light weight, with basic controls perhaps like the F3 and with interchangeable focusing screens with true rangefinders for precise manual focus with legacy lenses. (or something equivalent but better).

  • Fr_og

    The D7100 is also way too small for people with larger hands (same for D600/610). Plus only consumer-grade construction (I have no hesitation taking my D300s under a storm, but would not do that with a D7100).
    All I’m waiting for in terms of upgrade on the D300s is a current 20 or 24 MP sensor, Expeed 4 and up-to-date low-light capabilities. Just keep the rest exactly the same (I don’t care about video, but could understand an enhancement on this side as well).

  • Eric Schurr

    I agree! The D7000 controls are more of a high end consumer feel than a low end professional feel. I hate all that silly ” scene” setting stuff

    What I want us the fast frame rate of a D300, with all of its professional feel and build, along with better ISO sensitivity, better connectivity, and more pixels

  • TeddyB

    I have the D7100. It is quite the unit, light and efficient. Great buffer to boot. It certainly satisfies my needs. The next item I will buy — a full frame cameral light and 3000 MP or more. Also large buffer. Hopefully within a year. But in the interim the 7100 is a pleasure.