Rumor: Nikon Has a D9300 On the Way, Is This the Mythical D300s Successor?


Nikon Rumors just reported a big one! Vague, but big. According to the well-connected rumor site, they have received the first ever “reliable” tip about a brand new high-end DX format (read: APS-C size sensor) DSLR from Nikon: The D9300.

No, it’s not named the D400, and that is the mythical DSLR that most people — at least according to a recent poll on PetaPixel — don’t believe will ever arrive. However, the model name clearly puts it above the D7xxx line, right where the D400 would sit if it ever arrived.

We rarely share rumors this low on details, but if you’ve been holding out for a D300s successor that benefits from all of the technological advances of the day and includes some things that Nikon didn’t put in the D7100… Nikon might be working on making you very happy.

(via Nikon Rumors)

  • kb

    Calling the ‘DX’ sensor size is a backhanded putdown.
    I suggest using the term’APSC’. Without the hyphen, it’s the same number of characters as ‘crop’, minus the perjorative.

  • kb

    Corrected text:
    Calling the ‘DX’ sensor size “crop” is a backhanded putdown.
    I suggest using the term’APSC’. Without the hyphen, it’s the same number of characters as ‘crop’, minus the perjorative.

  • Zos Xavius

    Let’s see, oh I don’t know, better weather sealing, full metal body, faster fps, a non gimped buffer, more cross points, more sensitive AF, a larger viewfinder, more DX lenses……you know a lot like the K-3.

  • Kyle Clements

    According to the requirements checklist for NPS, the D800/D800E to qualify as professional cameras. (So does the D300s, D3, and Df)

  • Zos Xavius

    I believe they use the same image processor as the D7000, so the larger file size results in a reduced buffer.

  • Mike

    You do understand. We call APS-C “cropped” while understanding that it is called so in relation to FF. We call it so because it’s still used within the same system of cameras and lenses.
    A micro four thirds camera would also have a “crop sensor” in relation to FF, medium format or whatever, but it’s a different system with obviously very different focal lengths and doesn’t need to be compared.
    Your cut 120 film, indeed is “cropped 120″, and can also be called John’s Film format or mini 120 or whatever marketing hype name you want. APS-C is the same. If we shoot APS-C it’s like cutting down a FF that was shot with the same lens. Cropped.

  • Zos Xavius

    300 2.8s exist used and carry a slight premium. There are 70-200s in full frame format that are 2.8 that have autofocus. There is also the 50-135/2.8 which offers the same field of view as a classic 70-200 on a full frame camera. Its probably one of the best lenses in the system. There is also the 60-250/4 which is certainly no slouch but certainly not 2.8. If you were a dedicated sports shooter pentax probably wouldn’t be the best fit, sure, but it wouldn’t really be a bad one either with the improved AF of the K-3. Not everyone shoots sports though.

  • Patrick O’Connor

    That’s odd. Why would Nikon have different requirements from NPS!?

  • Try2

    You have to consider the history. Since the APS-C was placed in a camera body that used full frame lenses, it became a “cropped sensor.” The light was there, but the sensor was not. Functionally equivalent to just automatically cropping all your images. Call it an automatic crop if you think that helps.

  • John Krill

    The APS-C was used for a cost factor. It was to expensive to make Full Frame or 35mm size sensors. Now you put lenses designed for 35mm format on a APS-C sensor camera it is the DATA coming from the lens THAT is cropped. So if you put a 70mm lens designed for a hasse on FX sensor would you call the FX camera would the FX sensor now be called a cropped sensor? NO.

  • John Krill

    Can’t use that crank focus thingy lenses on most of the DX cameras out there. Only the high-end DX bodies and there are a lotfewer of them.

    That means you manual focus themthings.

  • John Krill

    It’s using FX lenses on a DX body where you get cropping. And it’s the data from the LENS that is cropped. Use DX lenses on a DX body and there is no cropping.

    Now if you put a DX lens on a FX body THEN you get sensor cropping.

    Simple as that.

  • Scott

    AH ok see that makes more sense.

    Former lenses don’t really matter that much. A lot of people don’t like using used equipment.

    And yes a lot of people are looking forward to it for sports use. That would be my primary use for it.

    I like Pentax, I used to shoot it when I was still using film but they just don’t have what I want for semi pro use. :/

  • Max

    Way back in the mists of time – the early 70’s or maybe even the 60’s – famous, some might even say legendary photographer Davis Bailey used a Box Brownie for a fashion shoot, because that ‘family snapshot’ was the look he was after.

    If you watch any sporting fixture it’s wall to wall Canons with mega lenses.

    If you want to know what a landscape photographer is using, it’s most likely a a D800(e) or something medium format for the most quality. And so on.

    As a former pro I’m currently using a D7100. The most bang for my retiree buck. A D800 (update) will in my bag over the next year. I don’t do rock bands anymore. I shoot quieter subjects and maximum quality is my aim. Only having a ‘prosumer’ D7100 doesn’t make me less of a photographer. it just means I have a cheaper camera.

    Nikon or Canon may market cameras as ‘Pro”. How many digits after D isn’t the definition of pro.

    Having clients and getting paid is probably nearer the mark.

  • Max

    * David Bailey

    retiree keyboard skills :-0

  • Kyle Clements

    Well said!

    I’ve yet to encounter something my non-pro D600 can’t handle.

    I’ve never failed to deliver results to a client because my camera wasn’t professional enough.

    The better AF in a D4 would make my job a lot easier, but I’m not a full-time working pro, and I cannot justify such an expense for a marginal increase in my own convenience while shooting.

  • Mike

    Well, people, John seems unable to understand the concept of a nickname, of something being effectively like something else. I give up on trying to explain it to John.
    Leave him be, and we will keep communicating between ourselves using our common language.

  • Omar Salgado

    Too much of an explanation for one that doesn’t want to listen.

  • fstop

    Why? Because Nikon chose to cripple the 7100 with the small slow buffer that makes it inferior to what a pro might need to shoot fast action, inferior to even its former 2 generations. And the price point for a FF with fast md/buffer is greatly increased ($6500 for D4s!).

  • Aaron Link

    I’m not one to put much faith in patents and road maps, but apparently a 70/80-200mm has been added to the Pentax lens road map. No word on the max f-stop, though. They’ve been doing a pretty good job of making these promised lenses a reality. The truth is, several of them are just old (but well proven) optical formulas with updated casings and/or slightly nudged designs. Case in point, the current DA 35mm 2.4 is really just their old FA 35mm f/2, although I believe the rear element has been changed slightly. I suspect they are doing the same thing with the FA* 80-200mm 2.8. This would be a good move because the thing is ridiculously sharp. They just need to drop the stupid power zoom feature. :)

    The regular statement made about Pentax DSLRs is that they can use all that legacy glass floating around. Unfortunately, Pentax can’t rest on this laurel alone, and you’re right – they really need some new glass that’s not just almost-good-enough.

    I do get frustrated how Pentax, on the whole, releases very fine DSLRs, but there are conspicuous holes in the lens and accessory lineups. They only just recently brought back a 1.4 teleconverter they haven’t made in years, this time around with weather sealing. I’ll admit, I’ve thought about switching brands. As I said before, the K-5 performs a lot like the D7000. (And, mea culpa, I goofed – the D7100 has the same 24mp sensor as the K-3.) I think a lot of people, however, aren’t so pained by switching brands. It’s the prospect of re-acquiring similar gear, not to mention losing those couple unusual pieces that has no replacement.

  • Edward Neary

    People gripe about the 7100’s buffer, but it beats the hell out of the D800. I just don’t think folks should expect D4s performance out of a non-pro body.

  • pedanticus the younger

    The D7100 may be faster but the D800 has a much larger buffer…

    D7100: 5.9fps, 6 raws or 50 jpegs
    D800: 4fps, 16raws, 40 jpegs
    D800 (1.5 crop): 5fps, 30 raws, 100jpegs

  • Wyn

    can i ask you some question?

    When is D9300 or D400 come to shop ? Can i wait for it? I want to buy D7100 but i saw this new. i don’t have to much money for FX or change body late. So pls tell me. Wait or buy D7100 ?

  • Scott

    A lot of people aren’t going to take Pentax seriously unless/until they have a full frame option :/

  • Aaron Link

    …the Photoshopped mockup/forgery of such was conspicuously absent this April Fool’s Day on! It looks like a case of vaporware, but we might get a surprise.

  • Danzig

    Isn’t it ironic that you’re arguing against calling it a crop sensor and cannot understand the concept of a nickname that only serves to illustrate it’s size in relation to other sensors, while at the same time you yourself use the term “full frame” which is also in itself a relative nickname. Just shows you like to argue for the sake of arguing :)

  • Mike D

    The D800 is capable of pro quality images but is not pro build. I dropped mine a while back and it exploded into hundreds of pieces. I was so upset, I forgot to take a picture of the mess on the asphalt. Nikon did a great job of repairing it. I almost wrote it off as totalled.

  • Mike D

    My D7100 is only 6 FPS. My D300 is 8 FPS with grip. My Sony A57 with 70-400 is 10-12 FPS. Guess which one I use for fast moving for spots.

  • Paul

    This is comical.

  • Ygritte

    You know nothing, John Krill.

  • C Sab

    Give us a D7100 successor.