With Nikon rumored to be working on the D600 as an entry-level full-frame for later this year, it’s only right that Canon jump into the fray as well, and jump they have (maybe). Rumors that Canon has had a new entry-level full-frame in the works began circulating at the end of March, and now we’re hearing that an announcement may be planned for the 2012 Holiday Season.
Yesterday we reported on a rumor that Nikon is gearing up to launch an affordable entry-level full frame DSLR called the D600. Details were scarce, but now there’s murmurings of detailed specs: Nikon Rumors writes that the camera may has a 24 megapixel sensor and a $1500 price tag — the cheapest of any full frame DSLR thus far. The above photo, which appears to show a Nikon D600 strap, was also posted today to the Chinese forum Xitek. If the rumors turn out to be true, we’ll see an official announcement for this camera before Photokina rolls around in September. Let the affordable full frame revolution begin!
(via Nikon Rumors)
Rumors are beginning to fly about of a cheaper, entry-level, full-frame DSLR coming from Nikon later this year. The new camera, which people are speculating will be called the D600, would be the true replacement for the D700. The D800, then, would fulfill promises from Nikon officials that it would be “a whole new category of camera,” and not a D700 replacement.
Even rumored specs are still pretty hard to come by, but according to Nikon Rumors the D600 would be marketed as an entry-level full-frame, would come with an in-camera raw editor, automatic DX crop mode, dual SD card slots, built-in timelapse and possibly integrated GPS.
(via Nikon Rumors)
As technology improves, features that were once limited to expensive professional models often become available to the masses, but will this ever be true for full-frame sensors? Nikon’s Senior VP David Lee was recently asked this question in an interview with TWICE, and here’s what he said:
I think that there are definitely two different approaches here. What we’re seeing is that sensor performance continues to improve, but obviously there’s really a need for bulk because with a full-size sensor there’s a real low-light performance benefit, high speed performance, framing rates, and so on and so forth. So, I think you’ll definitely continue to see the higher-end pro consumer continue to have that large format. It’s definitely needed in the D3 and D700. You’ll see that technology continue to improve and grow, but the DX sensor form factor is also important. The compactness of the D3100 and D5100 is very popular. I don’t think one approach will ever overtake the other because of the overall image capabilities and the light performance capabilities.
Seems like he either misunderstood the question, or decided to beat around the bush. It’s an interesting question though — will any of the big manufacturers shake up the industry by being the first to put a full-frame sensor in a consumer-level camera? The sensors have already jumped from pro-level cameras to prosumer-level ones starting in 2005 with the Canon 5D, so it seems like the next logical step will be the consumer level. A sub-$1000 full-frame camera. Now that’s a thought.
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