Rumors say we will be seeing a special version of the Nikon D810 for astrophotographers announced sometime this week. Those rumors appear to have been confirmed by a French website that accidentally published a news article about the camera early before pulling it offline.
While only a thumbnail of the leaked photo was saved (an enlarged version is above) [Update: See below], the main specs of the camera have now been confirmed.
The camera will be a 36.3MP full frame DSLR that’s mostly identical to the Nikon D810, except that it has an improved infrared filter that’s 4 times more sensitive to hydrogen alpha (AKA H-alpha) light with a wavelength of 656.3 nanometers.
There’s also a slower slowest shutter speed. Instead of a max exposure time of 30 seconds offered by the D810, the D810a will be able to shoot 900 second photos, or 15-minutes for an exposure.
Price mentioned in the article was €3,699 (~$4,200), but it will likely carry a smaller price tag in the United States. Expect the camera to start shipping sometime in mid-May 2015.
Update: Nikon Rumors has published a set of leaked photos showing the camera in more detail: