Nikon Roadmap Updated

Posted by on Aug 25, 2010 | No Comments

At the beginning of July I posted my thoughts on the upcoming release cycle for Nikon. However the arrival of the D3100 means a few things have changed.

With a new (to Nikon) 14.2MP CMOS, most likely a variant of that used in Sony’s A550, A560, A33, NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras, we are seeing Nikon break a long term trend. The D3100 also fits between the D3000 and D5000, but is in some ways better specified than even the D90 and D300s. The arrival of the Sony A580 and A55 with a 16.2MP EXMOR CMOS may provide us with a sensor that is more likely to appear in the D400 and D95/D8000. This may mean a few things, but we do know:

  • The D3000 stays for now
  • The D5000 stays for now
  • The D90 may still be upgraded in Q310/Q410
  • The D700S and/or D700X may still arrive Q310/Q410
  • The D3100 officially should slot in between the D3000 and D5000
  • The D400 should still get a new sensor, not the 14.2MP unit but possibly the 16.2MP unit
  • The D95/D8000 should still get a sensor derived from that of the the D400

For a full breakdown and explanation read the full article.

Nikon DSLR Map August 2010

Nikon DSLR Map August 2010

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