D800 Rumour Roundup

OK.  I’ve got my mind set on full frame.   After a really long think over the last few weeks, I’ve chosen the D700. 

But then I had a look at the product timeline and saw how “old” the D700 is, saw that the actual price of D700’s have dropped in Australia and realised the D700 is due for an update.

But when?  How much?

It’s ALL rumours at the moment, but it’s entertaining googling this topic and seeing all the predictions (and how wrong many of them have been!).

Here’s a smattering for your enjoyment!

PhotoRadar – predicting a February or March 2011 release – http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/nikon-d800-release-date-news-specs#ad-image0

NikonRumors – predicting a March or April 2011 release – http://nikonrumors.com/2011/01/20/what-others-are-saying-nikon-d800-and-pro-mirrorless-in-marchapril-of-2011.aspx

DigitalRev – predicting 16 megapixels, HD video, early 2011 release – http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-d800—the-best-goes-to-those-who-wait-6474-article.html

Nikon-D800.net – predicting 20MP, HD video, August/September 2011 release – http://www.nikon-d800.net/2011/02/nikon-taking-pre-orders-for-nikon-d800.html

Nikon-D800.net – a commentor says second week of August 2011 release – http://www.nikon-d800.net/2011/01/update-so-when-will-book-on-nikon-d800.html

Ken Rockwell – predicted 24MP, release in summer 2009, ship end of 2009 – http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800.htm

Thom Hogan – predicting 18-24MP, HD video, announced end March 2011 – http://www.bythom.com/2011predictions.htm

TruPhotos – predicting a March 2011 release – http://www.truphotos.com/2010/12/30/d700-replacement-d800-in-3-months-time/

Rumours on DPReview.com – someone predicting 16-18MP, a March or April 2011 release, at $2,000 – http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=37438737

And there were a whole lot of rumours about a D700x or D700s in the past few years that were obviously not right.  (For example, Ken Rockwell predicted a Feb 2010 announcement of the D700x here:  http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700x.htm and see another prediction for Fall 2009 here – http://nikonrumors.com/2009/06/26/nikon-d700x.aspx)

But then I thought. 

Do I need a Nikon D800?  I mean, I’m upgrading from a Nikon D80 with only 10.2MP.  The D700 will have 12MP and fantastic high ISO performance.  More megapixels will likely mean worse low light performance since each pixel site is smaller.

Do I need 16 or 24MP?   I’ve rarely blown up an image past 20×24 and that already looked superb at 10.2MP.

Do I need video?  I’ve already got a Sony High Definition handycam that works for me and my interest is currently in photography, not videography.

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One thought on “D800 Rumour Roundup”

  1. The consensus is that the release was pushed back by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan… so maybe it won’t be long now.

    The idea that larger photo sites gives you better low light performance is a generalization and applicable to similar technologies and camera generations. There is no doubt that D700’s cmos has much better low light performance than the D80’s ccd.

    See: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=31329127

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