While it is difficult to find any ground for these speculations, people keep repeating that Nikon is about to announce simultaneously a Nikon D700 high-end DSLR camera and a lower-end Nikon D90 to provide an able DSLR for most photographers.
It seems that most of the original information comes from Thom Hogan’s web site and is fed by countless comments on web forums. However, we saw recently Chasseur d’Image supporting this rumour within its own Nikon D700 rants.
The most common set of characteristics and features seems to be:
- 12 MP sensor in APS-C size (x1.5 crop factor)
- 14-bit A/D conversion and image management
- dust-cleaning sensor
- 3″ LCD with LiveView
- 5 fps shutter bursts
But it looks a lot like a mere marketing evaluation of what Nikon needs to put in its SLR camera range to fight on the current market and to make it fully able to cover all kinds of photo customers. Everybody seems to expect this to be the feature list of a $1300 camera to reach under the current D300 (or the upcoming D700).
Will this be part of an launch event that Nikon seems readying for the very first days of July (maybe 1st of July)?