updated 12:35 am EDT, Thu May 22, 2008
Nikon D3H samples revealed
(Updated with accuracy challenge) A video from an alleged insider shows sample images from the as-of-yet unannounced Nikon D3H, which illustrate the overall scale of precision the camera could provide. With an advertised boosted ISO rating of 51,200 (25 to 12,800 native), it would indicate that Nikon is making great strides in reducing sensor noise. The video claims that the photographs were shot with a second generation prototype under various lighting conditions.
The video is not the first to surface from the individual, identified on YouTube as Lilkiwiguy87, who has also posted videos with specifications of both the unofficial D3H and D3X, as well as a sneak preview of the cameras' chassis designs. The sneak preview alludes that he is one of several worldwide to test the cameras, which may not see release this year.
The alleged leaks follow Nikon's unveiling of the standard D3 in August of 2007, which offered users a large upgrade from the company's flagship D2/H/X platform. An upgraded firmware was also unveiled, citing a maximum pixel size of 24.4 megapixels, which was not authenticated by Nikon.
Update: Electronista has received reliable information that the video creator routinely makes false claims about inside access and credentials, casting doubts on the accuracy of the report. Most observers still expect Nikon to launch D3H and D3X cameras and may do so this year, though their specifications are likely to vary from those described in the video.