updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu July 9, 2009
Nikon 2009 2010 Roadmap
A roadmap of Nikon's plans for 2009 and 2010 has reportedly surfaced through a Czech forum and appears to provide detailed information for all of the company's DSLRs this year. New to the mix is a D700x; the full-frame pro camera would reportedly get the 24.5-megapixel sensor from the D3x but also HD video shooting at 24FPS as well as improvements to autofocusing, self-timed shots and the mirror-up mode. If true, the camera would be launched on October 15th with a host of new lenses, including an all-purpose 24-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens and a 70-200mm f2.8G example.
In the shorter term, the apparent leak also supports the existence of the D3000 and D300s and has both launching on August 4th. The former would be the true replacement for the D60 and is likely to be a scaled back version of the D5000, with the movie mode stripped out and a likely reduction to a 7-point autofocusing system from the D5000's 11. The D300s is a refinement of the 2007-era D300 and is now partly linked to the D700x, as the two would share the autofocusing, timer and mirror-up changes. It adds HD video and an SD card slot to support the existing CF slot.
For 2010, the roadmap would have both the D4 and D400 launch in the spring. Most details are unclear, but they would each move up from 12 megapixels to 13.8 for the D400 and 15.7 for the D4. Both would improve their sensitivity at 1 EV and would also have HD video, which would be capped at 24FPS for the D400 but run at 30FPS for the pro-sized D4.
Also believed due that year are the Coolpix P1DX, a mainstream compact camera that would use a DSLR-sized DX sensor with an integrated 28-85mm lens, and the D4x, a high-resolutino replacement for the D3x that would step up to 30.2 megapixels and keep the better 1 EV performance of the regular D4. These would ship in summer and fall respectively.
No corroborating info has yet appeared to back the 2010 cameras, though Nikon is understood to have slipped the D300s itself through an instructional website. [via Nikon Rumors]