updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri August 28, 2009
Nikon D700s Rumor
Nikon may be readying its first full-frame DSLR with video features if a rumor from a camera repair service proves accurate. Southern Photo Technical Service claims that an upgrade simply titled the D700s should come in the same price range as the existing D700. What other features are involved aren't clear, but it's implied this will mirror some of the changes brought in the D300s and add at least HD video with autofocus as well as faster still image autofocusing and continuous shooting. It's less than clear whether a second, SDHC-based card slot or a dedicated live view button will appear, as both are targeted more at high-end hobbyists than the D700's usually professional audience.
Any more amateur-friendly features, as well as the HD video, are likely to exist mainly to respond to Canon's EOS-5D Mark II, which has garnered a reputation as being friendly to enthusiasts entering the full-frame world both through 1080p recording as well as simplified options like the Creative Auto mode.
No hint has been given as to when the D700s will appear in stores, although Electronista has learned that Best Buy has listed the existing D700 as backordered and, in stores, doesn't plan to receive anymore. Discontinuations like these are normally signs of a refresh in the near future.