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D800s Announcement Confirmed, Expected on June 26th

By Anthony Thurston on June 8th 2014

We have been talking about the expected Nikon announcement here for a while. It seemed pretty likely to be a D800s, but there was a chance that the rumored D9300 may be announced. Now we know, as well as things can be known prior to an announcement, that the D800s is it.

According to a report over on Nikon Rumors, they have confirmed that the D800s will be announced on June 26th. This is not a case of we think it will be then, supposedly someone has confirmed it, so while salt is always needed in these cases, this is about as close to a sure thing as you can get.


D800s Rumored Specs


  • 36MP sensor
  • No AA filter
  • Improved moiré suppression
  • Expeed 4 imaging processor
  • New higher resolution LCD screen
  • sRAW
  • Improved video capabilities
  • Same AF improvements like in the D4s
  • Improved low light capabilities: one stop better ISO performance
  • Built-in GPS
  • No Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Improved frame rate at 5 fps
  • The new camera will be lighter than D800/D800E
  • The price is expected to be higher than the D800E


What are your thoughts on this rumored D800s? Are you disappointed its not the D9300 after all, or did you expect this?

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    I just got my self a D800 and now this comes up !?!? -_-

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  2. Aaron Grubb

    I’m a Canon shooter currently, but that sounds like a heck of a camera

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  3. Fakruddin

    wt ll b the price of D800s because I m planning to buy full frame camera, stuck in selecting the camera. plz anyone suggest me whether I should wait fa D800s to release else go fa D800.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Honestly unless you’re just itching to spend $3K+, I’d get a D800 or D800e right now if I were you. The D800 can be found used in decent condition for $1900, and even if it needs repairs after 1-2 years most body repairs are only $300, so you’re still potentially $1K ahead of a brand new D800e let alone a D800s. (I’m quite certain that a D800s will cost $3K or $3,300…)

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  4. Matthew Saville

    Just bought a D800e. The D800s specs do not excite me much at all. Actually, I need to caveat that- I would have been THRILLED to have the sRAW capability, however from what I hear about the D4s’ sRAW quality, Nikon has NOT figured it out yet, and the sRAW is practically worthless. Maybe I’ll be wrong and the D800s will offer a killer ~16 MP RAW FX file, but I doubt it.

    Besides, with sensor quality being what it is these days, and my successes with the D5300 and D7100, …I’m much more likely to buy a Nikon D9300 (D300s replacement) if I’m going to buy ANY camera brand new…


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  5. Dave Burckhard

    Having used both the 800 and 800e for shooting stills and video, I’m most curious to learn of the new video capabilities. The 800 has been a great producer for me but I’ve always felt one step behind Canon as far as video capability. Nikon will have to wow me to spend more for the newer version.

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  6. Braden

    sRAW….. they should put out a firmware update for d800’s and add that.

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  7. Conn

    This will coincide with the Pentax 645z release. Obviously, not in the same price tier, but its a least close enough (compared to other MFD solutions) to be considered. These to cameras will compete for similar types of users. Should be interesting to see how that shakes out.

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  8. Dave

    I was hoping for some news on D9300 however any delays on announcements means a better product down the line. D800s should drive the price down on the current models so that’s a good thing. Until the announcement of the D9300 I will continue to save money in my no excuse funds and see what camera I will get by 2015.

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  9. Herm Tjioe

    The chip technology still have to catch up to process in the order of magnitude equivalent t two 18 MP RAW/JPG image files. How come having 5 fps is disappointing? That’s like processing 10 fps of one 18 MP file.

    I give props and envy for Nikon to come out swinging with a huge MP leap.

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    • Dave

      exactly! It’s amazing how people think it should be 4000 fps but those files are massive!! It’s the price you pay for having near medium format Image Quality and a sensor that has canon users in the closet drooling all over it.

      IMO if I could have it my way I would take all the video crap out and use that extra space/resources to add better IMAGE controls like more bigger buffer for speed, a big bank of user defined presets, etc… If I want video I’ll get a frippin VIDEO camera

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  10. Joy

    Disappointed it only shoots 5 fps & it isn’t faster :-(

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  11. Vladimir Ladev

    I’m on the market for a FF and I was waiting for the D800s to be announced. So i’m looking forward to the release.

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