New details have emerged regarding Nikon’s upcoming update to their D5XXX line of amateur DSLRs. It has come to light that Nikon has finally killed off the D3200, D5200, and D7000 models – likely creating room on the production line for new bodies.

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5500 Rumor Update

According to the latest rumor report coming out of Nikon Rumors, the upcoming D5500 will feature a touch screen and will continue to be based around an APS-C sized sensor. That is not too much of a surprise, many cameras now are going towards touch screens and the 5300 line has always been a DX (crop sensor).

The odd part about this rumor is the number of the camera, 5500. The current Nikon in the 5xxx line is the D5300, so skipping to 5500 would seem weird. The camera is rumored to be coming in early 2015, probably February at the latest, so we should know soon enough if this is all correct.

Old DX Bodies Discontinued

Nikon D7000

According to another post over on Nikon Rumors, the Nikon D7000, D5200 and D3200 are all now officially discontinued. The D7000 is virtually gone, and while the D3200 and D5200 can still be found some places.

This makes sense, these are the last generation and if the DX bodies are all getting revamps in 2015, then Nikon would need to make room on the production line and on store shelves. In addition to the D5500 that is rumored above, it is thought that the D7100 will be getting an update as well. No official word or rumors about the next D3xxx series body, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see that line updated as well.

What are your thoughts about these bodies getting discontinued? What about the D5500 details? What new features are you hoping to see in Nikon’s next round of DX cameras? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Nikon Rumors]