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D800s Rumored Specs Hit The Web, Release Expected Late this Year

By Anthony Thurston on March 26th 2014

The Nikon D800 is rumored to be getting a refresh later in the year, the D800s. As with most Nikon “s” cameras, the improvements are just that – improvements – not wide sweeping changes like new sensors.

The rumored specs for the D800s seem to follow that vein of thought, and actually look quite similar to the changes we saw between the D4 and the D4s. The announcement of this new camera is rumored to come late this year or early next year, possibly at Photokina in September or at CES in next January.

D800s Rumored Specs


  • No low pass filter
  • Improved software to suppress moiré
  • Expeed 4 imaging processor
  • sRAW
  • Same AF improvements like in the D4s
  • Improved low light capabilities
  • 5 fps (more with the battery grip)

The price of this new D800s is said to be somewhere between the D800 and the D800E, likely around the $3,000 mark.

As with all rumors, especially early ones like this, the specifications need to be taken with a grain of salt. But, that being said, I don’t see these specs as anything that would fall outside of a normal “s” update, so they seem totally possible to me.

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[via Nikon Rumors]

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    If it gets 6 FPS (or more) with grip I’m VERY tempting to switch out my Canon gear. I fear Canon will never catch up to Sony/Nikon when it comes to sensor performance.

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  2. E-Nonymouse A

    I own the D7k and the D800E. I use the 800E for studio and landscape work.
    There is a noticeable “who gives a Sh**!?” kind of attitude towards the consumer in terms of actually adding new and innovative features, something that comes to mind the most is the awfully slow SD/CF bus. The D800E if it were to fire off 8 FPS could overwhelm the buffer and the card’s ability to transfer images easily.
    There exists SD format and CD/XQD cards that boast transfer rates of 250-400 mb/s of read and write performance. Nikon does not support 99 percent of that.
    Adding the option to alter the size of the image and still remain in raw mode would be a nice improvment (my d800E does not support this). Improved high speed sync, pocket wizard has made huge leaps and bounds in this area, but only through bypassing the camera’s internal systems. 1/320 just does not cut it for some situations.
    My overall impression is Nikon is treading water and raking in the money without making any fundamental evolutionary advances in their camera line-up. My next camera body if I get another may well be neither Nikon nor Canon.

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  3. Deicide

    They should include dual XQD and CF/SD card slots like the D4/s. I know it’s controversial, but having smaller and faster cards will just make room for other improvements in the camera.

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  4. Peter

    I’d rather them make a D650 or something and give it:
    – 51 AF
    – 24MP
    – weaker AA filter
    – Expeed 4
    – dual CF slots
    – same controls as D800
    – good low light AF, sensitive down to -1.5 stops (because if they did -2, then it’ll probably be priced a lot higher, in which case, add another $100-200)
    – 5-6 FPS, 7-7.5 with grip
    – enough buffer for about 25+ shots in 14-bit lossy RAW
    – Same DR as D800 or maybe a bit better

    Price it at $2,600 and watch that baby run off shelves. But problem is that it’ll eat into the D800 sales.

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      Yes, in addition to 1/8,000 shutter speed and a higher flash sync

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    • Matthew Saville

      In the realm of wishing for a D650 or something, I don’t think we can hope for:

      * Dual CF – not gonna happen. Dual CF is something that even the D8800 and 5D mk3 do not have, and Dual SD is already something that the Canon 6D does not have. Dual SD is probably going to be the wave of the future for all medium-high-end digital cameras, I think. And I’m fine with that, personally; it is unfortunate that we are all so heavily invested in CF right now but it doesn’t cost much to adapt, and the space / weight savings is very welcome for me as a travel / adventure photographer…

      * Same controls as the D800 – Well, this would make it a D800, wouldn’t it? So basically you’d like a D800 with a 24 MP sensor, for $2600? That sounds like an AWESOME camera and I’d buy it in a heartbeat if they could put 6-7 FPS in it, but I just don’t think this is going to happen.


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  5. Martin

    I have a D800 which I love, and the ONLY thing that lets it down on a regular basis is the framerate. Going from 4.5 to 5 fps is not sufficient to change that. It really needs to be 7 or 8 fps to make it a useful update. These changes are certainly not enough to warrant an upgrade from the D800, but nice for those upgrading to full frame and considering the D800.

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