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Nikon D400/D500 Coming Alongside D5? Fuji X-Pro 2 Leaked? What To Expect from Sony in 2016? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 28th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Nikon D400 Flagship APS-C Camera Finally Coming? To Be Announced Alongside D5?

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I know, I know, we have heard this before only to have nothing come of it. That said, the rumblings in the rumor mill this morning have a lot to do with a possible upcoming announcement of the long awaited D400/D500.

This D400/D500 camera would be Nikon’s new flagship APS-C DSLR to slot in above and replace the now virtually obsolete D300s. Many would argue that the D7xxx series of cameras was the D300 series replacement, but most users of D300 series would beg to differ. That said, if Nikon made some tweaks to the D7xxx line, it very well could replace the D300s fully – namely a slightly better build quality and a slightly more pro layout.

Regardless, the chatter on the rumor mill this morning is that this possible D400/D500 could be announced alongside the D5 – which is rumored to be coming at CES here during the first week of January.

I’m not holding my breath for this mythical D400/D500, but if it comes, none will be happier for my Nikonian friends than I. It has been a long time coming.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Image Leaks

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We have heard that it is coming in early 2016, and now the image leaks are starting to happen (Thanks to Fuji Rumors for the tip!). This usually occurs within a couple of weeks of an announcement, so we can almost be assured that Fuji‘s new X-Pro2 will be announced in January, likely at CES.

Just as a refresher, the new X-Pro2 is expected to feature Fuji‘s new sensor. Yes, you read that right, no more 16MP X-Trans, the next generation of Fuji cameras will all feature a brand new 24MP X-Trans sensor. The rest of the rumored specs can be found below:

  • Dual SD
  • More than 200 AF points (2/3 are PDAF)
  • Hybrid Viewfinder as X100T
  • 1/8000 Shutter Speed
  • 1/250 Flash Sync Speed
  • No Tilt LCD
  • ISO200-12800

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I am a big Fuji fan, so I will be very curious to see how this new X-Pro2 performs, as that will likely indicate how the next X-T series will perform (or very similarly). If we don’t see an announcement at CES, then we may have to wait until CP+ in early February.

What Do We Expect From Sony in 2016?

2015 was a flagship year for Sony, who updated their fledgling A7 series cameras with updated and better performing Mk II models and continued to build out their lens lineup with some impressive offerings. The question heading into 2016 is this: Can Sony keep the momentum going amidst what sounds like will be a strong response from Canon and Nikon in 2016?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I am fairly certain it will be difficult for Sony to maintain their run of form. That is not to say they won’t release good products in 2016; I just don’t know if they will get the same sort of hype and buzz as they did in 2015. But, looking ahead, they could have some killer announcements, so who knows…

Possible Camera Announcements

  • A6000 successor
  • High-End Sony a9 camera
  • A99 successor
  • a5100 successor
  • RX100IV successor

Possible Lens Announcements

  • Wide angle Zeiss Batis
  • FE telephoto zoom lens
  • Loxia tele lens
  • FE 24-70mm f/2.8
  • FE 85mm f/1.4
  • FE 50mm f/1.4

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

13 Comments

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  1. Antony Gomes

    I’ve been waiting since my first camera for a D400.
    I will believe on it when I will able to see it at the shop haha

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  2. Marco Introini

    Cannot wait for seeing the new Fuji! :)

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  3. Austin Swenson

    If everything on the Sony side here is going to come true, then it will be a glorious year for the company. I know that people complain about how Sony releases a camera every couple months, but they are only actually releasing a new model by category every year to 2 years, and longer with their A-mount cameras…

    As far as Nikon’s D400 or whatever they would call it goes, It must be pretty old if I look at it and say “uh, I didn’t even know it existed”… But if it gives people a sense of comfort, then hey.

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  4. robert garfinkle

    I would also like to see more camera’s come out with higher shutter speed options (i.e. more 1/8k or even 1/16k “again”)

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    • David Faulkner

      The D7200 does 1/8000 – my daughter (who likes wildlife photography) was delighted with that, and certainly thought she’d got one over me in that area.

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  5. robert garfinkle

    I was under the impression that the D7xxx replaced the D90 – but that being said anything was / is possible right?

    What I’d really like to see, from Nikon, which was a definitive difference between the D300 and the D300s, is a camera that does NOT have a video section (D300)… Nothing BUT camera, right? It would be great “again”

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    • Nick Viton

      The Df doesn’t have video.

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    • David Faulkner

      Yes, the original D7000 did replace the D90. And I agree with you – a camera that just does stills would suit me down to the ground. I keep reading on photo blogs that you *have* to be into video now, but (as an amateur, at least) I don’t see why.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Video is really a software trick these days, so there’s very little incentive to leave it out. The same hardware magic that delivers 10fps at 20Mpixel or whatever delivers 24-60fps at 1080p. It’s not actually in way of other things, other than perhaps taking a position on your mode dial. And also, given that Canon, at least for awhile, was probably selling one 5DII for video for every 5DII sold for straight photography, most manufacturers are at least checking that box.

      I specifically bought Canon 6D and Olympus OM-D bodies for stills only — both in the “designed as still camera” categories for various reasons. I have used both for video on occasion. In fact, even Olympus, which seems to be bucking The Video Thing as much as anyone this side of Fujifilm, put fairly decent video options in the OM-D EM-5 mark II. But coupled with IBIS, it’s a better carry-around video shooter than than my old Panasonic camcorder on its Glidecam 2000.

      So much for getting away from video…

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  6. David Faulkner

    Re a Nikon D400/500: it could surely only be the issues of build quality and pro layout as you say. My daughter has just acquired for Christmas a D7200, and my first impression is just how obviously it and the full-frame D750 (which I own) are related. Layout (dials, menus, buttons, etc.) is very similar (albeit the process to enable back button focus was more laboured). It even out-does the 750 on ISO capability. The main difference (apart from DX versus FX) seems to be the lack of a tilt and shift live view screen. Perhaps more obvious differences will make themselves known to me over the coming weeks, but there is a strong resemblance between the two cameras.

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  7. Rob Giannese

    What is this so called pro a9 from sony? What will this mirrorless have that a7r ii or iii won’t? A7R ii is already $3000 body.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Supposedly it would feature a more rugged body, better battery, more ‘pro optimized’ button layout. Mostly a pro mirrorless that addresses all, or at least most, of the complaints that DSLR owners have about mirrorless to this point.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The long standing rumor is that the A9 would be .. well… a mirrorless answer to a full pro body. Something in the Canon 5D to Canon 1D range, far as build quality goes. Basically, Sony giving notice that they’re ready to bust heads with the big boys. It’s at least a vaporous as a Nikon D400 or 4K video on a mainstream Canon… but hey, that may be coming too.

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