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?
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.
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
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
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!