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Nikon D5 Updated Rumored Specs, Sony A99 Replacement Rumor, Google Introduces Shared Albums {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 12th 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 D5 Rumored 153 Focus Points?

Nikon D4S Title Shot

We are getting closer and closer to the rumored ‘early 2016’ launch of the rumored Nikon D5. The camera has gone through several rumor cycles now and today, we have the latest for your enjoyment.

According to the latest report out of Nikon Rumors, the Nikon D5 will feature 153 AF points. This is interesting news because previous rumors could not pin down the number of autofocus points that the camera would feature. Just as a refresher, you can find the full list of rumored specs below:

  • New 20MP FX sensor
  • New focusing module with larger coverage and 153 autofocus points
  • Native high ISO of 102,400
  • 15 fps
  • Body design similar to the D4s
  • 4K video 60/30fps
  • Full HD slow motion

This new flagship from Nikon could be announced as early as the first week or two of January, so we should know soon enough if these rumors hold any water. But, for the sake of discussion, if these specs are true, this could be a very important camera for Nikon.

Sony A99 Replacement Coming Soon?

03. Extensive Field Review of Sony A99

Many have wondered openly about the future of Sony’s DSLR A-mount system. The focus has been on E-Mount and the A7 series for sure, but a new rumor suggests that the high end of the A-Mount system could be getting some love.

According to this latest rumor report out of Sony Alpha Rumors, a new A99 replacement could be announced in early January, possibly January 5th. So far, we don’t know about any specs or capabilities that the camera will have, but this camera on its own is fairly big news.

A-Mount shooters were disappointed with the last A-Mount announcement, which turned out to be nothing more that a budget entry level camera. If this rumor turns out to be true, it would give these individuals something to look forward to, an upgrade path. It would also reinforce Sony’s commitment to the A-Mount, despite the many opinions out there saying they would/should let it die.

Google Introduces ‘Shared Albums’ To Photos Service


Google has announced a new addition to the impressive feature set in its ‘Photos’ service – Shared Albums. As you may have guessed, this new functionality allows users to add images to an album (or gallery, what ever you want to call it) that they all have access to.

An example would be a family reunion or birthday party,; you could set up a shared album and everyone who attends could upload images from their phone to the shared album. This sort of functionality allows for easier sharing of images between interested individuals and removes the need for everyone to upload to a separate location.

Another use case that has been talked about is weddings, where all of the guests can be given access to a shared album. I like this concept, in theory, so long as it doesn’t take away from the work we do at weddings as photographers.

You can learn more about this new functionality over on Google here.

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.

9 Comments

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  1. Mike Upton

    I don’t think they should let the A-Mount die until they have enough lenses to warrant making the jump to an E-mount. And I know there’s an adapter to solve the issue, but it’s bulky and awkward and causes loss of light (and already notorious problem for Sony shooters). I love the smaller form factor of the mirrorless offerings, but I’d need to see substantial improvement in the E-Mount selection before I’m willing to jump ship.

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  2. carl rug

    Why nikon announces so many cameras per year? its not a complain but why? They could develop more their cameras if they wait at least a little bit more

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  3. Steven Pellegrino

    The D5 looks like a must have for pro sports shooters. Overkill for the news photography that I do with the D300 & D7000 still meeting my needs, but if money were no object I’d spring for this.

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  4. Tom Blair

    15 fps……..

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  5. John Cavan

    If the D5 comes out with those specs, I could see a compelling upgrade for the D4 users out there. As with Joseph, I’d like to see the D810 successor because, as much as the D5 has a lot of appeal, the price tag doesn’t. :)

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  6. Joseph Ford

    I would love to see what is planned for the successor to the D810. This sounds like a really nice upgrade.

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  7. Alex Kartashov

    Rather disappointing, was hoping for a >40MP sensor on the D5. Perhaps on the D5s?

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    • Dave Haynie

      Neither Canon nor Nikon is likely to introduce a very high pixel count sensor on their flagship model… that’s just too much noise in low light levels, all things being equal. They’re also tweaked for maximal speed and long burst sequences, which doesn’t mate well with gigantic pixel counts. I would expect the next Dxxx (D820, D850, D900?) to perhaps go over the 36Mpixel level — that’s the precedent at Nikon, anyway.

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    • Alex Kartashov

      I guess. Flagships usually aim for speed and performance rather than megapixels. But I was expecting Nikon to release something to combat the 5Ds, but yeah, maybe on the next D8XX model.

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