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Nikon D800s Rumors Pick Up, Announcement Expected As Soon As Next Month

By Anthony Thurston on May 21st 2014

Having just updated the D4 with a brand new “s” version, the next camera in line for a refresh as far as Nikon Full Frame DSLR’s go are the D800 and D800E. According to reports we shared a while back, a D800s has been rumored, and over the last several days, those rumors have picked up.

[REWIND: Nikon Predictions and Wishlist for 2014]

According to a new report over on Nikon Rumors, the “D800s” (which is just what we are calling it – the official name could be different), could be officially announced as soon as next month. They also have a great list of some rumored specs, which unsurprisingly given its “s” designation, are somewhat minor updates to the current D800/D800E models.

D800s Rumored Specs


  • 36MP sensor
  • No low pass (AA) filter
  • Improved software to suppress moiré
  • Expeed 4 imaging processor (they may call it Expeed 4a)
  • Higher resolution LCD screen
  • sRAW
  • 4k video is unlikely
  • Same AF improvements like in the D4s
  • Improved low light capabilities: one stop better ISO performance
  • 4 center autofocus points
  • Built-in GPS
  • No Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 5 fps (6fps with the battery grip)
  • The new camera will be lighter
  • The price is expected to be higher than the D800E ($3,296.95)
  • The official announcement is expected for June

As our own writer, Mathew Saville talked about in his Nikon Predictions and Wish List post, given Nikon’s current financial state it could still be 1-2 years before we start to see any sort of “movement” in a positive direction from where they are today. Still, there is hope that those D400/D9300 rumors regarding a release this year are worth crossing your fingers over.

What are your thoughts on this possible D800s release next month? Would the specs be worth an upgrade for current D800/D800E owners? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

[via Nikon Rumors]


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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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Gizmo

    Have a D300 was waiting for second as usually first version has some probs (though happy with D300 in most respects) . So this will a huge step up in resolution and ability to isolate background and better ISO sensitivity will be a huge step up for me….however May wait for price to drop a little depending on realease price also see if any new bugs need to be tweeted before I jump in….
    Nikon can you give us a discount on a Fx lenses if purchased at same time as D800s purchase…?!

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  2. Stan Rogers

    It’s not so much that it would be an upgrade from the D800/D800E, but that sRAW (depending on how it’s implemented) might make it a reasonable choice for those who are clinging onto the D700 and see the existing large NEFs from the current models as a step backward from what they have now. Give a wedding photographer moderate file sizes for the PJ aspect of the task and album workflow, coupled with improved low-light performance (and a familiar control layout) along with the option to go big for the formals (and hoped-for big print sales) and you might just scratch a few itches out there.

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  3. John Cavan

    Not worth the upgrade for me as I’m not being at all limited by the capabilities of my D800 at this point. If I was looking to upgrade to the D800, I’d probably wait for this though rather than buy now.

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    • Gizmo

      Yes D300 fine for sports nature plus 1.5 multiplier helps extend telephoto effect….so happy to do that as these shots rarely blown up beyond A3 …..however scenery or complex detail shots D800S will be killer as it will be my first full frame camera with very high resolution …medium format was an unrealistic dream for because of costs involved….this will be a game changer certainly has put acid on Canon to do the something similar and Pentax medium format …well they must be concerned…,

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  4. Ryan

    Seems like a fairly incremental upgrade. Probably won’t be worth upgrading to from an existing D800/D800e but I can see as mine grows a bit long in the tooth that I would buy this and “demote” my D800 to backup status.

    I think the biggest selling point for me is autofocus, The D800 autofocus just isn’t very good, if they have noticable improved that I think I’d be very open to the new body. Couldn’t care less about low light performance, fps, video, etc.

    Also tbh I’d rather built in wifi than built in GPS.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I am with you on the WiFi over GPS. I mean this is 2014, both would have welcome.

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    • Nick

      I’d be quite interested in improved low-light and fps abilities, as well as better focusing system and a large buffer. As it stands now, the only late-model Nikon suitable for fast-action indoor sports is the D4/D4s, which is is beyond my reach. If you want to shoot sports and you can’t afford a D4, then you’re forced to pick up a old used Nikon, with > 5-year old tech at 12MP.

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  5. Vladimir Ladev

    Maybe not to upgrade but sure as hell to get into full frame from crop. If you decide on buying a new camera the best time is a few months after it is released, that way you see potential problems and when you decide to invest in it it will hold it’s vaue for longer. No reason to go for the previous model when you know a new one is comming that would be instantly losing money as the price starts to drop.

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