Is This the Nikon D800?

Nikon Rumors seems pretty certain that it is.   For those of you who don’t follow this sort of thing, the Nikon D700 was (and is) remarkable because it took the full frame sensor of the far more expensive D3 and put it into a camera body not much bigger than the D300.  The D700 is now 3+ years old and rumors of a D700 replacement have been swirling around for more than a year.  Here are the images posted by Nikon Rumors:

So it looks pretty similar to the D700 with the exception of that battery/grip on the bottom.  And here are the rumored specs, also from Nikon Rumors:

  • Smaller and lighter than D700
  • Resolution: 7360×4912 (36MP)
  • CF+SD memory card slots
  • Slightly larger display
  • Excellent video quality, better than D3s
  • Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
  • AF identical to D3/D700
  • I still do not have a date for the official announcement

A lot of tantalizing stuff there.  Definitely the video and the SD slot would be nice to have.  But a 36 megapixel sensor?  How big are those RAW files gonna be?  No word on cost yet but I’ve been hearing it will be significantly more than the D700.

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