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A Nikon D400 is virtually a certainty, unless of course Nikon goes out of business (not likely) or they change their naming conventions (which they have on occasion in the past for some model lines, but this is still unlikely).

The important questions are:

Will it be DX? Most likely, since this is currently the leading DX line, and any FX models should in theory follow the D700 line.
Higher Megapixel? Almost certainly, since their main competition already has in this price range. 14-16 megapixels would be a good guess we believe.
High ISO improvements? If the megapixel count does increase, then that means smaller pixels, which means more noise. However you can also count on technological advances to be made in the 18 months since the D300 launch (when the D300 came out, it gave an extra couple of megapixels and a 1-2 stops ISO improvement over the D200, which came out 2 year prior). Given that, we certainly wouldn't expect high-ISO ability to get any worse, and expecting some improvement wouldn't be unreasonable. If they can pull off an extra stop, then they would be getting very close to D3/D700 territory.
Will it have video? With the Canon 5D Mark II having 1080p, putting 1080p onto a Nikon D400 would be a very strong marketing move, offering the same or better functionality for video users for a lower price than Canon.
What will it cost? Once they go over the $1,999.99 mark, you lose customers. However with the dollar dropping against the yen, and the pending price increases, our best guess it the MSRP will be right on $1,999.99.
When will it be here? Our guess is PMA 2009 in March - the D300 is 18 months old, Nikon is currently delivering bad news around the globe regarding increasing prices, the D3x launch wasn't exactly the smoothest ever, and Canon has a clear advantage with 1080p HD Video. Releasing, or at least announcing the Nikon D400 would give people something potentially very positive to focus on.

Below are a list of rumors regarding the Nikon D400, newest first. Please rate how credible you believe these to be, and feel free to add your own comments/thoughts. If you have any more information, please email us at or click Rumors Wanted. We'll continue to add new rumors to this page as we come across them.

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Nikon D400 Ads Bought on Google

Date: 2/9/2009
Source: Google

Rating: 3.3/5, Votes: 3

Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Adorama and BizRate.com are all buying Nikon D400 ads on Google (just search "Nikon D400" on google).

If it was just one or two retailers, it could be them trying to get traffic based on people searching on rumors. Given it's the bulk of the main retailers, that usually means they know something and the Nikon D400 is imminent.

Source: Google on 2/9/2009.

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Will Have 1080p Video

Date: 2/7/2009
Source: NR

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 1

NR has received a report from "a reputable small dealer" that the D400 should come with 1080p video, more pixels, and better noise.

In general, the dealers know very little right up until the last minute, so if true, it means the D400 is very close.

Source: NR on 2/7/2009.

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Possible pics?

Date: 2/3/2009
Source: NikonRumors

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 3

NikonRumors has pictures of a possible Nikon D400. It appears to have a larger-than-D300 pentaprism (but smaller than the D700), and looking at the comments on the page the consensus is that it is most likely a fake (the D400 looks photoshoped on for example).

We'll track this, and see if it is even close when the Nikon D400 does eventually arrive.

Source: NikonRumors on 2/3/2009.

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Possible Spy Shots

Date: 1/24/2009
Source: SLRClub

Rating: 2.8/5, Votes: 4, Comments: 2

Possible spy shots of the Nikon D400?

Nikon D400 Spy Shot?
Nikon D400 Spy Shot?

Nikon usually releases new body's to select testers ahead of any release, usually with logos and identification marks taped up. This looks very similar to a Nikon D300, except for the chrome ring round the dial (right side on the picture) - could it be a pre-production Nikon D400?.

Source: SLRClub on 1/24/2009.

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15 Megapixel Sony Sensor?

Date: 1/20/2009
Source: DI

Rating: 2/5, Votes: 1

More speculation than rumor: Sony is rumored to be announcing the Sony A800 at PMA 2009. Sony manufactures sensors for Nikon, but the relationship goes much deeper than that - possibly even sharing design elements (Think Nikon D200 and Sony A700 sensors, or the new Sony A900 and Nikon D3x - very similar specs, may well be branches of the same base design).

If this is true, this could give us a good idea as to the sensor specifications for the upcoming Nikon D400.

Source: DI on 1/20/2009.

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Russian Magazine Article

Date: 1/12/2009
Source: NikonRumors.com

Rating: 3.8/5, Votes: 4

NikonRumors has a photo of a clipping from a Russian magazine, detailing a new Nikon D400.

According to the translation:

  • 14.3 Megapixel sensor
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1080p HD Video, 24 f.p.s.
  • 7 f.p.s. burst rate

Source: NikonRumors.com on 1/12/2009.

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Specs at NikonRumors

Date: 12/10/2008
Source: NikonRumors.com

Rating: 3.5/5, Votes: 4

NikonRumors.com has posted detailed specs that were sent to them anonymously. The specs are very detailed, but nothing you couldn't make an estimated guess about.

Highlights include:

  • 14.3 mp sensor
  • 100-6,400 ISO (extend range 50-25,600)
  • 1080p Video
  • 7 f.p.s.

It looks like someone took the specs from the Canon 5D Mark II (including the ISO range), pulled the horizon indicator from the D3, and then merged them with the specs for the D300.

Source: NikonRumors.com on 12/10/2008.

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DPReview Posting by jeff-c

Date: 11/20/2008
Source: DPReview user jeff-c

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 3

A user on DPReview.com forums by the name of jeff-c has a habit of being right, or close to right with his forum posts. In this post, he is claiming rumors in Japan about a 16 megapixel Sony APS sensor (Sony manufactures the Nikon Sensors), along with some photos of a D400 floating around.

Source: DPReview user jeff-c on 11/20/2008.

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Thom Hogan on Timing, Megapixels

Date: 11/19/2008
Source: Thom Hogan on dpreview.com

Rating: 4.7/5, Votes: 3, Comments: 1

Thom Hogan (see our Rate the Reviewer section) is reporting speculation that the Nikon D400 with a 16mp sensor will be released the same time as the Nikon D3x on DPReview.com.

Source: Thom Hogan on dpreview.com on 11/19/2008.

Latest Status: Date Busted, Sensor unknown.

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Book on Amazon

Date: 2/4/2009
Source: Amazon.de

Confirmed Rumor

Rating: 4.3/5, Votes: 3

Amazon.de is listing a book on the Nikon D400, available July 2009, by Author Michael Gradias (a quick search on Amazon.de reveals 112 titles in his name, with many Nikon, Canon and Photoshop titles, plus a few others).

There is no description of the book, just a price of 39.95 Euros. The book is orderable.

A quick search of the ISBN (978-3827244826) number shows the book is not on the US site amazon.com.

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Nikon D400 Book

Source: Amazon.de on 2/4/2009.

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Amazon Book Publisher

Date: 2/7/2008
Source: mut.de

Confirmed Rumor

Rating: 5/5, Votes: 1

The Publisher of the Nikon D400 Book that appeared on Amazon now has the book listed on their web site. A couple of other sites are also displaying the book for sale/pre-order now.

Source: mut.de on 2/7/2008.

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More Specs, Touch Screen

Date: 2/6/2009
Source: pconline.com.cn

Busted Rumor

Rating: 2.5/5, Votes: 2

Following up on Yesterdays rumor, more specs have now appeared on pconline.com.cn:

  • Model: D400
  • Time to market: 2009
  • Digital camera type: SLR Digital Cameras
  • Effective Pixels: 24,400,000 pixels
  • Optical zoom multiples: Depending on the lens may be
  • Operating mode: With full manual functions
  • Sensor type: CMOS sensor
  • LCD screen size: 3.5 inches
  • LCD screen features: Touch Screen
  • Viewfinder type: Optical viewfinder
  • Exposure compensation: To 1 / 3, 1 / 2 or 1EV step adjust
  • ISO: ISO Sensitivity ISO 200-3200
  • Remote control function: Support
  • Flash mode: Front-Curtain Sync (standard), anti-Red, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync
  • External flash: Support for external flash
  • Storage medium: SD card, CF card
  • Photo format: RAW, JPEG + RAW, TIFF
  • Data Interface: USB 2.0 interface
  • Battery: Dedicated rechargeable lithium batteries
  • Battery life: About 1600 (CIPA standard)
  • External power supply: AC adapter
  • Software: Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Color: Black
  • Menu Language: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
  • Print mode: Direct Print
  • Other properties: Standard screw (tripod)

The big surprise, it's going to be available in Black!

This looks like a speculation site (based on the "I have to pick right or wrong, win points, get awards" link).

Source: pconline.com.cn on 2/6/2009.

Latest Status: Posted on Speculation Site

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24 Megapixals, SD Memory?

Date: 2/5/2009
Source: pconline.com.cn

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3.5/5, Votes: 2

According to the website product.pconline.com.cn (google translation below), the Nikon D400 may have the following specs:

  • 24.4 Megapixels
  • 3.5 inch LCD
  • Supports CF and SD cards.

This sounds more like the speculated D700x/D800 than the replacement for the Nikon D300.

Source: pconline.com.cn on 2/5/2009.

Latest Status: Posted on Speculation Site

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Another Photo

Date: 2/4/2009
Source: NikonRumors

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 3

NR has another photo of a possible Nikon D400 on its site - looks very much like a photoshopped version of one of the D300 press photos (with a few buttons changed), even down to the texture on the camera.

Source: NikonRumors on 2/4/2009.

Latest Status: Busted - Photoshop

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14Mp FX Sensor?

Date: 5/31/2008
Source: NikonWatch.com

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3.3/5, Votes: 4

NikonWatch.com is reporting a Nikon D400 with a (14 megapixels according to the headline, 12 megapixels according to the text) FX sensor. Yes, FX.

Update: Nikon released a 12MP FX sensor in the Nikon D700 about 30 days after this rumor, we suspect that is what the rumor was referring to, they just got the name wrong.

Source: NikonWatch.com on 5/31/2008.

Latest Status: Busted: Most likely describing the Nikon D700

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Nikon D400 Photo on Flickr

Date: 12/27/2007
Source: Flickr

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 5

Photo of a Nikon D400 posted on Flickr.com.Busted - Fake Photo

Nikon D400

Source: Flickr on 12/27/2007.

Latest Status: Busted - Fake

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Total Comments: 3

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