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In December 2008 Nikon released the D3x, which is basically a Nikon D3 with a new 24 megapixel sensor. Given that the sensor from the D3 was released into a smaller, prosumer body about 9 months after its launch, it follows that in late summer/fall 2009 Nikon may release what is basically a D700 with a 24 megapixel sensor.

If Nikon sticks to its current naming conventions, then this camera will most likely be called the D700x (Since the D3x is a higher resolution version of the D3, the D40x was the higher resolution version of the D40 etc.). However, there is also a possibility this camera may be called the Nikon D800 instead. Why? Because the D3x is $3,000 more than the D3 for what is basically a new sensor (to be fair, it also has a bigger buffer and newer EXPEED processing). Nikon can't possibly expect the Nikon D700x to be $3,000 more than the D700 (which would make it a $6,000 camera), so they may try to differentiate the camera more from the D700.

Several other features may be included also, Canon has set the standard of adding Video to prosumer DSLR's with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, to this may make Nikon more inclined to add Video to all future prosumer models.

Below are a list of rumors regarding the Nikon D700x, 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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Speculation from Japan

Date: 1/25/2010
Source: NR

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 2

NR posted some images in a magazine in Japanese hinting at the D3x sensor in a D700x body. Turns out these were from the Japanese magazine CAPA, and it appears to be pure speculation (they also speculate about a Nikon D95 this year - Nikon is due to update the D90 in 2010, but we expect either a D90s or D7000 to replace it).

Source: NR on 1/25/2010.

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$4,300

Date: 1/25/2010
Source: NR

Rating: 2/5, Votes: 1, Comments: 1

NR is linking to a video clip of the “The Suze Orman Show” (CNBC) from Jan. 23, 2010, where a caller calls in and asks about a Nikon D700x.

The picture shown appears to be a regular D700 (no "X")... could well be a prank caller.

Source: NR on 1/25/2010.

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D700 replacement

We posted this commentary/opinion a couple of weeks back as to Nikon's options in supplementing or replacing the excellent D700 (D700x plus D700s, or a single replacement D800) - not a rumor as such, but a relevant discussion as to what Nikon may do, and why.

Source: DentonImages on 1/5/2010.

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Not Coming Say Hogan

Date: 12/4/2009
Source: Thom Hogan

Rating: 4/5, Votes: 4, Comments: 3

After earlier indicating he had reason to believe the Nikon D700x was to be released November 2009 or sooner, Thom is now indicating (in his recently released 2010 predictions - see link below) that "Something not called a D700x: announced by March 2010, and probably called something like D800" is coming instead, and will have a new sensor and not the 24mp sensor out of the D3x.

We've maintained since the launch of the D3x a year ago that a D700x would be a very difficult camera for Nikon to release - if it's to compete with the Canon 5D Mk II and Sony's 24mp offerings, it really needs to be in the $3-4k price range or lower. However that puts it up to $5k cheaper than the D3x (when the difference between the D3 and D700 is only $2k) - which will definitely hurt high margin D3x sales, so from a marketing perspective Thom's prediction does make some sense.

However, note this is a "prediction", it's unclear what information Thom is basing this on, or even if it is pure speculation.

Source: Thom Hogan on 12/4/2009.

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NR Says Not Any Time Soon - Huh?

Date: 10/13/2009
Source: NR

Rating: 4.3/5, Votes: 4

In a Q & A session with Peter Giesen from Nikon Germany, he claims "the D700 has been introduced only last year, and we won’t have a successor in the near future”.

Now this makes perfect sense, Nikon appears to be on an approximately 2-year cycle with its pro and prosumer lines, meaning a D700s should arrive around summer 2010. Add to that the fact that the D700 followed the D3 by about 9 months, and we are expecting a D3s imminently, so that also puts the D700s next summer with some of the features that will be appearing in the D3 (presumably video).

However NikonRumors also takes this comment to mean no D700x is imminent - huh?

The rumored D700x is no more a successor to the D700 than the D3x was to the D3. If you want a do-it-all, take pictures in the dark at 14-bits and 8 f.p.s., then the D700 (and its successor) is your camera. If you want higher resolution, but don't care about the frame rate or the ability to shoot in available darkness (i.e. you prefer studio and landscape work over photojournalism, sports shooting etc), then the rumored D700x is for you. These are two very different cameras aimed at two different markets, so claiming no D700x because Nikon says no D700 successor soon makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Source: NR on 10/13/2009.

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NR Says 2 New DSLRs Today at Noon EST

Date: 2/21/2010
Source: NR

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 1

NR is boldly predicting two new DSLR's from Nikon will be announced today, Feb 21st, at PMA.

If correct, both the D90 and D700 are about at the 18 month mark, so they are just entering the window where they might be updated. Other possibilities are a much anticipated high-res FX body (D700x, D800, D900), or possibly a hybrid/EVIL camera.

While possible, we'd be surprised if this was true, and it would be the most tightly guarded launch from Nikon in recent memory.

Source: NR on 2/21/2010.

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Alleged Nikon Roadmap says Oct 15th

A user on a Czech forum (here via NikonRumors.com) has posted what he claims may be from a 37 page Nikon document outlining Nikons product release roadmap for 2009-2010.

Here is what it says about the Nikon D700x:

Released October 15th

Nikon D700x - differences from the D700: 
 effective pixels: 24.5 million ... 
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data .... 
 [S] 6.048 x 4.032 
 Continuous high-speed mode: 5 fps without batterygripu, 6.5 fps 
with batterygripem 
 1 Release mode addition: Self-timer + MUP 
 2200-pixel RGB sensor 
 
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CD monitor: 920 to-dot, 2.9-inch,  
 Enhanced contrast detect AF 
 Enhanced phase detect AF: new 2,200-pixel RGB sensor c
ooperates with 3D Tracking, Auto-Area AF-C is dynamic area, 
flashing auxiliary section plus focusing direction "display 
in the viewfinder with the" user-control "change of direction 
 Movie - mode: 1920 * 1080 at 24 fps Quicktime MOV, H.264 codec 



Our Take:

Hogan says a "reliable source" claims that the D700x may be here before November, but 6.5 f.p.s. with grip? That's faster than the D3x - no way, no how - the D700x will have less processing power than the D3x, not more.

The full translation (translated using Google Translate) of the original post can be found in our forums - see the source link below or click here.

Update:The same poster posted this further down the thread when someone asked him to produce the document, basically saying he found out it was a 'little joke' after spending 3 hours translating it (via Google Translate):

The answer came to me by mail:

  • I idiot when I disclose
  • It's little joke allegedly staff with responsibilities for their beloved colleagues and supervisors with shipper from the center
  • So it's supposedly fancy, but had to give mad work was concerned about his colleagues were extremely happy and very creative. And from me therefore I did laugh and I to 3 hours to translate.

Source: Translation on DI Forum on 7/9/2009.

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Thom says before November

Date: 7/8/2009
Source: Thom Hogan

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3.5/5, Votes: 4

On his homepage (look in his July 2009 archives if it's no longer there), Thom claims:

But people I trust now tell me that a D700x won't be as late in the year as I suggest (I mentioned November).

Source: Thom Hogan on 7/8/2009.

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Thom Hogan Speculates Spring

Date: 2/26/2009
Source: Thom Hogan

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 2

Thom Hogan has offered his opinion/speculation on upcoming Nikon DSLR releases:

Okay, I'll go further: we'll see a low-end DSLR to replace the D40 and eventually D60, and a high-megapixel FX DSLR to compete with the 5DII better in spring, along with three more lenses; later in the year we'll see a D400 to replace the D300.

As of right now this is on Thom's homepage, but it will likely shortly move to his archive (Feb 2009).

Source: Thom Hogan on 2/26/2009.

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KR Says due within a Month

Date: 2/2/2009
Source: Ken Rockwell

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1.4/5, Votes: 5, Comments: 1

According to an update on KR's site today, he claims that the latest rumors confirm the Nikon D700X is coming in the next month.

He makes no mention as to where the rumors came from.

That claim seems hard to believe, and surely by definition a rumor means it is unconfirmed? (dictionary.com definition of rumor: a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts)

Source: Ken Rockwell on 2/2/2009.

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Being field tested?

Date: 2/2/2009
Source: RYC

Busted Rumor

Rating: 3.2/5, Votes: 5

RegisterYourCamera.com claims: "An extremely reliable source for RYC has confirmed a camera being field tested by Nikon to directly compete against the Canon 5D MKII. This camera will be announced at the PMA show this year."

They are speculating that it could be the D700x or D800, so the source clearly couldn't give any specifics.

To compete against the Canon 5D Mark II, it needs 20+ megapixels, HD Video, and a price tag of no more than $3,000. The D3x sensor in a D700 with video for $3k just doesn't sound plausible so soon after the $8,000 Nikon D3x launch.

So could this be a new sensor? Could this actually be a Nikon D400 with video, coming in at a lower price than the 5D Mark II (but with a crop sensor?).

Given the lack of specifics, especially the fact they didn't know the name printed on the front of the camera, you can't put much weight at all behind this one.

Source: RYC on 2/2/2009.

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Ken Rockwell

Date: 1/18/2009
Source: Ken Rockwell

Busted Rumor

Rating: 2.8/5, Votes: 14, Comments: 2

Ken Rockwell speculates on the Nikon D700x, offering his projections: D3x sensor in a D700 body, announced in August, shipping in December, for $4,399.99

No source quoted, looks like pure speculation.

Source: Ken Rockwell on 1/18/2009.

Latest Status: Speculation Only.

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May be called D900

Date: 11/17/2008
Source: Forum Posting

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1.8/5, Votes: 5, Comments: 1

From "Tomy the Insider" again:

"Nikon D700x will see the light of day as the D800 or D900, or so my bud says."

"Main reasons against D700x: - seen as D700 upgrade (too quick!) - name relates to entry-level (ie D70) Name is very important to Japanese corporations. All clear in 33 days! "

Source: Forum Posting on 11/17/2008.

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Due Dec 20th 2008

Date: 11/14/2008
Source: Forum Posting

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 4, Comments: 1

A forum posting by "Tony the Insider" claims:

"The expected announcement date for the D700x is Dec. 20. D700x has everything the D700 has, except the shooting rate at full resolution. The sensor is 24+ MP - while Nikon isn't officially admitting this, it is the one used in the Sony alpha-900. The D700 will be officially discontinued then, as by shooting at 12 MP the D700x will match its burst speed so the D700 is redundant. Price is a big question but expect the USD price to be well above that of the D700. "

"Source of the news is 100% reliable, my buddy in Nikon Japan"

Since the date has passed, source may not be "100% reliable".

Source: Forum Posting on 11/14/2008.

Latest Status: Busted

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Fall 2009

Date: 6/30/2009
Source: NR

Rating: 2.8/5, Votes: 6

NR is pointing to multiple tips pointing to a Fall 2009 release of the Nikon D700x. However of the two examples he gives:

  1. One is someone at a show claiming a Nikon stand worker says the D700 replacement is due out this fall - the D700x is no more a replacement for the D700 than the D3x was for the D3, so was he referring to the D700 body with a D3x sensor or something different? The D700 is almost one year old, way too early for a replacement yet.
  2. The other is someone claiming a Nikon service tech saying that a 24mp replacement for the D700 is due this fall - again, "replacement"?

Source: NR on 6/30/2009.

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Thom Hogan says Unlikely Before June

Date: 3/5/2009
Source: Thom Hogan

Rating: 3.3/5, Votes: 10

Speculation from Thom on upcoming Nikon DSLR releases:

If I were a betting person, I'd put the highest odds on June being the date for the next significant announcements from Nikon, but there's an outside chance that we'll get something announced sooner than that.

Source: Thom Hogan on 3/5/2009.

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Total Comments: 11

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