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D3100

Eric Arnold , Aug 13, 2010; 03:55 p.m.

reported specs:

  • 14 MP CMOS Sensor (23.2 x 15.5 mm)
  • Live View
  • 3 inch Display
  • 100 – 12800 ISO
  • ISO setting manual or automatic
  • 11 AF points
  • full HD Video (1920 x 1080)
  • price 650 €
  • new EXPEED2 processor
  • improved objects recognition for the AF control
  • improved in-camera menu
  • user can save picture profiles

very interesting, as low-light performance could be better than nikon d5000/90/300. makes one wonder what nikon is planning for d90, d300 and d700 replacements. will d400 use same sensor but with better AF module? will d800 use 18mp non-sony FF sensor, as rumored? what happens to the D3s sensor? will there be an affordable iteration of the D3X sensor?

guess we'll just have to wait and see...

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Michael Axel , Aug 13, 2010; 04:14 p.m.

I wonder what will happen when they run out of numbers.

Michael R. Freeman , Aug 13, 2010; 04:36 p.m.

Reported by who?

Without a reliable confirmed source (i.e. Nikon Japan), this makes for interesting supermarket tabloid reading, but little else.

Eric Arnold , Aug 13, 2010; 04:45 p.m.

michael, it's in the current edition of a german magazine, Foto. not exactly tabloid reading, since, according to thom hogan, "the information could have only come from Nikon,".

thom has more to say on his home page about the new lenses...
http://www.bythom.com/

Andy L , Aug 13, 2010; 04:51 p.m.

As rumors go, this one apparently has a fairly high chance of being true - and it would hopefully mean that other refreshes aren't far off. I can't wade through German well enough to see what a D3000 sells for there but a D3000+18-55 kit on Amazon.fr is 399 Euro and DPReview seems to think it was 440 at launch, so 650 would be a bit surprising to me.

The other thing that surprises me is that the magazine that leaked the info has a D3000 replacement but not a replacement for other cameras - it seems odd that if Nikon is going to upgrade the DX CMOS they use in almost everything, they'd do it in the lowest end camera first.

Eric Arnold , Aug 13, 2010; 05:03 p.m.

i know PN doesnt like the Nikon Rumors site (which also published the specs, which Hogan has basically confirmed and also appear in DPReview), but they have scans directly from Foto of the new camera and lenses. the d3100 has reportedly also shown up in Best Buy's inventory system.

i dont sprechen ze deutch, but if anyone does, you're welcome to translate...

Copyrighted image deleted. -- SC

C.P.M. van het Kaar , Aug 13, 2010; 05:05 p.m.

Reported by a (1) german Guy on a German Website, and this "report" was copied by "NikonRumours"
The German Guy says he read it a copy of a magazine ( Foto Digital) ... This would imply that Nikon gives Info to a German Magazine before any official announcement, so I'd say : HOAX ...

Ilkka Nissila , Aug 13, 2010; 05:09 p.m.

Of course they sometimes give advance info to magazines, select websites etc. They just have agreements on when the info can go public. Sometimes parties involved do not obey these agreements or there is a misunderstanding on publication date.

Ray - , Aug 13, 2010; 05:09 p.m.

If it wasn't told my Mr Nikon, we don't believe you, haha. I don't even believe if I can see at my store, haha. Maybe's a diff label in a diff country. And, Thom does not work for Nikon Management.

Eric Arnold , Aug 13, 2010; 05:19 p.m.

dont think so, CPM, since the images of the camera and lenses are in a published, credible magazine sent to subscribers just one week before the official announcement. it is true that NR first reported this back in July, but they had the specs wrong: 10mp, not 14. the above image may be via nikon rumors but it's directly taken from Foto mag's September edition.

here's what hogan sez: "So, the D3100 is mostly official at this point: the newer 14mp Sony sensor (with HD video support and Live View), new EXPEED 2, AF during video, and some much-needed menu changes."

he also lambasts nikon for the leak, which addresses your issue more succintly. magazines generally have a three-month lead time between printing and newsstand date; early copies are mailed out to subscribers, which is how this happened.


but if you think this is a hoax, how about you bet your best lens (or body) against mine? i need some new gear...


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