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Nikon announces dSLR on Wednesday: the D80?

Update: Nikon on Wednesday released details about its Nikon D80 DSLR camera. For pictures, see the gallery below.

Nikon is teasing curious onlookers with an online clock that's counting down the minutes until a new digital camera is announced.

The clock says to expect news of a at 8 a.m. PT on Wednesday.

Nikon D80

Nikon isn't offering any details right now, but the usual rumor sites are buzzing with speculation. There's a report that the new digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera will be the Nikon D80, and even some photos.

Depending on the details, the new camera could be a successor to the Nikon D70 (6.1 megapixels and no longer sold), the Nikon D50 (6.1 megapixels, about $600), or the Nikon D200 (10.2 megapixels and about $1,700).

Probably the most likely spot in Nikon's lineup would be a successor to the D50, which is facing stiff competition from the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Canon's offering is around the same price, boasts 8 megapixels, and is speedier as well.