It’s been rumoured since last month that Nikon is close to releasing a new high-end DSLR called the D800, and now we may have got our first glimpse of the beast.
Dug up by the appropriately-named Nikon Rumors, two photos show what could well be the D800 in all its glory. It looks fairly similar to the current Nikon D700 (which it’ll likely be replacing) but there are enough differences to suggest that these shots are indeed genuine and not merely the work of a Photoshop user with too much time on his or her hands.
The site also has a veritable truckload of specs and features for the upcoming camera, which it says will be officially launched shortly. Nikon Rumors is apparently '90 per cent sure' that the D800 will be a 36-megapixel full-frame camera (that means photos will have a resolution of 7360 x 4912) with an ISO range of 50 to 25600.
It'll have a large, 100 per cent coverage viewfinder, dual memory card slots (CompactFlash and SD), speedy USB 3.0, a screen over 3 inches in size and no fewer than 51 face recognition focus points. Video performance has apparently been given an overhaul to make it better than on the Nikon D3s: the D800 will offer 1080p at 30, 25 or 24fps and 720p at 60, 30, 25 or 24fps. And all this despite being smaller and lighter than the D700.
Of course, until the word comes direct from Nikon, all this is just a huge bunch of rumours, claims and speculations, so don't ditch your D700 just yet. But if Nikon Rumors is right, we should hear some official confirmation very soon – probably before the end of November.
Do the Nikon D800's rumoured specs excite your inner photographer or is this just another megapixel-maxed dinosaur of a DSLR looking back instead of offering any real innovation? Let us know in the comments section below, folks.