LAS VEGAS -- Nikon revs its popular entry-level dSLR with a new 24-megapixel antialiasing-filter-free sensor (for sharper photos) and some other modest upgrades, including 1080/60p video and a slight 1fps boost to 5fps for continuous-shooting. It retains the same 11-point autofocus system of its predecessor, and still lacks built-in Wi-Fi; you have to go dongle for that. The body is a hair smaller in a couple of dimensions as well. You can expect to see it in early February in black, red or gray for $649.95 with the 18-5mm VR II kit lens.
Speaking of the kit lens, there's a new version of that as well; the AF-S DX 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR II is about 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, and following the lead of many ILC lenses, has a collapsible barrel. Since it will coexist in the market with the traditional 18-5mm version, watch out when shopping online and make sure you're getting the lens you expect. However, I also bet that there will be cheaper versions of the kit available with the old lens.
And for fast-prime devotees, Nikon also plans an AF-S 35mm f1.8G FX lens for February, pretty reasonably priced at $599.95. It's designed to be compact, with a wide manual-focus ring optimized for adding pull-focus accessories.