Chinese Nikon D400

The Nikon D400 made a sensational appearance on a Chinese web site. There, we find a description of the feature set. Despite the translation difficulties there are a few interesting items (that is, if they are real data):

Nikon D400

Nikon D400

  • Sensor: 24.4 MP CMOS
  • Rear LCD screen: Touchscreen
  • Exposure adjust by 1/3 or 1/2 or 1EV
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200-3200
  • Memory slots: Compact Flash AND SD card
  • Image formats: Raw, JPG and TIFF
  • Data interface: USB 2.0

Even if this is a very partial description, it contains enough surprises to be worth mentionning. The presence of a touch-screen would really be a superb improvement (already seen on compact Point-and-Shot cameras but never before on SLRs). The arrival of SD cards on this range of SLR cameras cannot be a complete surprise knowing the trend already clear for smaller cameras. However, having a TIFF file format available is a major surprise that could lead to a big redefinition of what is used for picture output. Depending on how it is used, it could be a move to a standardized RAW format (instead of DNG) or a weird addition.

Additional note: The arrival of a dual slot memory support is well supported by the observation of the Nikon D700 body. You can easily notice that the body already has a space free for such a dual slot possibility.

Anyway, we will have to understand if this is reality or a publicity scam from a Chinese web site (in which case it works well. Everybody interested in the Nikon D400 is reading this).

5 comments for “Chinese Nikon D400

  1. February 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Obviously, everybody will notice that nothing is said about the sensor size/format. But, seeing 24 MP and a reuse of the Nikon D700 body, I’d think this is going to be the low-cost Full Frame many people were expecting.

    What do you think?

  2. Mark
    February 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

    The flagship DX model should have dual CF slots like its FX counterparts.

    They don’t need another FX model … they do however, need to upgrade the DX flagship.

  3. February 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Mark, what you describe has a very very low probability.

    The D300s (DX) needs a replacement for sure. It would be the Nikon D400. But dual CF is less and less probable seeing how the market is moving toward SD cards. A dual SD+CF solution would be much much more adequate for Nikon.

    Now, this being done, Nikon still needs to decide what to do after the D700 (FX model, but not a flagship yet) and there is clearly some space for a D800. Apparently, it would be using a much higher resolution sensor (thanks to Sony’s effort to reduce pixel-cell size and Nikon’s legendary noise management algorithms).

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