|Update: 23/08/10: according to Nikon Rumors, the D90 replacement will be baptized D7000 not D95. The supposed launch date is September 15.
There are also increasing rumors about a D700 successor, without much factual sustain, however.
According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is preparing to launch a series of new Coolpixes, a (possibly DX) EVIL (mirror-less, interchangeable lens) camera and successors for the D3000 (14-04-2009) and D90 (27-08-2008) somewhere between the second half of this month and the end of September.
The D3100 and D7000 are expected to feature (tweaked) Sony 14 and 16 Mp. sensors respectively, and are supposed to have continuous AF (AF-C) in video recording mode/live view, which would be a first for Nikon, if they were able to push these new models out ahead of Sony.
Unfortunately for those (like myself) waiting for a successor – D800? – of the D700 (01-07-2008), there are no solid rumors on that one yet, apart of numerous reports of it being in and out of stock at some of the mayor retailers in the US.
This may be due to Nikon waiting for two new Sony Exmor HD CMOS sensors of 24 and 30 Mp., to become available in early 2011...
D3100 (Launched: August 19. Specs here)
• 14 Mp. CMOS (not CCD!!)
• New AF point configuration to cover the major part of the viewfinder; 11 AF points.
• 100-12.800 ISO
• Full-HD video: 1920x1080
• In-camera video editing capabilities
• 3fps., like the D3000 and D40
• 16,2 Mp. CMOS, Expeed 2
• Standard ISO 100-25.600!!!!!
• Magnesium-alloy body, similar to the D300S
• HD video: 1080p/24, probably 20 min. max.
• Video and Live View with AF-C
• External stereo mic (like D300)
• Virtual Horizon (like D3, D300)
• 39 AF points
• AF motor
• 6 fps.
• Dual memory card slots
• 100% Viewfinder
ESP: $ 1.199
Keep in mind that these specs are rumors, and even though Nikon Rumors gives them a probability rating of 95%, Nikon may still present us with some surprises.
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