Nikon D4 and D400 is Rumored for August 2011

I recently purchased a new Nikon Camera. I bought the Nikon D7000. I have been waiting o buy a new camera for over a year. I have been patiently waiting for the replacement of the Nikon D300s to come out. Actually I thought it was going to come out last August or September of 2010. So I have been looking forward to a new model to arrive.

A few weeks while reading a blog, I came across a post that was saying that due to the tragedy in Japan from the Earthquake and Tsunami, that most of the suppliers had been almost entirely wiped out, and Nikon’s production was nearly at a stand still. Then I found this on Nikon Rumors [NR] “Nikon currently plans to release new products as scheduled”.

However, I just couldn’t wait anymore I was getting impatient. So I did some research and found the best deal on a new Nikon D7000, and believe it or not I found that deal at Costco. for $1,799.00 I got the camera and a lens, the Nikon 18-200mm VRII. I already had the 18-200 VR. I will be keeping the new lens and selling the older lens. Anyone want to buy a slightly used NikonAF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED.
Today while I was reading Nikon Rumors [NR] I came across some news stating that the New Nikon D4 and D400 would be released in August. UGH! and I just bought the Nikon D7000? I am not sure what to do?

The big announcement in August will be for a new Nikon D4 and D400 DSLR cameras. The Nikon D700 replacement will probably be announced at a later date, maybe even in 2012. I know that this is not the news most of you want to hear, but it actually makes perfect sense because the Nikon D3 was announced together with the D300 back in August of 2007. Nikon is a very methodical company and if the D3 and D300 pro level DSLRs are on a 4 years life cycle, the D700 should be replaced in 2012 since it was announced in 2008. Nikon also likes to announce higher end models before using the same tech in a low end versions (for example 12MP DX sensor in D300->D90, 16.2MP DX sensor in D7000->D5100, 12MP FX sensor D3->D700), so don’t expect the Nikon D700 replacement to come out with a better technology before the D4. The D300s replacement will probably use the new 24MP sensor from Sony which further confirms this rule.

Another question here is: does the “S” update count as a replacement? The D3 and the D300 were “replaced” by the D3s and D300s but for the most part those were just minor updates. The D3s and D300s were announced in 2009, approximately two years after the D3/D300. There was never a D700s. Maybe there is still a possibility for a deviation of the D700 this year (let’s say D700s: D3s sensor + video), but my source was clear that the “real” D700 replacement will come out in 2012.

[NR] probability ranking: 70%

With this new information I am almost tempted to return the D7000 and wait it out a few months and get the latest a greatest in the Nikon Line of DSLR Pro-Consumer cameras.

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