According to the rumors, Nikon has a press event scheduled for some time around February 9th. Of course any sort of press event is enough to get the imagination working overtime. The biggest rumor is that a D700 replacement will be announced. There have been plenty of rumors as to what that means, including full HD video like the D7000 and D3100, with 1080p resolution and contrast-based auto-focus. Other speculation is for more mega-pixels; somewhere around 18MP. If this is true, it means that Nikon would be debuting a completely new full-frame sensor. This is an interesting prospect, which raises many questions. Will it still have the low-noise of a D3s and is this the new sensor that the D4 will be based on? But that’s a completely different rumor for another time.
One particular rumor, that I found to be a little bothersome, is the removal of the built-in flash from the camera. I think this would be a huge mistake but maybe it’s a line Nikon believes it must cross to take the D800 (or whatever they call it) to the professional level. Perhaps they believe that a pop-up flash is something to only be found on amateur-level cameras. Let’s face it, they would rather take the flash off the camera and make you buy two flash units (one commander and one remote) rather than just one that can be controlled by the built-in flash like the one on the D700. Personally, I hope this rumor proves to be false. I use the built-in flash in commander mode all the time and like the convenience of only having to carry one flash unit around and still get some pretty professional looking results.
Of course all of this is complete speculation and the truth is that Nikon could just be announcing some new lenses or maybe a new point and shoot, like the highly anticipated pro-level mirrorless EVIL camera. I guess we’ll just have to wait another week to find out. In the mean time, if you have a feature you would like to see in a new DSLR from Nikon, what would it be? For me, it would be something like the Translucent Mirror Technology that Sony has in their new a55 DSLR. It allows that camera to fire without raising the mirror, which means two things; better continuous auto-focus and faster continuous frame rates. Oh, here’s one more, I would love a new auto-exposure bracketing system that allows 9-stop brackets in 2-stop increments. Now that would be nice.