Saturday, April 26, 2008

Rumors: D3X and D10, two new Nikon full frame DSLRs coming up? (updated)

We took a casual stroll through the dpreview forums when we noticed this laconic yet revealing thread. A forum user has posted that Nikon is preparing two 35mm full frame DSLRs, the hotly rumored D3X at $6000 and a new "affordable" $3000 D10 full-framer. For more, and a lot discussion be sure to visit the original thread in the dpreview Nikon single-digit SLR Talk forum. The post also mentions a D80 follow-up. Check it all out!

The model names certainly make sense. There is no need to explain the D3X name, it is the logical choice. Meanwhile D10 has a very symbolic ring to it. The D100 started Nikon's "affordable" DSLR line (the sub-$2000 revolution of a few years ago), so the D10 would be the start of their "affordable" full-frame DSLR line.

Lots of people are jumping in the discussion, including Nikon guru Thom Hogan, although he does not directly discuss those rumors. Update: A "feasibility analysis" of the rumor by Thom. Also note his comment about the battery grips at the end of that post!

We are also trying a new feature today, a Rumor Box Score to help frame this new rumor!

Rumor Box Score
Evidence?None
Originator?Unknown
Common Sense TestSounds reasonable
Gut Check TestSounds believable
PredictionLikely


Again, please treat this as a rumor, regardless of how credible it may seem! But don't let us stop you from day-dreaming about your next new favorite DSLR! Be our guest, in fact feel free to post your dream specs in the comments section. Dream cameras cost $0 to design and don't necessarily have to obey the laws of physics :)

For more rumoralia, be sure to visit and bookmark our Photokina 2008 special. It is of reasonable size right now, but by the summer it will become unreadably long :)

For covering of the existing dynamic duo of the Nikon D3 and D300 be sure to check our D3/D300 mania. Not quite Beatle-mania, but the DSLR-equivalent :)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Found this - http://masterchong.com/v2/dslr/nikon-to-debut-d3-photos.html

1001 noisy cameras said...

Interesting, the D3X was "alive" in rumorsville in June 2007, two months before the official D3/D300 announcement!

Anonymous said...

Always wanted to have a D3, but well... it's too expensive...

DREAM SPECS:

D3X

24.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Dual EXPEED Image Processing
8 frames per second continous shooting (24.4MP)
13 frames per second continous shooting (12.2MP)
ISO 100 - 25600

Price: $5500

D10

21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Dual EXPEED processing
5 frames per second continuos shooting (21.1MP)
8 frames per second continous shooting (with Battery grip)
ISO 100 - 25600

Price: $ 2500 (body only) $ 3500 (kit with AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8)

D80x/D90

16.8 Megapixel CMOS sensor
EXPEED image processing
Live View with AF
6.5 frames per second continuos shooting (16.8MP)
8 frames per second continuos shooting (with battery grip)
ISO 100 - 6400

Price: $1000 (body only) $ 1250 (kit with AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5 -5.6)

And I would prefer a new lens at $ 450:

AF-S 18-70mm f/2.8 - 3.5

1001 noisy cameras said...

These look nice from a photographer's dream camera perspective :)

Is the last one using an APS-C/DX or 35mmFF sensor?