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!
|Common Sense Test||Sounds reasonable|
|Gut Check Test||Sounds believable|
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 :)