An article on Nasim Mansurov’s blog has freshened hopes for a D400 to replace the aging D300s. Most interestingly, it is the first time I’ve seen something that aligns with my thoughts on why Nikon hasn’t announced it yet. Net: It was disrupted by all the events in Asia (the tsunami in Japan and especially the floods in Thailand where the is a big DX focus for Nikon). Plans for a release were allegedly pulled a second time to update the design – once the delay got beyond a certain point, the design was too rooted in the past. As a guy who has worked in the tech industry in product management, these things ring true to me – time will tell.
A completely new, faster and more capable autofocus system caught my eye in the article. Of course the camera (if announced) would also have pro-handling features like AF-ON, 10-pin connector and a deep buffer.
Announcement was rumored for September, which might or might not be true. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Nikon wait for 2014 CES to announce it along with the D4s also mentioned in the article (which is also just a rumor).
In the meantime, I’ve really been enjoying my D300s. The announcement of the D7100 caused me to think about whether that camera would be worth it. I personally love the handling of the D300s, and have no desire to go the other direction. Presumably the D400 will closely follow the D800 handling, which prioritized some video features over still photography features in the handling. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and ultimately I’ll have to see for myself. I really like how the D300s handles, and I don’t use DSLR video at all. Handling is personal – what is fine for one person isn’t fine for another, and I’m especially finicky.
I’m looking forward to seeing what gets announced! In the meantime, I’m out shooting with the terrific camera I already have!