A gentle upgrade over the ageing D750 would strengthen Nikon’s FX offerings
Predicted specs: Full-frame 36.3MP sensor | 4K video recording | Tilting touchscreen
Over the last three years or so, the D750 became a renowned and inexpensive full-frame choice in Nikon’s stable, but it came out more than three years ago and could really use an update to compete with a number of more recent full-frame arrivals. Nikon Rumors has reported that a Honduran newspaper – of all places – has reported that a D760 is incoming, so what could this mean? If the D820 is released with even more pixels, could we be seeing the D760 make use of the 36.3MP sensor to replace the current 24MP chip? A high shutter speed of 1/8,000sec might be in the cards, which is probable because the D750’s maximum 1/4,000sec shutter speed is an understandable compromise to help it to be more reasonably priced, but a compromise regardless.
It wouldn’t be likely that such a camera would launch without 4K video recording, especially after the 4K-enabled D500 and D5. It’s also likely that it will have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would probably want this to match its D500 sibling in including touch sensitivity, too.
Nikon Df II
Perhaps Nikon will turn its retro-styled FX SLR into a retro-styled FX CSC?
Predicted specs: Mirrorless design | Class-leading electronic viewfinder | Nikon F-mount
Everyone got understandably excited about the DF when it was announced, but its high price and relatively low pixel count compared to the D810 made it more of a luxury item. The traditional controls also aren't quite as well implemented as on Fuji's X-T1, which was launched at about the same time.
It's feasible that the Df II will only fix the handling problems of the Df and have a higher resolution sensor – maybe even using the D5's 20MP sensor. Still, it's no secret that Nikon has lost some of its market share to Sony and its Alpha 7-series of full-frame retro-styled compact system cameras, and Nikon really needs to get back into competition.
Rumors have been floating around for a while that Nikon has a full-frame mirrorless camera coming soon, and the Df design has the potential to be an ideal starting point – albeit with a few major changes, like the removal of the mirror and the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder.
With 2017 being Nikon's centenary year, we could still see Nikon launching the DF II before the end of the year.
Nikon 1 system
Will we ever see another Nikon 1 mirrorless camera again?
The last Nikon 1 system camera was the 1 J5, announced way back at the beginning of April 2015, and we haven't seen any sign of a new model since then.
The arrival of Nikon's new range of DL compact cameras at the beginning of last year, all featuring 1.0-inch, 21MP sensors, with specifications that seemed to cast a shadow of the current 1 system offerings, with many people questioning the need for Nikon's current mirrorless offering now these compacts had arrived.
These models though, after over a year of delays have been cancelled, but there hasn't been a whiff of a 1 system rumor in ages either. Could Nikon be quietly be surrendering?