Camera rumors 2017: the biggest and best camera rumors around

Nikon D760

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

The D750 has grown into becoming a well-loved and affordable full-frame choice in Nikon’s lineup, but now that it's over two years old and could really use a boost to compete against a handful of more recent full-frame arrivals. Nikon Rumors has reported that a Honduran newspaper – of all places – has reported that a D760 is imminent, so what could this mean? If the D820 is released with even more pixels, could we be seeing the D760 take advantage of the 36.3MP sensor to supplant the current 24MP chip? A high shutter speed of 1/8,000sec could be in the cards, which is likely because the D750’s maximum 1/4,000sec shutter speed is an understandable compromise to help it to be more affordably priced, but a compromise regardless. 

It would be surprising to have such a camera release without 4K video recording, especially after the 4K-enabled D500 and D5. It’s also possible that it will have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would doubtlessly want this to match its D500 sibling in implementing touch sensitivity, too.

Nikon Df II

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 very excited about the DF when it was announced, but its high price and relatively low pixel count in comparison to the D810 made it more of a luxury item. The traditional controls also aren't quite as well executed as on Fuji's X-T1, which was released at about the same time.

It's feasible that the Df II will only correct the handling issues of the Df and have a higher resolution sensor – maybe even using the D5's 20MP sensor. However, 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 the company needs to have a comeback.

Rumors have been floating around for a while that Nikon has a full-frame mirrorless model 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 implementation of an electronic viewfinder.

With 2017 being Nikon's centenary year, we could see Nikon releasing the DF II this year.

Nikon 1 J

Nikon 1 system

Will we ever see another Nikon 1 mirrorless camera again?

The last Nikon 1 system camera was the 1 J5, announced back at the beginning of April 2015, and we haven't seen sight or sound of a new model since.

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 admitting defeat?