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 has become a renowned and inexpensive full-frame choice in Nikon’s stable, but it could really use an update to compete with a number of more recent full-frame arrivals.
The D750’s maximum 1/4,000 sec shutter speed is an understandable compromise to help it to be more reasonably priced, but a compromise regardless .A high shutter speed of 1/8,000sec might be on the cards then.
It wouldn’t be likely that such a camera would launch without 4K video recording, especially after the 4K-enabled D500, D850 and D5. It’s also likely that it will have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would probably at touchscreen control, too. Finally, don't forget Nikon will introduce it's SnapBridge connectivity as well.
Nikon's flagship DSLR could get a midlife tweak
Predicted specs: Full-frame 20MP sensor | New EXPEED image processor| 14fps burst shooting
Nikon launched the D5 back at CES in 2016, and with the company tending to launch a new flagship DSLR or 'S' update every two years to tie-in with an Olympic year (the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are taking place in September), we could see a D5S break cover soon.
As it'll be an 'S' update, don't expect a raft of changes, instead it'll more likely be a few tweaks and refinements to an already great camera.
So what are we likely to see? The resolution should remain the same at 20MP, but a new EXPEED image processor could bring a number of improvements - we can't imagine Nikon would be able to extend the maximum ISO range of ISO3,280,000 found on the D5, but the improved processing power should see improved noise handling.
Burst shooting could also be boosted slightly - the D5 can shoot at 12fps with full AF and metering, so we could see a performance bump to 13 or 14fps.
We might also see some very subtle tweaks to the handling as well, but otherwise, don't expect a completely redesigned camera. That'll be the D6.
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.