Yes, late summer is the Christmas season for photo enthusiasts as this is the time of year that manufacturers start announcing the products they hope will make a splash come December. So, as usual, the rumor mill is kicking into high gear and just like last year, the buzz is all about Nikon.
Recently, rumors had been flying about two cameras: the S1100pj, successor to the S1000pj, the first camera with a built-in projector, and a new dSLR, the D3100, an upgrade to Nikon’s current base offering, the D3000. Well, as of yesterday, the S1100pj rumor came true, so what about the supposed dSLR?
First, there are two avenues from which to look at things.
On one side of the coin, the new D3100 leapfrogs the already present D5000 (next model up the totem pole) and the even higher D90. As rumored, the D3100 has full 1080p HD video (bests both D5000 and D90), a 14mp sensor (beats both again), a 3 inch LCD screen (beats D5000), 11 autofocus points (same as both), and ISO up to 12,800 (beats both). Obviously, the new entry level cam equals or bests its more expensive cousins. This just seems contrary to good business sense.
On the other hand . . .
Both the comparable cameras, the D5000 and D90 are 1 and 2 years old, respectively. In the digital age for non-professional grade cameras, the D90 (as well as the D300/D300s) is looking really long in the tooth by now. So, if the new entry level model, the rumored D3100, actually arrives on store shelves matching the rumored specifications, that only means that the higher-level Nikons to come later will be even better, which makes perfect business sense.
Unfortunately, only time will tell what happens.
As a final note, four new lenses were included with the rumor, too. They are:
Nikon 85 f1.4 AF-S (very likely)
Nikon 24-120 f4 VR (makes sense, current 24-120 is a dog, Nikon has no constant f4 standard zoom)
Nikon 28-300 f3.5-5.6 VR (maybe, but this is a very crowded field with third party glass)
Nikon 55-300 f4.5-5.6 VR (maybe, 55 rather than 70/75 start would be welcome by many)
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