The guessing game
Once every 12-18 months or so, the rumor smiths go haywire
over possible new camera models from Nikon. Right now the kettle is
almost boiling over with wild guesses about D3x, D90 and even a D400!
All sorts of fake images are floating around and all sorts of
supportive scraps of information from ads, web sites, item no. registrations,
slips-of-tongues in third party press releases, firmware hacks and what-have-you support the rumors.
But you know what? Most of it is exactly what is sounds like: fantasy!
Some people must have too much time on their hands. And a lot of imagination too. I'm thinking of the ones that sit by their computer trying to foresee what will be happening on the Nikon scene (and on the Canon ditto for that matter).
They will construct all kinds of nice to have Nikon-cameras, extrapolate on current developments, add some confirmed facts and a few self made illustrations and tell us what the future has in store for us. These rumors will then - as it is the case with rumors - grow from one small feather to several full grown hens. Suddenly the web is on rampage with wildfire stories about all kinds of new toys for us Nikon boys and girls.
We probably all have some kind of idea that Nikon will market a follow-up to the D3. A D3x has been described many times already, and the latest development is a 24+ megapixels camera with 13 frames per second at 12 megapixels, 9 fps at full resolution and better high ISO performance than the D3. Some camera! Aptly referred to as the "Canon killer". but it's most likely a fidget in someones imagination. the 24.4 megapixels seem to have some foothold in the fact that Sony has a CMOS sensor in that range and that Nikon most likely has a close cooperation with Sony on this. But for the rest - including the numerous pictures of said apparatus. Hoaxes all the way through if you ask me.
There are whole web sites set up for these rumors.
Want something more solid? Try Thom Hogan's excellent
web site with predictions and follow-ups
Want a Nikon D3x or a D90? Wait for Nikon to announce it...