In yesterday’s article, What Do the Nikon D5 and D500 Mean for the Coming Nikon D650? (Nikon D610 Update), I ruminated on what tech from the D5 and the D500 we might see in the much anticipated Nikon D650, and at the end I threw in an additional little point to ponder when I asked what we might see in the Nikon D7300?
To me, the update to the Nikon D7200 (let’s call it the Nikon D7300 to keep things simple), may be even more interesting than the Nikon D500, especially when we consider what it might inherit from its new big brother.
So what are we likely to get in the D7300?
Well, 4K UHD video for starters. It’s almost a given. This is 2016, and 4K has fast become the new defacto standard that I expect to see in a new DSLR or MILC camera. It would be folly for Nikon not to put 4K in ALL its DSLR cameras going forward.
So what about the sensor? I actually don’t want to see, nor do I think it likely, that Nikon will just use the same 20.9 MP sensor from the D500 in the coming D7300. No, more likely, and more interesting to me, is that we’ll see a new, higher resolution sensor built on the same sensor tech from the D500. I’m thinking a 28MP sensor like the one in the Samsung NX1 and NX500, perhaps even BSI, with D500 kind of high ISO performance. Given the higher megapixels, let’s say this new 28MP sensor can “only” go to ISO 800,000 at the top of its expanded range, maybe even 1 Million just so Nikon can it goes to a MILLION. We also get ISO 100 at the low end, saving the ISO 50 setting for the D500 flagship as a selling point.
We won’t get the new Multi-Cam 20K AF system either, but rather a new, refined version of the existing one in the Nikon D7200. This is fine with me as the D7200 already has a top of the line AF system. Nikon can save a few bucks here, and save the Multi-Cam 20K AF as another selling point for the D500. I’m fine with a tweaked D7200 AF system.
We DO get the new Snapbridge wireless system on the Nikon D7300 though, allowing us to connect with our phones and other devices through Bluetooth. It’s the way of the future, and we’re going to see ALL of Nikon’s DSLR cameras have this technology from here on out.
We also get the new Radio Controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting System from the D500. Again, this is new tech that you can expect to see in ALL Nikon DSLR’s of a level that had a wireless speedlight control feature before, so that’ll be the Nikon D5600 and Nikon D7300 when they come, plus ALL the new FX bodies. We’ll also likely be seeing another new flash or two to join the new Nikon SB-5000 as part of this new Radio Controlled Lighting System.
There will be a few other little advancements and tech goodies in the coming Nikon D7300, but these are the MAIN advancements I see coming down from the new Nikon D500. All in all, the D7300 will be a MUCH more interesting camera for a LOT of people, both because of its lower price AND because of its higher resolution sensor.
I know I’d be more interested in a Nikon D7300 spec’d as above than I would in the new Nikon D500. How about you?
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