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Nikon D440 Forecast

24MP FX, 3 FPS (5 FPS DX): $3,299.

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Introduction    top

History shows us that the D700 came out a year after the D3, and offers exactly the same image quality in sharpness and high-ISO performance in a smarter, smaller package.

Therefore it's obvious to any casual observer that the D440 is due out a year after the D3X.

The D3X was announced on 01 July 2008, meaning I'd expect the D440 to be announced in the summer of 2009 and ship at the end of 2009.

Most decent photographers are boycotting the outrageously priced D3X, and by doing so, keeping themselves open to getting the mostly likely superior D440 instead.

Nikon scammed us with the D3: we all bought them as Nikon's first FX DSLR. A year later, out comes the D700, which handles much better and faster.

This time, Nikon can keep their $8,000 bluff, and I'll wait for a D440.

Music fans are rubbed the wrong way by the model number; we call this the A 440.


Specifications (target)    top

Finder: 95% coverage (of full FX frame, not the tiny DX frame), 0.72x with 50mm lens. (D3 is 0.7x and 100% coverage.) . 18mm eyepoint. Inferior finder for DX lenses; the D440 doesn't crop the finder as does the D3.

Electronic Level: Yes, electronic virtual horizon, just like D3X.

AF: 51 points. CAM3500FX sensor array (same as D3X). Fine-tuning, if you have slight errors with certain lenses.

Shutter: 1/8,000 ~ 30 sec, bulb. Carbon fiber and Kevlar, tested to 150,000 cycles.

Flash Sync: 1/250.

Frame Rate: 3 FPS. 5 FPS in DX mode.

Built-in Flash: GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100). Controls wireless flash.

Sensor: 24MP CMOS, same as D3X. 14-bit linear ADC, 16-bit data pipelines, as the D3X. 12-channel parallel readout.

Sensor Size: FX (23.9 x 36mm) and cropped DX, just like D3X. No professional 5:4 mode.

Live View: two modes.

Resolution: 24MP in FX, 10MP in DX.

   FX (24 x 36mm): 6,048 x 4,032 (L), 4,544 x 3,024 (M) and 3,024 x 2,016 (S).

   DX (16 x 24mm): 3,968 x 2,640 (L), 2,976 x 1,976 (M), 1,984 x 1,320 (S).

ISO: 50 ~ 6,400. Nikon really only want you using ISO 100 ~ 1,600, so lower ISOs are read as gibberish like "Lo-1" and higher ISOs are coded as garbage like "HI+2."

File Formats: JPG, TIF, NEF. NEF in 12- or 14-bit with no, lossy or lossless compression.

Rear LCD: Exquisite 3," 920,000 pixels. HDMI HD output, but it uses a screwy, non-standard mini HDMI connector.

Storage: Single CF card. Too bad; I love the in-camera backup of the D3's dual card slots.

Data Communication: USB. Optional WT-4 wireless and ethernet.

Optional Macho-Man Grip: MB-D10, same as D700.

Power: EN-EL3e, standard; same as D700, D200, D300, etc.

Size: 5.8 x 4.8 x 3.0" (147 x 123 x 77mm).

Weight: 35.1 oz. (995g) without battery, card, strap, monitor cover or lens.

Price (USA): $4,399, September 2009.

Introduction: 21 August 2009.

Available: Early December 2009.



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