Nikon D610 and D5300 DSLR cameras are rumored to be under development and to be announced soon.
There have not been a lot of rumors in the media about Nikon cameras and lenses lately. Details about the company’s upcoming products have almost hit an all-time low. There are several reasons for that, including the fact that there might not be anything to talk about, as the company is looking to re-think its strategy, following a string of poor quarterly financial results.
Moreover, Nikon is pretty much covered on the DSLR front, as there are few cameras which need to be replaced as soon as possible. One of them is the D300S, which is still trailing behind the 7D. However, the D400 and the 7D Mark II will probably become available in early 2014.
Nikon D610 and D5300 DSLRs to replace D600 and D5200 in the near future
Thankfully, once in a while the rumor mill manages to leak information about the company’s future plans. Right now, it is rumored that the Nikon D610 and D5300 cameras are in the works and that their announcements are coming soon.
As usual with these rumors, an exact date or a timeframe has not been given. Either way, their leaked names are pretty suggestive and they make us think that they will replace existing DSLRs, such as the D600 full frame and D5200 APS-C cameras, respectively.
Nikon D600 is troubled by on-sensor dust / oil accumulation issues
The Nikon D600 has been introduced in September 2012. It was one of Nikon’s most expected cameras of recent times, as it was supposed to be an “affordable” full frame solution for enthusiast photographers.
Unfortunately, the Japanese manufacturer has failed to meet customer demands, as the DSLR is affected by a dust / oil accumulation issue. Photos display annoying dust / oil spots on them and getting the camera serviced will not do you much good.
As a result, a lot of photographers who wanted to take the plunge into full frame photography have decided to skip past the D600. Rumors are saying that the Nikon D610 will most likely fix this problem and beside that, there will not be any other major changes.
Nikon D5200 replacement to feature integrated WiFi and GPS functionality
On the other hand, the D5200 is a mid-range APS-C DSLR, which has been released on the market in late 2012. It would be weird to see it replaced so soon, but people familiar with the matter are confident that the Nikon D5300 is on its way.
The rumored specs of the D5300 include built-in WiFi and GPS. Both these functions are available, but only via accessories, like the WU-1a and GP-1 adapters, respectively.
Adding such functionality directly into the camera would reduce the costs for photographers, therefore they would be more keen on the company’s mid-range shooter.