I have just received a link to a Chinese forum, where pictures of the upcoming Nikon D600 have been posted. These pictures look very real to me, so looks like the Nikon D600 will be released soon for sure. In addition, Nikon has just released two lenses, one of which (the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR) is specifically designed to be a cheap full-frame lens. I don’t think it would really suit the Nikon D800’s demanding sensor in terms of performance. Here are the pics of the D600 from the forum:
This very much looks like a full-frame sensor in a D7000 body style.
Judging by the pics, the D600 will be small and light with all the guts of the Nikon D7000. At this point, I would say that it is highly likely that we will see a high-end DX camera from Nikon as well, because this camera is nothing like the Nikon D300s. I also doubt that we will see a Nikon D7000 replacement this year, since it would be too much for Nikon to handle so many cameras, given how much stress the D800 orders are putting on Nikon’s manufacturing capabilities.
Wow, what a crazy year it is for Nikon! I very much hope that they allocate more manufacturing resources for the D600, since the demand will be even crazier than for the D800.
I will be posting the lens announcements shortly.