Nikon is holding a press event tomorrow, April 14 for what many predict will be the unveiling of the D5000, or whatever name Nikon decides to use for a D40/60 update. Leaked photos early last week of what appeared to be the shooting of a Nikon commercial, showed a small DSLR with a swivel display, and fueled speculation of a low-end DSLR announcement tomorrow. Then, today, an online store in Japan posted some specifications and a stock photo of a D5000. My initial reaction was that something was amiss with the image of the camera – the proportions were either funky or this thing has a giant viewfinder.
After some re-proportioning in Photoshop, I ended up with this:
As you can see, the original image was indeed quite stretched, vertically. Still, even after using the lens mount as the frame of reference, the new D5000 looks to be a bit taller than the D40. That’s boding well for a larger viewfinder, but poorly for people who wanted a small DSLR. In fact, it’s nearly as large as a D90 now.
Preliminary specifications listed on the Japanese site seem to indicate:
- 11-point AF (multi-CAM 1000 module as with the D90?)
- 2.7″ swivel LCD
- ISO 3200 support
No word on megapixel count yet, but I’d expect a similar sensor to the D90. Overall, it’s looking like a significantly improved low-end DSLR from Nikon. The Japanese site lists the camera at 84,800 Yen, or approximately $840USD, but I’m going to gander that it’ll actually come in at $699 to $749 body-only, similar to the Olympus E-620 that was launched recently. The two are quite competitive, at least specifications-wise, with the D5000 having a movie mode, if the initial specs are the be believed.