The word on the proverbial DSLR street is that Nikon will be announcing a new DSLR soon, the Nikon D4000. Details are sketchy, if available at all.
So what would a D4000 look like?
Well, for starters, we can assume it’s slated to fit in the line-up between the D3000 and the D5000.
I’d say we can also safely assume it’ll be at least 12 megapixels. That’s pretty much the minimum these days, and I wouldn’t expect higher as I doubt they’d be introducing a lower end body that would have higher resolution than the D5000, D90, D300s, D700, and D3s.
That said, you never know. Nikon is due for a higher resolution DSLR, and they may just introduce it lower in the line-up. They’ve demonstrated incredible ability to get the most out of sensors, whether it’s the D90, the D700, or the SUPER HIGH ISO CHAMPION, the D3s.
I would expect an 18 megapixel crop sensor DSLR from Nikon to be at least as good as the D90 at high ISO and image detail, and the D90 is one of the best crop sensor DSLR’s out there in those areas.
Figure a light and small body, more similar to the D3000 than the D90. I’d expect 1080HD video, as all DSLR’s should now have this.
The focus system may be new, or Nikon may just use the same one in the D3000 or D5000, depending on how advanced they want the body to be.
Remember though, the DSLR market is more competitive now than it ever has been. Sales are not growing, except in the EVIL market which will likely soon taper off. Nikon is a company which packs tons of features into it’s DSLR’s, so expect to see even more of this with the D4000 to position Nikon very competitively.