NR has posted, based on an anonymous tip, full specs for a Nikon D300s. This is basically a Nikon D300 with:
- 720p HD movie mode Movie: Frame size (pixels) 1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps, File format AVI, Compression format Motion-JPEG. Autofocus Contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a frame is possible (Tripod mode). Audio: Sound can be recorded via built-in or optional external microphone; sensitivity can be adjusted. Maximum length: 5 min (1,280 x 720 pixels), 20 min (640 x 424, 320 x 216 pixels)
- Built-in mic and stereo audio input
- Dual SD and CF slots
- Quiet Shutter Release
- Approx. 7 fps (CH) with EN-EL3e Battery
- Two new D-Lighting modes: auto & extra high
NR for some reason gives it 85% likelyhood (based on an anonymous tip????), and indicates a possible June release further down in the comments.
Not entirely sure what to make of this. Nikon is clearly behind Canon on the video front, this release would add autofocus to Nikons video capabilities, but Nikon really needs a 1080p solution (Canon has one for under $1k) if they want to get serious about video.
If the Nikon D400 is coming out this year, this release doesn't make sense. If they want to wait on the Nikon D400 (due to economic conditions, or maybe because releasing a D400 today wouldn't be a big enough step forward), then this does make sense.
Source: NR on 6/1/2009.