Nikon confirms D50 is real? D70s coming too?|
(Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 15:55 EST)
Two PDF files containing manuals for unannounced Nikon digital SLRs appeared on servers for Nikon Asia and Nikon Germany over the last couple of days, triggering a flood of interest; the company now appears to have confirmed at least one of the cameras is real.
A number of our readers emailed us starting about two days ago to let us know that PDFs of manuals for Nikon SLRs with model numbers D50 and D70s had appeared on Nikon's servers in Asia and Germany. The files were quickly removed by Nikon, but have since cropped up on multiple other websites around the internet. Now, Macworld reports that Susumu Enomoto, "a spokesman for Nikon", has admitted that the D50 is indeed a product planned for release in the "not-too-distant future."
Our philosophy at Imaging Resource is to honor the spirit as well as the letter of our non-disclosure agreements with manufacturers. Accordingly, we try to be careful to never use our knowledge of forthcoming products to lend weight to rumors or leaks of this nature. Given that Macworld and other review websites have posted stories on this though, it's safe to say that the cat is pretty fully out of the bag, hence this news post.
We won't though, link to the PDF files themselves, even though they're out there in multiple places around the web. These files are copyright Nikon Inc, which means that any publishing of them via the web without Nikon's approval constitutes copyright infringement, which we cannot be party to. (Really, they serve no useful purpose to our readers, other than satisfying idle curiosity.) Stay tuned, you can be sure we'll have full details of these and any other SLRs Nikon announces as soon as the details themselves are fully finalized, and as soon as Nikon permits us to share them.