Nikon D4 delivery delay confirmed; production figures revealed


posted Friday, February 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM EDT

Nikon's D4 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for our Nikon D4 preview!Introduction of the Nikon D4 digital SLR in the US market has been delayed slightly, the company confirmed for us today. Announced at the start of January, the D4 was originally planned for delivery this month. That schedule has now slipped to mid-March due to an unspecified production update.

In related news, an article from the Malaysian National News Agency confirms that the Nikon D800 and D4 will be produced at Nikon's factory in Sendai, Japan. The article, authored by Zakaria Abdul Wahab, reports on a recent factory tour by Southeast Asian journalists, and also provides expected production numbers for both cameras. Nikon Sendai will apparently be producing approximately 30,000 D800 bodies monthly, along with 5,000 D4 bodies.

Although Nikon Sendai was hard-hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the company's efforts saw production resumed just three weeks later.  The facility is famous for producing many of Nikon's flagship SLR cameras since it was established in the early 1970s.