Severe Flooding Delays Nikon D800 Reveal

Massive floods in Thailand have submerged many industrial sites, including the Bangkadi Industrial Estate, which is home to Sony and Toshiba. Thailand produces 40 percent of global hard drive supplies, second only to China, and digital camera manufacturers are also looking at production bottlenecks until the factories can be rehabilitated over at least the next three months.

Nikon D700 DSLR body

The Sony plant is of special concern to those waiting for a replacement for the Nikon D700 digital SLR. The D800 announcement was expected on October 26 according to Nikon Rumors but it looks as if production is delayed due to the disaster. It's not entirely clear if the 36 megapixel image sensor for the D800 is manufactured by Sony, but Nikon probably needs other components produced in Thailand for assembly of the camera in Japan.

Apple and Canon are among the tech companies besides Sony, Nikon, Toshiba and others facing supply shortages due to the flooding and damage in Thailand. Over 1,000 factories are said to be damaged by the incoming water, and 400 people have lost their lives. Floods pushing over 10 feet have reached levels not seen in 50 years.

Sony factory flood Thailand

When it comes to the Nikon D800, the camera is expected to sport a 36MP full frame FX image sensor, 51-point auto-focus, dual memory card slots, and a display larger than three inches. Standard ISO sensitivity will range from 100-6400 and the EXPEED 3 processor will be on board. Two different models are expected, one with an antialiasing filter and one without. The Nikon D800 is rumored to retail at launch for around $4,000 US. Nikon fans will have to wait for more news.

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