Nikon has now officially discontinued the D3x00 and D5x00 product lines

Jun 9, 2022

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Nikon has now officially discontinued the D3x00 and D5x00 product lines

Jun 9, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Nikon has reportedly sent out official notices to stores stating that the Nikon D3x00 and D5x00 series product lines are now officially discontinued. This means that the D3500 and D5600 will be the final cameras in each of the two lines adding a little more weight to the recently resurfaced rumours of an impending Nikon Z30 announcement.

The Nikon D3500 and D5600 bodies themselves were listed as discontinued on the Nikon Japan website back in January, only a few days after the Nikon D5600 was hailed as the biggest selling DSLR in Japan in 2020. But it’s been known since 2019 that these cameras would not be getting replaced by new DSLR models.

The discontinuation of the D5600 wasn’t really all that much of a surprise with the announcement of the Nikon Z50 in 2019. It’s essentially the D5600 replacement – although it lacks certain features from the D5x00 line, like a wired remote shutter port – so a hypothetical D5700 never really made any sense. It was a little surprising to see the D3500 discontinued, though, without a successor being announced.

With not just those individual cameras but both product lines now officially discontinued, the recent rumours of an upcoming Nikon Z30 APS-C mirrorless camera announcement (possibly later this month) might actually turn out to be true. This might also mean we’ll be seeing a Nikon Z50 Mark II body coming soon, too. The Z50’s great, but having been released in 2019 and being Nikon’s first-generation APS-C mirrorless body, it’s due for a refresh.

There’s still no real word on when we might see mirrorless replacements for the Nikon D7500 and Nikon D500, but now that the Nikon Z9 has had its time to shine and that the D780 and D850 have essentially been usurped by the Z6 II and Z7 II, hopefully, we won’t have to wait too much longer for some higher-powered APS-C mirrorless cameras from Nikon. It’s certainly about time Nikon showed APS-C a bit more love.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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5 responses to “Nikon has now officially discontinued the D3x00 and D5x00 product lines”

  1. Dr Dub Avatar
    Dr Dub

    Shame, the Z models have appalling battery life and aren’t ready to replace these models just yet.

    Maybe those buying 3500 and 5600’s take fewer shots and benefit more from the mirrorless features.

    As a sports photographer I probably have a skewed view. But the Z6 is a chocolate tea pot in terms of battery life and not even in the same ball park as a 780.

    It will be many generations before the Z usurps the 780 unless carrying half a dozen batteries and missing vital moments swapping them out.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Crappy battery life is pretty common to all mirrorless cameras (from all brands) when comparing to DSLRs, though. It won’t be many generations. Nikon just needs to stop making the D780 for it to happen. :)

      1. Dr Dub Avatar
        Dr Dub

        I need 4k exposures from a battery over a period of an hour and I will carry another as a backup! If they can achieve that I’d go mirrorless immediately!

        That’s my red line for migration, but as I say, I’m not representative of the market really. Pretty worried I will be hung out to dry.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          4,000 exposures over an hour is more than one per second. That’s an awful lot. I get you, though. I do a lot of timelapse and long term timelapse, although even with DSLRs, I generally switch to external power.

          1. Dr Dub Avatar
            Dr Dub

            I once shot a running event with 600+ athletes, relatively short lap, repositioning to get a variety of background locations and downloaded 4k photos after. My battery still had around 2 thirds power according to the image on the LCD! Guess the slowest runners took far more than an hour for that to be physically possible as you say, which is pretty slow given the distance! Anyhow I chew through shutters disposable nappies. First lap of an event like that and I’m buffer-limited even shooting jpegs! Mirrorless is so far off the battery requirement it’s not even funny. Even though I expect the 780 to be around for a decade, I still wonder how (short of a revolution in battery tech) they can achieve that.