It is now official: the Nikon D5 DSLR camera is currently in the works to replace the spectacular yet aging D4.

There isn't any doubt that the D4 DSLR continues to be much loved by photography enthusiasts since it premiered in early 2012. In fact, quite a few of them consider teh D4 as their best buddy at any sporting event.

Now, Nikon has formally announced that it is presently centering its attention on developing the D5 which it calls the "next-generation professional" camera.

But that's not all the Japanese camera maker is putting on the table. It has also disclosed that photographers will soon be treated with an all-new flagship flash and wireless transmitter, which are specifically geared towards professional photographers.

"The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon's Speedlight lineup, are also being developed," notes Nikon in a blog post.

Nikon, however, has yet to release specs, prices and release dates of the D5 and accessories it is currently working on. It's quite possible that fans will need to wait until 2016 to know the details of the camera and accessories.

It is highly anticipated as well that the D5 may be possibly unwrapped at CES this coming January, where the D5's forerunner was initially presented. The Nikon D4 was officially unveiled at CES in January 2012. It was then released in February of that year. If Nikon is going to do exactly the same at the next CES, what this means is fans can already have the D5 on their hands in a few more months.

In the meantime, Nikon's latest announcement paves the way for experts to speculate on the specs of this new camera and for rumors to emerge over the web.

Recent rumors suggest that the D5 may sport a full-frame 20-megapixel FX sensor, shooting speed of 15 fps, a max ISO of 102,400 and support for 4K video in 60 and 30 fps.

It is likewise speculated that the D5 will come equipped with enhanced continuous shooting performance, new sensor and adjustments to the autofocus system (which are regarded as the three essential areas of the camera's potential audience).

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