Rumor: Nikon D4 to get Light Peak/Thunderbolt?
Apple was the first to get it, and the rest of the PC industry is expected to start mass adoption of the technology as soon as most OEMs successfully iron out any outstanding issues pertaining to the new standard. But it would seem that PCs are not the only devices which would play nice with Light Peak (aka Thunderbolt): rumour has it that Nikon's future DSLR might see the first such implementation of the new interface on a camera.
A new superfast interface that is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 10 Gbps sounds like the most practical innovation for the digital worker of today, and for good reason. After all, if one takes into account the ever-growing file sizes of digital content today, it would make sense that a PC and its communication infrastructure needs to be well equipped in order to ensure that even the largest file sizes will not be an obstacle to ensuring that the content gets sent to the other party in time.
However, will a standalone device that has never been designed to accept and process data from external storage devices require the use of the very same interface that has been designed for use on a PC? Well, rumour has it that Nikon apparently thinks so: apparently, word has been floating around the depths of cyberspace that the Japanese camera manufacturer plans to stuff in a Light Peak (or Thunderbolt) port into a future professional-grade DSLR, which is said to be the D4.
Quite unsurprisingly, many members of the online community have expressed varying levels of scepticism about the likelihood of a DSLR being able to implement the new Thunderbolt interface successfully. For one, most users seldom transfer their images out from a digital camera through the use of a cabled connection: rather, the camera's storage medium (usually an SDHC or CF card) is extracted from the device and then connected to a PC via a card reader.
As such, users who want to make the most out of the Thunderbolt interface in a camera will have to get used to connecting their cameras directly to the PC instead of going through the card reader route. This also potentially opens the door to potential compatibility issues, as any device connected to a PC needs to have an appropriate driver installed in order to communicate with the computer. Without this driver, users will have to fall back to the card reader method, which greatly reduces the usefulness of having a superfast interface built into a camera.
However, do take note that this is nothing more than a rumour making its way around the Internet; as such, whether such a feature will eventually make its way into a Nikon DSLR is really anyone's guess. Until the actual specifications for Nikon's D4 have been set in stone, we'd advice that readers take this information with nothing less than a truckload's worth of salt.