"Today's interview with Nikon France: D800 and D4"
Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
There was an interview a few minutes ago on www.zone-numerique.com with Nikon France Thomas Maquaire who is in charge of professional products. The interview was a 90 minutes live chat session uniquely about D4 and D800. Here are the interesting points I noticed (translation and interpretation are mine):
- the D800 provides equivalent IQ than the D700 at every ISO - D800 and D800E have the same firmware - D800 is NOT the replacement of the D700 - D700 remains as a product - D800 is NOT the replacement of the D3X - D800 has a different product positioning than the D700 and D3X - D800 target users are those interested into detailed images (landscape, architecture, fashion, portrait...) - the 1.2X, DX and 4:5 crops are available in NEF - Presently, only Sony committed to commercialize XQD cards - D800 HDR function takes 2 images in only one button pressure. The difference can be settled between 1 and 3EV. The result is JPG only, no NEF. - D800: to minimize micro-vibrations, the sutter ("obturateur") is equiped with an anti-vibration mechanism - D800: latest and top of the line lenses will benefit more from the high-resolution - D800: the 1.2X and DX crops appear as surrounded by transparent grey border. No such viewing of the 16/9 format is planned. - D800 sensor was designed by Nikon and a partner; it is fabricated by the same partner. - D800/D4 dynamic range and color rendering is improved in comparison to D700/D3 - D4 preorders exceed all their sales expectations. - Capture NX will be free only with D800E (in France)
The remaining info was well known and has been written about in many posts and web sites.
#1. "RE: Today's interview with Nikon France: D800 and D4" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
Thank you for your relaying your translation. The comments about the D800 not replacing the D700 or D3x are expected since they have said that with all new models when there was still stock of the old cameras. For example they continued to say the D7000 was not the D90 replacement and the D90 would continue but production had stopped long before the D7000 was announced. There just is not the spare production capacity to keep making cameras that are overtaken by features in the same price point. D3s, D700 and no doubt the D3x have been long out of production. It makes business sense to not kill the value of items in the warehouse until the stock is depleted. Stan St Petersburg Russia
#2. "RE: Today's interview with Nikon France: D800 and D4" In response to Reply # 1 Thu 16-Feb-12 08:00 PM by richardd300
<For example they continued to say the D7000 was not the D90 replacement and the D90 would continue but production had stopped long before the D7000 was announced.>
That may be the case, but the D90 is still available as a current model on the Nikon UK/EU site. That's 18 months now since the D7000 was launched and it's price has changed little. As you say though this is probably due to stock levels and the fact that Nikon have claimed that the D800 is not an upgrade to the D700. However, I seem remember the D300 and D80 disappearing off the Nikon sites within a month of the D300s and D90 launch.