#1. "RE: D7000: NOT a worthy D90 replacement" In response to In response to 0 Wed 15-Sep-10 02:06 PM by glennaa11
I guess I have a somewhat different take.
It looks like maybe Nikon is trying to simplify the product line to an extent. The D3100 provides a tool for the newbie to learn SLR photography with more power than most photographers likely will ever need. I think the lack of non-AF-S compatibility is not a huge liability for the people who buy that camera. They get it with the kit lens and learn to use that. Maybe if they want more zoom range they get a 3rd party super-zoom and those all come with built-in motors these days. Now if they start wanting to get into faster lenses they have the 35 1.8 for example at a pretty decent price point. Or perhaps the 50 will get an AF-S re-do some day soon. People just getting into DSLR at this point in time are very unlikely to be people with a huge stable of older non-AF-S lenses sitting around. Notice that the D3100 also bumps up it's price a bit to come in at less than a D5000 but more than a D3000.
The D7000 will certainly be the "upgrade" camera for those who had been newbies but who want an upgrade. My guess is that most people who buy an entry level DSLR are occasional users dabbling in the hobby. And that large majority will never see any need to do any sort of upgrade. As a tool for enthusiasts though, as you note, a D7000 is nothing short of amazing. I think this model will largely kill sales of the D300s. But I don't know that they really sell all that many of them now to begin with. I think the D90 has been extremely popular. So placing the D7000 at a couple hundred $$$ more than a D90 but less than a D300s means that on volume Nikon will make a huge amount of money.
Is there even a need at this point for a D400? What will it add? Will that become an FX for about $2K? And then what happens to the D700's upgrade?
Certainly the handling and learning curve to a D7000 would seem to be pretty much the same as the D90 for some one coming to it cold. I don't see how it is really all that much more complicated. The handling/interface is basically the same. There are a few more functions to understand, but really not that many. So anyone having to learn a D90's functions would have the same issues learning a D7000. And anyone moving from a D90 to a D7000 should find it to be an easy switch it seems to me.