I think Nikon is a day late and a dollar short in trying to satisfy a very large part of the DSLR market so they are saying stick with us we will have a product for you, eventually. Better late than never especially with the competion as it is for DSLR market share.
The photo of the D70 makes it look like it is based on an N80 body which by my estimation makes it a heck of a lot more sturdy that the Digital Rebel. I held the Digital Rebel in my hands a few weeks ago and thought I might break it. The words "plastic toy" instantly came to mind. I like this part: "The new model will offer an exclusive selection of new features and exciting Nikon SLR technology that will surpass products within the evolving digital SLR market...". I'm sure it will have spot metering, something that the so-called competition doesn't have. I've got my $1,000 sitting in my sock drawer ready to spend on one of these new babies! Bring it on!
From the way it looks (but I am not certain, of course) it seems to lack a DOF Preview button. I'm guessing this will be the digital version of an N75, more-so than an N80. But at $999 very nice still (but I'll still get the D100 instead hahahaha).
I just mentioned that the D75 looks like it is based on the N80 body because it is black, has the red rubber at the hand grip and has rounded curves. At least in the U.S., the N75 is silver with black and had less rounded edges and I am not sure, but I don't think that it has the red rubber at the hand grip. Perhaps it is not based on either -- but I think that the materials that Nikon uses for the black bodies is nicer and has a more sturdy feel than the silver plastic.
AS far as I know, this article was written after it was known that Nikon had registered the name "D70". All the technicall details in the article are just speculations based on current Nikon and Canon line-up of cameras.
you know, we really need to stop thinkin terms of digital bodies being "based on" film bodies. As Nikon produces fewer new film bodies, they certainly will be producing digital bodies as things in themselves, not modified versions of something else. I mean, look at the new D2h for instance.
since it would seem clear that most new development will be digital, they will stand on their own. I think that in this case, it was more a matter of lamenting the fact that there is no digital body yet that fills that niche between the D100 and the D1 series the way that the F100 bridges the gap betwenn the N80 and the F5. Personally, I certainly fit into that group, since for me sports would be a big reason for a digital body and I don't feel that the D100 (based on the N80, right) can do the job well enough and the D2H is too expensive right now.
Bring on the D200 (hopefully not based on the F100 but with the AF system of the D2H)!
Nikon puts out a photo and a no-specs announcement while Canon sells digital Rebels by the truckload and captures market share. The press release smacks more of a desperate attempt to hang onto customers than an answer to folks who have been wondering, "Where's Nikon?".
I was making a different point, which was to poke gentle fun at people who care about market share. Why should I care whether Nikon or Canon sells more cameras? I find it amusing that people who own quite nice Nikons give a hoot whether Nikon can compete with Canon at the bottom end.
If Nikon put D70s in the stores tomorrow, would any of us really sell our D100s and trade down? If not, why do we care who has the cheaper DSLR?
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Ah, but it does matter, because market share translates into more revenues, more revenues translate into more R&D and capital investment which hopefully leads to better products released ON TIME.
I agree though, this is just a knee jerk reaction from Nikon, who probably had the D70 in the works for a few months, but had to toss something out there to keep the guys without a significant investment in Nikon lenses and accessories from immediately jumping ship and buying the Digital Rebel.
I messed around with a Digital Rebel tonight, and while it didn't quite have the feel of my F80, it wasn't as cheap feeling as the film Rebels. It also seemed to lack some features I consider important, like flash compensation and an easy way to use the manual exposure mode. It belonged to one of my Sunday School teachers, and I was trying to show him how to decrease flash exposure and increase ambient exposure to help get rid of the "deer in headlights" effect of the flash firing at full power and completely blacking out the background. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that because of the shortcomings I just listed.
The announcement of the D70 confirms (at least in my mind) that Nikon was caught with its pants down when the Digital Rebel stormed the market. It's taken months for them to even get a preliminary press release out... which leads me to suspect that they had almost nothing (or something very basic) in the works when Digital Rebel units were out on the streets.
In comparison to Nikon's dilly-dally method of product release, I was very impressed that the Digital Rebel was on the shelves en masse within weeks of the product announcement (with full specs), unlike Nikon's bait-and-see, 8-months to a year-later, no stock available production schedule.
I love Nikon but I really do hate how they treat their loyals!
D70 = Digital Rebel rebadged?? Nikon are behind Canon in the digital race to the point-and-shoot market. imho Nikon would be smart to license these sub-standard cameras (read the Rebel reviews) from Canon. The D100 is a workhorse, and will give you years of enjoyment and the occasional frustration. And it's a Nikon. Enjoy it.