Wednesday 3rd Mar '04: Read in local newspaper (Bangkok Post) of a trip to the Thailand Nikon factory by a small group of local journalists to view the manufacture of the D70 which is made in Thailand and for which Nikon are projecting target sales of 800,000 units in 1st year Thursday 4th Mar '04 Called local supplier in Bangkok to enquire re availability: was told all units had been removed from sale and returned to the factory due to a problem with the firmware. Surely Nikon would test, test and test again before making the model available for general release, or is Asia the 'testing ground'? Either way, it is worrying.
#1. "RE: Re: Nikon D70 glitch with firmware??" In response to Reply # 0
I highly doubt that this has happened.
The only way that a whole shipment would be returned to the factory, IMHO, is if there's such a glaring show-stopping bug that the camera is completely unusable and is not field upgradable. If it's anything less, Nikon would merely make a firmware download available online for affected users (I remember reading somewhere that firmware for the D70 is designed to be end-user installable) or else tell the retail dealers that they should flash the units before shipping to the customer.
Can you provide us with linkage to your article source?
#2. "RE: Re: Nikon D70 glitch with firmware??" In response to Reply # 1
Seems like pre-release jitters all-around. It's very critical for Nikon to ensure that the D70 launch is as smooth as possible. There could be any number of reasons to pull back a manufacturing batch. Since the camera is already in public hands, it would be very costly to both wallet and reputation by issuing a technical recall this early in the game.
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