With the recent introduction of the D3100 and D7000, has Nikon desided to go from three DX levels (D3000,D90,D300) to only two? Seems to me that the 3100 is squarely between (in features and price)the D3000 and D90 and the same with the D7000 between the D90 and D300. Your thoughts?
#2. "RE: New Nikon Strategy" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 23-Sep-10 09:27 PM by km6xz
St Petersburg, RU
Too early to tell what the realignment will include. A D300 replacement is needed to round out the line since in many ways that effect basic shooting, it is already eclipsed by cheaper models. By releasing a heavier version of the D7000 to satisfy the smaller but more vocal market of current D300 owners would probably require fewer engineering resources since the basic systems are done now in the D7000. All that is needed is a heavier case, a few more switches, CF card slot, 30fps in video mode. All the comments by D300 owners about how unsuitable the D7000 is concern their shooting habits rather than anything that determines image quality. Considering the foregoing, a 3100 5100 7000 and 400/9000(?) would be a nice stepping stone climb in price and capabilities. From the sample shots at high ISO, the current DX camera to beat is the D3100 right now. The 4 camera line would be the most formidable line up in crop sensors of any company. The line will probably be filled out before summer 2011. The only reason for a D5100, really, is to satisfy the demands for an articulated screen. Performance wise, the D5000 has already been eclipsed by the D3100. After this product lineup, Nikon can concentrate on getting the D4 and D700 replacement out the door. Who else would be able to claim so many class leaders? Stan St Petersburg Russia
#3. "RE: New Nikon Strategy" In response to Reply # 2
I believe Nikon has created the Dx000 series for consumers and prosumers. I think the D7000 is the replacement for the D300s. The high end prosumer and pro models use FX sensors now. I don't think there will be great demand for a high end DX sensor model.
#4. "RE: New Nikon Strategy" In response to Reply # 3
>I think the D7000 is the replacement for the D300s. >The high end prosumer and pro models use FX sensors now.
Time will tell, but I think the D300s will be replaced. There is still room for improved AF, buffer size, frame-rate, and connectivity from the D7000. I don't see the marketplace abandoning DX to lesser features so expect Nikon to continue the trend.