Mon 17-Sep-12 04:36 AM | edited Mon 17-Sep-12 04:39 AM by DavidHarsay
>How exactly would a D400 differ from a D7200? and if it >differs enough does that make the D400 actually a D8000? > >Just my two cents
It's not the number, but the flagship quality body and electronics we're looking for with an updated DX sensor.
More specifically, top tier AF sensor with regard to speed/sensitivity/dynamics/array... high speed frame rates (that are dead on with the AF, unlike the D7000), bracketing more than 3 frames (the D300 series is the least expensive Nikon system to bracket more than 3 shots, nine actually, the D5000/D7000 series would only do three, as well as the D600, this is valuable for HDR)
I purchased a D300s three years ago, and now have a D700. I love the solid build of those cameras, especially with a big heavy lens on it. I considered getting a D7000 for a DX system, but it is disappointing in the areas listed above. A cheaper D7000 type body with better video features and a higher megapixel sensor such as what a D7100 or 7200 might be is NOT going to cut it, it's a waste.
To me, a D400 or D300x or whatever means a DX version of the D800 magnesium body with a fast processor and a top tier AF system, fast frame rates like 8fps, good high ISO performance, up to 9 brackets, and a 16-26 MP sensor. The U1/U2 knobs would be a bonus if we could fudge that in. $1600-1700 price would be appropriate, I don't want them to skimp on quality like they do on the D7000/D600.