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Is there room for a D400 - Photography life asks?

km6xz

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 23-Feb-13 08:09 AM

If there is room, the price is not likely to appeal to the majority of DX shooters. If the criteria as described in this thread of what makes a pro DX camera is it basically a D4 with a smaller sensor. Using the advanced subsystems of the D4/800 such as the 91k metering sensor that is needed for tracking between frames at higher rates, a fully wather sealed rugged body, large buffer, fast frame rate, larger body, CF or better card sockets etc that makes a D4 a pro body, are not cheap, especially for the lower volume of sales that a pro body would generate,
So what would be a reasonable price for a Dx D4? $2500? $2200? It would surely be more than the D600, maybe a lot more.
Most of the features that make the D7100 so desirable are image quality only related, and are based on newer cheaper technologies. A rugged limited production pro body relies on a mix of the cheaper technologies in higher IQ and the costly mechanical systems that make a traditional pro body by D2, 3 and 4. The D600 is such a bargain for IQ purposes because it fully accommodates the newer cheaper electronics but foregoes the expensive things that would have driven the price up to $3000 or more.
How can Nikon sell a much more expensive camera to make, fewer of them and still get it below $2000. I do not see how they can or would bother. If there is a demand for a $2500 pro DX, than they might do it.
Stan
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