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Is there room for a D400 - Photography life asks?

dm1dave

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Sat 23-Feb-13 08:33 PM | edited Sat 23-Feb-13 09:10 PM by dm1dave

>> “If the criteria as described in this thread of what makes a pro DX camera is it basically a D4 with a smaller sensor.”

I know you have been saying this a lot - but I feel that you are misunderstanding what D300 users are looking for. First, the people wanting a D400 are not looking for a D4 with a smaller senor – We are looking for a D300 with a newer sensor. Most would probably be satisfied with a 16 or 18 MP sensor.

Was the D300 just a D3 with a smaller sensor? I dont think so.

If it was then - How did they manage the price difference between the two?

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So, what would separate a D400 from a D4? Here are just a few ideas...

Obviously a DX senor is still much cheaper than an FX sensor - A great illustration of this cost difference is to compare the D600 ($2000) and the D7100 ($1200)

The D4 has a huge buffer a D400 would be limited to 17 -19 shots just like the D300

The D4 has 10 FPS the D400 would likely have 7 or 8 FPS max. I would be happy with 6 FPS if the buffer could hold about 20 shots.

The D3 and D300 have the same basic AF specifications but the D3 clearly is faster and more accurate (D3 probably has 2 AF processors and D300 only one) The same thing would happen with a D4 – D400 comparison.

They could also limit F/8 AF capabilities to cover less focus points as we see in the D7100. The D4 can use 11 focus points at f/8 the D7100 can only use one - a D400 may be limited to only 1 like the D7100 or it may have, say 5, to place it between the D4 and D7100.

The D4 shutter is rated to 400,000 cycles the D400 shutter would probably rate much lower – probably 150,000 cycles.

The D4 has a Self-diagnostic shutter monitor – D400 probably would not have that.

The D4 has a sequential control mechanism that drives the shutter, mirror, and aperture independently. – D400 would not have that.

D4 has 4 crop modes – D400 would likley only have one like the D7100.

D400 would probably have either have 2 CF slots or 1 CF slot and 1 SD slot like the D300 has – and no support for XQD cards.

I am sure that if I took the time to go through the menu system I could find many more options that are available on the D4 that would not make the D400 just as there were between the D3 and D300.

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Also, Yes, the well specified D400 would be worth $2000 and would likely sell better than the D600.

Dave Summers
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