Fri 17-Sep-10 02:20 AM | edited Fri 17-Sep-10 02:48 AM by ZoneV
So we essentially have:
D90 + D300s -> D7000 + D###?
It's really not clear yet. I think Nikon intends it be unclear. They've done this sort of thing many times before, for example:
N8008s + N6006 -> N90 + N70 (was the N90 the N8008s replacement like most people believe, or was the N70 the N8008s replacement and the N90 a brand new higher end model (as Simon Stafford states in the Nikon Compendium)? Note that the N8008s (1991), N6006, N70, and N90 (1992) were all sold alongside one another for a while. The time between the N8008s and N90 intros was technically too short (~1 year) for the N90 to be its replacement. Not to mention the fact that the N8008s was still sold for quite a while alongside the N90.
Same with the N90s -> F100: a new market segment or the replacement? The N90s was discontinued within one or two years of the F100's intro I believe. I bought my N90s new a while after the F100 came out, because it was a better deal and I didn't need the enhancements of teh F100.
I think that once a D400 comes out next year or whenever (if ever) and once the D90 is discontinued, it will be clearer.
This is how Nikon rearranges its lineup and the relative positions of their camera models.