>Sensor-wise, the D400, if it is DX format, could very well be >nearly identical to the D7000. There is a good chance that >they will share the same sensor. Maybe not, but still >something to think about. Think D90 sensor versus D300 sensor. >Pretty much the same. > >I would say that the D7000 looks like a worthy upgrade to the >D200. All the key areas, like speed, metal body, AI lens >compatability, etc are there. Just a few relatively minor >things geared more toward the professional, like CF card, >remote terminals, control layout, etc, are missing on the >D7000. > >Also, the D400, if and when it arrives next year, may be over >$2000. Just something to think about.
I agree. I too would like to jump on the D7000 from my D200, but I found some of the missing features a bit of a turn off. The problem with a D400 at a price tag in the $2000.00 range is that it will be too close to the D700 (FX) range. If I had to spend for something in that price range I would put the extra money down for a D700. I only have one DX lens (a Nikon 17-55mm 2.8), but the rest of my lenses are all "full frame".
I wonder if the D400 will have the option of switching from DX to FX at will with a primary focus on DX? Maybe higher speeds and buffer rates in DX mode? Maybe it will fill in the gap left behind by the old D2H as the ultimate Nikon sports camera!