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D7000's ripple effect


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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 25-Sep-10 07:18 PM

The D7000 IS a lot different than prior enthusiast cameras, it has most of the features that set the "pro" style bodies apart from consumer cameras, just in a smaller case. It is much closer to a D300 in function than it is to the D90/D80/D70 class. Other than a switch being replaced by the control wheel, and a button or two there is really is little difference between it and the Dx00 class cameras. What really can a D400 deliver in case and handling that is that much different....maybe faster frame rate, and higher bandwidth video and frame rate, maybe larger buffer, possibly a tweaked version of the CAM4800, if not the D4 AF system?
Some people equate weight with greater durability but materials science keeps proving that wrong. As we see from the D90 all high impact plastic outer shell, and aluminum inner chassis has been very rugged and reliable, taking a lot of abuse and still looking and working good. Or modern autos that have reliability and survivability along with lower weight. And a lot lower maintenance costs. Most remember back when oil changes were needed every 3,000 miles.
Usability tests probably also will show that pressing a button and simultaneously using a thumb wheel to be faster and easier to repeat than a larger number individual switches, in all sorts of user interfaces, that has been true. Muscle memory can work faster when fewer options are to be programmed which has led user interface designers to create fewer input triggers while combining combinations instead of more numerous single function input devices. The first typewriters for example were slower because there were separate keys for upper and lower case. Typing sped up a lot once the number of key dropped in half, and the shift key was added. So it probably will turn out that separate switches for a couple of functions are only preferred by those who know only a legacy method of inputting commands, but new users would not have that bias. Right now there are two views on the D7000, the newer adopters of DSLRs probably see no advantage to the larger heavy body D300 and in fact enough negatives to eliminate it from consideration. Meanwhile a smaller market of those who have not tried newer methods will reject the newer higher performance cameras out of hand. In photo taking capabilities, the D7000 is clearly ahead of the D300 series, and there was almost no difference between the D90 and D300 in actual output. Objectively, the mechanical differences between the D7000 and D300s are not enough to overcome the advantages of the D7000 in basic photo performance so essentially the D300s is now dead as a viable product. The prices will drop until production stops if it hasn't already and inventories are exhausted. If the class of camera is to continue to exist, a newer more modern camera needs to be released to resurrect the class.
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A general, generic topic D7000's ripple effect [View all] , JPJ Silver Member , Sat 25-Sep-10 02:30 AM
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