Indeed. While I've been envying the owners of the D100 and their magnificent images, I was awaiting for better technology. Now that it is there, the D2 may look even better and may come sooner than we hoped.
> An N80 given some serious steroid injections and the real deal in resolution and full frame imaging chip
A serious injections which is missing is a CAM1300 or anything improved over the CAM900 from the N80 body. The outer AF sensors on my D100 are too slow in slightly low light conditions, often won't focus at all.
Nevertheless, exciting times. My threshold for any camera is < = $2000. Fortunately, Kodak is putting same pressure on the price tag. $4000 for 14 Mpix. In one year $4000 for 22 Mpix ($2000 for 14Mpix), and in two years $2000 for a 22 Mpix which should have the same quality as 35mm.
That is when you can count me in again. $2000 or less for 22 Mpix in a lightweight body, fast AF, 3fps for 10 frames and excellent long exposure... just dreaming so far, but it looks like a short dream
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now that's what I'm talking about. no multiplier. anyone want to a buy a 1 day old D100 kidding of course but honestly this multiplier crap is just that. I;m sure the technology for a non mmultiplier CCD chip existed last year, but Nikon, in a smart business move, held off on the release. Well I'm glad to see technology moving ahead quickly.
The tradeoff you make for the high resolution at that price point is a very slow 1.7 frames per second, a flash sync speed of 1/125 second and the CAM900 autofocus sensor. It would be a great landscape and studio camera, but there's no way it would be a good choice for action shots.
I really like that the manufacturers are optimizing their cameras for different tasks.
I wonder what happened to the pattern of incrementally increasing megapixels? What a pleasant surprise 11 and 14 MP is.
I've been holding out for a magnesium alloy body, 1/250+ flash sync, 3+ fps, 8-10MP, full frame camera which I didn't expect for at least a couple of years. Muhahahahaha! Looks like the pace is picking up. All of this competition can only be good for us consumer . It's been a tough wait so far but hopefully Nikon will not disappoint with there response.
As a new owner of a Fuji S2 one of the issues I'm dealing with is what do with all the high res images. I have a lexar 512 compact flash. Typically, I'm running at somewhat less than max res. And I'm very happy with the image quality although I haven't had the opportunity to print anything yet. It reminds me of buying a computer: when do you buy and when do you wait? I jumped on the S2. Guess I'll wait a generation and get one of the 24 meg cameras that come out in two years.