Sat 05-Apr-14 10:33 PM | edited Sat 05-Apr-14 10:34 PM by dhrphoto
I would hope Nikon is going to use the D400 name. If they didn't they would have to abandon it or number their models backwards, and I don't think that is going to happen. Then again if they did name it the D9300 that might make sence. If I remember correctly, Nikon Rumors thought that there was going to be no D300s replacement, that the D600 was the upgrade. I beleive Nikon was waiting for technical reasons. I wonder when they will use D5, D500, D5500, and D3500, and would that be all?
May Your Day Be Happy And Full Of Beautiful Images D.H.R.
IMHO, if I were Nikon, I'd make a D400 body priced alongside the D9300 (at that $1500-$2000 range) and make it an even cheaper full frame camera than the D610; possibly using the D5300's monocogue body. Then give the D800s the new sRAW format, and make a D4x at 48-ish MP.
That would leave you with a full frame ladder that makes sense: D400/D600/D800, and a DX ladder that also makes sense: D3x00, D5x00, D7x00, D9x00. Plus a flagship D4s/D4x combo.
For possible future mirrorless models, I'd dump the D- prefix entirely and start afresh with model number.
Of course, given the marketing, cost, and supply constraint realities, this is unlikely to happen, but one can dream, right?
What if this new D9300 is a 24MP DX sensor/51 point AF module (from the D7100) in a slightly larger D7100-style body (i.e. the same form factor/controls) but with an upgraded processor, a bigger buffer, 7FPS, and an AF-On button? And what if this new camera cost, say, $1,800 at release?
Now, would the D300s users upgrade to it? Because this is what I think we're going to get. I would be very surprised if we get a DX sensor in the D800/D4 body, and I'll be even more surprised if we get faster than 7 FPS at that resolution.
Then again, the mythical D9300 might be a mirrorless camera,...or a D7100 replacement, for all we know.
Sat 26-Apr-14 08:47 PM | edited Sat 26-Apr-14 09:13 PM by westcoast
I think folks are spending way too much energy on rumors. If this was the first round it would be understandable. We are at what round five or something, it kinda gets old after awhile. Some day Nikon will release another DX camera, whether it's. A D9000, or D7200, or a D10000 it will probably have some new features that we want and some that we don't. The one thing that I am sure of is, a new DX body won't have everything I want, it won't make or break my photography, and I am not loosing any sleep over it.
I would want the D300 replacement to be the same physical size as the D200/D300 bodies. I've considered upgrading my D200 to a used D300 (not the D300s). I've handled the D610 but I don't care for it due to smaller size of the body and how it "feels" in my hands.
If it happens I'm sure it will be around about the same size as the D800, perhaps a little smaller. I've had the D300 and I must admit I didn't like the D7000 to hold. However the D7100 is very much better, but of course very much like the D610.
It will be interesting to see who jumps first, if either do, Canon or Nikon.