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DX vs. M4/3 camera prices


Tallahassee, Florida, US
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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Fri 11-Apr-14 02:20 AM

Just perusing the B&H website, the least expensive DX Nikon they show is $497 for a D3200 with kit lens. (No D3200 body only available.) The most expensive is the Nikon D7100 (body only) for $1147. The most expensive is about 2.3x the least expensive.

The least expensive M4/3 camera at B&H is $400; an Olympus E-PL5. They also show an E-PM2 with two lenses for the same price. The most expensive M4/3 camera is the Panasonic DMC-GH4 for $1699 (body only), which is 4.2 times the price of the least expensive camera in that format.

For people who buy into the M4/3 system, manufacturers give them an upgrade path so that they can move to very full-featured (and expensive) bodies. For DX that's not so true. The difference between the high end and the low end is much smaller. The least expensive M4/3 camera is cheaper than the least expensive Nikon DX, and the most expensive M4/3 camera is more expensive than the most expensive Nikon DX.

This is relevant to the mythical D400/D9300 camera, in that it appears Nikon has deliberately narrowed their DX product line with the idea that if you want more camera beyond the D7100 you need to go to FX. This has obvious implications for the lenses a DX user might have.

If Nikon followed a model strategy similar to M4/3, they would have that mythical camera in their lineup to give DX users a way to upgrade without affecting the functionality of their current lenses. The M4/3 strategy makes marketing sense to me. Why would Nikon not follow a similar strategy with their DX line? Perhaps they will, and we will actually see the D400/D9300.