I keep reading about these cameras and how great they are. But, when it comes down to it no one knows exactly when they are coming out. I am in the market to go digital and I am wondering if I need to wait for the d100 or just go with the d1x? Does anyone know when they are hitting the market?
For the D100, 2nd quarter 2002. (Think June...) If you're not first in line, expect up to a one-month delay. It took me 3-4 weeks to get an N80 two years ago with pretty much the same relase date. I finally got mine in mid-July.
To me, this points out how crazy the market for digital cameras is right now. People are willing to line up and order a camera that has no release date, no price set, and no in-depth testing by anyone. I suppose there's some sport to being out on the bleeding edge and having bragging rights. I've done it myself with computer products and I bought my N80 early on, but I'm quite happy to let other people discover the joys and inevitable warts of any new digital camera. I'm not too concerned that a new Nikon film body will have significant problems - but digital cameras are another matter.
Good luck to anyone signing up for one of the first D100's. Based on past camera announcements and market releases, prepare yourself for a much longer wait than July. That's actually good if you hope that Nikon allocates enough time to test and debug the camera before shipping it. They've missed a couple of times before with Coolpix cameras and don't forget the earlier D1's that had to be returned for service to bring them up to spec.
Although I'm sure the D100 is a better integrated camera than the Fuji adaptation of the N80, I'm still quite interested to see what the images look like compared the the S2. It will also be interesting to see where the pricing settles once there are real cameras and real images to comparison shop.
just because the viewers expect it, I'll rebut. First, thousands of beta testers will uncover more glitches much faster than a few whitecoats in a cleanroom. So for those with any patience at all, a hasty release is probably a good thing. Secondly, from following the last couple of Nikon and Canon digital releases, it seems the major problems are fixed by programming, so there's no delay while service centers wait for new parts to arrive on the proverbial "slow boat from China", which isn't a joke anymore. They should have ironed out all the mechanical bugs by now with experience on recent film cameras, e.g. peeling backs on N90, falling-off thumbpads on N80, breaking rewind fork on F100. Third, problems (such as above) are always blown out of proportion on the Internet, so nothing will be as bad as it seems. -scott
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