I sat down this evening with a good drink thinking about the current DSLR models listed on the Nikon USA web site and thinking about the future of Nikon's DSLR's. What models makes sense for the next year? Below are my predictions as to what DSLR's will be on the web site the end of January 2014.
FX: D4, D3X, D800/D800E
DX: D7100, D5200, D3200
New DSLRs to be added:
DX: D5300, D2000 (entry level model - my guess on the model number)
Existing DSLRs to be removed from the web site. These will be formally discontinued and phased out as the warehouse clears their inventory.
FX: D700, D600 (famous dust problem)
DX: D300S, D90, D5100, D3100
This reduces the number of DSLR models from 12 to 9 (not counting the D800E) on the web site. Removal of the D3100 makes room for the new D2000 since many stores are selling the D3100 at very low prices.
What DSLRs models will be posted on the Nikon USA web site the end of January 2014? What is your opinion?
Over the next few months I also expect the following to happen:
1. Nikon will authorize repair stations and dealers two options for D600 owners with dust problems. A free replacement of the mirror assembly and shutter assembly OR an upgrade to the D610 for a nominal cost. They will avoid making a big deal of this at a press conference.
2. Nikon will talk about their DSLR strategy in general terms. They will confirm that work continues on the next updates for the D4 and will continue on other models as time permits. Yes it will be vague.
3. Hint that the D7100 will be the top of the line DX or hint of a new pro level DX for sports and wildlife photographers. (That either kills the D400 form or bring it to life.) I really think they are evaluating all models and will make a commitment if there will or will not be a D400.
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