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Nikon D7000, V1 price drops *UPDATED*

The price of the Nikon D7000 dropped to $996.95 on Amazon (free 16GB SanDisk card and a backpack also included).

There is also a big dsicount on the Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera: $596.95 (original price: $899):

Those price drops could be related to the new September Nikon instant rebates and not because of an upcoming replacement:

Update: the latest Nikon rebates are now also available on B&H:

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  • KT

    It could also mean the D7100 and D600 are about to leave the assembly line

    • nuno santacana

      D600 left the assembly line months ago. Nikon (like most other brands) play with us, holding technology until the optimal moment to get our cash.

      • Banned

        And now since they also enforce the price at which their products sell, they can fuck us in the ass for as long and as deep as they want.

        • Tom

          Absolutely! Expect a Nikon rep at your door on Sept 12 to pull you out of your house, throw you on the pavement while they rifle through your wallet for checks, credit cards and cash.

          For compensation they’ll leave a D600 behind.

          OR

          If you want it, go buy it, or quit whining.

          • http://blimpbouldering.blogspot.com sd

            more like they take your money, let you preorder, and then wait another 6 months because its back ordered

            • Rob

              Nikon doesn’t take pre-orders. You’re thinking of retailers. Your rage is misplaced.

          • Banned

            Let me guess sucker… You own Apple products and you drive a BMW too? If you don’t get it you probably do.

        • JonMcG

          last I checked, nobody is holding a gun to your head to buy their products at their prices… move along and by all means avoid the ass screwing if you feel Nikon’s giving you a bad shake…

        • Deep and Long

          Maybe but I think you’d like that

        • http://thecoog.wordpress.com Arie

          True, but this is why a strong Canon brand is good for us Nikon users since it lets Nikon know it can’t push too hard. Even though at the moment I would not buy a Sony, I wish they would put a few great cameras on the market too as a last resort in case Nikon gets too greedy.

          It used to be Amazon could have whatever sales it wanted but that, along with not selling replacement parts shows Nikon is getting a little too heavy handed.

          • Shawn

            I know what you’re saying. Every time I put my hands on a Sony DSLR, I’m always disappointed by the lack of features and options which are present in the comparable Canon & Nikon cameras.

            It’s almost like they watch Canon & Nikon put out great models and then say “how can we make a slightly worse camera”.

            All they really need to do is search all the Internet message boards and blogs, collect the biggest complaints against Canon & Nikon (production defect issues withstanding), and fix all those issues in their next cameras.

            I love Nikon’s cameras, but I think it’s time for a manufacturer to make a camera that we want instead of putting one out that we have to settle for (like took away features we liked, or moved controls around, or never fixed a problem from two models ago, or didn’t add a feature that’s been requested for 5 years).

            • Andrew

              I think Sony is not interested in market share. Quite often they seat on great technology and price it a little bit out of the range of the general consumers. They should implement their PS3 strategy on the rest of their product line. With the PS3, they were willing to take a loss on each unit until they created a market that was large enough to make a profit. This strategy should for example be implemented on their Tablet PC and other products. They should try to get a new generation of consumers who appreciate and love their products. In short, they need managers who are passionate about the consumer!

            • Banned

              To counter Nikon greed with a Sony example and furthermore the PS3 is a joke that falls flat. Sony is one of the greediest companies out there especially with their gaming line. Haven’t you followed the gaming news of the past 2 years?

            • Calibrator

              @Andrew:
              The PS3 really is neither a good argument against “mega company greed” nor is it a good comparison product to highly complex opto-mechanical precision products like DSLRs. Neither technically, nor business-wise.

              To quickly sum up the main differences:
              – Sony mostly lives from the fees of the PS3 games, even if the console now breaks even.
              – Sony offers only one to two Playstation models and they expect a product life of nearly 10 years(!). This means five to seven years being a competitive console and the rest of the years being a kiddy console with a famous name (consequently, only cheapo games are brought to market in the last years).
              – While the newer Playstation console is always an expensive product it’s still targeted as a mass market product for millions of consumers. The first and second Playstation model had a user base of around 100 million.
              – Over the lifespan of a model several generations are introduced to cut costs – mainly because of the competition, but also to break even over time. Sony is quite drastic here and cuts features they deem not important anymore like PS2 compatibility in hardware, a memory card reader, several USB connectors etc. etc.

              To illustrate the Playstation business model for the resident “non console experts” I try to compare it with more or less ficticious Nikon models:

              Don’t worry, though: I don’t touch the pro models as Nikon wouldn’t produce them in the first place. It’s about mass market products, after all!

              Therefore, a D700 would’ve been much likelier as the “top dog” than a D3.
              Ok – there would also have been be a stripped down D200 for those people not being able to purchase the D700, though.

              And by the way: You could only buy Nikon-compatible memory cards – priced $8 above comparable cards for standard cameras, even though they are slower (the $8 would go to Nikon, of course). The same goes for every other available hardware add-on and every software that supports Nikon image files…

              You would also not only wait three years for a D700 successor but rather five to seven years – and discussing it in your favorite internet forum ad nauseam.

              Then Nikon would begin to hype their next DSLR a solid year before launch with specs they won’t deliver in the final product (happened with PS2 and PS3).

              This will make you continue using your old Nikon D700 and withhold you from switching to the competition (which is why half of the competition dies from Sony marketing, happened with Sega Dreamcast).

              When you finally buy your next Nikon DSLR in 2014 – the D900(A) – you will note some major inadequacies: Only 400 shots per battery charge, it gets very warm & has a very loud shutter noise. Of course you have no alternative so you don’t worry too much and happily use the camera. Because the new flash unit isn’t available, yet, so try your best using available light in the first two months.

              You will be happy to hear that two years later the D900(revision B) will have the same image quality and speed but gets less warm, has more shots per charge and is about 20% cheaper. Many D900B users complain that the card storage cover breaks off after a year, though.

              After three years your D900A suddenly dies from overheating and Nikon will offer you a refurbished D900A for only 40% of its initial price.
              Of course the mostly better D900B costs 60% but isn’t refurbished so you politely decline and grudgingly buy a D900B in the megastore of your choice.

              Three later Nikon quietly brings the D900 (revision C) to the market which is even better technically and fixes all known problems – and costs only 50% of the initial price…

              You will spend the next two weeks in anger until you learn that the C revision is 200g lighter and doesn’t support all the modes of your Nikon flash unit anymore.
              See, it would be too expensive to produce, dear customer!

              Then the first news of the next Nikon DSLR model begin to pop up so you continue to use your D900B.
              With sticky tape on the memory card cover…

            • Andrew

              Calibrator, your characterization of Nikon is off base. What keeps professionals coming back to Nikon is image quality (always improving and setting the standard for the entire industry), ergonomics, optics, and solid build quality. My Nikon SLR Model N2020 dates from the 1980s and I have never had problems with its performance or reliability – it’s rock solid. What you just described with your D900A/B/C analogy is total fiction!

            • Jabs

              @Andrew,
              You totally missed Calibrator’s parody of WHAT a Sony derived product as a Nikon would be – all based upon their consoles. They were explaining what Sony does or has done and not what Nikon does, hence the person was explaining why the person they were responding to was WRONG about Nikon. Please reread – lol

            • Andrew

              Jabs, I get your point, thanks. And peace to Calibrator.

      • Mark B

        Not to stray too far off topic, but something tells me that a lot of the people who are waiting for the D600 are expecting an upgrade to the D700 (higher MP and all the same features), but cheaper than the D700. Not gonna happen.

    • Jake

      There is no D7100.

  • ujk

    Wonder why, are they over stocked or trying to make up profit loss on the d800 and d4. (some of you are still waiting for your d800/d4 )

    • iamlucky13

      Lowering your profit margin on one product does not make up for a lack of market share on another product unless it substantially increases overall sales. This doesn’t work if it cannibalizes sales from those who might be on the fence between mid-level D7000 or high end D800.

      So the way I see it, this comes down to either:

      1.) Clearing out D7000 stock ahead of the D7100 announcement

      or

      2.) Sales have fallen on a product that’s almost 2 years old, so Nikon is trying to boost them to keep cash flowing in from that segment until they actually are ready to replace the D7000

      Also keep in mind that the D90 is still available brand new from Nikon, so it’s not certain that Nikon will clear out D7000 stock before releasing the D7100. Of course, the D90 and D7000 are different enough, that’s not necessarily telling.

      • Shawn

        I think some are still holding out for a “true D90 replacement”. :)

  • mcd

    how many bets we don’t get to 10 posts before someone complains of a D800 focus issue here:)

    • John Richardson

      What D800 focus issue?? OMG!!

      • rubbishrain

        hahaha, good one!

    • umesh

      missing them or reminding them?

  • Al

    Im guessing it’s related to their next announcement. Very eager to feet one of these new D600s. I plan on buying 3-4 of them and selling them on eBay !
    :)

  • http://Phippsphotography.com.au Morebravo

    I really hope that it does mean we are getting an upgrade to the d7000.
    D600 is definately coming so now all we need is a top of the line DX

  • Benno

    I don’t own a D800, nor am I in the market for one, but when will the focusing issue be resolved. It’s making me thirsty.

    KA POW. 5 posts and a D800 focusing issue comes up.

  • Nikon Shooter

    Pretty funny how in a matter of just four months the D7000 went from being sold at gauging prices to being sold at fire-sale prices. Did Nikon overcompensate for the earlier shortages by manufacturing too many units?

    Probably not. I think they are just making some final price-gap adjustments prior to the release of new product.

    D7000- $1000
    D7100- $1300
    D600- $1700

    I don’t really see any room for the D400 there. I think D7100 will be destined to fill-in this niche. If they make it with 8fps it won’t be half-bad.

    • Calibrator

      > I don’t really see any room for the D400 there.

      According to Thom Hogan the various Coolpix models are $15 apart each.
      Well, I don’t bother to verify this statement but I think it is believable and a $200 difference between DSLR models could be entirely possible.

      The only question remains if a $1500 D400 would sell better than a $1300 D7100 and what incentives it would need (better build quality, more frames/second, larger buffer) and if it makes sense for Nikon to produce these two series.
      From what we know the D600 won’t be a speed demon (less than 7 frames/second) and not be built like a tank. The next current model being better on both accounts is the D4 – at least when the D700 is really discontinued. While the D800 is more massive than a D7000 (and therefore D600) it is also comparatively slow and therefore no real alternative.

      So there is a big gap and if it where for bodies alone even an expensive (more expensive than a D600 !) would make sense.

      However, we should also factor in lenses and Nikon’s support for the DX lens market is definitely lacking. There are essentially only comfy super-zooms and a few small macros and inexpensive normal and longer primes available. The 17-55mm F2.8 is too expensive for what it offers and there the best DX wide angle is the average 10-24 zoom (no wide prime). Yes, there are a few fisheyes but not tilt&shift at all.
      The rumored 16-85mm with a constant F4 is a joke, IMHO. What we really need – and is witnessed by offers from competitors – is a 17-50mm F2.8 with VR, like the one from Sigma, but with better handling (manual override).
      Even Sony offers a moderately expensive 16-50 F2.8 and although it doesn’t have VR their bodies already incorporate image stabilization (and with an EVF it actually makes sense).

      So with the current lens selection and a bleak future in this regard I don’t see a D400 happening at all – at whatever price.

      What I do see is that other companies are making a run for the cropped-sensor market (like Sony with their A37 to A77 series) and that Nikon is pushing it nearly completely into two markets: Beginners that will either never develop themselves and stay with their kit or happily throw away their inexpensive kit lens when they (have to) make the jump to FX – because there is really no upgrade plan for DX customers anymore.

      • Nikon Shooter

        I agree with you on all points except for the notion that the D400 release or lack thereof is linked to the current state of the DX lens line-up. Pretty much the only reason why photographers are asking for a new pro DX body is because of the 1.5 multiplier which provides an even better reach with FX glass.

        Sports and wildlife photographers need rugged bodies, fast frame rates and most importantly the reach. I don’t think anyone is seriously considering buying the D400 just to use it with DX lenses. That would be stupid considering the current FX body/lens options.

        I can definitely see the importance of such camera as well as its unique advantages. The D4 offers a crop mode, but is too expensive. The D800 in crop mode turns into a glorified D7000. Then of course there is the D7000 which isn’t bad, just not great. All in all there are ways to work around the current lack of a modern professional grade DX body and those who still can’t do it are too small of a niche for Nikon to worry about and mass produce something that only a tiny minority would buy. I bet even the D4 would outsell the D400 by a huge margin even at three times the price. D400 simply makes no economic sense to a company like Nikon.

        • John Richardson

          I agree with you both @Calibrator and @Nikon Shooter, not that it means much. I was thinking, my old D300s is not exactly the greatest in low light, but slap a 70-200 f2.8 along with a battery grip to up the fps and it is not that bad of a camera for outdoor day sports. And it can take some hits and keep on working. I am glad I kept it, and I have used it for indoor gymnastics with some success but it was pushing the noise boundary.

          • Calibrator

            > I am glad I kept it, and I have used it for indoor gymnastics with some success but it was pushing the noise boundary.

            You know that you can leave your bedroom lights switched on, don’t you?

            (just kidding! ;-))

      • catinhat

        Nikon might have consciously surrendered the DX wide/ultra-wide market to Sigma and Tokina. As far as zooms go, this is a pretty crowded segment now, with the above companies offering quite a few highly competitive choices. Nikon’s own 17-55 2.8, which is a very good lens, also faces stiff competition from Sigma at least, and at a lower price point. Even the current DX shooters who can afford it, are more likely to go for an FX lens to be future-proof if nothing else, so the DX lens market becomes more of an option for budget shooters, and so the third party options become even more competitive there. In addition, zooms, being far more versatile, would be inherently more attractive for this type of customer, and there is probably not enough of a market for wide angle DX primes (sorry, Thom).
        Why all this would preclude the appearance of a D300-like high end DX body with improved high ISO and top of the line AF is beyond me however. Customers who could afford Nikon’s expensive 500 or 600mm lenses would probably still buy them for DX use too, for an even greater apparent reach. Besides, there is a lot to be said for a DX/FX combo (a-la D300/D700) which is complimentary for different shooting situations. It is possible of course that Nikon might be thinking it has just delivered such a combo within the D800 body alone, which should be good enough for anyone not shooting pro sports for a living. I suspect some people would beg to differ, especially if the top of the line DX would be priced significantly lower than the D800.

        • E

          “which is complimentary”

          You really should get this language misuse sorted out. Or don’t come crying to me when your hot GF leaves you analyzing Nikon’s strategy in front of a computer screen in your underpants.

      • umesh

        Exactly my sentiments.

    • Rob

      Why does there have to be ANY price difference? They are entirely different models and serve different purposes. Can a car manufacturer not release a minivan and a coupe at the same price point? Because they do and it works for them.

      • iamlucky13

        Bingo. In fact, I expect that if the D400 is produced, it will be more expensive than the D600.

        The sensor is only one part of the camera. Sure, it’s an expensive part, but far from the only cost, nor the only feature. Consider the following hypothetical comparison:

        D400 vs D600 (based roughly on D4 vs D7000)

        * Full magnesium body versus magnesium top and rear
        * 10 fps vs 4 fps (based on D800)
        * 50-100 RAW frame buffer vs 10-20 RAW buffer
        * 51 point AF module (inc. 15 cross-type sensors rated to F/8) vs 39 point AF module (inc. 9 cross-type sensors rated to F/5.6)

        There’d be a bunch of smaller differences, too, but the above are the differences I think both likely and substantial, and probably enough so to sell it for $2000-$2500.

        But given the limited high-end DX lens announcements lately, it’s a good question whether Nikon actually will produce a camera like the above at all.

    • umesh

      Even when it was introduced D700 was very reasonably and attractively priced. Just like D800 is reasonably priced. And this coming from an Indian where everything fooreign is overpriced.

  • JonMcG

    All the more reason I suppose I’ll just hold onto my D7000. Even though I have the D700, 7000 is just too good of a camera to let go used at such a low price…

    I’m going to predict..

    D7100 – $1399
    D400 – $1699 (pro body, crop sensor)
    D600 – $1899 (fx sensor, D7000’ish body)

  • Andrew

    It appears that the [NR] Admin is currently not available to clean up the comments… they range from grotesque to troll inspired.

    • Nikon Shooter

      Oh shut up. It’s pansies like you who always get in the way of a heated debate. Go rent a PG movie and stay away from the internet if you want to avoid exposing yourself to anything “grotesque”.

      • syd

        +10000000

        This is the funniest comment ever in history!!!!!!

        Well done and so true. As long as it’s not a personal attack, or way off topic, anything goes. Admin shouldn’t censor, this is a photogs blog, not a play school forum.

      • Andrew

        -1

        Children masquerading as adults, an all too often occurrence on the Internet. It is good to see that the Admin has removed the objectionable posts. No, I do not call it censorship, I call it performing administrative duties to keep this blog on topic (i.e. from “not” being eroded by certain subcultures!).

      • syd

        Your -1 and my +1000000000 means you’re still out by +99999999 dude, so take a joke and get on with it.

        Not admins fault but lack of any decent news at a time when something’s about to happen means that the grotesque comments are the only reason we come back everyday!

        • Andrew

          I think you are taking yourself too seriously… you talk about joke and then you get personal – boy you’re a real contradiction!

          If all of the recent rumors are not sufficient to satiate your appetite, may I suggest you scour the web. If you think I am complaining about the Admin, then I think you need to go back to school. People like you take words like censorship completely out of context while championing a lack of basic decency. I guess that the major newspapers are practicing censorship when they disallow lewd comments in their publications.

        • syd

          Ah Andy Andy Andy…….

          Where did your mother and I go wrong?!?!?!

          Sigh

          • Andrew

            You are a vile person, now I see while you hate censorship!

          • Andrew

            Repeat… you are a vile person, now I see why you hate censorship!

          • syd

            Dude, did you just spend three minutes with your handy on your Andy while you contemplated repeating yourself? Vile’s fun while you’re a boring old fuck.

            • Andrew

              You are a vile and indecent person. You are not fit to be among civilized people. I wish that [NR] Admin will wipe out this entire thread.

            • syd

              Wish away numb nuts :)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Yes, I was very busy the past few days, but I am now back and cleaning up the comments section.

      • Julian

        Thank you Peter. You appear to have exercised discretion on censorship, keeping the criteria for removal narrow. You’ve earned my trust and that of my fellows. Hooroo to you.

  • Jake

    It’s time for you guys to realize that there will be no D7100. The D600 will be the DIRECT replacement to the D7000. The D600 will be priced around $1500-$1600, the D5200 will get a feature (and price) boost to fill the advanced amateur DX market, and another DSLR will be released at around the $2000-$2100 mark, because of the massive price gap there. IMO, The $2100 DSLR will probably be a high-end DX camera, to replace the D300s, but we haven’t seen any evidence of this.

    IF there is a D7100, it will NOT be a direct replacement to the D7000. It will be a replacement to the D300s. It will have a pro body, a much larger buffer and a faster framerate, and be noticeably higher in price.

    • ashwins

      You will be disappointed, Jake, when D7100 comes—and I think it will come before the D600.

      There’s no logic that D600 would be replacement for D7000 (a FX the replacement for a DX?) and D7100 for D300s.

      Nikon uses clear logic when upgrading their cameras (D300–> D300s, D3100–> D3200, D5000–> D5100, etc.) and similar way D7100 will be the direct replacement of D7000. D400 most likely will come later (next year) to replace D300s.

    • Nikon Shooter

      A two-thousand-dollar DX camera? Even D300 didn’t cost this much when it came out 5 years ago and this was back when Nikon’s only FF offering was the D3 for $5000.

      Do you really think that technology goes up in price with age?

      • Jake

        Prices increase with time, bro. Inflation.

        • Nikon Shooter

          There are also currency exchange rates, which can also have a drastic effect on prices, but none of this has anything to do with the point I was trying to make.

      • Rob

        D300 was released 8/23/07 for $1799, or about 207,000 Yen. Today, 207,000 Yen is worth more than $2600. Selling the D400 for $2199 would be a significant price cut (~15%).

    • Shawn

      I’ll take that D5200 without the price boost please (I do expect inflation though). Honestly though, if you raise the price of the D5200, what will consumers who want to spend between $700 and $800 do? Go to Canon or Sony most likely. You can’t ignore different market segments, or if you do, you have to cater to the lowest price segment you are courting.

    • KnightPhoto

      +1 to Jake
      We’ve all conceded D400 will have a smaller market than the D300 did, back in the day. So the D400 will have to shoulder its load with an increased price. So be it as long as it ROCKS with the FPS, AF, and buffer.

      “It’s time for you guys to realize that there will be no D7100. The D600 will be the DIRECT replacement to the D7000. The D600 will be priced around $1500-$1600, the D5200 will get a feature (and price) boost to fill the advanced amateur DX market, and another DSLR will be released at around the $2000-$2100 mark, because of the massive price gap there. IMO, The $2100 DSLR will probably be a high-end DX camera, to replace the D300s, but we haven’t seen any evidence of this.

      IF there is a D7100, it will NOT be a direct replacement to the D7000. It will be a replacement to the D300s. It will have a pro body, a much larger buffer and a faster framerate, and be noticeably higher in price.”

      • VJ

        I’m waiting for a D300s replacement (but may still get the D300s if it does not surface soon).

        Funny how people are so arguing over the name: D7100 or D400… My guess is there will be a single camera that will replace both of them. The DX market is slowly moving to lower end, but it does not mean there is no room for a (semi)-pro DX body. The AF system of the D300s can be used (no need to develop a new one), similar body as other camera’s can be used, etc). So Nikon could come with a replacement without having to develop too much new hardware.

    • Andrew

      I see the D400 coming with the new 16MP DX Image Sensor from Aptina. It should have an ISO of 6400, comparable to the D700; and a speed of 10 fps. For the D7100, it will be the same 24 MP DX sensor as the D3200.

  • BRO

    Q910 is coming!

  • Al

    I just remembered why i only come on NR to see the news and skip reading morons comments and “predictions”……

  • RakSiam

    Wow. That’s a helluva price cut!

  • Nikonnut

    This means Photokina will bring forth the V2 and D7000/D300 replacement as well as the D600. Just kidding……..

  • Spy Black

    I love reading everybody’s psychotic comments here…

    • umesh

      same here

  • linghu

    V2 with bigger sensor

    • http://www.facebook.com/barefootintactivist Barefoot Intactivist

      Highly unlikely. Their whole “1” mount system would have to be scrapped, rendering their 4 existing lenses incompatible. They just announced a J2 with the same size sensor and a new 11-27mm lens.

  • Sylvesterii

    Am I the only one that hopes this means the V2 is coming? V1 w/ CLS, and all I can say is “How can I get you to take my money?”

    • Aaron Shepard

      No, you’re not the only one. I’m dying to get my hands on the second generation for my candid photography. I’m tired of sticking my honking 28-300 in people’s faces. Even at 300mm distances, anyone can see exactly who I’m shooting.

    • BornOptimist

      I’m also supporting your idea.
      How about same body as P7700. Make room for the battery from V1, lift the hotshoe enough to make room for the viewfinder underneath, and add support for CLS. Keep the sensor, but add support for continous focus with the F-mount adapter.

    • Plug

      No, but they need some new glass too.

  • that nikon guy

    But the D800 is already in a D7000 body.

    • JED

      Only if you are blind..

      • http://www.nscljn.com Troll

        +1

    • umesh

      Right . THAT Nikon guy. Not you.

  • the Man from Mandrem

    I actually see the world the wake Jake sees it. I frankly know 4 guys who bought a D7000 because there was no FX <$2000 camera available. If the <$2000 camera has a screw and AIS lenses and a crop mode there is zero reason for a D7000.

    • Aaron Shepard

      You have to be kidding. A D7100 would have 24 MP, while the DX mode of the D600 will have about 10. I’ll probably go for a D600 myself, but I’m not kidding myself that a it’s a straightforward replacement for a good DX.

      • Calibrator

        The D5200 will also have a 24MP sensor and not much missing from the D7x00 class (no magnesium chassis and no top LCD – not a big loss for many).

        • Nikon Shooter

          …and no internal motor or dual memory card slots or a decent frame-rate. I don’t think you realize that even one of those missing features makes this camera very lame in comparison to the D7X00 series.

          • Calibrator

            “…and no internal motor or dual memory card slots or a decent frame-rate. I don’t think you realize that even one of those missing features makes this camera very lame in comparison to the D7X00 series.”

            You know, I on the other hand don’t think you are able to differentiate between what users want (like myself being a D7000 owner – for good reasons) or what Nikon thinks that users want.

          • Shawn

            +1

            My little D5100 has a lot of growing up to do before it compares to the D7000. A D5200 would have to basically be a D7000 with 24mpx, swivel LCD, and probably decent live view focus (D5100 live view practically pointless now except for tripod work). Maybe Nikon’s chance to show up the Canon T4i by putting a complete set of selectable PDAF points on the sensor.

      • iamlucky13

        Smaller, lighter, less expensive lenses, too.

        I assumed when the rumors about the D600 first came out that it would be my next camera. I’ve been having second thoughts about that lately. I hike a lot with my camera, and shoot a fair amount of wildlife, so between that and price, there’s a decent case to be made for the D7000 for me.

  • Jelmer

    In the Netherlands the d7000 already dropped to a bit less than 800 euro (+/-1000 usd) a while ago, however without the sd card and backpack. I’m curious if the price will drop even futher.

  • sb31

    Price at amazon.de is: d7000 – 840€.
    Preorder for d600 at fotospecialisti.si in slovenia is 1799€.

  • FrenchGuy

    Same kind of rebate and offers when I bought my D90, 6 month later the D7000 was releazed. Think that both D7000 and D7100 are going to share the shelves as the D90 and the D7000. The D600 will come in the same time and later in the year the D400 will arrive!

    • Calibrator

      > Think that both D7000 and D7100 are going to share the shelves as the D90 and the D7000.

      Of course as Nikon keeps their old models to get rid of their parts and stock.
      It also takes time and money to convert a factory to a newer product (machines, parts, test procedures and equipment, schooling for employees etc.) so there is always a phase-out period.

      Also, their statement that the D7000 isn’t the successor of the D90 but “a new class of camera” is pure marketing drivel.

      Doesn’t matter a thing when megastores sold bundles of the D3000 when the much better D3100 was already on the market. Same with D3100 and D3200.
      The reason: Everything will find a customer if it is priced accordingly and there will always be price hunters that buy old tech and think that they made the “deal of the century”…

  • Fix the D800 AF!!!!

    D800 & D4 prices are sliding too.

    Does that mean……..

    • John Richardson

      Yes, that means the price of rice noodles will drop to an all time low. I know that is what you were thinking but afraid to say.

      • Chop Suey

        Ahhhh So!

    • booyah

      yes, the d800s and d4x are coming out at photokina. i have it from a reliable internet source.

  • Fish Guy

    While I’ve been waiting patiently for news about a D400 release, looking at the advert above has me thinking this will not come to pass: While I know that “Pro DX” is a bit of an oxymoron to some – presenting the D7000 as fitting that description pretty much wipes out any possibility of a D400 in my mind. If Nikon is calling THAT a pro body, what would they then call a D400?

  • http://www.dqphotography.com David

    I’m thinking the same – D400 has been too long in the waiting – looks like it’s going to be either D7100 or D600 to replace my D200.

  • Peter

    Nikon cameras make the worst investment ever, period! In one year my D7000 has taken a £250 hit. But here on in it gets better as the devaluation slows down.

    So I’ll never sell mine as its a camera that does everything you could possibly wish for.

    People who are lusting after the D600 are gear heads. Nothing wrong with that. But instead of lusting after the next camera to churn out why don’t you see what amazing things you can do with the camera you already own?

    • http://thecoog.wordpress.com Arie

      Electronics in general are not meant as investments. Just 15 years ago, a Pentium machine was considered a modern miracle. Now my cell phone can absolutely destroy it.

      • booyah

        Exactly why I won’t buy a new digital camera. I’m not rich, and I’m not a pro (ie, I do not make my living from photography), so it makes zero financial sense to blow money on a full price model, when it is obsolete soon after.

        • umesh

          Absolutely. Why buy new clothes when old ones fit you perfectly.(Of course unless you have to go to work in them. Old ones would look a bit worn out…….)

    • syd

      I’m not disagreeing with you but then why are you on this site? This is a gear heads site yes no maybe????

      Yes cameras are not an investment.
      Yes your old camera doesn’t suddenly pack it in when a new come comes around.
      Yes artists can be gear heads too.

  • baxter

    So I have a D40x to replace (stop laughing please), and in 4 months it will be my 40th birthday, should I wait for the D400 as numbers appear to say? ;-)

    • Pablo Ricasso

      See what they announce next month. There should be something. If there is not an intermediate or better DX then your choice is between the 3200 and the 7000, depending on whether you want max resolution at low ISO or somewhat faster auto focus performance and low light ability. But I’m guessing there will be announced another 24 megapixel DX and a full frame, just to make matters more confusing. There is also the question of whether either will be available by your birthday. The 3200 was quick to be available just after it was announced.
      My guess is that the new camera will be called a 7100 and it will totally eclipse both the 7000 and the 90, feeling like a lighter d300 but maybe just as tough except with a few less focus points. But hey, that’s just a guess. I also guess that we will be surprised at it’s ability to see well in the dark.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Oh wow. A day or two later and look at the articles above. I bet you can see me all the way over here just grinning philosophically from ear to ear…
        Well the new 7100/400/90 is coming in just like I thought. It’s called a D600. In fact, it’s going to supersede all that and be do a whole lot of what the D700 did mostly better. And you know, I really couldn’t see how I was going to react to this because I really had trouble believing what I’m almost seeing now…
        But my reaction is that you can take those APS cameras and throw them in a LAKE. I still think there will be a D7100 but WHO CARES?
        SMILE. SMILE. SMILE…
        Still smiling…

  • Stagger

    All I know is my new D7000 is 2 feet from my keyboard. It was delivered today and I got a $200 credit from Am!$@n 5 min after I saw this article. I have been waiting for the D600 announcement for 3 months but, with a 3 week trip to Europe coming in mid Sept, I realized it wasn’t happening. I’m glad I made the call that I did. The D7000 and 18-200 vrII for $1600 eliminates any doubt with my decision.

    • Mark

      Congratulations on your purchase, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

      I don’t understand all the backlash against Nikon lowering the price to move their inventory. Auto makers do exactly the same thing and nobody complains. Some people prefer to spend more to get the newest model, some prefer to get a good deal on the outgoing model.

    • nrdo

      Same here. Purchased the D7000 and 18-200 last Thursday and the price dropped another $200 by Monday. Called the seller up and got reimbursed the difference. Expected delivery is tomorrow. Can’t wait.

  • Mr_Anderson

    Hi guys,
    I’m looking for a DX camera like the D7000, but don’t want to get the D7000 since it’s 2 years old and I’d rather get newer technology.
    Do you think there will be a replacement/alternative for the D7000 in the next few months?
    I don’t want to buy the D7000 and find out a few months from now that there is no new DX coming out soon.
    What should I do? Is there any alternatives in the price range of D7000?

    • Mr_Anderson

      Correction: *there is a new DX coming out soon.

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