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Nikon Europe: “the D7100 is not positioned to replace the D300s”

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Nikon D7100 described as "flagship" DX camera on Nikon USA website

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Nikon D7100 described as "enthusiast" DX camera on Nikon Europe website

A dpreview forum member contacted Nikon Europe and asked them about the new D7100 being described as the "new flagship of Nikon's DX-format HD-SLR lineup" on Nikon USA website (the D7100 is described as "enthusiast-level DX format camera" in Europe). This is Nikon's answer:

"I can assure you that the D7100 is not positioned to replace the D300s as Nikon's flagship DX-format camera - such is the information received from Nikon Japan on the matter."

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Nikon Sweden also corrected their previous statement - the D7100 is not a pro camera and will not qualify for NPS.

There are also some new high ISO snapshots taken with the D7100.

Via Nikon Rumors Forum

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  • DonD

    People never cease to amaze me. I think that even after Nikon announces the D400, many on here will still be saying, “Not gonna happen.” Please.

  • Derek

    My D300 has 125,000 shots on it. It is time to replace it with either a D600 or a D7100. So if Nikon chooses to release the D400, I will not be buying it. I think a lot of D300 owners are ready to replace, if they have not already. At this point Nikon may as well wait a couple more years as buyers have moved on. I just do not believe Nikon is that dumb, that is why I think there will be no D400

  • Derek

    My D300 has 125,000 shots on it. It is time to replace it with either a D600 or a D7100. So if Nikon chooses to release the D400, I will not be buying it. I think a lot of D300 owners are ready to replace, if they have not already. At this point Nikon may as well wait a couple more years as buyers have moved on. I just do not believe Nikon is that dumb, that is why I think there will be no D400

  • http://twitter.com/the_raze R J

    The RAW buffer of the D7100 is truely pathetic. With such a miniscule buffer, it really doesn’t matter whether it’ll do 6, 8 or 10 FPS. The rest of the updates are quite nice though.. a shame about that buffer.

    • Tommy

      Once again… 24mp file > 16mp file
      technically the buffer is better than the d7000 if you look at it this way. Also if you shoot in the 1.3x mode (15mp) the buffer should be able to hold even more files.

      • http://twitter.com/the_raze R J

        The D800 with its 36 MP has a buffer like twice the size, so it’s not like it’s impossible. And I don’t think it’s a costly upgrade either? Isn’t it basicly a question of RAM (which is cheap!)?

        • Tommy

          It’s also almost 3x the price. If you have a fast card like a sandisk extreme, it’s actually not too bad. According to the newer rumors there might be a D400 after all, so they might have crippled the buffer on purpose for that model to seem more superior.

          • http://twitter.com/the_raze R J

            The D800 is more expensive, yes. But as I point out I don’t think it’s expensive to increase the buffer size. So I’m trying to make the same point as you do, that they intentionally crippled the buffer. I just think it’s a shame. I would rather that they kept the inferior 39-point AF system, and instead boosted the RAW buffer to something like 18 frames, to make the 6 FPS actually useful.

            • Tommy

              I actually like that they implemented the 51-point AF. I didn’t like the D700′s focusing. If I had to tradeoff buffer or AF it would be buffer.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelMolzar Michael Molzar

    what about this Timeline? d400 in june?

  • Aldo

    I just thought of a interesting question… If you had to choose between the mythical d700 “true” replacement or the d400… Which one would you choose?

    • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

      Excellent question.
      Since I have a D800, I would take the D400 when I want to shoot crop and fast.

      • Aldo

        that would be a cool set up to have

        • peterw

          it is allmost like when you bought a D700 to supplement your D300. back in those days.
          (I allways shoot crap, D300 or D700: crap it will be)

  • Spanish

    We want the D400!!

  • CCP

    I have a thought that if the sales of D7100 does not go well, given the less attractive spec of D7100 to the rumored 7DmarkII, Nikon needs to upgrade the D7100 to D400 so that she would not lose the market share of the high-end APS DSLR system to Canon. If you guys want to see D400, just do something to let Nikon knows what we want by simply not pay a bug for D7100. to be honest, if D7100 is just using the same 24M sensor of D3200 with the low pass filter removed, then the sensor technology is almost a year ago…i would expect a flagship DX would deserve a new generation of sensor. by the way, as Nikon takes the top-down approach on the FX line, (D4, D800 then D600) and the down-top approach on the DX line (D3200, D5200 and then D7100), it is very likely that a better DX DSLR is coming. Follow the history of competition in between Nikon and Canon, perhaps D400 will be announced after 7DMarkII and have a spec that can beat it.

    • Osiris

      It’s a completely new sensor, it’s not the 3200 sensor.

    • Vin

      I am pretty sure Nikon already has the plan in place for what a D300s replacement is and will be. This was most likely finalized as soon as the D800/D4 was being sold. Nikon may have had to have some of its engineering departments spend some extra time on the FX camera problems., but it still seems like there announcements have been right on schedule and very thought out. I agree with many that some of the bigger problems are quality control, I also think that many people have seen the trend of discounted cameras quickly. . Example V1.

  • IngarH

    I’m waiting for a FX/24mp (with the pro details from the D300 and the news from the D600). Should we call it D750 ?

  • Marc P.

    Like I said before, the most compelling reason there WILL be a successor to the 300S is the successor to the Canon 7D. And to those who say there probably won’t be a successor to the Canon 7D:

    DKW: As for the readers of DigiKame Watch, there are many who are waiting for the EOS 7D’s sucessor. Up through the release of last year’s major firmware update, there were many who felt that a new model with even better specs would be released shortly…

    MM: Yes, they would be correct. For us, it’s about looking at what the camera has the potential to be and then adding that to what it can currently do. I do think the current model is still very attractive to buyers. And while we are, of course, developing its successor, it’ll be one that incorporates a certain number of innovative technologies. We will not be putting out a product with merely better specs, but one that has evolved into new territory. But then again, we’re not talking about something a long time from now either. (Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive
    of the Image Communication Products Operation at Canon)

  • Phonton

    OK, this is gonna be comment No. 219, so nobody’s gonna read it, but just to go on the record I will say the following: you will get your D400 and I think it’s gonna be out this year (probably in the Autumn), but of course there has to be a catch, it’s gonna cost a fortune. That’s because it’s gonna be called D4X ;) Currently D800 is just too slow, D4 is too low res, so it’s time to bring out a new Flagship to rule them all. Enter 36MP-ish D4X ;) That’s how these things work in business these days folks. It’s tick-tock, like Intel, small improvement, then a larger one, rinse and repeat, so you have to keep upgrading all the time. D800 gets high res, D4 gets high speed, now only now D4X get’s high res and high speed. This way they milk the most money out of us! Simples!

    • VikingAesir

      Some people would love that, except for the $7,000 price tag it will likely have. However that would still be more of a D700 update, no D300 update, unless you think they’re going to put a DX sensor in the D4x.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.arnold.18 Barry Arnold

    I am currently using a D200!!! Been waiting for a long while to replace. D400 or D7100 there is only one I can buy and after it is properly reviewed I will be most likely buying it. I could wait forever for a better non existent camera.

  • Stef

    There have been a hundred comments on whether or not there will be a d400. I have something to contribute to the conversation. Take a look at this image that is on the fuji rumors site.
    This image shows the potential upcoming Nikon cameras in it too.
    http://www.fujirumors.com/nippon-magazine-speculation-three-new-x-cameras-to-come-in-2013/
    The d400 is listed……

    -Stef.

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