Still as I was "ranting" about earlier it seems as if it would have been smarter to make the D4 in the d700 body instead of trying to get canuts to dump their 5Dmk2's...
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Hardly. The D700 made Nikon a lot of money and Im sure that the D3S sales more than made up for any loss that the D3 may have seen to the D700. Nikon hasn't exactly been consistent with its pro line of DSLRs over the years, so I see no reason to believe that they wont once again fill the niche, in one way or another, that the D700 created for them. Just because you don't see rumors for the camera doesn't mean that its "clear" that nothing is in the works.
Not by the numbers. Many of the D700 customers usually bought pro line bodies but went cheaper. If you look at their annual reports you can see the D700 cannibalized the D3 which was selling at an enormous pace until the D700 was released. Sales tanked and so did profits in that line up. Nikon had to release a D3s to try to sell the pro line but few really upgraded again. The sales all around were fantastic for sure though.
I dream of a D3s chip in a Sub $3000 camera but the realist in me knows it is not going to come unless the used prices drop that low.
By D4 "Lite" I don't really mean to limit that idea to a D4 sensor in a lighter D800 body. It can include a camera looking like the D3/D4 body with the built in hand grip but made less robust so it is cheaper to manufacture. "Lite" in weight with some reduced features: a "pro" looking camera at the top of the DX line-up to replace the D300s. Think if it as 85% of a D4 in features and weight. Think of what they could take out of a D4 because advanced amateurs won't really need a shutter that lasts for 200,000 shots, etc.
Not that I don't think you have the right idea or path but everything you want to take away from the D400 is everything I buy one for! I'm over 100,000 clicks - don't forget this body only gets updated every 4 years rather than the 2 years of the D7000 on down. I do fear it will be the 24mp which sony is using already. Nikon and Sony usually share the sensor in this line or at least have in the past.
I agree the odds are the D400 sensor will be a 24 megapixel DX sensor. And that means a dense pixel pattern which contraindicates the great low light performance found in the D3s. I have seen no indication Nikon will put a FX sensor at the top of the old DX line in the D300s successor. I just wish they would! I wish they would "mirror" their new FX dichotomy: a top of the line low light speed demon camera with built in vertical grip and the next step down a higher pixel/high resolution focused camera. I would love to see some way Nikon could give us the D3s low light capability for less then $3,000 in the new D400.
I suppose the answer to my quest will be a used D3s. Perhaps Nikon won't duplicate in a new body what can be bought used for the same price. Perhaps the new D4 and D700 will cause a flood of used D3s and D700 bodies to be dumped on the used camera market with a consequent drop in price. By this time next year we will know.
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