What is D300s successor and what is not

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What is D300s successor and what is not
Nov 6, 2012

We can divide the importaint demands divide into 5 domains. Some of these domains decide the new model IS D400 OR IS NOT D400 independently on its true name:

1. Fast, faithful and sensitive AF: MultiCAM 3500 AF modul with AF firmware quality near D4 AF (the same or better power ratio as D3 : D300). This is the fundamental criterion between "only D7x00" and "D300...D400/D9000".

2. Reportage power: framerate about 7-8 fps at least, large buffer for enough RAWs and quick response, fast review and low shutter-lag. This can be rated as the fundamental criterion too, but some users will not insist on it if they do not shot the fast actions and want only faithful AF in point 1. But powerful DX high-end means this point naturally too.

3. Body quality: The high quality body adequate for pro lenses. There must not be the risk 400/2.8 or such lenses will breake out the bayonet.  This demand is very importaint for some user. Some users need weather proof body or big (as D300) body. These three demands are importaint for many D300 users and D400 waiters, but the point 1. + 2. is still more frequent

4. Ergonomy of D300s/D800. There are differences between D300s/D800 and D7000/D600. Bigger body with surer handgrip, more on-body controls - direct controls, not only shared controls, and many many usable details in differences. A lot of the users rate it as importaint.

5. Functionality on the D300s/D800 level. -4EV...+4EV bracketing, higher customization than D7000/D600, ..... connectors for studio lights, 10-pin cable remote, AIS + screwdriver lenses, .....

There are a lot of people who can tell D5200 is very near D7000 and D7000 is very near D300s. They read only about the sensor, image processor or number of AF points specification and totally ignore the body, ergonomy, functionality, faithfulness, power, .....

 ForeignerOnEarth's gear list:ForeignerOnEarth's gear list
Nikon D300 Nikon 1 J1 Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +14 more
Nikon D3 Nikon D300 Nikon D300S Nikon D4 Nikon D40 Nikon D5200 Nikon D7000
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