I don't actually know, I just keep in mind the principle: who or what are they competing against? The real competition is Canon, not Sony or Pentax. The competitors of the D7000 are the 60D and the 7D. The D7000 happens to compete quite well with the 7D for 2/3 the price. The D7000 sensor seems to be better than the 60D's. What the 60D has that the D7000 doesn't is an articulating screen. So are Nikon hurrying to add an articulating screen to the D7000?