D300 out of production

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dala
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D300 out of production
May 18, 2009

According to a Swedish photo journal Nikon has stopped producing both the D300 and the D60.

http://www.kamerabild.se/nyheter/kameror/Nikon-D300-och-D60-utgar-D400-kommer-1.52105.html

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In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

From the web page (the information part, the rest is just speculations):

Vid vår månatliga uppdatering av rekpriserna på marknaden fick vi beskedet att Nikon D60 är slutsåld och att D300 utgått. Vi ringde upp Björn Nordgren på Nikon Nordic för att få detta bekräftat.

– Ja det stämmer. D60 är slutsåld. Vi kommer att få in en skvätt med D300:or och sen är den också slut.

Translation:

At the monthly update of our index over Suggested Retail Prices we got the information that Nikon D60 and D300 are sold out and has been discontinued. We called Bjorn Nordgren at Nikon Nordic [Nikon Scandinavia] to confirm this.

  • Yes, that's correct. D60 is sold out. We will get a few more D300, but then that model is also sold out.

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In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

Translation? Could be true, we will see.
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In reply to azguy, May 18, 2009

Sweet... here comes the best buy blowout sale of remaining D300 bodies for $999

(probably not... but we'll see)...

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In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

Ok, here is the translation of the full article (with help from our friends in Mountain View)

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Nikon D300 and D60 discontinued - D400 will come

Nikon Nordic confirms that Nikon D60 is sold out and will be discontinued. For Nikon D300 the future looks a bit different. We look into the crystal ball.

During our monthly update of our index of SRP:s, we received news that Nikon D60 is sold out and that the D300 has been discontinued. We called Björn Nordgren at Nikon Nordic to get this confirmed.

  • Yes it is true. D60 is sold out. We will get a small shipment of the D300's, but after that it is also sold out.

Most likely Nikon has been a bit cautious with the production of the older camera models D60 and D300 because of the economic crisis so that there are no large stocks when they shift the production to new models. Nikon tends to begin production of new models a couple of months before the launch to be able to deliver in large quantities shortly after the deployment new models.

As the models are discontinued, there is no doubt that they will have replacements in the near future. The question is whether Nikon has to do the launch ahead of schedule, or if they will launch in August as usual.

Releasing two bodies at the same time is a bad PR strategy. Then the cameras compete for the publicity and one does not reach the same amount of publicity in total as if there were two launch opportunities.

As a replacement for D60, we can expect a slimmed down version of D5000. This model may take longer than a replacement for the D300 because D5000 is so new.

There has been rumors about the D400 for a long time and now it is likely that it will soon be here. Nikon D300 was announced in August 2007. Since then, the technology it it has been inherited by the D90 and the D5000. It is therefore time for Nikon to introduce a new generation of APS-C sensor.

Will Nikon go for more megapixels or higher ISO? Or do both like Canon?

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Re: Then it is the perfect time to buy the D90
In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

It is well known that the D300 D90 and D5000 share the same type of image sensor.

It is also well known that Nikon like to perform sensor binning during production to improve yields ie:
Top grade sensors are used for the D300
Second grade sensors are used in the D90
Third grade and faulty sensors discarded

With the introduction of the D5000, the lowest performing sensors can be reserved for this new entry level model which means that only middle grade (and better) sensors are used for the D90.

With the removal of the D300, the D90 does not face any more competition for this type of sensor. Thus the situation changed to:

Top grade sensors used for the D90
Second grade sensors used in the D5000
Third grade and faulty sensors discarded

Therefore in real terms when all the the cameras stocks are refreshed, we should notice a marked improvement in the D90 in terms of fewer hot/stuck pixels and lower darkfield sensor noise.

In one sentence, the D90 will replace the D300 in terms of sensor and picture quality and the D5000 will replace the D90. This is all good to the customer!

Marc

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Oh bull Shiznit!!!
In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

When you hear it from Nikon....then it will be real.

Gossip gossip...gossip...

Im goin back to shooting now.

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Re: Then it is the perfect time to buy the D90
In reply to Marc Anthony Azzopardi, May 18, 2009

total nonsense

Marc Anthony Azzopardi wrote:

It is well known that the D300 D90 and D5000 share the same type of
image sensor.

It is also well known that Nikon like to perform sensor binning
during production to improve yields ie:
Top grade sensors are used for the D300
Second grade sensors are used in the D90
Third grade and faulty sensors discarded

With the introduction of the D5000, the lowest performing sensors can
be reserved for this new entry level model which means that only
middle grade (and better) sensors are used for the D90.

With the removal of the D300, the D90 does not face any more
competition for this type of sensor. Thus the situation changed to:

Top grade sensors used for the D90
Second grade sensors used in the D5000
Third grade and faulty sensors discarded

Therefore in real terms when all the the cameras stocks are
refreshed, we should notice a marked improvement in the D90 in terms
of fewer hot/stuck pixels and lower darkfield sensor noise.

In one sentence, the D90 will replace the D300 in terms of sensor and
picture quality and the D5000 will replace the D90. This is all good
to the customer!

Marc
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Marc Anthony Azzopardi
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Re: Then it is the perfect time to buy the D90
In reply to CutterUK, May 18, 2009

Who says?... I think it will be true until proven otherwise...

So much so that Mode-3 RAW captures with the D300 are far cleaner than those captured with the D90... and by a long shot!

That's a little hard to explain given they use the exact same sensor!

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In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

It's a real shame about the D60, but I am not surprised...
So, the cheapest NIKON DSLR now is going to be the new D5000?

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In reply to RomanJohnston, May 18, 2009

Don't sound very likely...!!!

One of their best selling DSLR's, the D300 just has not been out that long..I suggest you check the Nikon model time lines...even the D200 is still available from from stores!?

I suspect we will see a "mid priced" D700x or whatever a long time before we see the demise of the D300 or D700...

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In reply to OldMaster, May 18, 2009

OldMaster wrote:

Don't sound very likely...!!!

Actually, I think it does:

  • Coming up for 2 years since the D300 announcement.

  • Rumors becoming more frequent and credible.

  • No vigorous denials from Nikon.

I think there are definitely signs of smoke and that typically means...

Having said all that, it's all rumor and speculation versus verified and actionable information. Besides, provided it's not excessive, the occasional masturbation is healthy and does not make you go blind.

But masturbation this is; not to be confused with the Real Thing

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In reply to Marc Anthony Azzopardi, May 18, 2009

Marc Anthony Azzopardi wrote:

Who says?... I think it will be true until proven otherwise...

True because you say so? just because you said it doesn't make it true until

proven otherwise, it just means you took a wild guess and believed it to be true.

if you have no evidence to backup your claim (and you don't because it's nonsense)
then it an't fact, it will always be your wild guess.

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In reply to OldMaster, May 18, 2009

My guess is that we will see a Nikon replacement of the D300 in the next 3 months, just a D300 with poor video and more MP's, I think it will be another 2 years before a real upgraded replacement of the D300 will be released.

OldMaster wrote:

Don't sound very likely...!!!

One of their best selling DSLR's, the D300 just has not been out that
long..I suggest you check the Nikon model time lines...even the D200
is still available from from stores!?

I suspect we will see a "mid priced" D700x or whatever a long time
before we see the demise of the D300 or D700...

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Re: Then it is the perfect time to buy the D90
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Marc Anthony Azzopardi wrote:

It is well known that the D300 D90 and D5000 share the same type of
image sensor.

It is also well known that Nikon like to perform sensor binning
during production to improve yields ie:
Top grade sensors are used for the D300
Second grade sensors are used in the D90
Third grade and faulty sensors discarded

That's quite a trick considering the D90 and D300 use different size sensors!
Silly boy!

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In reply to fudgebrown, May 18, 2009

fudgebrown wrote:

Sweet... here comes the best buy blowout sale of remaining D300
bodies for $999

(probably not... but we'll see)...

So, should we buy now before the price goes up because of lack of D300 bodies, or wait until D400, which may not come out until late summer? I'm wondering how much lower (if it does go lower) the D300 price may go between now and when the D400 is announced and, depending on what the D400 may be like, the first couple of months after the D400 announcement.

I'm trying to time my D300 purchase as I don't have to have one any time in particular, but want to pick one up for a good price sometime in the next couple of months.

  • John

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If it is correct as the article states, that there are just a few D300 left, I doubt that the price will be reduced at all, even if the next camera arrives soon

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In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

Nikon Sweden has before been one of the sources for early "official" leaks. The article referenced above is from a magazine that had a hands on review of a pre production D200 before anybody else.

The information seems quite reliable to me.
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Nikon D300 No Longer Produced
In reply to dala, May 18, 2009

Isn’t it funny how a camera (D300) can go from state of the art one moment, to obsolete and technically inferior the next? The D400 is coming.....

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In reply to Nikola Bathory, May 18, 2009

There will probably be a new lower-end dSLR replacing the D60 featuring filming, but not an articulated screen.

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