With overall camera sales continuing to decrease, perhaps camera companies are being overly conservative in estimating initial demand.
It's a Bad Thing to be stuck with excess inventory, and be forced to dump it at a deep discount. In addition to the economic consequences, dumping is bad for brand image. It's better to err on the side of undersupply, although that isn't optimal either.
Fujifilm is trying to increase market share, by copying Nikon. :-)
I though Fujifilm made hipster cameras. Hipster cameras don't qualify as "pocketable" unless they will fit in the pocket of skinny jeans. :-)
justmeMN: My vague recollection is that Nikon has been responding to decreased sales by concentrating on cutting costs. At some point, cost cutting results in decreased quality and/or decreased customer service.
That said, I hope that this camera turns out to be excellent, for the sake of Nikon customers, and Nikon.
@Thematic: You should try visiting Thom Hogan's web sites. You would learn some things.
RidgeRunner22: ah looks like they are lying about weather sealing again. Why would you do that?
Sony's web site states "This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof." (Footnote 18)
@Thematic: "Cite one source"
"What I see is that Nikon is taking costs out of product, QA, marketing, and distribution, all of which can and do have impacts on customers."
"Customer support and service is thinner than it has ever been. Some products aren’t reliably in inventory when a customer might actually want to purchase them. Quality control has produced repeated recalls on high-end products. Indeed, I’m starting to believe that if I could actually follow every cost cutting measure that Nikon has performed, I could trace that directly and immediately to a customer problem that then surfaced." -Thom Hogan
My vague recollection is that Nikon has been responding to decreased sales by concentrating on cutting costs. At some point, cost cutting results in decreased quality and/or decreased customer service.
"GoPro has had trouble attracting consumers with its Hero4 line, being forced to slash the price of its Session action camera twice. The product, which originally launched for $399.99, can now be had for just $199.99."
RedFox88: Sell! (Their stock)
Too late. :-) Their stock had a 52 Week High of $65.40. Now, it's under $10.
chipmaster: High demand that is hogwash! Did Apple delay their iPhones, shortages, lines and high prices for resold only builds more demand! Of course only if the product delivers, no flaregate, no oilgate, nodefectgate of some kind. It ain't like they don't have a track record for that, LOL. Of course there was a comment by an longtime Nikon expert that said the D500 looked rushed and the JPGs didn't look right.. Nothing like a early release, early adopters get suprised and everyone cancels their orders, their goes the 2016 earnings report!
My understanding is that Nikon has had stockout problems with other models, so they might actually be telling the truth. :-) With Apple Fanboys, stockouts build demand, but with most other companies, I think that just makes prospective buyers annoyed.
Thank you Nikon, for giving us relief from multiple DPR Sony articles. :-)
Oh wow,... the Nikon D500 is going to be delayed by a couple months. :-)
Canon and Nikon have global shutters, they work anywhere in the world. Oh, that's not what Panasonic means. :-)
"Fans of Nikon's performance-oriented APS-C cameras have been imploring the company for years to release an update to the well regarded D300s." -DPR
Since people have been waiting for years, a couple more months doesn't make much difference.
As background, a pricing tidbit:
"Also, part of the not-so-good decision by the company was the pricing of the Hero 4 Session at $399.99 during its launch that made it quite prohibitive. The stiff pricing resulted in poor sales for the device. That left GoPro with no choice but to slash the price of the device and is now down to $199.99."
Panasonic reportedly froze sensor development for a few years. It's nice to see them back in the game. Additional competition is a good thing for consumers.
Michael S.: Ahhh...48 Canon-fanboys so far who "had it" already!
That calculated in, 48 Canon-users must now be selling their gear on Ebay.;-)
I wouldn't assume that the false "I had it"s are "Canon-fanboys".
I think Canon and Nikon users get along just fine. It's Those Mirrorless People who are the trouble makers. :-)
From Nikon's just released financial documents. (Presentation Materials)
Imaging Products Business
Sales forecast is downwardly revised by 10 billion yen as a result of the revised market forecast and because of the postponement of new D500 launch. However, operating income forecast is pushed up by 3 billion yen due to the 3rd quarter result as well as the expenses reduction effort in the 4th quarter.
"Oh, wow...", DPR is like tween girls writing about One Direction. :-)
Oh, wow... a $1000 mirrorless body with no touch screen. Oh, wow... the same crappy kit lens as the one on their a6000. Oh, wow... the new lenses they just announced were for their full-frame models.
A $1,000 body, and still no touch screen?