new d200 spec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Started Oct 22, 2005 | Discussions thread
Daos Regular Member • Posts: 144
Re: Nikon is leaving money on the table.

Steven Noyes wrote:

Cam 2000. (Assuming it is the full CAM 2000 [or better] and not
crippled in any way)
3D Matrix Metering.
10MP.
5fps.
Metal body.

They could pull $2500 (and it will drop over time) and sell all
they could make.

Yes, they could. There are a LOT of faithful people to Nikon, and there will still be in the future. There also are a lot of people with a lot of money invested in Nikon glass. BUT they will loose a lot of money in the long run.

Let's talk only from an honest economical point of view:

  • a lot of people are already switching to Canon; let's be honest, how many posts on these forum are about people switching from C to N and how many are about people switching from N to C? For that price many nikonians (esp. those who don't have many lens yet) will consider 2 times before upgrading and a lot more people than now will consider switching

  • the DSLR market is still increasing every day, a lot of people are jumping in every year; who has 2500$ to pay for a DSLR will also consider 5D (and 5D will most likely drop in price in the next few months, despite 200D which will most likely become available in the next few months); who has 1500$ to spend for a body will most likely jump in Canon's boat; that means Nikon will loose an important segment of the market (and most likely the most profitable), as people who are starting now aren't buying only a body, but lens too! not to mention that they will become faithful customers for many years IF you have a good market strategy;

  • I bet C will bring up a 20D replacement in spring which will have most likely better specs than the 200D? Drop from 2500$ to 1500$? Keep the price up at 2500$ while C offers same thing for 60% of the N's price? What credibility will they have then? Next DSLR they announce and even the faithful nikonians will wait more months for the 40% discount before upgrading.

C'mon, let's be serious: if they price it at 2500$ it will take a beating from the 5D most likely 'cause of the FF and the similar price (did I mention that 5D will surely drop in price prolly at 2999$ at the time 200D will only start shipping? :D). D200 will also take a beating from 20D (not to mention 20D replacement) 'cause of the price.

Yes, on the short run they may make more money if they price D200 at 2500$, but on the long run they will surely loose important segments of the market (again). It is a lot more important to be consistent and have a good strategy in the long run that will bring you NEW customers, while keeping as many customers in your yard, and not sending them away to the neighbour's.

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