D 7100 6 shot Raw Buffer IMO D400 still coming

Started Feb 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
brunobarolo Senior Member • Posts: 1,116
Re: Not a small buffer capacity - 100 JPEGs; Small RAW buffer capacity

inasir1971 wrote:

The D7100 doesn't have a small buffer capacity, it shoots 100 normal JPEGs. It doesn't have a large RAW buffer capacity at around half the number of images of the D300s.

For shooters that primarily shoot JPEGs (and there are a lot of them - how many shoot high school sports in RAW?) the 100 normal JPEG image buffer is as large as any DX model.

The simple fact is that there are people who don't want to shoot JPGs. And they have one single second of buffer with the D7100. A big step backwards to those who are used to a D300.

The pool of people for yet another model shrinks to those who want and are willing to pay for a large RAW buffer.

No, not the larger buffer only. It's a higher frame rate also, 8fps (for the full DX format) at least, maybe 10fps. Also the familiar button layout (with an AF-ON button). Also the full metal body, including a CF card slot. There even are people who prefer a physically larger and heavier camera (not me!). And Nikon may throw in GPS capabilities as well. There's enough left to differentiate a high end DX camera from a D7100.

Rumors of the 7DII if it happens put it at around $2300 - a $500 hike from 7D's launch price.

A D400, or IMO rather D9000, would surely cost €/$ 500 more than the D7100. But just like many photographers chose a D300 over a D90 a few years back, people will be ready to pay extra to get a really high end DX camera.

Then why would Nikon ​not ​make that higher margin camera?

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