Nikon Answers Back with the D300


Just a few days after Canon released the EOS 40D, Nikon answers back with the tempting D300. This pro body features a 12.3 megapixel CMOS APS sized sensor, 6 fps burst mode, 3" LCD, ISO 6400, 51-point autofocus system, 14-bit image processing, and a wireless networking option.

The D300 will cost a bit more ($1,800 US) than Canon's 40D, but also has nice goodies that the Canon doesn't have such as up to 9-frame auto bracketing and EV compensation up to 5 stops. This highly anticipated successor to the D200 should be available in November 2007.

For those of you with bigger pocketbooks who want a full frame sensor Nikon, they also released the D3 with the estimated price of $5,000 US for the body.

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Is it my imagination, or do Nikon and Camera seem to offset their competing cameras just a little bit apart price-wise and feature-wise? Or perhaps it's just Nikon doing it for marketing's sake (since Canon is the big boy in the market).

I mean - and I realize I'm being totally subjective - if you start at the low end and head upwards in terms of price/features, the order seems to go something like this: Nikon D40/x, Canon XTi, Nikon D80, Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D300, Canon 5D, Nikon D3, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III (this last step being a big one). I may have missed a Canon in there somewhere...

Er, replace "Nikon and Camera" with "Nikon and Canon" in my previous post... (not enough caffeine, apparently)

This is an observation that I share too and have discussed with friends. Not a bad strategy, but it does leave us yearning for some features on the other guy's camera :)

I imagine that you can ameliorate that yearning by purchasing a new EOS-1Ds Mark III. There's gotta be some loose change in the couch...