[This isn't much a posting, I apologize.]
A 24x36mm stabilized sensor with 25 million pixels for less than $2000 by next year. The camera is small and well built, its viewfinder is spacious and bright. What does that say about the high end of the APS-C camera market? Does it still have room for high profit margins?
Starting next year it’s going to be difficult to price an APS-C camera where the D300s is today. We’re supposedly 4 days away from the unveiling of the Canon 7D, a high-end APS-C camera if rumors are true. Will the 7D be an outlier in its genus already on the day it is launched? Meanwhile the internet price of the D700 has fallen in price to almost $1000 less than what I paid for it in Massachusetts – unable to hold a premium price.
When I wrote the title above I had a moment of pause. Neither Nikon or Canon really deserve the label of camera of the year. They need some real innovation and soon. A high quality imager does not necessarily imply a large and heavy camera system with a premium price.
I was heartbroken when I read the rumor about Zeiss abandoning their digital rangefinder project because they felt it wouldn’t sell to pay for itself. I don’t quite believe it though. Maybe I’m in denial.