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| p.1 #17 · Will the Nikon D4 have influence on the Canon X price? |
Well, now that we know the official D4 specs, it's not just one AF point at f/8, but actually 11, with the center one a cross sensor. For a certain group of photographers, this might be a huge feature that will outweigh any kind of price difference when the entire package is taken into consideration.
I think Canon announced the 1DX early to keep those invested in the system happy - to show that there is a serious update from the 1DIV and 1DsIII coming - but intentionally hadn't nailed down the final specs. As you can see on Canon's site, a number of features are still TBA, such as weight and buffer capacity. So yes, I do think they wanted to wait for the D4 announcement before finalizing, but more so for features rather than price. Who knows, maybe aspects of the D4 will cause Canon to upgrade the X's specs, resulting in a price increase instead. The 1DIII jumped $500 once it actually shipped... some of the new super-teles were bumped up $1000...