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Now going back to the discussion of pricing if it ever get release, I personally think that it will not come down to $1700 or $1800, I think it will more likely be around $2800 closer to when the D300/s or D700 was released and sitting between the D600 and D800.
What makes you think that they'd price a d400 at $2800? That was about the price of the d700 when it was released, not the d300, which was around $1700-1800 IIRC. Specification wise, the only significant difference between the d700 and d300 was the sensor. Now, you get a d800 for $3000. The cost of the sensor and the market size for same, is why the d700/d800 are so much more expensive than the d300 was. There isn't anything that they could put into a d400 that would make it anywhere close to $2800, except perhaps an integrated body, and that isn't going to happen.
Because one have to think about the other series in the range, the 3000, 5000, 7000 series. lets say it did come out at $1800 than who will want to buy the D7000 or the D600? It will split their market apart.
Why would it be any different than it was for the previous models, especially such a *huge* price increase? There are always a few hundred between models and the feature sets are what determine the price. The d400 will likely come in at $1700-1800 and the d7100 will likely come in at $1200-1300 and so on down the line. Look at the consumer digicam market. Nikon has already released 14 Coolpix models this year.... There's no reason to believe that they couldn't/wouldn't do the same thing with their consumer line of dslrs, which according to Nikon NPS, is the d7000 and below.
When you're looking at a camera, don't you consider all of the specifications of the model to see if it will suit your wants/needs or is it just an FX thing, with everything else below it?
The other thing is that if it is build like a D300/s or D700 with mostly AlMg alloy it should have a status above that of the D7000 or the D600, don't you all think so?
Of course it would, it's one of the features of the d200, d300 line. Add to that the higher FPS, pro AF CAM 3500 and all of the other high performance, high level features of the d400 and it will certainly out spec the d600, by a significant margin. Even the d300s easily out specs the d600.
With all due respect, you don't seem to have a very good grasp of the DX model line and how Nikon differentiates the models and their pricing. The d300 was the replacement for the d2x. It had better specs/performance in almost every way. The only significant difference was the lack of the integrated body on the d300. Even though I'd have liked an integrated body, I'd guess that most d300 users are happy with the current body.
I was thinking on the line of those who said that they want to have the view of the DX in the view finder rather than a gray off area which is smaller as in FX. I think this can easily be resolved by adding a magnifier eye piece to the VF which will give the FX a full DX view with the same magnification ratio.
Have you ever tried this? I have and I won't use it because you can no longer see the entire viewfinder. You have to move your head/eye to be able to see all of the info in the VF. The only thing that improves the FX viewfinder in DX mode, is a 1.4x TC, with all of the issues that can bring.