Nikon discontinues D3000 and D5000 -

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Bruce, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    Story here:

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    I got multiple reports from different countries that the Nikon D3000
    and D5000 DSLR cameras are being phased out and will soon be
    discontinued. Some retailers were already told that there will be no
    future shipments of those models. The Nikon D90 and D300s will
    continue to be sold throughout the holiday season.

    It is not clear if Nikon will introduce a new camera to replace the
    D5000 (it should basically be a D3100 with a swivel LCD display).
    Maybe Nikon will remove one of its DSLR models all together in order
    to free up some production capacity for a potential new model (EVIL?).

    The D3000 was released in July of 2009, three months after the D5000.


    Apart from special editions, the D3000 must have had the shortest
    production life of any Nikon camera.
    Bruce, Oct 12, 2010
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  2. I do hope that a swivel LCD DSLR is retained by Nikon - a D5100 or
    whatever - as I have found it a worthwhile addition. If the rumour is
    true, thank goodness I got my D5000 while I could!

    David J Taylor, Oct 13, 2010
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  3. Thom Hogan gave a plausible explanation to this. Nikon's plant in Thailand
    is production constrained. It should be obvious that the new models, where
    demand is high and the profit margin high, are prioritized before older
    and maybe somwhat margin pressed models.

    See "Nikon is Production Constrained".

    My question is, how expensive is it to build another plant? Is it really
    profitable in the long run to have a continuous pent up demand from potential
    customers, that never get what they want? It sounds to me that those customers
    will turn to other brands when they go bored waiting.
    Fredrik Jonson, Oct 13, 2010
  4. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    It has never done Leica any harm. Only now, after 13 months, can
    Leica keep up with demand for the M9 digital rangefinder.
    Bruce, Oct 13, 2010
  5. Bruce

    me Guest

    IMO WAY more appropriate to this group is "Will The Complaints Ever Go

    to quote: " But complaining because a camera doesn't match each and
    every specification of every possible competitor is nonsense."
    me, Oct 13, 2010
  6. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    That's exactly what the manufacturers want us to do.

    They add a feature we never knew we needed (and probably didn't) then
    get us to complain about the cameras from other manufacturers because
    they don't have that "must have" feature.

    Examples include Live View and HD Video. Personally, I don't shoot
    video at all, but I still find myself comparing the HD Video features
    (that I will probably never use) on different cameras. On the other
    hand, I do find Live View useful.
    Bruce, Oct 13, 2010
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    More likely: Nikon is making room for the mirrorless camera.
    Bruce, Oct 13, 2010
  8. Maybe true for leica, frankly I can't think of any real competition
    to the M9. Nikon on the other hand is working on a commodity market
    with near equivalents from several other brands.
    Fredrik Jonson, Oct 13, 2010
  9. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    True, but it still isn't a simple decision because buying a whole set
    of new lenses is not something that many people are prepared to
    Bruce, Oct 13, 2010
  10. Bruce

    Guest Guest

    regardless of how expensive it is, you can't build a new factory all
    that quickly.

    also, of all the problems to have, not being able to keep up with
    demand is a lot better than having excess capacity with few people
    buying and needing to dump unsold inventory.
    Guest, Oct 13, 2010
  11. Bruce

    me Guest

    Maybe you, not me. Perhaps your pseudonym might be Rich?
    me, Oct 13, 2010
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