Nikon D600 Announcement Not Overloading Web Servers. Canon’s EOS 6D In Close Pursuit.
I have no doubt that Nikon’s new D600 (24 megapixels and full frame) will be successful. But last week’s announcement bore no resemblance to that of the D800 … none. Now, I have my own personal way of judging the excitement the D600 is generating. With the D800, every time I posted some information on it my site’s hits went up, up and up. I still get lots and lots of hits on specific posts I did on that camera and related issues. The D600? Not so much, pretty much normal traffic and not so many specific searches for info on the new kid on the block. People are interested, no doubt. I’m sure the camera will post good sales in the years to come for Nikon. But the D600 is no D800, not by a very long shot.
Further proof of my thoughts on the D600: Nikon Rumors has a recent poll gauging interest and intent on future purchases. About 4500 respondents indicated they had pre-ordered a D600 or intended to (out of about 19,000 votes). The camera will be a success, but it is no runaway hit compared to the D800. You can imagine the results of a similar poll when the D800 was announced (only 24% of respondents indicated that they wouldn’t be buying a D800; I checked).
And then the Canon news: Canon Rumors earlier leaked what they are pretty comfortable in describing as the EOS 6D’s specs (full frame, 20mp sensor, SD cards, etc). You can click here to read all the specs and to see the projected retail price of $2,099 (wow; that is a familiar number. Think D600). If I were to interchange the specs for the 6D and Nikon’s D600 I would be hard-pressed to find a whole lot of differences right now. Canon appeared to be caught flat-footed by the D800; they aren’t going to be in that position again if there is any possible way to prevent it. The entry level full-frame DLSR market is heating up. Big time. Oh, and don’t forget that Sony got into the 24mp full-frame market themselves last week. I told you they were up to something.
And finally for the entire week: don’t forget to bookmark Thom Hogan for the Photokina announcements and reflections over in Germany. His site will have a roundup of Surprises, Disappointments, True Rumors. and Little Things all week. The news will be chronological and the lists will be at the top of his other, regular posts all week. Click here to check him (and Photokina) out.