Nikon, whose Australian subsidiary is facing the potential of big sales declines in Australia as retailers move to grey importing, has overnight moved to discontinue its D300s and D700 digital SLR cameras.The Japanese camera giant who last year launched the highly successful Nikon 1 mirrorless camera has added the D300s and D700 to the “old products” section on their corporate site in Japan.
The hot new Nikon camera in the larger digital SLR category is the D4. Also on the radar is the Nikon D800 which was tipped for a 2011 launch. This camera is rumoured to feature a 36 million pixel sensor and a 4fps shooting mode and Full HD video shooting at 1080p.
The new model is tipped to be launched at the CP+ photography show taking place in Japan at the beginning of February.
Insiders claim that this model was delayed due to the Company focusing on the new N1 which is proving to be a sales success.
In recent days three major retailers have told ChannelNews that they have put in place new structures aimed at sourcing “more branded camera stock” from overseas grey importers.
Also tipped is a Nikon D3200, entry level digital SLR camera.
Nikon Australia is not returning calls with the Company refusing to comment following the decision by JB Hi Fi to direct import the Company’s cameras.