Nikon recently announced (on November 1st, 2005) a new camera, the D200 DSLR. It’s a vast improvement over the old D100 and the more recent D70/D70s and D50. I’ve been using the D100 for a couple of years now and have been very pleased with its durability and picture quality, so I can only assume that the D200 will provide more of the same and a whole lot more.
I’ve been asking for a D200 ever since Nikon released the D70. While the D70 is faster than the D100, it’s not a D100 replacement. For one, you can’t get a vertical grip for the D70, which I use all the time with my D100. For a while, I had lost hope that Nikon was going to fill the gap between the D70 and the uber-expensive D2h/D2x cameras and was actually contemplating forking out the money for a D2x. Thank goodness for the D200 because it has everything I was hoping for but with about half the price tag.
Supposedly, the new D200 will ship in December, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true or not. I’ve been using Nikons for some time now, and they seem to be behind when shipping new products like this.