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Old Mar 6, 2007, 11:26 AM   #1
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Maybe other people would like to comment on these and I'll add any other additions as and when they are newly announced/

March 5th - April delivery

10 MP Nikon D40X (upgrade to D40)
US$729 w/o lens or US$799 with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens.
3 fps up to 100 shots at 10MP
up to 3200 ISO

June delivery - Olympus Evolt 510

10 MP
in-body stabilisation
dust removal sensor
Live image LCD
2 NEW lenses
The E-510 outfit includes a compact, Zuiko Digital ED 14 – 42 mm f3.5 – f5.6 Lens equivalent to 28mm – 84mm in 35mm and can also come with an extra lens - Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 (80-300mm equivalent) (normal cost US$279).

US$799 - body only
US$899 - with 14-42
US$999 - with both lenses
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 12:13 PM   #2
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Olympus E-410 will be available next month. Similar to the 510 but smaller and without IS.--and about $300 cheaper according to Amazon prices.


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Old Mar 6, 2007, 1:43 PM   #3
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Yep as Norm said.

Olympus Evolt 410

The Olympus EVOLT E-410 will ship in May 2007, with pricing set at $699 body-only. A kit including an ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital zoom lens will cost $799, while a second kit including the same lens plus an ED 40-150mm f4.0/5.6 Zuiko Digital zoom lens will hit the market priced at $899.

No IS but other specs almost same as 510 (10MP, dust removal, live LCD at 230K etc).

Note the 510 has a larger battery compartment (making the camera larger than the 410 but better for gripping) which means more shots from the 510 battery.
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Out of curiosity, is the Nikon D40X like the D40 (without the body AF motor), so you would have the same limitations when it comes to lenses?
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Out of curiosity, is the Nikon D40X like the D40 (without the body AF motor), so you would have the same limitations when it comes to lenses?
Yes, same restrictions. The D40x will only Autofocus with AF-S or AF-I lenses (those with focus motors built into the lenses). The D40x body does not have a focus motor built in.

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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:08 AM   #6
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Thanks for the response. Its interesting that Nikon is going this route - it makes me wonder if they will be starting to phase out lenses that don't have the motor in them (are they going to continue this trend). Is this the wave of the future we are seeing, or just Nikon trying to keep up with the megapixel wars?

The Oly with IS sounds more interesting to me - I'd give it a look if I were in the market for a dSLR system.
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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:09 AM   #7
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Olympus E-410 will be available next month. Similar to the 510 but smaller and without IS.--and about $300 cheaper according to Amazon prices.
Amazon does have it listed at $499 body only. But they also say it won't be available until June:

"Availability:
This item will be released on June 10, 2007. Pre-order now! Ships from and sold by Amazon.com"

Everywhere else (including the press release) says it will be available in May. But at $699 list.

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Old Mar 7, 2007, 1:02 AM   #8
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Too bad about the AF motor = limited to lens only - issue w/the D40 & D40x. I'd probably get a D40x (when available) if it "weren't so" . . .

Since it is, I guess I gotta take a serious look again at the D200 . . .

Hey . . . . . maybe Nikon knows what they're doing, after-all . . .

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Fastglass,

Out of curiosity - what camera are you shooting with now? The D40 and D200 are opposite ends of the spectrum . Just curious.
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Old Mar 7, 2007, 11:05 AM   #10
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Just out of curiousity - why was this thread moved to 'Newbie Help' ? :O It seems a very strange place indeed to put it - even more so when considering it was originally posted in 'What Camera Should I Buy' as it could hardly get more pertinent than that :?
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