Nikon D300s officially retired by Nikon USA, is there a successor around the corner?
posted Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM EDT
The original Nikon D300 was introduced in mid-2007 as the company's flagship APS-C (DX-format) model, and it was replaced in mid-2009 by the D300s. In late 2010 then came the D7000, which was situated more between the D90 and the D300s, instead of replacing either. Mid-2011 would have been the time when a true heir to the D300s might've been expected, but a D400 or another high-end APS-C model never came.
Recently, Nikon USA has officially moved the D300s to its list of archived cameras, which once again spawns hope among the Nikon crowd that a true successor to the former top-of-the-line DX-format camera could be coming our way soon. The Nikon faithful can only hope for a worthy replacement that punches above the current D7xxx series.
On the Canon side of the road, the situation is very similar, with the venerable 7D closing in on its fifth birthday. If Nikon replaces the newly-retired D300s soon, you can bet Canon will have an announcement hot on their heels. With Photokina coming in a mere 2 months, the time seems to be just right for new high-end APS-C models from both major brands.