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On Nikon’s taxonomy

[I thought about whether to post this or not, because it's rather trivial and inconsequential. But I haven't written in a while, and that's not good for SEO, so I'll write it just for that reason (if not to simply get something trivial and inconsequential off my chest)]

I’m confounded by Nikon‘s taxonomy for their D-SLR camera range. I know, who the hell thinks about these things, but what can I say, I do. Their range goes like this:

D3/D3x/D3h – professional (one numeric digit in the denomination)
D300/D700 – semi-professional (three numeric digits)
D40/D60/D90 – amateur (two numeric digits)
D3000/D5000 – entry-level (four numeric digits)

First of all, did they really need to resort to the thousands? D3000 and D5000 just sound…too much, and it even looks too much on the tiny camera bodies – the label looks like it’s wrapping around the body because there’s not enough room on the front:

See how that last 0 is curving with the camera body?  I find that extremely unprofessional and unattractive.

See how that last "0" is curving with the camera body? I find that extremely unprofessional and unattractive.

Secondly, is there some hidden logic behind the number of digits in the denomination and the level of machine it represents? What happened to consistency? If single digit (D3) represents professional level, shouldn’t the next highest level be D30/D70 (instead of D300/D700), followed by D600/D900 for the amateur level and D3000/D5000 for entry-level?

Or, wouldn’t it make most sense to call their highest level cameras – with the biggest bodies with the most room for long labels – D3000/D5000/D10000, and keep the shorter names for the entry-level cameras which have the smallest bodies? I know historically their top-of-the-line cameras have always had one numeric digit denominations, so I can understand the legacy behind D2/D3, but then they should really do something about that D3000/D5000. There are plenty of numbers in the tens and hundreds they still haven’t used.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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