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Nikon expects D800 shortages

Want to buy the upcoming tricked-out Nikon D800 dSLR? Good luck finding one.

Will you buy the Nikon D800?

A notice from Nikon Japan today indicates troubling times for those aiming to purchase the upcoming D800 dSLR.

Due for release Thursday, the highly anticipated 36.3-megapixel full-frame D800 features a dizzying array of features, and up to 1080/30p video recording.

With reservations and demand "far above expectations," the company said in a statement that it is facing D800 supply shortages until further notice. The statement fails to mention if this affects the alternate D800E model as well. Unlike the D800, that camera lacks an anti-aliasing filter, an omission that results in better sharpness.

A Nikon representative confirmed the D800 shortage during a phone conversation with CNET, but briefly mentioned an "on track" U.S. release. After conversing today with representatives from several major online electronics retailers, CNET found that many sites are seeing strong D800 preorders. Even Amazon admits on its D800 page, "This item is in high demand and we have taken orders up to our initial allocations."

Update March 20 at 8:35 a.m.: Added comment from Nikon representative and information about preorders at online retailers.

(Via Digital Camera Watch)