Maybe itâ€™s the marketing hype. Or, maybe itâ€™s the very attractive prices. But there are real concerns that if you hadnâ€™t bought it yet, you wonâ€™t be able to have your dream digital SLR camera this Christmas, especially Nikons D40 and D80 and the Canon 400D.
In the UK, demand for these cameras is so high that some stores are reporting shortages and delayed deliveries. The Nikon D40 with 18-55mm lens kit was listed as overdue from Nikon, the Canon 400D with 18-55mm lens kit was now quoted at 1-3 weeks for delivery, but tellingly, the Nikon D80 kit with 18-70mm lens was listed at 4-6 weeks, which means no deliveries until after Christmas.
Nikon acknowledged that demand was very high and that they were trying to get as much stock as possible to meet it. But Canon denied that there was any problem with stocks, saying, â€œCanon UK is not experiencing any stock issues at this time and does not foresee any in the run-up to Christmas.â€
However, a quick check with big camera stores in London and Birmingham indicated that those affordable DSLRs with their kit lenses (D40, D80 and 400D) were indeed flying off store shelves.
In the US, will there be shortages of these too?