Simultaneous with the announcement of Nikon's upcoming D1H and D1X digital models is a price drop for the D1.
In the US region the D1's price has fallen approximately US$500 today. One pro dealer in the US is now quoting a price of around US$3700 for the standard D1 kit, down from just over US$4200 last week. The price for volume purchases, or from deep-discount pro dealers, could well be less than US$3700 in the days or weeks ahead.
In fact, another US pro dealer has now adjusted a quote for a large US newspaper to US$3395 each for 36 bodies, down from US$4195. This represents a US$800/body drop in price since the quote was first generated several weeks ago.
Nikon has indicated that the D1 will continue to be sold alongside the D1H and D1X when the new cameras ship later this year. The company's strategy may be to bring the D1's price within spitting distance of Canon's D30.