Rumors have been circulating for a while that Nikon plans to upgrade its legendary D850, but the latest speculation claims that the Japanese manufacturer is in fact planning not one but two more DSLR cameras. Is this the right move and what should these cameras be?
I reported a few weeks ago that Nikon was said to be plotting an upgrade to the D850, though details are scant and it’s not clear whether it would involve a large bump to the resolution of the sensor — potentially taking it from 45.7 megapixels to something nearer 60 — or whether it would continue to share a sensor with the Z 7 and now the Z 7II.
Alongside this news of two DSLRs, Nikon Rumors reports that the Z 7II will start shipping some time in the next three weeks and that we will see 8 new Z-mount lenses on the market by the end of 2021. According to the lens overview, Z owners can expect to see a total of 27 lenses available in 2022.
All of this raises the question: what other DSLR is Nikon planning? Which of its existing line is it planning to upgrade? Nikon seems to be attempting to make the most of its DSLR technology in the face of a challenging financial situation, but it will be interesting to see how Nikon attempts to find a balance between squeezing the last drops out of its old technology without discouraging its customers from pivoting to mirrorless.
Which of Nikon's current DSLRs gets your bet? Let us know in the comments below.