When Is It Time to Upgrade Your Camera?

Nowadays, it seems like cameras are released at a breakneck pace, but at the same time, modern cameras are highly capable devices already. As such, you might be wondering when it is the right time to upgrade your camera. If you are in that situation, this great video will give you some guidance on if it is time to upgrade or if you should sit tight with what you already have.

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this helpful video discusses the issue of upgrading your camera. No matter if you are a pro or an amateur, one of the most exciting purchases you can make is a brand new body with all the latest bells and whistles, but at the same time, it is also one of the most (if not the most) expensive purchases you can make. As such, while it is certainly a lot of fun and may even offer you some new capabilities and improved image quality, a new camera is not something you should blindly purchase with every new release, even though it is easy to get sucked into the hype of the latest and greatest tech. Check out the video above for Denney's full thoughts on the topic. 

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When my repair person breaks out in a cold sweat, retreats into a corner and starts to talk to himself in Korean (yes he is Korean) and cries.

Motti Bembaron's picture

That's right, it's time to replace it when you cannot fix it anymore,

Motti Bembaron's picture

When it does not work anymore.

Sadie Bree's picture

When its more expensive to fix than its worth or when new technology is something that would both further your art and fit into your budget.

Simon Patterson's picture

I buy a new product only after:
a) there is something I feel the need to do that I currently can't do, which the product will help me achieve; and
b) the product represents good value to me, respecting upfront cost, running costs, flow on costs and product quality.

Until my existing gear is letting me down in some way, I don't consider more purchases. And right now, I'm very happy with the performance of my existing camera gear.

Vojkan Milenkovik's picture

Only if adds something that I needed on my previous camera and that something was causing missed shots or more work in post.. I almost always upgraded for better AF.

Alex Yakimov's picture

The time is then your emotional intellect will decide. Most people don't upgrade (perfectly functioning gear) not because it is a rational thing to do, but because there is a strong motivation not to do so. For Mark it seem the fear of overspending is holding him back. So reading or watching such advises will not affect motivations much, while the could agree/disagree with the reasoning...

Still using my d300 that was 10 years ago, i just bought another used d300 and some cheap pro lens, as everyone is switching to the sony a9 and nikom z7

When new is really better (for your needs).
When "all" others upgrade and you can improve your gear by buying their old cheaply.
When you are a real pro using the gear heavily and gear is just a tool that has to be reliable and your gear is failing sooner or later.
When money does not matter.
When you have the GAS.

Reginald Walton's picture

It's really whenever you want to and you have the budget for it.

Rob Mitchell's picture

When my accountant says it's written off the books and to burn money to avoid giving it to the taxman. Not before.

Logan Cressler's picture

Look at all these experts. I will buy a new camera when Nikon tells me to. WTF do I know about cameras? They make the damn things. I will listen to the experts and buy a new camera when they tell me I should. According to them, most people do not change out their gear often enough. Its a shame.

Simon Patterson's picture

I support this statement. The more people who buy cameras, the better for the rest of us when we finally decide to buy one. Someone has to keep the market going!

When the demands of your photography have increased or changed such that your current gear can't handle it [well], ||and|| when it will have a return investment, either by being able to do those tasks or through another means.
(Broke through the first wall shooting low-light stadium sports, and am bashing my head repeatedly against the second because no one will pay meeee)

Mutley Dastardly's picture

The A7RII is a very good camera - this is a useful video to me (having the A7II and A7RII).