Here we are, another year has gone by and we have just enjoyed the release of yet another camera that is "certainly" the most amazing thing since sliced bread. This new camera comes with promises of wondrous grandeur that are only cemented by the inevitable implication from its maker that it is the camera that will help you create truly better images than you did before. This is, of course, nothing more than marketing hype designed to get you to spend your money.
If your camera bag currently houses a one or even two generation old version of a specific camera body and is still in perfectly good working order, you have very little to gain from upgrading to the latest tech. I know the new camera that just came out promises revolutionary change that will transform the way you shoot but that is never actually the case. Yes, the sensor is probably a little better with a smidgen more dynamic range and perhaps a few more pixels, but will either of those things really show up in your final delivered images? Probably not, unless you are already pushing your existing camera to its absolute limit. (Reality check: you probably aren't!)
The difference between 24, 36, or even 46 megapixel images when printed for a photo album or shrunk for social media is virtually invisible. Even when printed large it is rare that anyone will be actually be viewing the photo from close enough to notice the better detail of the higher resolution image. The same is true of virtually every other new feature. Take, for example, shutter speed and frame rate. Cameras over the last decade have vastly improved in both regards but if you really think about it, have you noticed any change in the overall quality of action sports images printed in newspapers or magazines compared to half a decade ago?
Upgrading a camera can certainly lead to benefits if you have a definable weakness in your current set up that is limiting you in a way that you cannot solve without superior equipment. To think that blindly upgrading to the latest tech for no other reason than because it overshadows your current camera on some arbitrary specs sheet is a madness that only benefits camera makers. Before you dump out your piggy bank, think long and hard about whether upgrading to the latest camera will actually have any impact on your work or if it is merely an expensive vanity purchase designed to feed your lust for new fancy gear. Invest in your imagination and technique instead, that is where you will find the transformative improvement you crave.