So many are awaiting an announcement from Nikon related to their next best thing, but let’s face it, the Nikon D810 is a pretty incredible camera that more than meets the needs of many professional photographers all over the world. That being said, why should I even consider upgrading to whatever Nikon decides to replace the D810 with?
One could say that it took Nikon nearly one hundred years to develop such a capable camera (analog shooters take it easy on me). Like with many things digital, comparing the D810 to its predecessor of 20 years prior feels a little like comparing the ISS to my childhood back-yard fort (which was also equipped with an array of important science stuff).
It's no secret that I've fallen in love with my D810. Taking into consideration the type of photography I shoot most (ninety percent of which is portrait and wedding still-photography), the D810 with its 36.3 MP files, cranks out stunning images as long as I do my part and has no problem tackling my photographic needs without complaint. So, what would make me do back-flips and upgrade to the D820, or whatever they’re going to call it?
At this point, nothing is prodding me to ditch my D810. When released onto the market in 2014, it retailed for right around $3,400. You can currently purchase a D810 for less than $2000, which is a smoking deal considering I paid well over a thousand dollars more than that on my own. Can it be beat for $1900? That's debatable, and if so, why spend so much more on whatever it's replaced by?
Rumor has it that the D810 will be discontinued in 2017, but I can't comment on the validity of that rumor. Such a move would however, force perspective D810 buyers into spending more on its replacement. Let's just hope it's spectacular if that's the case.
If I were a decision maker at Nikon, I’d be hesitant to replace anything as good as the D810 with anything less than amazing, especially since they’ve announced such great financial losses recently. Assuming that one of those decision makers stumbles upon this article and reads the comments, what are your thoughts on a D810 replacement? What direction would you like to see Nikon head with their future line of DSLR's? Has DSLR technology plateaued?