With rumors of a Z8, where does the Z7 fit in?

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FKS
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Re: It's a good question

In the distant past, top of the line was the D2, then the D100, then the D70 (mimicking the film bodies F6, F100, F80). So the number of digits doesn't always indicate pecking order.

They've improved on that as you've noted, but with odd gaps (D810 to D850, D700 to D750 to D780). Marketing hasn't been Nikon's forte.

If Nikon Rumors is correct, the S models are coming, but those are just incremental upgrades.

michaeladawson wrote:

I don't see many alternatives based on the naming convention they've introduced with the Z line. What does the next model of Z6 become? Z16? Oh, wait. Is a Z16 a lower end model compared with the Z50?

I don't really care if they use Mark II, Mk II, or simply II. But they are going to have to do something like that unless they start following the auto industry and just keep the same name year after year despite model updates. Maybe they'll call it a Z7 2022.

I think it is telling that Nikon didn't keep a naming convention similar to their DSLR lineup. Simply substitute Z for D. The Z6 could have been the Z600, the Z7 the Z700. And the Z50 would have been a Z5000. But they didn't do that.

Model names are important as they are one way for a consumer to make sense out of a company's product lineup.

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