D850 Replacement or end of the DSLR line for Nikon?

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Re: D850 still on sale from Nikon

Craftsman70 wrote:

T O Shooter wrote:

mais51 wrote:

Craftsman70 wrote:

Robert Cohen wrote:

>> there wasn't a great deal to be grained from a mid product life upgrade bar video performance which isn't a big market for their DSLRs anyway. <<

This becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Assuming, for argument's sake, that there is a market for better video than the Nikon DSLRs produce, the D850 could be upgraded by adding video technology from the Z line, as they did when upgrading the D750 to the D780. Then the D880 (assuming that's what they would call it) would be more attractive for video shooters.

This wouldn't make much difference to me, I'm a stills shooter. But right now Nikon is discouraging sales to people who might also be interested in video.

I believe Nikon learned a valuable lesson on the release of the D780. Nikon put a lot of upgraded technology and money into the D780 over D750 but didn't get much credit from it from the critics nor did they get much appreciation from the still shooter community (ie those D750 and D850 owners). As such, Nikon is probably assuming that an updated D850 (aka D880) will receive a similar reception to that of the D780. So, from Nikon's view, why bother right now?

What ever they've done the D780 is still a second tier camera playing catch up to the D850 and deserves the appropriate comment associated with that level

Agreed. Very much a second tier camera. And that's not changing. And nothing that's been changed on the D750 with the D780 update brings it any closer to a D850.

A D850 is a basically a stills camera and that's what most are used for. Better video on a D780 doesn't change anything. And without grip capability, if I ever need a second tier camera, I'd take the D750 over a D780.

I don't believe bring the D7xx line up to the D8xx line was ever the point for Nikon.

Neither do I.  And I did not suggest that.

They wanted to keep a level of separation between the two lines so that the sakes of the more expensive (and typically more profitable) line will continue. The last thing Nikon would have wanted to do was to introduce a camera that was cheaper in order to take sales away from their more expensive and profitable stablemate.

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