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How we got to the Nikon D850 and what it means for pho­tog­ra­phers

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The his­tory of Nikon’s pro­fes­sional DSLRs shows just how far the tech­nolo­gies and the cam­eras have evolved. There are some no­table land­marks, and some hints as to what might come in the fu­ture.

What his­tory tells us is that Nikon typ­i­cally splits its pro DSLRs into two types: cam­eras de­signed for res­o­lu­tion, and cam­eras de­signed for speed. This makes sense be­cause it’s very dif­fi­cult, tech­ni­cally, to com­bine both.

Ex­cept that, ev­ery now and again, Nikon launches a land­mark cam­era that does both, and re­sets the base­line for ev­ery­thing else. This hap­pened in 1999 with the launch of the Nikon D1, and again in 2007 with the Nikon D3. Is this about to hap­pen all over again in 2017 with the Nikon D850?

And, if so, what does this mean for any fu­ture Nikon D6?

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