Evolution of an icon
How we got to the Nikon D850 and what it means for photographers
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?