After the Nikon D780, the Nikon D880 must happen! We actually can't wait

Nikon D880 rumor
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Nikon’s decision to put the on-sensor phase detection system of the Z 6 into its new D780 DSLR is a highly significant step, and not just for that camera but because it might hint at a new Nikon D880!

If Nikon can put the mirrorless Z 6 sensor into the D750 (which is effectively how the D780 came about), the next logical step is to do the same for the Nikon D850 and, using the same naming process, call it the Nikon D880.

This would be a very exciting development. The Nikon D750 is a nice mid-range camera made even better with the D780, but the Nikon D850 is a professional camera right at the pinnacle of DSLR design and with a 45.7-megapixel sensor that approaches medium-format resolution in a camera that’s both wieldy, versatile and affordable enough to tempt plenty of keen amateurs, not just professional photographers.

The Nikon D850 is already in our list of the best cameras for professionals, the best DSLRs all round and the best Nikon cameras to buy today, but if what we predict with a new Nikon D880 actually happens, this camera's reputation would take another massive step forward.

If Nikon took the same approach with a D880 as it did with the D780, here’s what we might get:

Of course, all this is speculation, but all the technology is in place, Nikon has shown us with the D780 that it’s seen the potential of this hybrid technology, and Nikon D850 prices have been steadily falling just like those of the D750 did.

As soon as we have anything more concrete, we will be sure to pass it on. Even writing about it, though, makes us want this very badly!

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at