Nikon’s decision to put the on-sensor phase detection system of the Z 6 into its new D780 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) sensor into the D750 (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), the best DSLRs (opens in new tab) all round and the best Nikon cameras (opens in new tab) 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!