If you are buying an interchangeable-lens camera, than you are actually buying more than a camera, you are buying into a system. Going through a change of photographic system is not something to be taken lightly. It is expensive and requires retraining yourself with the new system. However, my venerable Nikon D700 is now 7 years old. While it is still a great camera (a testament to how truly great a camera it was when it first came out), its 12 Mpix resolution is lacking behind today’s cameras. While I do not think I need or want 36 Mpix, I would certainly like around 20 Mpix. I think I could live with a 16Mpix camera which allows you to make fine 16″ x20″ prints, but somewhere from 20 to 24 Mpix would be perfect. Anything above that just means slower processing and increased storage requirements for nothing. A full-frame camera like the D700 is certainly nice, but replacing it with another full-frame camera right now would be very expensive. I think this is an opportunity to sell my current gear and fund the purchase of a new system that is more appropriate to the way I shoot today.
But more importantly, I’m a firm believer in that the best camera is the one you have with you and this is, I believe, the main reason for the popularity of the iPhone as a camera. Over the last 4-5 years, I have found myself leaving my Nikon gear behind and taking out my small Lumix LX-5. Unless I’m specifically going out for a serious and planned shoot, I really can’t bring myself to lugging all that weight and bulk around and this is the main reason why I’m looking at a system change.
So I’m looking at buying into a smaller mirror-less system. I’m currently looking at the Micro Four-Thirds system (2x crop factor) as well as the Sony A6300 and the Fuji X system, both are APSC format (1.5x crop factor). Stay tuned for more thoughts on that.