The mirrorless camera market really picked up momentum in 2018. Canon and Nikon finally announced their full-frame mirrorless cameras, Panasonic has promised to introduce two in 2019 and Leica has unveiled the M10-P and M10-D.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the new cameras that may be announced in the near future. I’ll also draw on our experience of camera development over the years to make a few predictions.
This post isn’t just a wishlist of features. I’ve taken camera trends and technological developments into account to come up with my best guess of what we might see announced in 2019.
Camera Rumours Summary
Over the following pages I’ll take a look at the rumours surrounding all the camera manufacturers, but here’s a quick summary of what we’re hoping to see in the near future:
Finally! Canon EOS R, a full-frame mirrorless camera has been announced. But its received mixed reviews for its handling. And what does the new lens mount mean for its APS-C format mirrorless cameras? There could be some major developments in store.
Fujifilm has been busy! Not long after announcing the Fujifilm X-H1, we have the Fujifilm X-T3 and the GFX 50R, a more affordable rangefinder-style version of the GFX 50S. And there’s a 100Mp GFX 100S in the pipeline. What else can we epect to see in 2019?
GoPro has had its issues but the Hero7 Black seems to put it back on track with an amazing stabilisation system. But what would we like to see in the GoPro Hero8?
At last Nikon has revealed its mirrorless full-frame cameras, the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7! But what’s next for the company? Will we see an APS-C format model soon? And how about a mirrorless version of the D5? Will we see any more Nikon DSLRs?
We’ve been expecting to see the OM-D E-M5 Mark II from Olympus for a while but recently there have been rumours of an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, with images circulating on the internet. What will Olympus’s 100th year bring?
Panasonic marked its 100-year anniversary by revealing that it’s going to introduce two full-frame cameras in 2019. Details are a bit sparse at the moment but the Panasonic Lumix S1 will be the 24Mp option while the Panasonic Lumix S1R will be the 47Mp high-res camera. The company isn’t planning to leave the Micro Four Thirds market though, there will still be cameras and lenses for that format.
Will Pentax weather the storm it’s currently experiencing? We hope so, but it’s got its work cut out. Many photographers will take some convincing that its cameras are a future-proof investment.
Sony is pushing Nikon and Canon for market position all the time. Could there be a high-resolution version of the A9 in 2018? What about a replacement for the A6500? And surely it can’t be too much longer before we see a Sony A7S III?
What’s next for DJI? And what can we expect from the Yi Pixie? Will it ever arrive?