Photokina, the World’s largest photographic show, is just around the corner and things have been hotting-up on the camera announcement front. In the last couple of weeks, Nikon announced its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the N 6 and N 7, Leica has unveiled the M10-P and Panasonic announced the LX100 II.
I’m pretty sure that’s not all we’ll be seeing over the coming weeks. There are lots of exciting new rumours circulating.
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 late 2018 and early 2019.
Camera Rumours Summary
Over the following pages I’ll take a detailed 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:
Despite Sony’s growth in the full-frame camera market, Canon continues to be the number one camera manufacturer in many regions. And although it is the number one mirrorless camera manufacturer in some areas, it hasn’t got as serious about the genre as many of us would like. Could 2018 be the year that a full-frame mirrorless Canon camera finally arrives? Many people think so!
With the Fujifilm X-H1 not long announced, we think Fujifilm may turn its attention to its medium format camera. The GFX 50S is a great camera but it could do with more powerful processing. Perhaps there could also be a GFX 100S and maybe a rangefinder style model? And let’s not forget the X-T3!
GoPro has had its issues and recently announced the GoPro Hero 2018 as an entry-level model, what does that mean for the Hero6 Session? And what about the Hero7 Black?
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?
We’re expecting to see the OM-D E-M5 Mark II from Olympus in the near future. We’re hoping it’s going to deliver enhanced video features to make it the vloggers darling.
Panasonic has been very busy recently but it’s 100 years old this year and in September it will be 10 years since the company introduced the first mirrorless system camera (the Lumix G1). So it seems likely that there will be announcements to mark the celebration. We’re hoping for something big.
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? Will anyone take GoPro’s place in the drone market and what can we expect from the Yi Pixi?