Let’s take a look at what Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic are likely to be unveiling in the near future in our rundown of the latest camera rumours and musings on specs we’d like to see…
We take a look at what new cameras might be in store for photographers over the coming months. We’re drawing on all the latest industry camera rumours, as well as our experience of camera development over the years to put together our best guess at what will be announced.
Canon camera rumours 2018
Could we see Canon get more serious about mirrorless cameras and introduce a full-frame model in 2018?
Canon EOS M1
Despite their high image quality, Canon’s EOS M mirrorless system cameras models haven’t really caught the imagination of enthusiast photographers in the same way as the offerings from Sony, Fuji and Olympus.
There have been rumours circulating for a while that Canon will introduce a full-frame mirrorless camera, perhaps modelled on the Canon 6D Mark II but with an electronic viewfinder. This would seem quite logical as Canon has been sharing components from its DSLRs with its mirrorless cameras. The Canon M5, for example, has a lot of the same technology as the Canon 80D.
However, if Canon is to really take on Sony I think its full-frame camera should be a bit higher-level than the 6D Mark II, something more like the 5D Mark II or even the 1D X Mark II. Most critically, it will need fast focusing and a high frame rate.
Nikon camera rumours 2018
Nikon has promised to roll-out its SnapBridge technology across its full DSLR range, but perhaps the company will also introduce a mirrorless system camera that is enticing to enthusiasts
Nikon Df II
If Nikon introduces a Mark II version it may take the opportunity to correct these issues and upgrade the sensor to the 20Mp chip found in the Nikon D5. Alternatively, perhaps the company will plump for the 45.7Mp sensor from the Nikon D850.
However, there’s also the possibility that the company might use it as the basis for a full-frame mirrorless system camera complete with an electronic viewfinder.
We hoped that Nikon might launch a new mirrorless camera system in 2017 as part of its 100 years anniversary celebration, but it wasn’t to be. Maybe 2018 will prove more fruitful in this respect.
Having been announced at Photokina in 2014, there’s a good chance that we might see the D750 replaced in 2018. This would sit below the Nikon D850, offering a smaller, more affordable full-frame camera.
SnapBridge is a dead-cert inclusion as Nikon has stated that this technology, which makes connecting a camera to a smartphone or tablet easier, will be in all its cameras with the possible exception of top-end models.
Sony camera rumours 2018
Sony’s full-frame mirrorless system cameras have caused a major shift in the camera market, can the company maintain the momentum?
Sony Alpha a9R
Sony has gained lots of ground on Canon and Nikon with its Alpha 7 series of full-frame mirrorless system cameras. However, the introduction of the pro-level Sony A9 really showed how serious the company is about mirrorless cameras.
The Sony Alpha 7R II, also referred to as the Sony A7R II, has been one of the most popular and talked about cameras of recent times, thanks largely to its small size and very capable 42Mp full-frame sensor. Now the A7R III has come along offering the same pixel count but with much improved focusing and better handling.
I think there’s scope for Sony to introduce an A9R, a high-resolution version of the A9 that’s aimed at dedicated landscape or studio photographers who need to capture lots of detail and want the more robust build of the A9.
Sony A7S III
Sony’s video-centric A7-series camera is due for an update. One key aspect that needs to be addressed is the colour depth to bring it inline with the Panasonic GH5 which is 10-bit enabled.
This is likely to be accompanied by faster image processing, possibly helped by memory on the imaging chip itself.
Faster processing will also help to reduce rolling shutter (aka jello) effect that distorts moving objects.
Of the second generation Sony A7-series, the A7S II has the worst autofocusing system – it’s slow and ineffective in low light. I expect the A7S III’s focusing will be much improved, possibly with the ability to adjust its speed to suit the subject and shooting conditions.
I also think touch-control and a mini-joystick control are highly probable.
Follow the link to read more of our thoughts about the likely specification of the Sony A7S III
Sony A7 III
The Sony A7 II was launched in November 2014, which means that a replacement could appear in the very near future.
In resolution terms, the A7 II sits in the middle between the A7S II and A7R III. I think the resolution of the A7 III is likely to be the same or very similar to that of the A7 II. What I do think will change, though, is the focusing system. This is likely to see the improvements that were introduced with the Sony A9 and have appeared in the Sony A7R III. Touch-control and a mini-joystick for AF point selection also seem dead-certs.
Follow the link to read more about our Sony A7 III predictions.
Sony Alpha a5200
Sony seems to be focusing its efforts on high-end and enthusiast-level cameras at the moment but we think a replacement for the Sony Alpha a5100 could be just around the corner. The a5000-line is now Sony’s entry-level series of mirrorless system cameras so the company will aim to keep the price down for any new models.
This makes it likely to continue without a built-in viewfinder. The pixel count is also likely to stay at 24million, but the sensitivity range could be pushed higher to match the Sony A6300 and A6500 (ISO 100-25,600 expandable to 51,200) and improve low-light capability.
Perhaps we will also see an improvement to the autofocus system, but with 204-points the A5100’s AF system isn’t exactly lacking in this area.
Fuji camera rumours 2018
Fujifilm’s X-T2 has been a huge hit, and the GFX is a popular medium format introduction, what could 2018 hold for the company?
Fuji X-70S, Fuji X-70 Mark II or Fuji X-80
Fuji has had a busy time introducing the medium format Fuji GFX 50S and APS-C format Fuji X-T20 and X100F. However, after rumours that Sony has stopped producing 16Mp APS-C format sensors, the X-70 looks ripe for replacement.
Fuji tends to use existing sensors throughout its range, so I expect that the X-70 replacement will have a 24Mp sensor, probably coupled with an X Processor Pro engine.
While Fuji has 4K-enabled the X-T2, X-T20 and X-E3, their video capabilities are a little limited. Rumours have been circulating for a while that Fuji is going to introduce a new so-called hybrid camera that has more video functionality including in-body image stabilisation (IBIS).
According to Photo Rumors, the new camera, thought to be called the Fujifilm X-H1, will have a similar shape to the Fuji GFX 50S but a control layout that’s more like the X-T2. Key to the design is a larger grip to allow more stable footage when shooting hand-held.
Olympus camera rumours 2018
The OM-D E-M5 Mark III looks to be the most likely next camera from Olympus, we’re hoping its autofocus performance will put DSLRs on the back foot
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
While Olympus won’t want to steal the thunder of the fabulous OM-D E-M1 Mark II, it’s likely to want to produce something to tempt existing OM-D E-M5 II users.
Our betting is that it puts a 20Mp sensor in the OM-D E-M5 II’s body, gives it an improved autofocus system and calls it the Olympus OM-D E-M5 III.
I also expect the High Res Shooting Mode to see the improvement that we saw in the E-M1 II so that it can be used to shoot landscapes with moving elements like trees and water.
The OM-D E-M5 II’s IS system is very good, but it can’t offer the 6.5EV extension to handheld shooting that the E-M1 II’s system does, so perhaps that too will be improved for the Mark III.10
SEE MORE: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review
Panasonic camera rumours 2018
The Panasonic GH5S is widely anticipated but will it have the 6K video capability that some expect?
Perhaps in a move to emulate Sony, Panasonic is widely rumoured to be about to introduce a new camera that is even more video-centric than the acclaimed GH5. Thought to be called the GH5S, the new camera seems likely to have a lower resolution sensor than the GH5 to give it better low-light capability. Follow the link read more about the possible features of the Panasonic Lumix GH5S.
Panasonic’s LX100, which dates from 2014, is a lovely compact camera, but at 13 million its pixel count seems rather low now.
Maybe in 2018 we could see the Panasonic GH5’s 20Mp sensor appear in a compact camera?
The chances are that Panasonic will continue to use a cropped section of the Four Thirds type sensor, but coupled with a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 (equivalent) lens and a tilting touch-screen, it could be the makings of a popular compact camera.
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