The mirrorless camera market’s momentum is really building. Canon and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras are on sale, Panasonic has introduced two full-frame mirrorless models and Leica is selling 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 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:
Canon followed up its announcement of the Canon EOS R with the Canon EOS RP. That means it now has two full-frame mirrorless cameras. While the R received mixed reviews for its handling, the RP is attractively priced and more on-song. But what does the new lens mount mean for its APS-C format mirrorless cameras? There could be some major developments in store, including a new high-resolution camera.
Fujifilm has been busy! Not long after announcing the Fujifilm X-H1, we have the Fujifilm X-T3, X-T30 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 expect 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?
Nikon has revealed its mirrorless full-frame cameras, the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 and they’re great. 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 what we got is the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. What else will Olympus’s 100th year bring?
Panasonic marked its 100-year anniversary by revealing that it would introduce two full-frame cameras, the 24Mp Panasonic Lumix S1 and 47Mp Panasonic Lumix S1R. They’re reaching the shops now. However, Panasonic isn’t planning to leave the Micro Four Thirds market, there will still be cameras and lenses for that format. We’ve already seen an early sample of the Lumix G90, but what else is in store?
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? Did it crash before it even took off?