The last couple of years have seen a major change in the camera market. DSLRs once dominated, but now we’re seeing mirrorless cameras becoming increasingly popular and overtaking mirrored camera sales. Even Canon and Nikon, companies that were keen to protect their DSLR sales, have got serious about mirrorless cameras.
Nevertheless, DSLRs are still an important part of the market. In fact, Canon and Nikon have already announced that they are developing new top-end professional-level DSLR cameras ready for the Olympic games in Japan this summer. It will be interesting to see how many Sony A9 IIs in use alongside them.
We don’t know the full specification of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III or Nikon D6 yet, but with CES just around the corner, we probably won’t have to wait to much longer to get the lowdown. Will we also see mirrorless versions in the near future?
It’s an exciting time for photography, so let’s take a look at the new cameras that may be announced over the coming months. 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, technological developments and camera rumors into account to come up with my best guess of what we might see announced in 2020.
Camera Rumours Summary
I’ll look at the rumours surrounding all the camera manufacturers, but here’s a quick summary of what we’re expecting/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 making the X-Pro3 stand out from the crowd, but what does it have in mind for its X100-series of APS-C format cameras? We’re expecting an upgrade soon. And are the rumours about the X-T4 coming soon true?
GoPro has had its issues but the Hero7 Black and Hero8 Black seem to have put it back on track with an amazing stabilisation system. If the company follows its usual pattern we can expect to see a GoPro Hero9 Black in the autumn of 2020.
Nikon followed its mirrorless full-frame cameras, the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 with the APS-C format Nikon Z50. They’re all great cameras, but what’s next for the company? Will we see an entry-level APS-C format model soon? And when will the full specification of the Nikon D6 be revealed?
Now that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III has been revealed it’s time for Olympus to turn its attention to a replacement for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is going to have to be pretty special to convince existing Mark II users to upgrade!
Panasonic marked its 100-year anniversary by revealing three full-frame cameras, firstly the 24Mp Panasonic Lumix S1 and 47Mp Panasonic Lumix S1R and then more recently the Panasonic Lumix S1H, a video-centric full-frame mirrorless camera. What’s next? Could we see the incredibly popular GH5 replaced?
Ricoh Pentax rumors
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 2020, and surely it can’t be too much longer before we see a Sony A7S III?
What’s next for DJI? How will it adapt to the new drone regulations that are coming in 2020? And is Insta360 about to reveal a 360-camera drone?
Canon camera rumors 2020
Canon has got more serious about mirrorless cameras with two full-frame models but what about APS-C format?
Canon APS-C format camera with EOS R Mount
Despite their high image quality, Canon’s EOS M mirrorless system cameras models haven’t really caught the imagination of enthusiast photographers. Sony, Fuji and Olympus fare better with that audience. However, the Canon EOS M50 and more recent EOS M6 Mark II shows that the company’s engineers are on the right track. The EOS M6 Mark II’s autofocus system really impressed me during my testing for our review.
However, now that Canon has introduced the full-frame EOS R and EOS RP, complete with a new lens mount, we’re wondering what will happen to the APS-C line. Will the company continue with the EOS M series and its EF-M lens mount or will it switch to the EOS R mount?
Canon representatives say it will, but with EF, EF-S, EF-M and R-mount lenses it’s all got a bit complicated for prospective Canon users. The muddy water needs to be cleared.
The sensor is a very expensive component in a digital camera, so one way to make them more affordable is to reduce the size of the sensor. Producing an EOS R camera with an APS-C sized sensor could help drive more sales. However, full-frame lenses produce a much bigger image circle than is needed by an APS-C sensor. So perhaps the mount will be the same but the lenses will be smaller with a smaller image circle? That would mean that APS-C format lenses could be mounted on the EOS R full-frame camera.
Canon full-frame cameras can’t currently crop to APS-C format, but it’s an attractive feature for photographers migrating from one format to another. It’s something Nikon and Sony enable.
Canon EOS 7D Mark III
With smartphones decimating the bottom end of the camera market, high-end cameras have become increasingly important. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is an APS-C format camera that has found favour amongst enthusiast photographers, but it was launched in September 2014. It’s ripe for replacement.
The 7D II’s 20.2Mp sensor seems a bit low-res for a 2019 high-end Canon camera. I think we can expect a jump to at least 24Mp. However, some think that 28Mp is more likely. We might also see its dual Digic 6 processors upgraded to Digic 8 or even Digic 9 for even faster continuous shooting rates (the Mark II hits 10fps) and maybe, just maybe, proper 4K video.
I’d also like to see a vari-angle touchscreen to make the 7D Mark III that little bit more versatile for stills and video.
High-Resolution Canon Camera
Canon currently has two 50Mp DSLRs, the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R which were launched in February 2015. There are rumours circulating that Canon is working on 63Mp and 75Mp sensors. Of course, these could be for industrial applications, but they could also be for a camera.
The question that I find more interesting is, will the sensors be for DSLR or mirrorless cameras? My money is on a high-resolution EOS R model, perhaps the Canon EOS RS? Although I quite like the idea of it being called the Canon EOS RR.
Fujifilm camera rumours 2020
Fujifilm’s X-series has been very successful, and the GFX is a popular medium format introduction, what could 2020 hold for the company?
To be honest, I haven’t a clue what letter Fujifilm will use to denote the successor to its X100F. Some are saying it will be the Fujifilm X100V but it could be the X100H. I love the Fujifilm X100 line of APS-C series compact cameras but I think the next camera may bring in a few changes.
I think the traditional exposure controls will stay and the APS-C format 26.1Mp X-Trans CMOS sensor and X Processor 4 are a safe bet, but I reckon the camera will be made smaller than previous incarnations. This may mean that the viewfinder, which until now has been a hybrid design that combines both an electronic and an optical finder, may just retain the electronic element.
While the drop in size would be good, the X100H really needs to have a tilting screen.
- Read More: Fujifilm X100F Review
Fujifilm X-T4 or X-H2
Recently there have been rumours circulating that the Fujifilm X-T4 is waiting in the wings ready to be announced in March this year. Of course, anything is possible, but I’d be a little surprised given that Fujifilm introduces a new sensor with its camera updates and the Fuji X-Pro3 is only just reaching the shops. However, there’s one in-demand feature that the X-T3 lacks, in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). Could that be reason enough for the Fuji X-T4 to be announced?
The Fuji X-H1 has IBIS, so if the rumour that Fujifilm is about to introduce a high-end camera with stabilisation is true, perhaps its actually the Fuji X-H2 that’s coming? Or maybe the company has decided to skip a number and call it the Fujifilm X-H3 so it fits in more with the X-T3 and X-Pro3?
Further rumours reported on Fujirumors suggest that the Fuji X-T4 will have a class-leading EVF and a new, larger capacity battery. Both of these points are possible, however, while a higher-resolution viewfinder can be incorporated into the existing design, a larger battery will probably require the camera to be reconfigured. The X-H1 is bigger than the X-T3, so again, perhaps this is actually an X-H2 or X-H3 rumour.
The Fujifilm X-T100 is a great little camera. It’s aimed at beginners but it doesn’t feel especially entry-level. It has a nice solid build, a good viewfinder and a 3-way tilting screen. Its APS-C format 24Mp sensor doesn’t have the X-Trans CMOS design, but it produces very nice images.
Things move quite quickly in the entry-level camera market, and as the X-T100 was launched in June 2018, it’s likley that there’s a replacement in the pipeline. Perhaps in time for summer. I’d like to see the unusual tilting bracket for the screen replaced by a more conventional vari-angle unit.
Will 2020 see GoPro finally steer a way to sustained profitability, or will it find itself under new ownership?
Just when you think GoPro might be out of trouble it has a habit of getting back into it again. Past problems seemed to be forgotten when the Hero5 Black and Karma drone were announced but then the drone had issues. Falling out of the sky issues.
The GoPro Hero8 Black is an excellent action camera, we’re big fans. But what will come next? Well, the Hero9 Black of course!
GoPro Hero9 Black
GoPro likes to introduce new Hero Black cameras in September or October. Some people seem to think the Hero9 Black will feature 8K video, but we reckon that’s very unlikely. GoPro cameras are supposed to be about ease of use, and processing 8K footage will cause many computers to melt. We think that 4K video will remain the focus but the frame rate may get a hike, perhaps hitting 120fps.
We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for a standard 1/4-inch thread for direct tripod-mounting and different lens options for different uses. Just imagine if you could use a linear lens for vlogging, a wide lens for general use and extreme sports, and a long focal length optic for distant, drone and other aerial work!
A while back GoPro announced it will be licencing its technology to third parties. According to GoPro, this is an extension of an existing agreement. But given the issues that the company has had, perhaps it will be more significant. Will we see GoPro technology appearing in other manufacturer’s drones for instance? And could Ali’s dream of a live-stream-enabled GoPro become a reality under a different brand name?
Nikon camera rumors 2020
Will we see an entry-level APS-C format Nikon Z camera in 2020?
Nikon may have announced an APS-C format mirrorless camera, but with a body-only price of £849/$857, the Z50 is beyond the budget of most novices and there’s room for something more affordable.
I’m just guessing at the names, but Z400 or Z4000 could be good names for more entry-level models.
I think it’s likely that Nikon will want to have an entry-level mirrorless camera as a partner to its D3500 DSLR quite soon. Nikon says it is still committed to DSLR cameras, but mirrorless cameras are gaining in popularity.
The D3XXX line has always been very important to the company. It draws in new photographers to the Nikon system. The D3200, D3300, D3400 and D3500have also been extremely popular. They’re great first ‘serious’ cameras. It’s natural that the manufacturer will want to have something similar in its mirrorless line.
Nikon Z1: a flagship full-frame mirrorless camera?
The Nikon Z7 is a high-end camera, but it’s not aimed at the pros who use the D5. It’s these photographers who are being enticed over to Sony by the A9 and A9 II. With Nikon using single-digit naming for its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, it’s hard to call what the D6’s mirrorless partner might be named. I’m going to plump for Z1 for now.
The reaction to the Z6 and Z7 has been positive, but there’s one aspect that’s been targetted for criticism – the single memory card slot. Whether they save both file types simultaneously to both cards, or separate jpeg and raw files across the two cards, the key message is that many pro photographers like the security of a back-up to a second card. Two slots will be essential to the success of the Z1.
Sony’s Eye AF has also been very popular amongst wedding and event photographers. Could Nikon improve upon that for the Z1?
Will the Nikon Z1 be the camera that Nikon hopes professional photographers will use at the 2020 Olympic games?
Having been announced at Photokina in 2014, the D750 would seem ready for replacement in 2019. This would sit below the Nikon D850, offering a smaller, more affordable full-frame camera.
Nikon Rumors recently spotted that a Slovakian Nikon retailer had accidentally listed the Nikon D760 on its website for a short while. No surprises for guessing that it showed a 24Mp full-frame DLSR with a 51-point AF system, 8fps continuous shooting and a native sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 51,200.
According to the website, the Nikon D760 will also have a 3-inch LCD screen and be 4K-enabled
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.
Nikon’s D5XXX line of DSLRs is a good ‘entry-level’ model with a few more niceties than the D3XXX series. The vari-angle touchscreen, for instance, helps with creative photography and videography. However, things have moved on a bit since the D5600 was announced in November 2016.
The D5600 relies on contrast-detection focusing in live view mode. We’d like to see that upgraded to a hybrid system. Including phase-detection focusing would boost its speed and reliability. And maybe the AF system that’s available when the viewfinder is in use could be upgraded to 51-points? That would be nice, giving greater coverage across the frame.
In addition, the video specification could do with boosting from Full HD to 4K.
Of course, there’s always a chance that Nikon will opt for a mirrorless version of the D5700. That would be a smart move. Perhaps the Z400 mentioned above?
We know Nikon is about to reveal its replacement for its top-end DSLR, the D5. However, we don’t yet know the price or the release date.
Our best guess is sooner rather than later, maybe at the CP+ in February, as this will pro photographers time to get to grips with the camera ready for one of the most important events.
As for the price, the best clue is the current price of the Nikon D5. That puts it at around £5,500/$5,500, probably nearer the £6,000/$6,000 mark.
Nikon D780, so it seems highly probable.
- Read our hands-on Nikon D780 review
Olympus camera rumours 2020
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II 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-M1 Mark III
The OM-D E-M1 II has been a very popular camera. It has the chops to suit many pro photographers at a size and price that appeals to enthusiasts.
Thanks to its dual processors the OM-D E-M1X trumps the E-M1 II in a few areas. We’re anticipating that Olympus will boost the power of the OM-D E-M1 III with a brand new processing engine. That should enable much of the E-M1X’s technology, such as the clever subject recognition and Live ND mode, to be in a smaller camera.
We’re also betting is that it puts a 24Mp sensor in the OM-D E-M1 III’s body and gives it an improved autofocus system.
I also expect the High Res Shooting Mode to be improved, possibly helping it to cope better with camera shake or a little subject movement.
The OM-D E-M1 II’s IS system is very good, offering 6.5EV extension to hand-held shooting. Can that be beaten? If it is there will be a few unhappy tripod manufacturers!
There are also likely to be a few upgrades made to the video system. I’d like to see variable speed focusing, improved subject tracking, a Log mode and built-in ND filters that work in video mode.
- Read more about the possible specifications of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
- Read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review
Panasonic camera rumours 2020
We’ve seen how Panasonic is planning to shake-up the mirrorless market with its three full-frame cameras, but what else is to come?
Panasonic G Series
With the introduction of the GH5S, Panasonic won itself even more devotees. It’s a high-end video-centric camera with better low-light capability than the GH5 and no inbuilt stabilisation. It’s more niche but has proved popular with some professional film-makers. Meanwhile, the GH5 continues to be the go-to camera for many videographers and film lovers. Could we see a GH6 in 2020?
The Panasonic Lumix G9 sits alongside the GH5 and GH5S as Panasonic’s flagship stills camera. It’s still relatively new as it was announced in November 2017, the GH5S was announced in January 2018 and the GH5 has only relatively recently had its full software released. So the top-end of the Panasonic G-series is reasonably fresh and new.
We’ve also recently seen a replacement for the G80/G85, called the Lumix G90, G95 or G91 depending upon where you live. It’s a DSLR-shaped mirrorless camera that has some impressive video features as well as stills credentials. But what about lower down the line, will we see some teeny-tiny Micro Four Thirds cameras soon?
Panasonic Full-frame cameras
Panasonic opted for high-end models for its first full-frame cameras. Could there be a more budget-friendly Lumix S camera waiting to step into the limelight? It’s possible, but I think it will be a few months yet before we see anything new in this line. For now, we have the Panasonic Lumix S1, S1R and S1H.
It’s worth noting that the L-mount is suitable for use on APS-C as well as full-frame cameras. Panasonic has stated that it is committed to Micro Four Thirds, but if it wanted to, it could introduce an APS-C format camera with the same mount as the S1 and S1R. Just saying.
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Ricoh Pentax Rumors
Pentax has been very quiet recently, does this mean that there’s about to be a rash of announcements or is it winding down?
Pentax launched the KP in January 2017 and since then it’s been very quiet. Aside from the news that the Pentax K3-II has been discontinued, the only other announcement has been the Pentax K1 Mark II. But even then, the new camera is so similar to the original model that we had trouble identifying the differences and if you have a K-1 it can be sent to Ricoh to be upgraded.
Sadly, the main rumour circulating about Pentax is that the brand is struggling and that Ricoh may kill it off.
It would be a shame to see a once-popular brand like Pentax to die, but cameras like the Q-series and the K-01 were ill-conceived and unpopular, suggesting the brand is out of touch. Thankfully, there’s some good news as Ricoh has announced it is developing new flagship Pentax K DSLR. There’s a little more time to save, however, as apparently we won’t see it until 2020.
Sigma is part of the L-Mount Alliance and has plans beyond making L-mount lenses
Sigma surprised some with the fp by managing to make the ‘world’s smallest and lightest’ full-frame mirrorless camera. Also, it didn’t use it opted for a 24.6Mp BSI-CMOS Bayer sensor rather than Sigma’s usual choice of a Foveon sensor.
Does this mean that the company will introduce another L-mount camera with a Foven sensor? If it does, our bet is that it opts for an APS-C format model.
Sony camera rumours 2020
Its full-frame mirrorless system cameras have caused a major shift in the camera market, but can Sony 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. And then the attractive price of the Sony A7 III really put the cat amongst the pigeons.
The Sony Alpha 7R III, AKA the Sony A7R III, has been one of the most popular and talked about cameras of recent times. This is thanks largely to its small size, excellent 42Mp full-frame sensor and incredible focusing system.
I think there’s scope for Sony to introduce an A9R, a high-resolution version of the A9. It would appeal to 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 and Sony has confirmed it’s in development. One key aspect that needs to be addressed is the colour depth to bring it in line 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. It would be nice if it were possible 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 Alpha A5200 or A7000
Recently Sony has focused its efforts on high-end and enthusiast-level cameras, but I think (hope) 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. However, the sensitivity range could be pushed higher to match the Sony A6300, A6400 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.
And, as suggested below, perhaps we’ll see a change in the camera’s name. Could it be the A7000?
Sony A70, A700 and A7000
Now that Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras have been announced, you can bet your last penny that there’s a strategy ready to help maintain Sony’s impressive growth. Having an up to the minute line of APS-C format cameras will be a part of that plan.
The Sony A6400 and A6500 are excellent cameras, but they look very different from the A7-line which has really forged Sony’s success. I think there’s a strong possibility that Sony will want to underline the links between the cameras. As well as changing the names of its APS-C format cameras to tie-in more closely to their full-frame siblings, we could see a change in design.
So far Sony has opted for a rectangular appearance for its APS-C format mirrorless cameras, including the newly announced A6100 and A6600. I think we’ll see a switch to an SLR-like shape with the electronic viewfinder in the middle of the top-plate. I really hope so.
DJI looks set to build on its success while action cam manufacturer
DJI Phantom Pro 5 Rumors
There have also been rumours circulating that the announcement of the DJI Phantom 5 isn’t too far away. This time @OsitaLV, who has a good track record with DJI specs forecasting, is claiming that the camera will accept interchangeable lenses. He also suggests there will be a new DJI mount and there will 15mm 24mm, 35mm and 50mm equivalent optics available. DJI itself has dismissed that rumour.
Other predictions include six direction obstacle detection. Including a sensor on the top of the Phantom Pro 5 to help prevent rising into overhead branches or ceilings. It’s also claimed to have a waterproof construction.
With new drone regulations coming in Europe and the UK DJI will be sure to align the Phantom Pro 5 with a defined category and ensure it has the requiste slow flying mode.
Recently it was announced that GoPro is to license its technology to third parties and it set us thinking about a GoPro Fusion or GoPro Max in a drone.
Naturally, mounting a 360 camera in a drone would mean that there’s lots of propeller action recorded. But it would also save any tilting or panning with the camera. It leaves pilots to concentrate on the flying so they can focus on finding interesting vantage points.
There’s then the option to output the footage in 360 format. This would allow the viewer to pan around the video. Alternatively, the footage is edited into a linear format and the videographer decides the angle of view for each clip.
Judging by the recent hints from Insta360 we could be about to see a 360 camera, action camera and drone all in one. A recently released video shows a drone, action camera and 360 camera being dropped into a blender and blitzed.
According to Insta360 its ‘next camera combines an action-cam, a 360 cam, a drone and a 1-inch cam into one.’ We don’t have to wait long to find out as the announcement is scheduled for 7th January.