The Photography Show 2020 is only a few weeks away, and judging what we’ve heard from you dear readers, there is a lot of excitement about some of the cameras that will be on hand.
The annual photo event in the UK is held in Birmingham and runs from 14 to 17 March. The Photography Show promises an opportunity to see the latest gear from more than 300 camera, lens and accessory manufacturers.
If you live in the UK, this is your best opportunity to get hands-on with some of the most recently announced cameras, as well as see live demos on how they work.
We’re certainly excited about The Photography Show, and these are the cameras we are most eagerly waiting to see.
Canon EOS R5
Announced as a development project just weeks ago, the Canon EOS R5 has generated a HUGE amount of interest with its promise of 8K video, in-body image stabilisation and 20fps burst shooting.
There are still some gaps in the specs list as we await more announcements, but these alone are enough to make many photographers drool. While there are some questions about what the Canon EOS R5 price tag will ultimately be, we suspect it will be priced competitively.
Even better, a representative from Canon has told us that the EOS R5 will be on hand at The Photography Show. So make sure you stop by the Canon stand at D141 and E131 to see it in the flesh!
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Launched just a few weeks ago, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III may look on paper like a fairly modest step-up from the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. However, it feels more refined and has some great features that make shooting in tricky conditions quite a bit easier.
It also enables photographers to travel lighter, not just by being relatively small and light itself, but by allowing tripods and ND filters to be left behind in many situations. Olympus also offers an extensive array of superb lenses and the 2x focal length magnification factor is especially useful for sport and wildlife photographers.
Olympus is due to be on hand at stall D91, where you will be able to get hands-on with its new flagship camera.
Fujifilm announced the X-T4, its new flagship X-series camera, just last week, and already it’s one of our favourite new cameras of 2020.
The X-T4 may have the same 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 processing engine as the X-T3, but it also has 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, a quieter shutter, a bigger battery, a great new Film Simulation mode and a vari-angle touchscreen.
All this combined with Fujifilm’s image-quality knowhow seems set to make the X-T4 the company’s best X-series camera to date. You can go get hands-on with the X-T4 on Fujifilm’s stand at D41.
While much of the recent buzz has been about mirrorless cameras, DSLRs are still an important part of the camera market, and Nikon remains a major player. Despite the advances made in mirrorless camera technology, many photographers still prefer the SLR design with an optical viewfinder.
Judging by what our reviews editor, Angela, has seen so far, the Nikon D780 is a great combination of DSLR and mirrorless technology. It appears to have two fast and effective autofocus systems.
This and the tilting touchscreen should help to make it a versatile camera that’s perfect for its intended audience of experienced photographers.
Go check out the D780 at The Photography Show at stand C11.
Sony A7R IV
Sony has improved the A7R line with each successive generation and the A7R IV is the best yet. As well has having 45% higher resolution than the A7R IV it feels more solid in your hand and has better controls.
Sony continues to lead the way with autofocus (AF) and the A7R IV’s system is excellent. This combined with the high frame rate means that despite its high resolution, the A7R IV is suited to shooting a wide variety of subjects, not just landscape, still-life and commercial photography, but sport and action too.
And while it might not be the natural choice of camera for videographers, the Sony A7R IV has the clout to deliver very high quality 4K video.
In some respects, the Sony A7R IV is the best mirrorless camera available at the moment. Its detail resolution and autofocus system are class-leading.
You’ll find it on Sony’s stand at The Photography Show in stalls C51 and C32.