Camera rumors 2019: the biggest and best camera rumors around

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2019 may need already welcomed some unbelievable cameras from all corners, but we're positive there's a lot more to floor earlier than the yr is up.

Key highlights to date embrace Fujifilm's monstrous GFX 100 medium format model, in addition to Panasonic's 6K-ready S1H and Canon's super-affordable EOS RP. Sony's most recent A7R IV additionally upped the bar for full-frame mirrorless cameras, packing a mighty spectacular 61MP full-frame sensor among different goodies.

So what happens next? We've got an concept of what we anticipate and some producers have already made it clear the place they need to be heading with their numerous strains. And a few rumors simply don't appear to need to go anyplace, even if we get a number of curveball releases to throw us off the scent from time to time.

With all of this, we will start to piece collectively a tough image of merchandise that main digital camera corporations could be aiming to launch, and what thirsty photographers will have the ability to get their arms on in the near future.

Now, it’s time to actually dive into all the juiciest digital camera rumors from every main manufacturer, from Canon and Nikon by means of to Panasonic and Olympus.

Digital camera rumors 2019

Canon EOS R Pro

Canon EOS R

Might we see a pro-spec mirrorless equivalent of the EOS-1D X Mark II? Or will it have a super-high-res sensor to rival the likes of the Sony A7R IV?

Predicted specs: Too early to say | RF Lens mount

While Canon's first full-frame mirrorless digital camera, the EOS R is an excellent digital camera, it's not the flagship many had anticipated. The next EOS RP is a welcome various, with a lighter physique and a less expensive price ticket, however there's still a huge hole for a digital camera that either has outright decision or sports activities and action as its main focus.

CanonRumors had previously reported that we might see an EOS R Pro improvement announcement in January, although this by no means occurred. Nevertheless, in a current interview, it confirmed a extra senior digital camera was on the best way – and since then, the identify 'Canon EOS Rx' has been bandied around boards and rumor websites.

We reckon it'll be a natural successor to the professionals' favourite, the mighty Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (although that's not to say we gained't see a Mark III model as nicely), with a launch subsequent yr enough time to determine itself forward of the 2020 Olympics. 

The strongest rumors recommend that Canon will give attention to decision first, and that a new pro model will pack a 75MP full-frame sensor, considerably more than the 50MP EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. 

Canon EOS M5 II and EOS M6 II

Canon EOS M5

It seems like Canon's oldest present mirrorless cameras are set for an update

Predicted specs: New 24MP APS-C sensors | 4K video recording | DIGIC 8 image processors | 30fps Uncooked Burst capturing

Whereas Canon's been focusing its consideration on its new EOS R full-frame mirrorless digital camera, it doesn't appear the corporate's EOS M range goes anyplace.

A alternative for the EOS M6, probably referred to as the EOS M6 II, is rumored to be joining the EOS M secure shortly, while an EOS M5 II update to the EOS M5 has also been mooted.

Both fashions are to be designed around Canon's 24.2MP APS-C sensors, however we anticipate both new models to get updated sensors (although resolution is more likely to keep the identical) that help 4K video recording, hopefully without the restrictive cropping that the EOS M50 suffers from. 

This might imply we might see in DIGIC 8 image processors and improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF know-how with higher subject monitoring. 

Canon's most recent PowerShot G7 X Mark III and G5 X Mark II also acquired some spectacular 30fps Raw Burst capturing choices – so will we see these here too? Offering the sensors can read out this info as speedily because the 1-inch sensor inside those fashions, quite probably.

Canon EOS 5D X

Canon EOS 5D X

Might Canon launch a rival to Nikon's D850 and Sony's Alpha A7R IV?

Predicted specs: Full-frame 50MP sensor | 8fps burst capturing | Improved 4K video capture

When it was launched again in 2016, Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV was our favorite DSLR. A well-rounded digital camera, it was (and nonetheless is) an extremely versatile photographic software. Nevertheless, 2017 saw Nikon launch the mighty 45.4MP D850, before the 45.7MP Z7 last yr, while Sony launched the 61MP Alpha A7R IV earlier this yr. 

All of those cameras supply extra pixels whereas matching or bettering the performance of the EOS 5D Mark IV. So, until you're a die-hard Canon consumer and closely invested within the system, the EOS 5D Mark IV is tough to advocate over the opposite two. 

Then think about that the 50MP Canon EOS 5DS was launched in 2015 and we reckon Canon may consolidate its two strains into a single, multi-purpose DSLR that gives a excessive pixel rely and high performance to rival the D850 and Alpha A7R IV.

We're speculating right here, however this new DSLR might probably be referred to as the EOS 5D X and have a new and improved 50MP full-frame sensor that was used in the EOS 5DS, now with a wider and improved ISO vary, while burst capturing might hit 8fps. 

We reckon video may additionally get a hike in efficiency - the 1.64x crop when capturing 4K on the EOS 5D Mark IV is a bit of a turn off to many videographers. To assist capturing both stills and video, perhaps we'd also see the inclusion of a vari-angle touchscreen show.

Canon EOS 7D Mark III

One of many oldest EOS DSLRs out there, might Canon's high-end fanatic DSLR be about to get an update?

Predicted specs: Up to date 20.2MP sensor or new 28MP chip | Dual DIGIC Eight picture processors | 11fps+ burst capturing

Announced back in 2014, the EOS 7D Mark II is among the oldest, if not the oldest DSLR in the EOS line-up and we expect 2018 will be the yr we see the arrival of the EOS 7D Mark III.

What can we anticipate to see then? It'll definitely get a new sensor, however whether or not Canon opts to stay with a 20MP resolution or improve this to 28MP (as CanonWatch.com is reporting), it's still unclear. It'll undoubtedly get a broader ISO efficiency to rival the Nikon D500, whereas a greater dynamic range at low ISO sensitivities can be welcome too. 

The twin DIGIC four image processors in the Mark II are possible to get replaced by the newest DIGIC 8 image processor, seeing burst capturing speeds improve past 10fps - perhaps somewhere between 11-12fps. The new picture processor might also help out with AF tracking - something the prevailing mannequin lags behind on compared to its newer rivals.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark III also needs to see the inclusion of touchscreen functionality on the rear vari-angle display to real benefit from Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for Reside View. 

What about video? Canon's been reticent to incorporate 4K seize on a string of latest cameras aside from the EOS 5D Mark IV, however to compete with rivals, the EOS 7D Mark III really wants this function to compete. 

In fact, it's attainable that Canon will focus elsewhere and will kill off the EOS 7D line, as has been reported.

Canon EOS 90D

Canon EOS 80D. Image credit score: Canon

The EOS 80D is now over three years previous, and Canon's mid-range DSLR portfolio might do with a shot within the arm.

Predicted specs: 32MP APS-C sensor | Twin DIGIC Eight image processors | 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS AF

There have been rumblings of Canon creating a 32MP sensor for a while, and a mannequin like the Canon EOS 90D can be a logical recipient. 

The EOS 80D has been with us because the start of 2016 and while it's a advantageous digital camera for the enthusiast – or well-heeled newbie – it seems to be a bit dated subsequent to current rivals.

There's no 4K video, for example, and the autofocus system is outgunned by Nikon's offerings. A slightly bigger display with a better resolution can be very welcome when you think about what's on supply elsewhere too.

Rumored specs embrace Twin Pixel CMOS AF (a near-certainty), along with weather resistance, 10fps burst capturing and dual SD-type card slots.

Nikon Z1 or Z3

Nikon Z6


With the full-frame Z6 (above) at present the most cost effective model in the Z system, rumors of something even more junior are heating up

Predicted specs: APS-C sensor | Z mount | No 4K video | No viewfinder however tilting LCD

Nikon's Z system at present has two digital camera choices, and the Z6 is probably the most junior of those. Which will nicely have drawn many full-frame DSLR users throughout to mirrorless for the primary time, but if Nikon is to entice a broader viewers, a cheaper various is can be a wise concept.

So, the rumors of a Nikon Z1 or Nikon Z3 which were with us for a while are beginning to look extra credible. Certainly, there were some rumblings of an entry-level mannequin fairly just lately, however this appeared to us just a little more than a convincing Photoshop job.

The large question is strictly how a new entry-level model will probably be totally different from the Z6. It might, for instance, keep a full-frame sensor, although it is perhaps fitted with an APS-C various to deliver it into a new worth class. 

Images that have been reportedly filed as part of a patent show that Nikon might plan to drop the viewfinder from such a mannequin, which is sensible as it's not a important part of a digital camera and sometimes something that's omitted from cheaper mirrorless cameras. 

This might also make the mannequin so much smaller and extra engaging to those who need to travel mild. Whatever happens, we will't wait to see the place Nikon takes the Z system next.

Nikon Z9

We expect we might see at flagship Z9 full-frame mirrorless digital camera earlier than the yr is up

Predicted specs: 61MP sensor | Z mount | 6K video recording | 5.76 million-dot viewfinder | Twin card slots

The Nikon Z7 is considered one of our favorite cameras proper now, for a lot of causes. But, very similar to Canon's EOS R, it's perhaps not fairly the flagship full-frame mirrorless digital camera many have been expecting. 

If we take a look at Sony's A7R IV and A9 models, for example, and Panasonic's upcoming S1H, we will see it's not quite at the prime of the tree for pixel rely, video specs or burst capturing. And rumors of a extra pro-end Z collection mannequin, probably referred to as the Z9 or Z8, have been steadily constructing as soon as the initial pleasure of the Z6 and Z7 had died down somewhat.

But will it's a sports-focused digital camera with a extra modest sensor resolution or a megapixel beast? Our money is on the latter for 2 causes. First, releasing a digital camera with an autofocus system that's on a par with Sony's Real Time Tracking know-how – ie, a digital camera completely at residence capturing motion – is going to take some work. Sony is, in any case, on its fourth era of mirrorless digital camera, while Nikon's Z system hasn't even celebrated its first birthday.  

Some might suspect Nikon could have an appropriate sports-focused mirrorless digital camera in time for the 2020 Olympic Games, however it's unlikely to have a native lens selection to match earlier than then. So, it's much more doubtless that, a minimum of for this specific viewers, the corporate is specializing in bringing this type of enchancment to a DSLR replace to the D5 – and there's extra on what we think of that under.

Second, with the arrival of the A7R IV, we know a modern 61MP full-frame sensor exists. It's quite potential that such a mannequin would use a variation of this sensor, provided that we all know Sony supplies sensors to countless different manufacturers for their very own merchandise.

We reckon a high-resolution Z9 digital camera would arrive with stronger video specs than the Z6 and Z7, probably even matching the Panasonic S1H in being able to capturing 6K footage, although this may also require beefier processing power and better warmth dissipation amongst different things. We'd also love to see the same sort of 5.76 million-dot digital viewfinder as we've inside the likes of the Panasonic S1 and S1R, as this can be a noticeable step up on the (still excellent) 3.69 million-dot finders Nikon fitted its Z6 and Z7.  

Nikon D760

A mild upgrade over the ageing D750 would strengthen Nikon’s FX offerings

Predicted specs: Full-frame 36.3MP sensor | 4K video recording | Tilting touchscreen

While the Z6 and Z7 have grabbed the headlines during the last yr, we don't anticipate Nikon to overlook its DSLR heritage.

During the last three years or so, the D750 has turn into a renowned and inexpensive full-frame selection in Nikon’s secure, nevertheless it might actually use an replace to compete with quite a lot of newer full-frame offerings.

With the arrival of the D850 with a powerful 45.4MP decision, might we see the D760 make use of the 36.3MP sensor found within the outgoing D810 and exchange the current 24MP chip? Or might it get the same 24.5MP sensor because the Z6?

The D750’s most 1/four,000sec shutter velocity is an understandable compromise to help it to be extra fairly priced, however a compromise regardless. A excessive shutter velocity of 1/8000sec is perhaps on the cards then. 

It wouldn’t be possible that such a digital camera would launch without 4K video recording, particularly after the 4K-enabled D500, D850 and D5. It’s additionally doubtless that it'll have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would in all probability add touchscreen control too. Lastly, don't overlook Nikon will introduce its SnapBridge connectivity as properly.

Nikon D6

Nikon's flagship DSLR might get a midlife tweak

Predicted specs: Full-frame 20MP sensor | New EXPEED picture processor| 14fps burst capturing

Nikon launched the D5 again at CES in 2016, and somewhat than seeing a 'S' replace that Nikon tends to do with its flagship digital camera each two years, we expect Nikon may skip this and release an all-new D6 mannequin.  

So what are we more likely to see? That's arduous to say in the intervening time, however NikonRumors.com said final yr that the D6 would be available for testing in February of this yr. 

We expect the resolution should remain the same at 20MP, however a brand new EXPEED picture processor might convey a lot of improvements - we will't think about Nikon would have the ability to prolong the maximum ISO range of ISO3,280,000 discovered on the D5, however the improved processing energy ought to see improved noise dealing with.  

Burst capturing may be boosted slightly - the D5 can shoot at 12fps with full AF and metering, so we might see a performance bump to 13 or 14fps. 

While the 153-point AF system within the D5 is probably probably the most advanced autofocus techniques going, we anticipate Nikon to improve on this even further. We'd additionally see some very delicate tweaks to the handling as nicely, however we shouldn't see a huge shift in button placement. 

New Nikon S-series lenses

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.8 and 20mm f/1.Eight mock-up lenses.

Numerous new lenses for the Z-series cameras are due this yr

What we all know: No less than 4 more lenses this yr and three in 2020.

As with all producer that has just launched a brand new digital camera system, Nikon's essential problem now's to introduce many new suitable lenses – and fast.

The company has already released optics that cover a few of the most popular focal size/aperture mixtures, such as the Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S, Z 85mm f/1.8 S and Z 50mm F1.Eight S, and this yr may even welcome a 24mm f/1.8 lens that was initially scheduled for a 2020 release. 

We'll also be getting the 70-200mm f/2.Eight optic, together with the beefy, manual-focus 58mm f/0.95 Noct that was introduced at the very begin of the collection.

Subsequent yr, Nikon plans to launch 20mm f/1.Eight, 50mm f/1.2 and a 14-28mm f/2.8 lenses among others, and has already began displaying off mockups at numerous exhibits. 

Sony Alpha A7S III

Sony A7S II

Rumors of an A7S III, and replace to Sony's video-focused full-frame mirrorless A7S II digital camera, proceed to develop

Predicted specs: 20MP+ sensor allowing for 6K video | Joystick AF management | Z-series battery

Is there a digital camera extra anticipated than the Sony A7S III? The Alpha A7S II broke new ground on the time of its launch, interesting to videographers who required wonderful 4K footage and high-level management, along with low-light shooters who appreciated the more modest pixel rely, low noise and extensive dynamic vary not provided by different mirrorless cameras on the time.

Since its release, Sony has given us all manner of different mirrorless Alpha fashions, from the enthusiast-focused A6400 via to the massively fashionable (and rightly so) Alpha A7 III and the newest 61MP Alpha A7R IV. The latter marks the start of the fourth era of A7 fashions – so how come we're nonetheless on the Mark II right here?

There's clearly large demand for one, and we will predict many specs and options from those in fashions released because the A7S II. We don't see any call for a sensor decision beyond 12MP, though if the digital camera breaks into 6K video recording – as Panasonic's upcoming S1H will – it can want 20MP on the very least.

Even when the model is capped at 4K video recording, we do anticipate a new sensor that performs to a better commonplace than before, given the company's experience in sensor design and construct.

Handling refinements will little question embrace a dedicated AF joystick, AF-On button and touchscreen interface, all missing from the A7S II but launched in subsequent fashions. The model can also be extremely more likely to get a Z-series battery with much greater battery life than the NP-FW50 discovered inside the A7S II.

The most important enhancements must be seen in video efficiency. With Panasonic's Lumix GH5S, S1R and S1 fashions offering a wealth of advanced video options, we'd be disillusioned if Sony didn't match or better these. The Alpha A7S II can document 4K four:2:0 8-bit video, but might we see this improve to 4:2:2 10-bit just like the GH5S? Might we see 4K capture at 60/50p potential as nicely? It will be shocking if not.

Sony Alpha A7000

With the A6400 now with us, what may a more senior A7000 convey to the mirrorless get together?

Predicted specs: 26MP APS-C sensor | Improved AF | Design just like the Alpha A9

Sony has proven full-frame users a whole lot of attention in recent times, and this has left its A6000-series wanting just a little unloved. The A6000, A6300 and A6500 can all nonetheless be bought model new, as as every digital camera had a strong set of specs to begin with, all three are still a good decisions in their worth categories.

The corporate finally confirmed the road some love with the newest A6400, which technically replaces the A6300 and has a very succesful performance to advocate it, however it's truthful to say it wasn't quite the A7000 that everyone hoped for. So what may the A7000 function?

A 'child' Alpha A9, with the A7000 digital camera borrowing most of the options of the flagship digital camera that may then be distilled right into a digital camera based mostly round an APS-C sensor. That is one thing that Nikon has executed with its D5 and D500 DSLR models.

Rumors recommend that it matches and in some elements exceeds the efficiency of the Fujifilm X-T3, with higher AF and in-body picture stabilization, whereas it'll match the 20fps burst capturing velocity of the Alpha A9.

As for the sensor, Sony's just updated the database of sensors it manufactures, which features a back-illuminated (BSI) 26MP APS-C sensor, which might be a great fit for the brand new digital camera. There's additionally speak of the Alpha A7000 utilizing a 32MP APS-C sensor as properly. 

Sony has made nice modifications to its autofocusing methods in current generations of digital camera too, and whereas the 425-point phase-detect AF system inside the A6500 continues to be a cracking performer, the eventual update will doubtless convey velocity enhancements and extra AF points to type a denser array, with higher tracking capabilities.

Design-wise, it's doubtless the new digital camera will function an analogous DSLR inspired look to Sony's full-frame cameras, with a raised and centralised digital viewfinder.

Fujifilm X-Pro3

Fujifilm X-Pro2. image credit score: Fujifim

The X-T2 obtained a brand new sibling within the X-T3, so the place's the X-Pro2's update? 

Predicted specs: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor | X-Processor four | Even better AF with eye detection 

The X-Pro3 is probably probably the most anticipated digital camera from Fujifilm right now. The truth that it's been with us for fairly some time, and the current updates to the X-T collection within the form of the X-T100, X-T30 and X-T3, imply that a change in focus back to the X-Professional line can be as logical as it might be welcome.

Whereas Fujifilm has stored the model recent by means of a slew of firmware updates, these can't tackle the hardware aspect of issues. So we anticipate the newest 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS four sensor and X-Processor Pro engine, together with boosts to the autofocus system and burst price at the very least. 

We'd additionally like to see Fujifilm drop the ISO dial inside the shutter velocity dial as it's simply too fiddly, and it might be welcome to have a tilting rear show, although Fujifilm does have to hold the road totally different from the X-T range, whose fashions supply this. 

When will it present up? The strongest rumors proper now claim the mannequin shall be introduced later this yr, round September or October, and that it's already been registered for wi-fi communication (which is normal for upcoming models, albeit beneath a code identify).

Fujifilm X-H2

With the arrival of the X-T3 and the medium-format GFX models, the X-H1 is wanting slightly outdated.

Predicted specs: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor | X-Processor 4 | Vastly improved AF system with stronger Face and Eye detection

The X-H1 may still hold a handful of charms over its X-series siblings – sensor-based image stabilization, for instance, and better help for longer and heavier lenses – however it's actually starting to present its age now.

Time for a reboot? We expect it's value Fujifilm giving an X-H2 it a shot, notably when you think about the wealth of know-how that's been gifted to all of the Fujifilm cameras that have arrived because the X-H1 was launched.

So, a more moderen sensor and processing partnership, stronger autofocus with the identical enhancements to face and eye detection, and perhaps even a viewfinder more in keeping with the 5.76 million-dot magnificence we saw inside the GFX 100?

It could possibly be the case that the X-H1 was too area of interest a digital camera to draw an excessive amount of love, and with the X-T line lately updated and the GFX collection to populate, there's not sufficient call for a mannequin between the 2. We still assume the X-H1 is a superb digital camera – however we'd like to see what Fujifilm might do with a sequel. 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the odd one out within the OM-D vary, so can we anticipate an replace quickly?

Predicted specs: 20MP Micro 4 Thirds sensor | Core features to stay the identical | 4K video

We've seen updates in the form of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which just leaves the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to get refreshed within the OM-D collection.

We expect that for this fanatic mirrorless digital camera, Olympus will ditch the 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and substitute it with the 20MP chip utilized by the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The truth that firm opted to make use of a 20MP sensor in its most recent OM-D E-M1X mannequin lends additional help to this concept. 

We'd anticipate to see 4K video seize and perhaps the superb 5-axis picture stabilization get a tweak to deliver 7-stop compensation just like the OM-D E-M1X. Focusing might also get a bump up to 121 points.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/four.5 TC1.25x IS PRO plus six further lenses

Olympus has already confirmed that it's engaged on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/four.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, and this ought to be with us a while next yr. 

The lens is about to comply with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x and Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II in having an built-in teleconverter. 

The company additionally updated its roadmap earlier this year to point out that it'll have seven further lenses on the best way. Whereas the focal lengths and specs of those have not been disclosed, the corporate confirmed that 4 of those – two telephoto zooms, one vast zoom and one commonplace zoom – would fall underneath its high-end 'Pro' label. These are set to be joined by a high-magnification zoom and super-telephoto zoom lenses.

Panasonic's new lenses

Image credit: Panasonic

A sizeable collection of lenses to help the brand new S1R and S1 cameras is on its approach

Predicted specs: At the least ten new lenses released all through 2020

Having simply launched the S1R and S1, two full-frame mirrorless cameras in a brand new S system, and then followed it up by the 6K-capable S1H, Panasonic is entitled to put low for a while. But, the promise of ten new lenses to be released earlier than the yr is up exhibits there's little probability of that taking place.

The company has already confirmed the Lumix S 24-105mm f/four Macro O.I.S, S PRO 50mm f/1.four and S PRO 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S optics, however a roadmap shown on the S1R/S1 launch reveals that it'll focus its attention on 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.Eight and 16-35mm f/4 options. The promise of no less than seven further lenses on prime of that leaves loads of area for fascinating primes, probably some with notably large apertures.

1.4x and 2x teleconverters are also set to arrive sooner or later within the yr and 2020 should convey two fixed-focal length lenses in addition to a macro and super telephoto optic. This technique may be getting began, however figuring out how prolific Panasonic has been with its G collection cameras provides us plenty of hope that it'll flourish in little time. 

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