The big news of the year so far has been the arrival of new full-frame mirrorless cameras from Nikon and Canon – in the shape of the Nikon Z7 and the Canon EOS R. Photokina brought its share of surprises, including the new medium format Fujifilm GFX 50R and Panasonic’s S1 and S1R. Even so, we think there’s more to come… and there are plenty of juicy camera rumors.
UPDATE: Photokina 2018 confirmed a lot of the hot camera rumors we’ve been following and started off a whole load more! We’ve integrated all the latest news into this article and brought in some tantalising new rumors, some from outside and some we’ve decided to start ourselves…
Sony and Olympus were pretty quiet at Photokina, so do they still have new products in the pipeline? And while the Canon EOS R has caused quite a buzz, we think that’s just the start for Canon’s full frame mirrorless plans.
So what are we likely to see arrive during the rest of 2018 and into 2019? Which lines will manufacturers update? Here, we’ve collated the camera rumors that are most likely to come true and offered our own predictions as to what we may be seeing before long.
And don’t forget next year there will be two major photography shows in the spring: The Photography Show 2019 at the Birmingham NEC in the UK March 16-19, and Photokina 2019 in Cologne, Germany, May 8-11.
Canon camera rumors 2018
Canon stunned everyone with its announcement of it EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera at the beginning of September. But it is clear that the one camera, lenses and adaptors that have been announced are just the beginning for the new R-mount system. The question is, what will come next?
We would love to see a professional version of the R, which could well be called the EOS Rx, that is aimed at pro sports and action photographers looking for a mirroless alternative to the EOS-1D X Mark II. We’d expect a modest pixel count of 20 or 24 megapixels, but a dual Digic 8 processor that could deliver a boast mode of around 20fps.
Our predictions for the Canon EOS Rx
But what about a high-resolution model to compete with the Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III? Canon already has a 50.6-megapixel sensor waiting in the wings (waiting in the EOS 5DS, actually), so could this be adapted for use in a 50-megapixel EOS Rs?
So far only four lenses have been announced for the EOS R, but we expect additional zooms and primes to be added to the roadmap very soon.
Canon has done a brilliant job to revamp its DSLR line from top to bottom over the past couple of years, from the baby EOS Rebel T7/2000D and EOS 4000D through to the full-frame EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark IV models.
It’s also recently released the entry-level EOS M100 and mid-range EOS M50 mirrorless model and bolstered its compact line with the PowerShot G1 X Mark III. So what might be next?
Canon EOS 7D Mark III
One of the strongest rumors right now concerns the imminent arrival of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR. The existing EOS 7D Mark II is now over three years old, and it lacks many features that are now standard on similar models such as Wi-Fi, touchscreen control, 4K video recording and focus peaking. The fact that Nikon has two very well received alternatives in the D7500 and D500 makes it all the more vital that Canon updates its mid-range APS-C offering as soon as possible.
Despite the fact that there is very little credible information on the specs of a forthcoming EOS 7D Mark III, the current EOS 7D Mark II is well due an update. This is highly likely to sport a sensor that employs Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and, if it’s to compete with the likes of Nikon’s D500, it really ought to offer 4K video recording too.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Another logical addition to the EOS DSLR line would be a replacement for the EOS-1D X Mark II, although there is no great demand for an update here just yet. It does, after all, offer a very respectable 14fps burst shooting option, together with 4K video and am excellent focusing system. That said, Nikon has been giving Canon heat over the past year or so with its excellent D5, so there’s definitely room for something fresh.
We are almost certain to see replacements for the Canon EOS 80D and EOS 77D enthusiast DSLRs in the next year.
What we think: The next camera in the EOS R range can’t be far behind the first – but we probably won’t see this in 2018. We do expect to get much more information about the lens roadmap for the EOS R … we have details of four of the lenses, but we reckon that there are lots of others in development.