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What new cameras are coming out in 2018? The best camera rumors and predictions

We round up the most credible rumors and throw in our thoughts on what the camera makers might do next

The D850 has been a huge smash for Nikon

Nikon's big news of 2018 has been the arrival of its full-frame mirrorless camera system - and the announcement of the the Z6 and Z7 cameras to kick off this new dynasty. Nikon had already announced the end of its 1 series of APS-C mirrorless models to a close earlier in the year ahead of the Z system's announcement in August.

Read more: 99 things you need to know about Nikon's full-frame mirrorless system 

Nikon Z8

We don't expect Nikon to announce new mirrorless models in the Z range in the very near future... but the next one on the cards may well be a pro model to rival its D5, with a big battery built-in, a high-speed shooting capacity of perhaps 20fps and dual memory card slots. Nikon would surely love to have camera that would challenge Sony's A9, now that it has models to rival the Sony A7 series. 

If a new top-of-the-range professional sports camera were in the works, Nikon would want its photographers to be fully familar with it before the next Olympics, which is being held on its home city of Tokyo in 2020.

Nikon Z5

Nikon revealed exclusively to us at Photokina, that there would be lower-priced models in the Z system at some point in the future – and that they had deliberately started with high-end enthusiast models in the Z6 and Z7. 

The big question here would be if a Nikon Z5 would use a full-frame mirrorless sensor – or would it have a smaller DX-format APS-C sensor. 

Nikon DSLRs

Nikon's hottest model of 2017 was the Nikon's D850, and demand for the high-resolution high-speed camera has remained high every since. It is too soon for this to be updated yet. So what will we see from Nikon in the DSLR front?

We have already seen the update of the budget-priced D3400 in the shape of the Nikon D3500– which brings significant changes to this popular model and was announced just days after the Z7 and Z6.

But what else might we shortly see?

Nikon D760

The Nikon D750 is a popular camera, but hardly the newest full-frame option around

Nikon's D750 has been a well-loved member of Nikon's full-frame portfolio, and the fact that it's one of the cheapest full-frame cameras around has only broadened its appeal further. It has, however, recently celebrated its third birthday, and has been overshadowed somewhat by the likes of the newer D850 and DX-format D500.

Read more: The best Nikon DSLRs in 2018

A Nikon D760 update, therefore, would make a lot of sense. We would expect the D760 to sport a full-frame sensor with around 36MP, which would place it roughly halfway between the 24.3MP D610 and 45.7MP D850. 

4K video, a feature lacking on the D750, would also most likely make an appearance, and we would be very surprised to see it carry with the D750's autofocus system when you consider the progress the company has made with the newer 153-point AF system found inside the D500 and D5 models.


Nikon D5x

Nikon's current D5 DSLR

There are also some rumblings of a D5x model, whose name suggests a D5 body with a high-resolution sensor (the D5 sports a 20.8MP sensor). The development of the D850's 45MP sensorlends this particular rumour more credibility, but such a strategy normally sees the more advanced, pricier model released first, which makes it seems somewhat less likely.

What we think: We don't expect any new cameras from Nikon at Photokina, or during 2018 for that matter. However, we would expect some updates on the lens roadmap for the Z system, probably to coincide for when the Z6 goes on sale in December.

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