State of the union address: Cameras, coronavirus and what now for 2020?

In this special edition of The Photography Show: Burst Mode, Digital Camera World editor James Artaius and The Photography Show TV host David McClelland sit down to discuss how things currently stand for the photographic and video industries. 

The biggest issue, of course, is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. How has this affected the imaging industry already, and how will it continue to affect things going forward? We discuss cameras that have already been delayed by the outbreak, as well as how likely other products are to face similar issues.

A related issue is the now-postponed 2020 Olympic Games. Of course, this being an Olympic year, four major manufacturers have thrown all their R&D muscle into developing new flagship cameras: the Canon EOS-1DX Mark III, Sony A9 II, Nikon D6 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. These are without doubt the some of the best professional cameras we've ever seen – but with no professional sports to shoot, where does this leave the manufacturers and pros alike?

What's the best camera in 2020?

Taking a step back from the current coronavirus crisis, we also delve into the exciting new products that are still arriving in 2020 – such as the game-changing Canon EOS R5. This groundbreaking camera promises to rock the industry, and perhaps achieve what Canon was able to achieve in 2008 with the similarly game-changing EOS 5D Mark II, which rewrote the rules for consumer video. 

Also rewriting the rules are the new generation of phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. This 108-megapixel marvel is one of the best camera phones we've ever seen – and with phones already eating into the casual end of the photographic industry, what does this new era of resolution and detail mean for traditional cameras? With social media and online portfolios replacing traditional printing, does this realistically spell the end for a certain segment of the photographic sector?

All these topics and more are discussed in the Burst Mode studio, so check out the video above to see what's now, what's not and what's next in 2020!

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.