Is Europe responsible for delaying Canon, Nikon, Sony and Leica's new cameras?

Silhouette of a camera against a blue background with the yellow European Union stars in the outline of a lens
(Image credit: James Artaius)

A report is circulating online that new cameras launches from the world's major manufacturers are being delayed by European red tape. 

Camera rumors have been circulating for weeks and months that a slew of announcements were due in May – among them the Canon EOS R5 Mark II, Nikon Z6 III, Sony ZV-E10 II and Leica M12. However, compliance issues with European Union (EU) regulations may have caused these launches to be postponed. 

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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.