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Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (25 May)

Fujifilm GFX 100

It has been a busy week for camera news - but announcements don't come much larger than the unveiling of the Fujifilm GFX 100 - which got launched in Tokyo on Thursday.

Elsewhere, it has been a worrying week for Huawei – with Google redrawing full support for its Android phones - but that didn't stop its Honor brand bringing out a rather nice looking new camera phone.

Here are our top five stories from the world of cameras and photography this week:

1) Fujifilm GFX 100 rewrites the rulebook on medium format cameras

Fujifilm's mega 100 megapixel medium format mirrorless camera is finally here. The Fujifilm GFX 100 was first announced as a concept at Photokina last year – but now the full specification of this beast of a camera is finally here.

Going on sale from the end of June for $9,999 / £9,999, this third camera in the GFX range offers much more than a doubling of megapixels. 

In almost every way, the 102MP GFX 100 improves on the specification found on the existing GFX 50S and GFX 50R cameras in the Fujifilm G-mount medium format range. Autofocus, image stabilization, burst shooting, videography and more have all been improved by the use of a new processor that is four times faster, with a data rate of 1 GB/s.

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Fujifilm GFX 100 rewrites the rulebook on medium format cameras

2) Sony takes number 2 spot in charts

Sony’s top investors, executives and analysts joined each other for a conference call recently to hear the latest financials, So far so routine, but one thing that stood out was the revelation that Sony has apparently surpassed Nikon global interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) sales. It is now number two in the combined DSLR and mirrorless camera market - behind Canon.

Read more: Sony takes Nikon’s #2 spot in interchangeable lens camera sales

3) Google bars Huawei from Android updates

The world’s second-biggest smartphone maker will have its Android access restricted, following its blacklisting by the Trump administration. We report on what this means for the manufacturers of some of the best camera phones out there (although it didn't stop its Honor brand launching the exciting new Honor Pro 20 handset this week).

Read more: Google bars Huawei from Android updates

4) Rumors of three more Canon RF lenses

It’s an exciting time to be a Canon EOS R early adopter, as Canon is hard at work filling out the lens line-up for its new full-frame mirrorless system. While we don’t have anything confirmed as of yet, the camera rumor mill is abuzz with potential specs and details of upcoming lenses for the system, and it seems that the scuttlebutt at the moment is indicating we’ll see three new lenses in early 2020, possibly at or before CP+ in Tokyo, which happens in February. The individual models of lenses are rumoured to be as follows: a 24mm f/1.4, a 135mm f/1.8 and a macro lens of unspecified focal length.

Read more: Rumors suggest three more Canon RF lenses in 2020

5) Pentax expect DSLRs to make a comeback

Ricoh executives unexpectedly announced that they expect that the excitement over mirrorless will fade in the next couple of years - with photogrphers returning to DSLRs, including its own Pentax range. 

Read more:  Ricoh executives think mirrorless photographers will soon return to DSLRs

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.