Will we see a full-frame Canon mirrorless camera this year? Or a new line of mirrorless models from Nikon? How will Fujifilm's popular X series develop?
At this time of the year, anything is possible. With most of the main photography events such as CES and Japan's CP+ behind us, the likelihood of new products isn't quite as strong as it is at the start of the year. That said, Photokina, which is arguably still the most significant even in the photography industry's calendar, is only a few months away, and manufacturers don't always wait until the show itself to lift the lid on their new products.
So what are we likely to see arrive during the rest of 2018? Which lines will manufacturers update? Here, we’ve collated the rumors that are most likely to come true and offered our own predictions as to what we may be seeing before long.
Canon camera rumors 2018
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.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III lenses
Multiple rumour sites are reporting that we'll shortly see the arrival of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III lenses.
Canon's last 70-200mm lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, was announced back in 2010, and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is now almost 12 years old.
Lens technology has moved on in that time, so a pair of refreshed options would certainly make sense, particularly as these constant-aperture zooms are among the most popular and appealing optics for enthusiasts and professional users.
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.
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.
Canon full frame mirrorless camera
Rumours of a full-frame Canon mirrorless camera continue. Initially, these seem to have been based more on hope than on any credible information, but recent reports state that the camera is also been covertly tested out in the wild by professionals.
Such a camera would also require a new line of accompanying optics, as the lenses designed for its existing mirrorless bodies are highly likely only to have an imaging circle wide enough to cover the dimensions of the APS-C sensors it has used thus far.
One glimmer of hope here is the fact that Canon has developed a new full-frame sensor, the 26MP unit found inside the EOS 6D Mark II DSLR. There’s a possibility it may choose to use this elsewhere, although the company hasn’t traditionally used the same full-frame sensor across many models in the way that other manufacturers have. Click here to read our Canon EOS 6D Mark II review
What we think: The strongest rumour concerns the two new lenses, but with its EOS M mirrorless line having now welcomed a number of entry-level and mid-range mirrorless bodies, the time is right for a full-frame flagship. Hopefully both will arrive before long.
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.
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