The big news of the year so far has been the arrival of new full-frame mirrorless cameras from Nikon and Canon – in the shape of the Nikon Z7 and the Canon EOS R. But with Photokina about to start, we are pretty sure that there is still some big news to come… and there are plenty of juicy camera rumors.
Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm... do they still have camera launches to come this year? The Photokina trade show is arguably still the most significant in the photography industry's calendar, held in Cologne in Germany from September 26-29, 2018.
So what are we likely to see arrive during the rest of 2018? Which lines will manufacturers update? Here, we’ve collated the camera 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 stunned everyone with its announcement of it EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera at the beginning of September. But it is clear that the one camera, lenses and adaptors that have been announced are jus the beginning for the new R-mount system. The question is, what will come next?
We would love to see a professional version of the R, which could well be called the EOS Rx, that is aimed at pro sports and action photographers looking for a mirroless alternative to the EOS-1D X Mark II. We'd expect a modest pixel count of 20 or 24 megapixels, but a dual Digic 8 processor that could deliver a boast mode of around 20fps.
Our predictions for the Canon EOS Rx
So far only four lenses have been announced for the EOS R, but we expect additional zooms and primes to be added to the roadmap very soon.
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.
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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.
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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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
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.
What we think: The next camera in the EOS R range can't be far behind the first – but we probably won't see this in 2018. We do expect to get much more information about the lens roadmap for the EOS R ... we have details of four of the lenses, but we reckon that there are lots of others in development.
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