Will we see a full-frame Canon mirrorless camera this year? Or a new line of mirrorless models from Nikon? Perhaps Pentax will give things another shot with a new range of mirror-free models?
If we do get any of these, they are likely to arrive sooner rather than later. After all, the start of the year plays host to many photographic shows, from CES in Las Vegas to and CP+ in Japan through to The Photography Show in the UK. Manufacturers often use these as an opportunity to unveil exciting new products, be it smaller accessories or flagship DSLR cameras.
So what cameras are we likely to see in 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 year, from the baby Rebel SL2/EOS 200D and EOS 77D through to the full-frame EOS 6D Mark II and 5D Mark IV models. It's also recently released the entry-level EOS M100 mirrorless model and bolstered its compact line with the PowerShot G1 X Mark III.
Canon EOS 7D Mark III
The strongest rumor 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, although these seem to be based more on hope than on any credible information. Such a camera would also require a new line of accompanying optics, which makes it seem even less likely. Of course, it’s possible Canon could use its existing EF lens mount, but there are many reasons why this wouldn't be a very good idea.
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.
What we think: 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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