2018 was a big year for the camera industry with highlights such as:
- The release of the all round killer, the Sony A7III
- Nikon and Canon both having a share in the full frame mirrorless market with the Z7/Z6 and EOS R
- The gorgeous Fujifilm GFX50R coming in late last year. Not to mention the well improved Fujifilm X-T3 for the X series lovers.
At Georges we love to gossip about gear porn, and so we’ve put together a list of gear predictions for 2019.
A New Full Frame Nikon DSLR
One thing we would be super excited to see is a brand new Nikon Full Frame DSLR. After dropping two huge mirrorless cameras last year, we are hoping to see that Nikon give a bit of love to their full frame DSLR line up. The camera in particular that we see being upgraded is the super popular Nikon D750.
The Nikon D750 is almost five years old and could do with some of the upgrades given to the D850/Z series cameras. Upgrades such as 4K video, a slight ergonomic change in button layout, higher ISO performance, faster shooting speeds and possibly the implementation of XQD + SD. Nikon Rumours have been spreading that the name of the camera may be called the Nikon D760. However knowing Nikon’s naming conventions in the past, it could be called the Nikon D770 for all we know.
A New Full Frame Canon Mirrorless
Some people were left a bit sour with the Canon EOS R. Despite it being one of the best cameras out there, expectations may have been set a bit too high. However last year Canon had announced it would be releasing a Canon mirrorless that will be designed to cater for professionals. We are expecting the camera to have a 40+MP high resolution sensor, faster shooting speeds, uncropped 4K video and dual SD card slots.
Two New Sony Mirrorless Bodies
It’s been a long time waiting but we hope to see an update to the Sony A7SII. At the moment the A7SII is in an awkward position with the FS5II and the a7III video capabilities. In the Sony A7SIII we will probably see high end 4K video, uncropped slow motion, SLOG, and more cinematic support.
Secondly we’re likely to see an update to the 6000 series with an a6700. There have been rumours floating the internet for quite sometime for the a6700/a7000. It’s rumoured to have 4K 60p, a 32MP sensor and a huge 925 AF point system. The a6700/7000 is supposedly a step away from the enthusiast and is a professional APS-C offering. Exciting times ahead for Sony.
Panasonic S1 + S1R
Panasonic dropped two bombshells at Photokina last year with the announcement of two full frame mirrorless cameras the Panasonic S1 and S1R. Moving away from the micro four thirds mount, the S1 + S1R will borrow the same mount as the Leica SL, with confirmed lens support from Panasonic, Leica and Sigma. Not much information is known on these bodies yet, but hopefully we’ll find out more in a couple months time.
New Fujifilm X Series Camera
After the huge success of the beloved Fujifilm X-T20, we are sure Fujifilm will update it this year with an X-T30. We would expect it to keep the same ergonomics and form factor as the X-T20 but with different internal hardware. If it’s similar to what we saw in the X-T2 and X-T20, we’d expect the X-T30 to be a stripped down version of the Fujifilm X-T3. This will benefit it’s low light performance, video capabilities and processing speeds.
Olympus E-M1X or New OMD series
We’ve seen some rumours circulating the web about a brand new OM-D series camera to be released in early 2019. Supposedly the brand new Olympus camera will set the bar high for sports photographers and possibly may even use a new sized sensor. It’s been a while since Olympus have brought something to the table, and we’re hoping this is going to be a big release.
Stay tuned and follow our blog for more updates on new releases throughout the year.