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Camera rumors 2019: the biggest and best camera rumors around

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2019 promises us loads of fantastic new cameras to get excited about, and we’ve got all the latest camera rumors right here.

With Japan’s CP+ imaging show on the horizon, camera rumors are coming out of the woodwork every single day and it can be hard to keep track of everything. Don’t worry though – with our finger on the pulse of the latest industry trends and rumors, and with a bit of our own tech knowledge we’ve accumulated after years in the industry, we’ll look at what the biggest names in photography may be dreaming up.

We’ve culled through every single one of the latest camera rumors, from wild speculation to the most convincing leaks, and brought you the biggest and the best camera rumors in 2019 going. 

With these rumors, we can start to piece together a rough picture of products that major camera companies might be aiming to release, and what thirsty photographers will be able to get their hands on in the near future.

Now, it’s time to really dive into all of the juiciest camera rumors from every major manufacturer, from Canon to Olympus.

Camera rumors 2019

Canon EOS R Pro

Could we see a pro-spec mirrorless equivalent of the EOS-1D X Mark II?

Predicted specs: Too early to say | RF Lens mount

While Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R is a very good camera, it’s not the flagship camera many had expected. What the EOS R is though is the first camera in an all-new system from the brand. With that in mind, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that we could see a new high-end model soon.

CanonRumours had previously reported that we could see an EOS R Pro development announcement in January, although this never happened. With Japan’s big CP+ photo show due to swing open its doors next month, however, it’s possible that Canon would make such an announcement to coincide with the show. 

We reckon it’ll be a natural successor to the professionals’ favorite, the mighty Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (though that’s not to say we won’t see a Mark III version as well), with a launch next year enough time to establish itself ahead of the 2020 Olympics. 

Canon EOS RP

A junior partner to the EOS R? It’s arguably the strongest rumour right now – and its arrival would make a lot of sense

Predicted specs: 26.2MP full-frame sensors | 4K video recording | Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Canon’s EOS R may be a logical next step for enthusiast and professional EOS DSLR users looking to switch to mirrorless camera, but its asking price is quite a stretch for many. A more affordable, lower-level alternative to the EOS R would be a good way to entice more people into the new ecosystem – and that’s precisely what we expect will happen next.

The Canon EOS RP has been rumored for some time, but only in the past few weeks have more credible specs and images of the camera surfaced.  

CanonRumors is currently reporting that the model will arrive with a 26.2MP sensor – which sounds like the one that featured inside the EOS 6D Mark II – together with DIGIC 8 processing power, 5fps burst shooting and a much smaller and lighter body than the EOS R.

Other features that are said to make the cut include Dual Sensing IS, which uses image stabilisation from the lens combined with data from the sensor, together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth focus performance and an OLED electronic viewfinder. The EOS R’s viewfinder is certainly very good, so we hope it will be this unit that makes its way to the new model.

Canon EOS M5 and M6 replacements 

It looks like Canon’s oldest current mirrorless cameras are going to get an update

Predicted specs: New 24MP APS-C sensors | 4K video recording | DIGIC 8 image processors

While Canon’s been focusing its attention on its new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, the company isn’t about to drop its EOS M range of mirrorless cameras.

CanonRumors reports that “at least” two further models in the line are set to arrive in 2019. These two new cameras are likely to be replacements for the EOS M5 (launched back in 2016 and the flagship camera in the range) and the EOS M6. 

Both models are designed around Canon’s 24.2MP APS-C sensors, but with both only shooting in Full HD video format, we expect both new models to get uprated sensors (though resolution is likely to stay the same) that support 4K video recording (though hopefully without the restrictive cropping that the EOS M50 suffers from). 

This could mean we could see in DIGIC 8 image processors and improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology with better subject tracking. 

Canon EOS 5D X

Could Canon launch a rival to Nikon’s D850 and Sony’s Alpha A7R III?

Predicted specs: Full-frame 50MP sensor | 8fps burst shooting | Improved 4K video capture

When it was launched back in 2016, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV was our favourite DSLR. A well-rounded camera, it was (and still is) an incredibly versatile photographic tool. However, 2017 saw Nikon release the mighty 45.4MP D850 and Sony launch the 42.2MP Alpha A7R III

Both cameras are similarly priced, but offer more pixels, while matching or bettering the performance of the EOS 5D Mark IV. Unless you’re a die hard Canon user, the 5D Mark IV is hard to recommend over the other two. 

Then consider that the 50MP Canon EOS 5DS was launched in 2015 and we reckon Canon might consolidate its two lines into a single, multi-purpose DSLR that offers a high pixel count and high performance to rival the D850 and Alpha A7R III.

We’re speculating here, but this new DSLR could potentially be called the EOS 5D X and feature a new and improved 50MP full-frame sensor that was used in the EOS 5DS, now with a much broader and improved ISO range, while burst shooting could hit 8fps. 

We reckon video might also get a hike in performance – the 1.64x crop when shooting 4K on the EOS 5D Mark IV is a bit of a turn off to many videographers. To aid shooting both stills and video, maybe we might also see the inclusion of a vari-angle touchscreen display.

Canon EOS 7D Mark III

One of the oldest EOS DSLRs available, could Canon’s high-end enthusiast DSLR be about to get an update?

Predicted specs: Updated 20.2MP sensor or new 28MP chip | Dual DIGIC 8 image processors | 11fps+ burst shooting

Announced back in 2014, the EOS 7D Mark II is one of the oldest, if not the oldest DSLR in the EOS line-up and we think 2018 will be the year we see the arrival of the EOS 7D Mark III.

What can we expect to see then? It’ll certainly get a new sensor, but whether Canon opts to stick with a 20MP resolution or increase this to 28MP (as CanonWatch.com is reporting), it’s still unclear. It’ll definitely get a broader ISO performance to rival the Nikon D500, while a better dynamic range at low ISO sensitivities would be welcome too. 

The dual DIGIC 4 image processors in the Mark II are likely to be replaced by the latest DIGIC 8 image processor, seeing burst shooting speeds increase beyond 10fps – maybe somewhere between 11-12fps. The new image processor could also help out with AF tracking – something the existing model lags behind on compared to its newer rivals.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark III should also see the inclusion of touchscreen functionality on the rear vari-angle display to real take advantage of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for Live View. 

What about video? Canon’s been reticent to include 4K capture on a string of new cameras with the exception of the EOS 5D Mark IV, but to compete with rivals, the EOS 7D Mark III really needs this feature to compete. 

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Image credit: Nokishita

The three-year-old PowerShot G7 X Mark II is now sorely in need of an update

Predicted specs: Dual Pixel CMOS AF | DIGIC 8 image processors | 4K video

Rumours of a third PowerShot G7 X model just don’t seem to go away. The model was the subject of some fairly convincing Photoshop fakery a year ago, but more recent leaks have shown a more likely design. 

In addition, Nokishita spotted a model mentioned in recent wireless certification documents from Canon with dimensions of 105 × 60.85 × 43.2mm – and such a size would be consistent with our expectations for a camera like the PowerShot G7 X Mark III.

The PowerShot G7 X Mark II was announced three years ago, so a successor is very much due. This would no doubt mop up many of the features found inside recent Canon models, such as the DIGIC 8 processor, and we may even be lucky enough to get Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an integrated electronic viewfinder. The original G7 X was a popular model for vloggers, so we expect there’s be a lot of disspointment if Canon doesn’t also furnish it with a 4K video recording option, something that was missed out of the Mark II version.

Nikon Z9

We think we could see at flagship Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera as early as spring 2019

Predicted specs: Too early to say | Z mount

Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras have already impressed, with the Z7 one of our favorite cameras right now. 

However, like Canon with the EOS R, the Z7 and Z6 aren’t the top of the range cameras some were expecting. 

Nikon itself it wanted to hold something back at the launch of the Z6 and Z7, which suggests we should see a flagship model. A baby D5 if you will, with the same tank-like build that working pros demand, with a performance that can keep up with the likes of Sony’s Alpha A9

This should see a burst shooting speed of at least 20fps, an even more sophisticated autofocus system and a number of other advanced features. We’ll have to see what rumors develop in the coming months.

Nikon D760

A gentle upgrade over the ageing D750 would strengthen Nikon’s FX offerings

Predicted specs: Full-frame 36.3MP sensor | 4K video recording | Tilting touchscreen

While the Z6 and Z7 have grabbed the headlines over recent months, we don’t expect Nikon to forget its DSLR heritage.

Over the last three years or so, the D750 has become a renowned and inexpensive full-frame choice in Nikon’s stable, but it could really use an update to compete with a number of more recent full-frame offerings.

With the arrival of the D850 with an impressive 45.4MP resolution, could we see the D760 make use of the 36.3MP sensor found in the outgoing D810 and replace the current 24MP chip? Or could it get the same 24.5MP sensor as the Z6?

The D750’s maximum 1/4,000sec shutter speed is an understandable compromise to help it to be more reasonably priced, but a compromise regardless. A high shutter speed of 1/8000sec might be on the cards then. 

It wouldn’t be likely that such a camera would launch without 4K video recording, especially after the 4K-enabled D500, D850 and D5. It’s also likely that it will have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would probably add touchscreen control too. Finally, don’t forget Nikon will introduce its SnapBridge connectivity as well.

Nikon D6

Nikon’s flagship DSLR could get a midlife tweak

Predicted specs: Full-frame 20MP sensor | New EXPEED image processor| 14fps burst shooting

Nikon launched the D5 back at CES in 2016, and rather than seeing a ‘S’ update that Nikon tends to do with its flagship camera every two years, we think Nikon might skip this and release an all-new D6 model.  

So what are we likely to see? That’s hard to say at the moment, but NikonRumors.com understands that the D6 will be available for testing in February

We think the resolution should remain the same at 20MP, but a new EXPEED image processor could bring a number of improvements – we can’t imagine Nikon would be able to extend the maximum ISO range of ISO3,280,000 found on the D5, but the improved processing power should see improved noise handling.  

Burst shooting could also be boosted slightly – the D5 can shoot at 12fps with full AF and metering, so we could see a performance bump to 13 or 14fps. 

While the 153-point AF system in the D5 is perhaps the most advanced autofocus systems going, we expect Nikon to improve on this even further. 

We might also see some very subtle tweaks to the handling as well, but we shouldn’t see a huge shift in button placement. 

Sony Alpha A7S III

Rumors are growing that we could see an update to Sony’s video-focused full-frame mirrorless camera

Predicted specs: Full-frame 12MP sensor | Joystick AF control | Advanced 8K video features

Now we’ve seen the launch of Sony’s megapixel monster, the Alpha A7R III and the more enthusiast-orientated Alpha A7 III, could we now see an update to the more video-focused Alpha A7S II

We reckon it’ll share the same updated body as we’ve seen with both the A7R III and A7 III, which means it’ll take on a number of handling refinements, including a dedicated AF joystick, AF-On button and touchscreen interface.

We’d be surprised if there’s a resolution increase over the 12MP Alpha A7S II, but we reckon it’ll be an all-new sensor, incorporating Sony’s latest sensor tech that’s already impressed in recent models.

The biggest improvements should be seen in video performance. With Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 and GH5S offering a wealth of advanced video features, we’d be disappointed if Sony didn’t match or better these. The Alpha A7S II can record 4K 4:2:0 8-bit video, but could we see this increase to 4:2:2 10-bit like the GH5S? Could we see 4K capture at 60/50p possible as well? There are also rumors that we could see 12-bit 8K video recording. Let’s hope so. 

Sony Alpha A7000

With the A6400 now with us, what might a more senior A7000 bring to the mirrorless party?

Predicted specs: 26MP APS-C sensor | Improved AF | Design similar to the Alpha A9

Sony has shown full-frame users a lot of attention in recent years, and this has left its A6000-series looking a little unloved. The A6000, A6300 and A6500 can all still be bought brand new, as as each camera had a solid set of specs to begin with, all three are still a respectable choices in their price categories.

The company finally showed the line some love with the most recent A6400, which technically replaces the A6300 and has a very capable performance to recommend it, but it’s fair to say it wasn’t quite the A7000 that everyone was hoping for. So what might the A7000 feature?

A ‘baby’ Alpha A9, with the A7000 camera borrowing many of the features of the flagship camera that would then be distilled into a camera based around an APS-C sensor. This is something that Nikon has done with its D5 and D500 DSLR models.

Rumors suggest that it matches and in some aspects exceeds the performance of the Fujifilm X-T3, with better AF and in-body image stabilization, while it will match the 20fps burst shooting speed of the Alpha A9.

As for the sensor, Sony’s just updated the database of sensors it manufactures, which includes a back-illuminated (BSI) 26MP APS-C sensor, which would be a good fit for the new camera. There’s also talk of the Alpha A7000 using a 32MP APS-C sensor as well. 

Sony has made great changes to its autofocusing systems in recent generations of camera too, and while the 425-point phase-detect AF system inside the A6500 is still a cracking performer, the eventual update will likely bring speed improvements and additional AF points to form a denser array, with better tracking capabilities.

Design-wise, it’s likely the new camera will feature a similar DSLR inspired look to Sony’s full-frame cameras, with a raised and centralised electronic viewfinder.

Sony 135mm f/1.8 lens

Sony’s last GM-series lens was the FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, but the range should welcome a new member before long

Is the G Master series about to welcome a wide-aperture telephoto lens?

Predicted specs: Focus-hold button | Weather-sealed design | Physical aperture ring

Designed for its Alpha-branded mirrorless cameras, Sony’s “G Master” premium lens line has already welcomed some tasty glass, including the FE 24mm f/1.4 GM that we fell in love with late last year. The range includes a handful of telephoto options, and the next one said to join them will combine a portrait-friendly 135mm focal length with a super-wide f/1.8 aperture.

That aperture might not sound too wide, but it’s still very much a rarity on a lens with this kind of focal length. SonyRumors is reporting that the lens will be on the market sometime in early 2019, which means that its announcement should be imminent.

Incidentally, Sony already offers a Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA lens for its A-mount cameras, while Sigma carries the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art. Quite how the expected lens from Sony will fare in a punch up between the latter will be very interesting to see.   

Fujifilm X-H2

With the arrival of the X-T3, the flagship X-H1 is looking a little outdated 

Predicted specs: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor | X-Processor 4 | Vastly improve AF system

It might be one of the newer camera’s in Fujifilm’s X Series range, but we think the X-H1 might be ready for an update.

Why? Well, the arrival of the X-T3 with a new sensor makes, better AF, enhanced 4K video capture and faster processing makes the flagship X-H1 look a little outdated and a hard one to recommend unless in-body image stabilization is a deal breaker.

That’s why we don’t think it will be too long before we’ll see a X-H2 with the new camera taking advantage of the company’s forth generation 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS sensor. 

This should also see the arrival of Fujifilm’s X Processor 4 image processing engine and 4K video recording at up to 60p. Panasonic and Olympus have also put a lot of work into making their respective image stabilisation systems more powerful than before, so we expect Fujifilm will try to compete with more effective sensor-based image stabilisation.

Fujifilm X-T30

The arrival of the X-T3 also means we could see a new X-T30

Predicted specs: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor | X-Processor 4 | Vastly improved AF system

Fujifilm has traditionally followed up its single-digit X-T models with more affordable double-digit alternatives, and now that the X-T3 is here it seems a third X-T30 can’t be far off. 

While this convention has made the X-T30 a somewhat easy model to predict, recent leaks from Japanese camera leakers Nokishita have given us a much better idea of what to expect. 

The model will apparently have dimensions of 118.4 × 82.8 × 46.8mm and a weight of 383g, and images purportedly of the new camera show that it will be offered in the same black and silver finishes common to previous X-T models (some have also been released in a Graphite finish). Interestingly, Fujifilm appears to have dropped the menu pad from the design of the X-T20 and replaced it with an AF joystick on the new model.

We would expect the excellent 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS sensor to descend from the X-T3,  and as Fujifilm has a habit of upgrading autofocus systems between models, we reckon it will see a boost of some kind over the X-T20’s too. Should all of this materialise, the X-T30 looks like it will be a strong challenger for the mid-level mirrorless crown, taking on the likes of the Sony A6400 and Panasonic GX9.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the odd one out in the OM-D range, so can we expect an update soon?

Predicted specs: 20MP Micro Four Thirds sensor | Core features to remain the same | 4K video

We’ve seen updates in the shape of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which just leaves the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to get refreshed in the OM-D series.

We think that for this enthusiast mirrorless camera, Olympus will ditch the 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and replace it with the 20MP chip used by the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The fact that company opted to use a 20MP sensor in its most recent OM-D E-M1X model lends further support to this idea. 

We’d expect to see 4K video capture and maybe the excellent 5-axis image stabilization get a tweak to deliver 7-stop compensation like the OM-D E-M1X. Focusing could also get a bump up to 121 points.

Panasonic’s new lenses

Image credit: Panasonic

A sizeable collection of lenses to support the new S1R and S1 cameras is on its way

Predicted specs: At least ten new lenses released throughout 2020

Having just launched the S1R and S1, two full-frame mirrorless cameras in a brand new S system, Panasonic is entitled to lay low for a while. Yet, the promise of ten new lenses to be released before the year is up shows there’s little chance of that happening.

The company has already confirmed the Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S, S PRO 50mm f/1.4 and S PRO 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S optics, but a roadmap shown at the S1R/S1 launch reveals that it will focus its attention on 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/4 options. The promise of at least seven further lenses on top of that leaves plenty of space for interesting primes, potentially some with particularly wide apertures.

1.4x and 2x teleconverters are also set to arrive at some point in the year and 2020 should bring two fixed-focal length lenses in addition to a macro and super telephoto optic. This system may just be getting started, but knowing how prolific Panasonic has been with its G series cameras gives us plenty of hope that it will flourish in little time.