While all new camera rumours should be taken with a grain of salt thanks to, often unverified sources, there’s no mistaking that certain cameras do have a shelf-life and that major brands tend to update models in an established timelines. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at which important DSLRs could be set to hit the market over the next few months…
Canon 6D Mk2
It’s hard to believe that the original 6D is turning five years old in 2017. Announced to much fanfare at the 2012 Photokina show in Germany, the 6D was a massively important camera for Canon. For the first time, photographers could get a full-frame Canon DSLR in a more compact body and the fact that it was far more affordable than the 5D equivalent (the Mk3) at the time was more than enough to make sure the camera was a success. But five years on and the spec list is looking tired. 20.1-megapixels, 4.5 frames per second and niggles like having just one SD card slot simply don’t cut it these days so there’s no surprise the internet is ablaze with rumoured specs and release dates. Of course, until an official release, rumoured specs are just that, rumours, but it would be a surprise if Canon didn’t increase the the megapixel count to at least 28-MP, include its Dual Pixel RAW technology from the 5D Mk4 and also pay more attention to the video capabilities of the Canon 6D Mk2. Anything other than 4K quality footage would be a disappointment and a vari-angle screen to aid film-making would be a welcome addition. As for release dates, the volume of traffic on rumour sites suggest the Canon 6D Mk2 is arguably the most likely launch to happen. What’s more, it could be in the next two months, with July being slated as the most likely release date.
The Nikon D810 is another popular DSLR that has to be nearing the end of its time in the spotlight. Launched in 2014, it’s slightly newer than the Canon 6D, but as it’s such an important camera for Nikon, a shorter lifespan wouldn’t be a huge surprise. The D810 owed a lot of its success to its high megapixel count that produced large files full of detail. So, with the advances in sensor technology over the last two years, you wouldn’t expect Nikon to release anything smaller than a 50-megapixel sensor. Much like the case with the Canon 6D replacement specs, and other trends in the industry, the appetite for cameras that can also record high quality footage should be enough to make sure any replacement for the D810 (be it the D820 or whatever it’s eventually called) includes pro video specs and at least 4K quality footage. Megapixel and video parameters aside, it’s hard to see exactly how Nikon could improve on such a great camera like the D810. Perhaps increased ISO performance will be a major headline when the press release finally appears.
Pentax K-1 Mk2
Pentax caught the industry and photographers off-guard when it released a highly impressive DSLR, that took on the big brands of Canon and Nikon in the full-frame, high-megapixel market and release its flagship DSLR, the K-1, in 2016. While that was only a year ago, the K-1 marked Pentax’s return to full-frame cameras and it would be a surprise if the brand weren’t keen to build on the K-1’s initial success and launch an improved model some time soon. Offering 36-megapixels, the K-1 also boasts weather resistance, built-in stabilisation technology and, arguably more importantly, offered a very attractive price-tag to undercut the competition. It also showed Pentax were willing to innovate, with that unique vari-screen on stilts and LED lights to illuminate areas such as the memory card slot. An equally well-priced replacement with a bigger sensor and improved video specs would certainly give photographers something to think about when weighing up a new buy!
Canon 5DS Mk2
It’s been two years since Canon raised the stakes in the megapixel wars and brought out the 5DS and the 5DR. With both cameras featuring 50.6-megapixel sensors, the DSLRs were instant hits for photographers wishing to stay with the full-frame system, but achieve the high resolutions only previously available in medium format cameras. All signs point to any replacement for these cameras taking longer than a few months down the line, but it’s worth remembering that Canon themselves showed off an 120-megapixel sensor the company had developed at the Shanghai Canon Expo in 2016. Given the research and development time gone into such a sensor, it would be a great shame if photographers didn’t get to use it in a new camera sooner rather than later!
So, which camera do you think is most likely to be launched first and which are you most excited about?