Wow, 2019 is starting to draw to a close and the last 12 months has seen a whole host of great cameras and kit brought to the market to help photographers make their best-ever images. New gear trends have appeared, the rise of mirrorless has been relentless but many more cameras that were due to appear haven’t yet materialised.
We’ve put together a list of the cameras we most want to see in 2020; some have been already confirmed for development, others have been doing the rounds in the rumour mill, but all would offer photographers more choice and variety when it comes to buying a new camera.
One – Canon 5D MkV
Canon’s 5D line could well be the most successful series of cameras in the history of digital imaging. The original 5D was the best full-frame camera of its day while the 5D MkII brought the ability to shoot video with a DSLR into the mainstream. The MkIII improved image quality while the MkIV enabled creatives to shoot 4K video. However, the latest incarnation has been around since 2016 so 2020 has to be the year Canon release a new version. Some rumour websites have predicted a big-megapixel chip – surely in excess of the 5D spin-off cameras (the 5DS/R), while others suggesting 6K video.
Two – Sony A7S III
Sony is well known for the stills capabilities available in its amazing range of alpha cameras, but the brand is equally acclaimed for the video specs it offers and leading the line has been the A7S range. With the A7SII now getting a little long in the tooth, it’s likely the A7S III will drop in 2020. Rumoured specs range from 4K 120p shooting to the new model even using an enhanced fan-based cooling system – of course we won’t know the feature list for sure until an official announcement. With competitors such as Panasonic with the GH5s raising the bar, we’re sure Sony will pull out all the stops to make the A7S III a massive success.
Three – Fuji X-T4
All signs are pointing to Fuji parking the X-H1 line up and returning to the tried and tested combination of features and compact dimensions. The X-T3 has proved hugely popular with Fuji, but how can they improve on the 26-megapixel sensor – can the designers realistically squeeze any more resolution from the APS-C sensor or will Fuji try and squeeze a full-frame chip in the tiny X-T body?
Four – Canon 1DX MkIII/Nikon D6
2020 is the year of the Tokyo Olympics, which means it’s also the year that Canon and Nikon will drop its flagship action cameras. The 1DX MkII and Nikon D5 were launched just a month apart back in 2016 so both cameras are due for an update and their development has been acknowledged, but exact specifications are still somewhat vague, although we do know the Canon will feature 525 AF-points, 20 frames per second burst rate. This time around however, both the Canon 1DX MkIII and D6 will face big competition from the Sony a9ii.
Five – Panasonic GH6
Wow, can you believe the Panasonic GH5 was launched way back in 2017, and although the 20-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds camera has proved to be incredibly popular – especially with aspiring film-makers – Panasonic have surely got to replace the GH5 within the next 12 months. A true hybrid camera that offers 5-axis IBIS and 4K video within a compact, weather-sealed body, any replacement GH6 is sure to follow the same route, combining stills features with impressive video specifications.
Six – Canon EOS R Pro/ Nikon Z 8
Unlike other cameras in this list, the Canon EOS R (Canon’s first-ever full-frame mirrorless) and the Z 7 (Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless, along with the Z 6) were only released in late 2018. However, the cameras were the foundation of a whole new mirrorless system for each brand, so it’s highly likely that a more pro version for each brand will appear over the next 12 months. This could see addition such as IBIS, dual card slots and extended video specifications, which would help Canon and Nikon keep up with Sony’s advance on the mirrorless market.
Seven – A99 III
Sony’s A mount DSLT (translucent mirror) cameras often get overlooked for the hugely successful mirrorless E mount models, but the a99 II, which was launched way back in 2016 is unbelievably ahead of its time. Featuring a beefy 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, IBIS and a 12 FPS burst rate, it would be great to see a replacement for this camera to push Sony’s DSLT cameras to new heights.
Which other cameras would you like to see come to market in 2020?