So, 2020 was a bit of a strange year to say the least, but the thing that keeps everyone going is the passion of photography. And, if there’s anything to keep hopes high, it’s the anticipation of a cool new camera hitting the market. Here’s our pick of the cameras we’d like to see over the next 12 months…
The 20-megapixel GH5 won over legions of fans thanks to it’s small and lightweight dimensions, affordable Micro Four-Thirds lenses and the mix of advanced specifications that kept both stills and video users happy. However, the GH5 is now four years old and although Panasonic have brought out a number of new full-frame cameras in the shape of the S1, S1R and S5, there’s still no replacement for the GH5. Given the new technology that’s available now in the video and autofocus departments, surely a GH6 would take the lightweight approach to hybrid photography to a whole new level.
If street photography is your passion, you’ll know all about the GR range of cameras. Built on a principle of being pocket-sized and simple to use, the latest incarnation is the GRIII, which was launched back in 2018. Ricoh somehow managed to squeeze a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor into the tiny body of the GRIII that tipped the scales at only 257g yet produces amazing image quality, features In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) and benefits from a true cult following in the world of street photography. If Ricoh decides to bring us a replacement in 2021, users would surely appreciate a boost in resolution and improvement to the video options, which is limited to Full HD in the GRIII.
Nikon Df M
The original Df was a bit of a ‘’love it or hate it’ camera, but there’s no mistaking the retro looks really help this DSLR stand out from the crowd. Packing a 16-megapixel full-frame sensor and an all-metal build, the Df was a throwback to the analogue days but with a digital makeover. However, given that the Df was launched way back in 2013, it’s surely time for a new incarnation and perhaps this time around Nikon should make any replacement mirrorless instead of a DSLR?
One of the cameras many expected to see in 2020 was a new flagship model from Canon’s APS-C sensor range of mirrorless cameras. The M5, M6 Mark II and M50 all use Canon’s M lens mount, which enables the brand to build small and light cameras. The rumour mill suggested we may see an M model that took on the properties of Canon’s 7D MkII DSLR, which combined an advanced autofocus system with rapid burst rates that made the camera popular with sports and wildlife photographers. If Canon could put those same properties into a smaller body that would be completely silent, then it would give photographers a great new option. What’s more, it’s worth remembering that with an adapter, photographers can use the EF lenses from their DSLRs on the M-mount bodies.
Olympus E-M1X Mark II
Olympus is best known for small and lightweight cameras like the E-PL9 or E-M5 Mark III, but the Micro Four-Thirds brand also does bigger cameras too and the E-M1X represented Olympus’ move into the sports and wildlife photography sector when the camera (complete with integrated battery grip) launched back in 2019. With the original launched back in January 2019, it would be great to see a new and improved version break cover in 2021. Areas for improvement would definitely be centered on the resolution, with the original serving up 20-megapixels, wildlife photographers would love to see the speedy 60 frames per second burst rate matched with a resolution closer to 30-megapixels.
Sony offers an amazing range of mirrorless cameras, but the truth is that the brand also made some brilliant DSLRs too. Well, not strictly DSLRs, as cameras such as the A99II used a fixed translucent mirror, so were technically DSLTs. In fact, the a99II was a camera way ahead of its time when it was launched way back in September 2016. Offering a monster full-frame 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video and a rapid 12 frames per second burst rate in a weather sealed body, surely it’s time for Sony to step up and deliver us a new version of this cool camera? With the advances Sony has made in autofocus over the last five years, this would surely be the area where the a99III could break new ground, along with boosts to battery life and video options.
Another camera that was way ahead of its time was the Samsung NX1. Launched way back in 2014, it offered a 28-megapixel APS-C sensor amongst a host of offer advanced features, including 4K video and a 15 frames per second burst rate – remember, this was a mirrorless camera back in 2014! This was the last pro-spec Samsung to be launched, but wouldn’t it be great to see more brands getting back into the photo industry and, potentially a new flagship model in the shape of a NX2?