In the underwater imaging industry, the big annual build-up is in anticipation of DEMA. Each November, we brace for innovative new product announcements and clamor to our computers for any rumor we can find.
For the photography industry at large, however, all eyes turn to Germany in September. Photokina is the world’s largest photography and imaging trade event—with manufacturers using the stage to announce headline products.
Unfortunately for those manufacturers—but fortunately for us photo fanatics—it’s hard to keep the lid on planned announcements. As such, we are in the midst of camera rumor season leading up to Photokina. Here’s a “rumor roundup” of what we’re hoping to see announced in the coming weeks.
Canon Photokina Rumors
EOS 5D Mark IV: Perhaps the most-hyped, least well-kept secret of the year, the EOS 5D Mark IV was announced just weeks before Photokina. Final specs include a 30.4MP full-frame sensor, 61-point AF (41 cross-type), 7fps continuous shooting and extended ISO from 100 to 102,400. Also included in this new camera is Dual Pixel RAW, which allows the user to choose the focus point in post-processing.
Prosumer Mirrorless Camera: Canon hasn’t been able to produce a breakout mirrorless line in the likes of Sony or Panasonic. But that may change: We are expecting Canon to announce a prosumer (mid-range) mirrorless camera around Photokina. Rumors suggest that it will have a large sensor (possibly full frame) and the ability to record 4K video.
EOS C700: We’re not sure about the name at this point, but the “EOS C700” (or something like it) should be announced in the first two weeks of September as an expansion to Canon’s EOS Cinema camera lineup. Resolution is expected to be above 4K, and the new Super 35 sensor will feature a dynamic range of 15 stops.
W-E1 Card: Only a few weeks ago, we first heard a rumor that Canon was developing an SD card-shaped WiFi converter. It appears that this nifty accessory will arrive in time for Photokina.
Nikon Photokina Rumors
D760: We aren’t 100 percent sure on this, but there are signs pointing towards a new model in Nikon’s full-frame lineup. Speculation began to mount last week when large retailers like Amazon started dramatically dropping the price for the current D750. While this seems a clear sign that stores are making room for a new full-frame DSLR, there aren’t many other rumors regarding specs.
D3400: Announced last week, the D3400 is an update to Nikon’s line of entry-level DSLR cameras. It doesn’t get a host of major improvements, but the addition of SnapBridge connectivity does make it easier to transfer and share images.
D820: Possibly also to be named the D900, this full-frame camera has had a lot of crazy rumors attached to it. For starters, it is possible that the D820/900 will resume the megapixel war with a 70–80MP sensor made either by Sony or Samsung. More realistically, look for something in the 40MP range with 15fps continuous shooting and 4K video.
Large Sensor Mirrorless Camera: Nikon may be looking to compete with Sony in the full-frame mirrorless market. After the company registered a new camera in May, rumors began to swirl that this may be a long-awaited large-sensor mirrorless camera with F-mount. Of course, “large” is a relative term and could just mean a big APS-C sensor.
Sony Photokina Rumors
RX100 V: Another RX100 model? Possibly. It’s been roughly a year since the previous edition, but there’s a strong possibility we will see the RX100 V announced for Photokina. Rumored specs include an impressive hybrid AF with 179 phase detect points, EVF magnification of 0.7x and a longer focal length lens (24–80mm).
Pro-Level Mirrorless (4K): Potentially called the Sony a9, this camera will be part of a new mirrorless camera series that sits above the a7S in price and features. Rumors are thin, with the only blip on the radar being the possibility of a 150MP CMOS sensor (pixel pitch of 2.4µm) in the resolution-heavy a9R version.
Panasonic Photokina Rumors
GH5: We may have the new king of video in mirrorless cameras when Panasonic unveils the GH5 in the coming month. It is said that the camera will feature an all-new processor that will make it quite an impressive beast for photo and video. Likely video capabilities: no-crop 4K up to 60fps, 1080 at 120fps, 10-bit internal recording and V-Log built-in. Possible capability: 6K!
LX200: An almost guaranteed release at Photokina will be the LX200. It is expected to feature some impressive improvements over the existing LX100, including a 20MP Live MOS sensor, AF speeds of 0.07 seconds, ISO up to 51,200 and a larger OLED viewfinder.
Olympus Photokina Rumors
OM-D E-M1 II: Lots of interesting rumors accompany the potential announcement of the OM-D E-M1 II at Photokina. One such line of rumors hints that the update to the 2013 E-M1 will be aimed at sport photographers, or shooting in fast-moving situations. That likely means significant improvements in autofocus, tracking, and stabilization. Another rumor hints that the camera will feature a new “high-resolution” mode that will work while being held in the hand—previous methods required the camera be mounted to a tripod for image stacking.
E-PL 8: Nicknamed the “baby PEN,” this camera has surfaced in the form of images and rumored specs. It will have a 16MP sensor and (based off of the images) will be one of the smallest and lightest mirrorless cameras to hit the market.
GoPro Photokina Rumors
HERO 5: Leaked photos of the Hero 5 suggest it will be waterproof right out of the box to a limited depth (possibly 60 feet). To go deeper, you will still need an external case—but this initial waterproof depth rating makes things interesting for recreational scuba diving. Also interesting is that the GoPro HERO 5 will feature voice commands—but they probably won’t work underwater. Expect this camera announced in time for the holiday shopping season, but possibly not until after Photokina.
Karma Drone: We’ll end the speculating with an item that cannot—and should not!—be used underwater. The Karma Drone—first revealed early this year—was delayed to a winter release. Little is known about the specs of the drone, but it is possible GoPro will offer the drone in a package with the HERO 5.
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