Will there really three new Canon R bodies this year?

Canon is having a strong pace of releases for their R system. It’s now rumored they will launch three new EOS-R bodies this year:

  1. Canon EOS-R High Resolution camera
  2. Canon EOS-R super affordable camera that costs less than $999
  3. Canon EOS-R Low resolution optimized camera (sort of Sony A7s alike)

The High Resolution camera is definitely coming first. And also a cine oriented low light beats makes sense. But I am not sure that super cheap EOS-R camera is really a Full Frame…

Source: CR Via Canonwatch

First leaked image and specs of the new Olympus E-M1III

The Internet Rumors declared that Olympus is dead. But somehow this stubborn company doesn’t want to accept that “fact” and they keep releasing new products :)

In mid February they will announce the new E-M1III (first leaked image on top) and probably 1-2 new MFT lenses. Some early camera specs:

– Has one more joystick
– Same battery as E-M1II
– New processor
– Can do Handheld High Resolution shots

So this will be basically E-M1X without the unnecessary built.in grip….

Upcoming announcements: Fuji X-T4 in February/March, Olympus E-M1III in mid February, Canon High-Rez EOS-R and maybe the new Sony A7IV at the Cp+ show!

We are starting to get a clearer picture of what companies will announce in February ahead of the big Japanese CP+ Photo Show:

Fuji will announce the X-T4 and X100V in February/March
Olympus will announce the new E-M1III and 150-400mm PRO lens in mid February
Canon will announce the new High Resolution EOS-R camera
Sony might announce the new A7IV just to piss off all those of you waiting for the A7sIII :)
Leica will announce their new Monochrome camera

We haven’t heard anything yet about possible Nikon and Panasonic announcements…

Fuji is in for the battle: X-T3 successor to be announced in February/March

While some companies like Sony and Olympus are a bit “asleep” others like Nikon Canon and Fuji are speeding up their mirrorless release pace. Fujirumors reports that the X-T3 successor will be announced in February/March. This is only 1,5 years after the X-T3 announcement. No rumored specs have been spilled out by Fujrumors but I am sure we will not have to wait a long time for this.

Note: On the same day the new X100V will be announced too!

UPDATE of January 11: Sorry, misunderstood the rumor: The X-T4 will not be announce on February 4 but in sometimes in February/March. Misundertsanding happening because the camera codes are registered in Asia til February 4.

Well that was a damn fast transition: Canon says focus now is on “RF lenses” and there will be “no new EF lenses unless market demands it”

3…2…1…. and here comes the bomb!

Canon Europe senior manager Richard Shepherd just told in a Digitalcameraworld interview that

“To date we’ve launched ten critically acclaimed RF lenses, and as it’s a new system we plan to continue this, launching more RF lenses while still fully supporting the EF lens system. And of course, should the market demand it, we are ready to create new EF lenses. But for now, our focus is on RF.”

I heard that formula “should the market demand it” many times in the past and this means the system for them is brain dead. I seriously expected Canon to take a while longer before to stop EF lens development but probably they were wise enough to realize that in a shrinking market they don’t have the resources to bet on two horses at the same time.

It won’t be long that Nikon will follow too and than Mirrorless will rule the world!!!! Of course…rule in a very small niche of  a dying ancestral photographic world that will definitely disappear because of 300+ megapixel smartphones with 20 cameras on it :)

Canon EOS-R High Resolution camera will be announced at the CP+ show

The evidence is mounting up that Canon will announce a new High Resolution EOS-R camera at the CP+ show. So far I got no reliable specs but these are the rumored specs from CanonWatch:

  • 75mp full-frame CMOS
  • Sensor “focused on the dynamic range”
  • Frames per second “… Sounded similar to the EOS R”
  • DIGIC 9
  • Dual Card Slots
  • Joystick the same as the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Larger and higher resolution EVF than the EOS R
  • Fully articulating LCD screen
  • Fully weather-sealed
  • Similar ergonomics as the EOS R (No touch bar)

Canon is becoming very aggressive with multiple camera announcements made and scheduled. Sony really has to watch out…where is your goddamn A7sIII??? :)

The first new MFT product we should get is the new Olympus 150-400mm lens…what’s after that?

The next new MFT product we shall get is the Olympus 150-400mm lens  in January-February. But what’s coming after that one?

Olympus officially stated that they plan to release at minimum of two new cameras and two new lenses every year. While it’s easy to  guess that  we will have a new E-M1III in 2020 I don’t know  what other MFT cameras we should expect to get in 2020. The PEN-F line has been axed and the E-PL and OMD line was just updated.

Panasonic on the other hand might  announce their new flagship camera in late 2020…the GH6! If it has 8K video it surely would be a stunner!

All this doesn’t sound too bad for a system that has been called “death” so many times in the past years :)