The year 2012 has been a vintage year for new camera releases as well as the introduction of new feature / technology (i.e. connectivity, touch screens etc).Curiously the rumours mills for 2013 haven’t really swung into action this year certainly compared to last. This is probably because there isn’t a great number of new releases due? There are however some little snippets to be found.I’ll emphasis that what follows are rumours and should subsequently be taken with a pinch of salt.
The Fuji X100 has in effect been discontinued for some time. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that a X200 with a 16Mp Trans X sensor may be on its way? Will the X100 still be fixed lens, yes I believe so. Will it still be the same “fast” 23mm lens, yes probably. What will probably be improved will be the resolution of the rear screen. Will the screen become articulated and / or have touch screen capacity, doubtful.
Its pretty obvious that the Canon EOS 7D is over due a replacement and rumours suggest the update / replacement will be announced possibly in February. What sort of update can we expect? Rumours are hinted at a Mp increase, one hopes nothing too dramatic (say 20Mp?). Am confident the rear screen will boast a higher resolution and become articulated and most likely have touch screen capacity similar to the EOS 650D. Finally it’s a reasonable bet that Wi-Fi and GPS will be introduced. What am really curious about will be the body only price. Remember the full frame Canon EOS 6D is around the £1,600 -1,700 mark it would make no marketing sense to have an APS-C camera available at a more expensive price, unless the 7D replacement is a sort of APS-C / Full Frame cross, using say an APS-H sensor or even a variable full frame sensor (aka like Nikon and its FX/DX capacity). This capacity would allow both EFS and EF lenses to be used. Wishful thinking or fantasy?
The GX1 will most probably be updated with the addition of GH3 technology. Any chance of a built in EVF? Doubtful because this would ensure it treads on the toes of the rumoured fixed lens m4/3rd camera from Panasonic.
The GF5 will likely be revamped but with probably with the new “standard” 16Mp sensor.
And finally what about that rumoured “fast” fixed lens m4/3rd camera body with built in EVF, a sort of GX1 / X100 cross, a carry anytime general purpose but high quality compact something akin to Panasonic vision of a modern Olympus Trip or a natural Canon EOS G1X rival. Well I for one can see the market as the Canon is currently the only similar type camera in that niche market and there’s definitely a demand for such a camera. Whether it will see the light of day is another matter.
The good money is on a high end semi pro OMD variant which would also replace the E5 4/3rd DSLR from Olympus? This would mean Olympus ditching the DSLR market, but have no fear as rumours suggest an in-house adaptor that would allow auto focus of any high grade 4/3rd lens on a m/4/3rd pro model, I reckon this camera is coming? The ability to properly use pro spec 4/3rd lenses on a pro spec m4/3rd body with high quality EVF would satisfy many loyal Olympus 4/3rd DSLR owners who have worried about Olympus’s commitment to the 4/3rd system. M4/3rd owner will be cuffed to have auto focus with high grade pro 4/3rd lenses, both side win?.
How about a full frame NEX, something maybe called NEX9, using the 24Mp full frame sensor from the Alpha 99? Could happen? Actually am sure it will.
General likely trends for 2013.
It goes without saying that the fusion of wi -fi connectivity and in camera editing will gather pace. Additionally touch screen interfacing will improve and become more common. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) will come of age and gain a greater acceptability? And finally there will be a drive for even faster auto focus capacity in live view to enhance both fast movement capture / tracking as well improving video capacity.
Here’s looking forward to 2013
Mark Baynham (December 2012)