Only a few weeks to go before the Photokina show 2016, so what cameras can we reasonably expect to be launched just before the show or indeed at the show itself?
Well the Canon EOS 5D IV full frame DSLR is 100% certain.
Expect a 30mp full frame DSLR with 4K video and built in Wi-Fi & GPS.
The 5D4 will be offered paired with the new 24-105mm F4L IS II zoom lens.
Its possible Canon may announce a new mirrorless CsC “M” model, either a update to the current EOS M3 or ( along shot) the long rumoured full frame mirrorless EOS model?
The replacement / update to Panasonic’s entry level “G” CSC model (the G7) will break cover, rumours suggesting a title of G80. If true the designation hints that the camera will probably use the same 16mp sensor that is found in the recent GX80/85 and not the 20mp sensor as is found in the GX8.
Its doubtful we will see the flagship GH5 break cover ( a November / New Year launch?) but maybe a new mini “GM” model?
An update to the Panasonic LX100 is widely rumoured, once again using the same 16mp sensor from the GX80. I’d expect a tilting / articulated touch screen will be added and the EVF improved slightly , otherwise the new flagship LX model will be reasonable similar to the current LX100.
The Olympus OMD EM1 II will be revealed (possibly even in the next 2 weeks or so). I suspect Olympus will have thrown the kitchen sink at its new Micro Four Thirds flagship, so a 20mp sensor, more resolute EVF, genuine handheld High Res shooting, even quicker frame per second rate, and tweaked 5-axis in-body stabilisation.
Along with the EM1 II Olympus will reveal the first of its “Pro” f1.2 prime lenses as well as the rumoured 12-100mm “Pro” travel zoom.
The delayed EPL8 will also see the light of day.
I reckon that Fuji will update its ageing XE model ( the XE2s) with the Fuji maybe a Fuji XE3?
Likewise its “X” range of fixed lens rangefinder styled cameras ie X100T, could well do with a revamp, so possibly a X200 is on the cards?
Fuji’s enty level mini XM model like the X100 range also needs a revision if the range is to continue so a new XM model is needed.
Its pretty obvious that Fuji best option would be to stick the superb 24mp Trans X sesnor from the XT2/ X-Pro 2 sensor in any new models?
Finally rumours hint of a Fuji XA-3 breaking cover. Mmmm, I am no so sure about that one and I wouldn’t be suprised if the XA range is actually dead in the water and the revised XM model used to move things on?
Will we ever see a replacement of the full frame Sony A99?
Or maybe a new APS-C high end Sony Alpha 7000?
Sony will reveal something but what?
No idea whatsover?
Mark Baynham ( August 2016)