Camera rumors 2020: the biggest and best camera rumors around

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Before the global pandemic unfolded, the camera rumors mill was predicting a fantastic year for photographers, with a whole range of new models expected from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympus.But while the launch schedule has certainly been disrupted, there is still plenty to be excited about. As the staggered announcement of the Canon EOS R5 shows, the big camera manufacturers are still pressing ahead with major launches – and the latest camera rumors suggest Canon will be far from alone in releasing new flagships in the near future.  Several new mirrorless models are still expected this year, with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic all firmly engaged in the battle for supremacy. As the big names begin to expand on their early offerings, we should see new options unveiled that offer greater choice for both enthusiasts and professionals.The DSLR is far from dead, either. As new models such as the Nikon D780 and Canon 1DX Mark III show, one of the big trends is a move towards ‘hybrid’ cameras that bring mirrorless tricks to the more traditional DSLR setup – and we’ll likely see more of the same in 2020.What are the latest camera rumors we’ve heard this year? And how has the pandemic affected the suggested launch dates? Using our knowledge of traditional refresh rates for certain model lines, as well as the latest leaks gleaned from industry insiders and internet sources, we’ve created this round-up of the latest camera rumors for each manufacturer. We’ll keep it regularly updated as news comes in, so make sure to check back for analysis on the most exciting photographic tools we can expect to see in the second half of 2020.
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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark III

Canon has successfully revived the DSLR with the launch of three new models but what about the compact PowerShot line? Is Canon still serious about those?Predicted specs: 1-inch 20.1MP CMOS sensor | Digic 8 processor | 4x optical zoom | 4K/30p video

Rumors have begun circulating that Canon is working on a refreshed version of the affordable G9 X line. The third iteration is supposedly launching “relatively soon”, as Canon Rumors reported in early 2020, but details are currently scant.However, a few expected specs include the latest Digic 8 processor – and why not, when it’s performing so well in the likes of the EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II. While it’s been rumored that the sensor resolution will remain the same as in the current three-year-old G9 X Mark II, the refreshed version will apparently get a bigger zoom. Currently, the Mark II uses a 28-84mm f/2-4.9 lens which offers 3x optical zoom, and it would be great if the next iteration came with a wider angle like the G7 X Mark II’s 24-100mm lens.We think that at this point it would be safe to assume Canon will upgrade the video specs to 4K shooting at up to 30fps, but whether these upgrades would hike the price of the rumored camera is anyone’s guess.

Canon EOS R6

Now Canon has officially launching the EOS R5, will we soon see a more enthusiast-friendly sibling called the EOS R6?Predicted specs: 20MP full-frame sensor | RF Lens mount | 4K/60p video | 20fps burst speed | Dual Pixel CMOS AF | IBIS

Now that the Canon EOS R5 is official, it’s time to turn our attention to the other full-frame model that’s supposedly in Canon’s pipeline – the EOS R6.Where this second model will fit in Canon’s mirrorless line-up isn’t yet known, but the latest ‘leak’ gives a clearer indication that the R6 should be positioned as a more affordable, entry-level option. If true, this is further evidence that Canon will use its more established model numbering system for the R line – think R1, R5, R6, R7 – meaning we might not see Mark II models of the EOS R or RP.Speculating on specs, Canon Rumors is confident that the R6 will ship in June – ahead of the R5 – equipped with a 20MP full-frame sensor, along with in-body image stabilization to match that of its superior sibling.Similarly, the R6 will apparently offer the same 20fps continuous shooting speeds as the R5 using its electronic shutter (with 12fps possible with the mechanical shutter) – but video will be limited to 4K/60p, rather than the headline 8K offered by the flagship.Beyond that, information about the R6 remains sparse. Canon Rumors believes there might be a new battery, which could be shared with the R5. It also seems likely that the R6 would use Canon’s new Digic X processor, but we won’t know anything for certain until the rumored May launch date rolls around.

Canon EOS R Mark II
There could well be two new Canon EOS R cameras in 2020. Will we see an updated version of the original camera, aimed at enthusiasts and pros?Predicted specs: 32MP full-frame sensor | RF Lens mount | Uncropped 4K video with Dual Pixel AF | CFExpress slot and SD slot | IBIS

According to the latest whispers from Canon Rumors, there will be two new EOS R bodies coming in 2020 – with the other new model being an upgrade to the more enthusiast-friendly EOS R, possibly called the Canon EOS R Mark II.There haven’t been any leaks of the EOS R Mark II yet, but the rumors so far suggest it’ll have both in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and offer uncropped 4K video with Dual Pixel AF.That’s not the end of the rumored specs either, with Canon Rumors suggesting it’ll include 12fps burst shooting (most likely without AF/AE locking) and the combination of a 32MP sensor with Canon’s new Digic X processor.Lastly, it could apparently also include a new CFExpress card slot, which will sit alongside a standard SD card slot. This would all make it much more pro-friendly compared to the original EOS R and EOS RP. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear any more rumors or official news, because this could be a big one in the great full-frame mirrorless battle of 2020.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

The EOS M50 is perhaps one of the most underestimated Canon mirrorless cameras. But will it get a refresh?Predicted specs: 32.5MP APS-C sensor | Digic 8 image processor | 14fps burst speed | uncropped 4K video to 30p | Dual Pixel CMOS AF

The EOS M6 Mark II laid down the benchmark for Canon’s future APS-C mirrorless cameras, with it’s superb 32.5MP sensor, it’s fast 14fps burst speed and uncropped 4K video capabilities thanks to the Digic 8 processor under the hood. With that compact snapper now well-established on shelves, the rumor mill has begun speculating on a refresh for the EOS M50. While we’re not expecting it any time soon, it’s already been rumored to be a camera to bridge the gap between the current model and the M6 Mark II. Canon Rumors reckons that the M50 Mark II will inherit the same sensor and image processor from the new M6 Mark II while retaining the same EVF and vari-angle LCD display of the current M50.It should also be able to handle video better than the current model if there’s any truth to the upgraded specs. Where the M50 can shoot 4K with a 1.6x crop at 24/25p, there’s speculation that the Mark II might be able to capture uncropped 4K footage at a more respectable 30fps, with Full HD (1080p) shooting at 120fps.However, we’ll likely be waiting till late 2020 to see if the M50 Mark II becomes official or not, but until then the current EOS M50 is definitely one of the best mirrorless cameras you can get today.

Canon EOS M5 II
Canon EOS M5
With the EOS M6 Mark II now with us, is there any call for a model with an integrated viewfinder to replace the EOS M5?Predicted specs: New 24MP APS-C sensor | 4K video recording | DIGIC 8 image processors | 30fps Raw Burst shooting

While Canon’s been focusing its attention on its new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, it doesn’t seem the company’s EOS M range is going anywhere.A replacement for the EOS M6, the EOS M6 II, joined the EOS M stable quite recently. But does that means an EOS M5 II update to the EOS M5 won’t see the light of day? After all, the EOS M5 was essentially an M6 with a built-in viewfinder – but a viewfinder is available for the EOS M6 II, so is there any need for another alternative?If it does arrive, we expect its spec sheet to mirror that of the EOS M6 II in many areas. We expect an updated 32MP sensor that support 4K video recording, and we also expect this will record without a crop like the EOS M6 II manages.One thing we really want to see is some new native glass to make the APS-C mirrorless system as a whole more appealing. This is one area Canon is lagging behind the likes of Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony.

Canon EOS 5D X

Could Canon launch a rival to Nikon’s D850 and Sony’s Alpha A7R IV?Predicted specs: Full-frame 50MP sensor | 8fps burst shooting | Improved 4K video capture

When it was launched back in 2016, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV was our favourite DSLR. A well-rounded camera, it was (and still is) an incredibly versatile photographic tool. However, 2017 saw Nikon release the mighty 45.4MP D850, before the 45.7MP Z7 last year, while Sony launched the 61MP Alpha A7R IV earlier this year. All of these cameras offer more pixels while matching or bettering the performance of the EOS 5D Mark IV. So, unless you’re a die-hard Canon user and heavily invested in the system, the EOS 5D Mark IV is hard to recommend over the other two. Then consider that the 50MP Canon EOS 5DS was launched in 2015 and we reckon Canon might consolidate its two lines into a single, multi-purpose DSLR that offers a high pixel count and high performance to rival the D850 and Alpha A7R IV.We’re speculating here, but this new DSLR could potentially be called the EOS 5D X and feature a new and improved 50MP full-frame sensor that was used in the EOS 5DS, now with a much broader and improved ISO range, while burst shooting could hit 8fps. We reckon video might also get a hike in performance – the 1.64x crop when shooting 4K on the EOS 5D Mark IV is a bit of a turn off to many videographers. To aid shooting both stills and video, maybe we might also see the inclusion of a vari-angle touchscreen display.

Canon EOS 7D Mark III

The EOS 7D Mark II was an excellent DSLR, but does the arrival of the EOS 90D scupper the chances of a third-generation EOS 7D Mark III model?Predicted specs: 32.5MP sensor | Dual DIGIC 8 image processors | 11fps+ burst shooting

Announced back in 2014, the EOS 7D Mark II is one of the oldest DSLRs in the EOS line-up. Will we see an EOS 7D Mark III before the year is up?With the EOS 90D unveiled just recently, it seems even less certain. But if it does arrive, it will likely get the same 32.5MP sensor. It should also inherit the DIGIC 8 image processor, which means it should at least match the 10/11fps burst shooting mode of the EOS 90D.The Canon EOS 7D Mark III should also see the inclusion of touchscreen functionality on the rear vari-angle display to real take advantage of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for Live View. What about video? 4K recording to 30p is now becoming a standard part of many Canon cameras, so we will no doubt see this here too, although quite to what standard we don’t know. Of course, it’s possible that Canon will focus elsewhere and will kill off the EOS 7D line, as has been reported.

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Nikon Z8 / Z9

We think we could see at flagship Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera in 2020…Predicted specs: 61MP sensor | Z mount | 6K video recording | 5.76 million-dot viewfinder | Twin card slots

The Nikon Z7 is one of our favourite cameras right now, for many reasons. Yet, much like Canon’s EOS R, it’s perhaps not quite the flagship full-frame mirrorless camera many were expecting. If we look at Sony’s A7R IV and A9 models, for example, and Panasonic’s video-centric S1H, we can see it’s not quite at the top of the tree for pixel count, video specs or burst shooting. And rumors of a more pro-end Z series model, possibly called the Z9 or Z8, have been steadily building as soon as the initial excitement of the Z6 and Z7 had died down a little.But will it be a sports-focused camera with a more modest sensor resolution or a megapixel beast? Our money is on the latter for two reasons. First, releasing a camera with an autofocus system that’s on a par with Sony’s Real Time Tracking technology – ie, a camera totally at home shooting action – is going to take some work. Sony is, after all, on its fourth generation of mirrorless camera, while Nikon’s Z system has only just celebrated its first birthday.  Second, with the arrival of the A7R IV, we know a modern 61MP full-frame sensor exists. It’s quite possible that such a model would use a variation of this sensor, given that we know Sony supplies sensors to countless other manufacturers for their own products.We reckon a high-resolution Z9 camera would arrive with stronger video specs than the Z6 and Z7, potentially even matching the Panasonic S1H in being capable of shooting 6K footage, although this would also require beefier processing power and better heat dissipation among other things. We’d also love to see the same kind of 5.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder as we have inside the likes of the Panasonic S1 and S1R, as this is a noticeable step up on the (still very good) 3.69 million-dot finders Nikon fitted its Z6 and Z7.  

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Sony A7 IV

The Sony A7 III remains one of the finest full-frame mirrorless cameras around, but will it soon be getting a successor?Predicted specs: 24MP sensor | 5.76-million dot EVF | 5-axis stabilization | Real-time Eye AF | 6K video

The Sony A7 IV, a successor to the excellent A7 III mirrorless all-rounder, was expected to be announced at the CP+ show in early 2020, but it didn’t arrive and rumors have since died down.That said, a new full-frame mirrorless camera is expected imminently, so what could we expect from an A7 IV, if it does indeed turn out to be the mystery body? There have been no big, reliable leaks yet, but the latest speculation suggests the A7 IV will have the same design, EVF and autofocus system as the Sony A7R IV. Considering the viewfinder is one of the main aspects of the A7 III that we’d like to see upgraded, this is potentially very good news.Some slightly more wild speculation (from Thailand, strangely), is that the A7 IV will have a fully articulating touchscreen. Sony’s previous reasoning for not including one in the A7 series is the extra bulk it’d add to the body, but it’s a possibility if Sony is indeed boosting the camera’s size.Aside from these specs, little is known about the A7 IV – we’ll update this page as soon as we hear any more news.

Sony Alpha A7S III

Rumors of an A7S III, and update to Sony’s video-focused full-frame mirrorless A7S II camera, continue to grow.Predicted specs: 20MP+ sensor allowing for 6K video | Joystick AF control | Z-series battery

Is there a camera more anticipated than the Sony A7S III? The Alpha A7S II broke new ground at the time of its release, appealing to videographers who required excellent 4K footage and high-level control, together with low-light shooters who appreciated the more modest pixel count, low noise and wide dynamic range not offered by other mirrorless cameras at the time.Since its release, Sony has given us all manner of other mirrorless Alpha models, from the enthusiast-focused A6400 through to the hugely popular (and rightly so) Alpha A7 III and the most recent 61MP Alpha A7R IV. The latter marks the start of the fourth generation of A7 models – so how come we’re still on the Mark II here?There’s clearly massive demand for one, and we can predict many specs and features from those in models released since the A7S II. We don’t see any call for a sensor resolution beyond 12MP, although if the camera breaks into 6K video recording – as Panasonic’s S1H does – it will need 20MP at the very least.Even if the model is capped at 4K video recording, we do expect a new sensor that performs to a higher standard than before, given the company’s expertise in sensor design and build.Handling refinements will no doubt include a dedicated AF joystick, AF-On button and touchscreen interface, all missing from the A7S II but introduced in subsequent models. The model is also highly likely to get a Z-series battery with much higher battery life than the NP-FW50 found inside the A7S II.The biggest improvements should be seen in video performance. With Panasonic’s Lumix GH5S, S1H and S1 models offering a wealth of advanced video features, we’d be disappointed if Sony didn’t match or better these. The Alpha A7S II can record 4K 4:2:0 8-bit video, but could we see this increase to 4:2:2 10-bit like the GH5S? Could we see 4K capture at 60/50p possible as well? It would be surprising if not.
Read more: Sony Alpha A7S III – everything we know so far

Sony Alpha A7000

With the A6600 now with us, what might a more senior A7000 bring to the mirrorless party?Predicted specs: 24MP APS-C sensor | Improved AF | Design similar to the Alpha A9

The Sony A6000 was a phenomenally successful model for Sony, and the A6000 line has been padded out since then with the more senior A6300, A6400 and A6500 models. More recently, we witnessed the A6100 and A6600 arrive to add lower-tier and upper-tier options to these, but some still suspect a model that sits between the A6600 and full-frame A7 series is being readied.This could be a ‘baby’ Alpha A9, borrowing many of the features of the flagship camera that would then be distilled into a camera based around an APS-C sensor. This is something that Nikon has done with its D5 and D500 DSLR models.Rumors suggest that it matches and in some aspects exceeds the performance of the Fujifilm X-T3 (which has since been succeeded by the X-T4), with better AF and in-body image stabilization, while it will match the 20fps burst shooting speed of the Alpha A9.As for the sensor, Sony’s just updated the database of sensors it manufactures, which includes a back-illuminated (BSI) 26MP APS-C sensor, which would be a good fit for the new camera. There’s also talk of the Alpha A7000 using a 32MP APS-C sensor as well. Sony has made great changes to its autofocusing systems in recent generations of camera too, and while the 425-point phase-detect AF system inside the A6500 is still a cracking performer, the eventual update will likely bring speed improvements and additional AF points to form a denser array, with better tracking capabilities.Design-wise, it’s likely the new camera will feature a similar DSLR inspired look to Sony’s full-frame cameras, with a raised and centralized electronic viewfinder.
Read more: Sony Alpha A7000: everything we know so far

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Fujifilm X-H2

With Fujifilm insisting that the X-T4 doesn’t mean the end of the line for its X-H range, what video powers could we expect from a Fujifilm X-H2?Predicted specs: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor | 5.76-million dot EVF | In-body image stabilization (IBIS) | 6K/60p video 

Fujifilm has been busy recently, with the company following up its launches of the Fujifilm X100V and Fujifilm X-T200 with the recent arrival of the Fujifilm X-T4. In fact, it even refreshed its popular Instax Mini instant camera range.But while many expected the launch of the X-T4 to mean the end of the video-focused X-H line, Fujifilm has said this isn’t the case – and the latest rumors back this up.The X-H2, a follow-up to the video-centric X-H1, will apparently be announced, although possibly not this year. According to Fuji Rumors, Fujifilm will hold off till 2021 to launch a second edition of the X-H series – the first Fujifilm camera to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS). Nothing is known about the possible specs of the rumored X-H2, but Fuji Addict reckons it might use a  43MP Sony-made sensor, although that appears unlikely. Video-centric cameras don’t need high resolution sensors to produce top-notch results, but Fuji Addict is quite sure that the X-H2 will come with a new sensor and processor.Whether it will match the Panasonic Lumix S1H in specs – just in an APS-C body – remains to be seen.
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Olympus PEN-F II

The original PEN F has been discontinued, but rumors persist about a possible sequel in 2020…

The original Olympus PEN-F was a stylish middle ground between its more serious OM-D cameras and more beginner-friendly PEN line. Unfortunately, rumors in early 2019 suggested it hadn’t sold as well as expected, and it was officially discontinued soon afterwards.Despite this, rumors of a PEN-F II have strangely re-emerged. We still think it’s one to file in the ‘unlikely’ category, but some rumor sites have suggested that the PEN-F II could arrive in late 2020, along with a 20.4MP Four Thirds sensor, 4K video powers and 121-point phase detection autofocus.There could also apparently be 18fps burst shooting and an 80MP High Resolution mode, but we think this reads more like a wishlist than anything based on reliable sources. We’d love to be wrong, though, and will update this page if we hear anything more concrete.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO plus six further lenses

Olympus has already confirmed the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, and this should be with us sometime this year. The lens is set to follow the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x and Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II in having an integrated teleconverter. The company also updated its roadmap to show that it will have seven further lenses on the way. While the focal lengths and specs of these have not been disclosed, the company confirmed that four of these – two telephoto zooms, one wide zoom and one standard zoom – would fall under its high-end ‘Pro’ label. These are set to be joined by a high-magnification zoom and super-telephoto zoom lenses.

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Panasonic GH6 / GH6S

Predicted specs: 41MP Micro Four Thirds sensor | 6K video recording | IBIS Panasonic has been fully focused on the full-frame mirrorless market recently, with no additions to its stable of Micro Four Thirds models since the Lumix G9 in late 2017 and the Lumix GH5S in early 2018. But that looks likely to change soon, with the arrival of the GH6.The Japanese manufacturer was expected to launch the new model at Photokina in May, but the event was cancelled due to the global pandemic. Rumors now suggest that the GH6 will instead be revealed in August or September 2020, with shipping set to begin in early 2021.And if certain rumors are to be believed, we’ll see not one, but at least two new models: the GH6 and, probably, the GH6S. Both are believed to use a Sony MFT sensor with a 41MP resolution, which is unusually high for a Micro Four Thirds camera.Specs shared by a Spanish Facebook group for Panasonic and Olympus users indicate that the new models will also offer improved battery life, a new, faster AF system and better in-body image stabilization.So what will separate the two models? One suggestion is that one will capture video at up to 4K resolution, while the other will be capable of 6K – though which is which remains to be seen. Some rumors have also pointed to a third model with 8K capabilities but this, along with the many of the specs above, is pure conjecture. We won’t know anything for certain until Panasonic issues an official announcement and will update this page as soon as it does.
Panasonic’s new lenses
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A sizable collection of lenses to support the new S1R and S1 cameras is on its wayPredicted specs: At least 11 new lenses released throughout 2020

Panasonic has laid out plans to launch some eleven new lenses before the end of 2020.The company has already confirmed that we’ll see a Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S, an S PRO 50mm f/1.4 and an S PRO 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S in 2020, as well as using the launch of the S1H to formally announce that a 24-70mm f/2.8 option inbound. But it’s not stopping there. Also on the way are 70-200mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/4 optics, with at least seven further lenses due to launch before the year is out – including some with particularly wide apertures.Two teleconverters are in the pipeline – a 1.4x and a 2x – along with two fixed focal-length lenses: an 85mm f/1.8 optic and a wide-angle to go with it. A super telephoto is due, too, as is a 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens, along with an additional standard zoom lens. The system might be young but, given its plans and how prolific it’s been with its G series cameras, Panasonic is giving us plenty of hope that the S system is set to flourish.
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