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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Camera rumors 2020
Nikon's mirrorless line is now firmly established with the arrival of cameras like the full-frame Nikon Z6 and APS-C Nikon Z50. But could we see a higher-end Nikon Z8 or Z9 joining them soon? Or even a viewfinder-less Nikon Z30?
Sony recently released the excellent Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera for YouTubers. So will it now turn its attention to finally launching a successor to the aging, video-focused Sony Alpha A7S II? Or could we see its video skills instead put into a Sony A7 IV?
Fujifilm's big announcement so far this year has been the Fujifilm X-T4, which arrived in February 2020. But with Fujifilm stating that this isn't the end of the line for its X-H series, will we soon see a Fujifilm X-H2? And could Instax also add new stars to its line of instant cameras?
Now that it has some fully established full-frame mirrorless players in the form of the Panasonic S1, Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1H, where will the Japanese electronics giant go next? The rumors suggest a Panasonic GH6 is likely to be its next new addition...
Olympus now has excellent new Mark III additions to its OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 ranges, so where will it head next? A refresh of its entry-level OM-D E-M10 Mark III seems the most likely. But even more exciting are whispers about a new Olympus PEN-F II...