Nikon will officially announce its new Z mount full frame mirrorless system in a few days while Canon and Sony are expected to follow with major product release. Meanwhile, DJI should unveil a new version of the Mavic Pro.
2018 is going to be an exceptional year in terms of product release. Not only that but several manufacturers are coming with big technological breakthrough such new mounts and full frame mirrorless cameras. If you missed the previous episodes, here is a recap of the main announcements and rumors.
Nikon Z Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Announcement
It’s official and the company even created a countdown page on its website. On August 23, Nikon will release its first full frame mirrorless camera with the new Z mount and an adapter for legacy lenses. According to the latest rumors, there will be two cameras:
- Nikon Z6: high speed, low light model (24MP)
- Nikon Z7: high-resolution model (45MP)
The new Nikon mirrorless lenses could be called Z-Nikkor. The first optics should be the 24-70mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8, and some wide angles prime lenses. Later on, Nikon will release an ultra-fast Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 lens.
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Rumor
After years of hibernation, it seems that Canon is finally waking up and may react to the Sony and Nikon assault. But unlike Nikon, Canon didn’t make any official statement and the rumors are scarce at this point. However, after many disappointing product releases such as the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 6D Mark II, we noticed several subtle signs that Canon may finally start living in 2018 instead of recycling old technology at a premium price.
The rumors are not solid yet but Canon might introduce something in September, possibly ahead of the Photokina trade show. However, another "solid" source says "that no official announcement in regards to a full frame mirrorless camera from Canon will happen before Photokina next month" adding that October seems more likely. It could be a full frame mirrorless camera but we can’t exclude the possibility of a simple video camera or a lens announcement.
A7s III and Sony Response Rumor
Over the past two years, Sony released a lot of cutting-edge cameras such as the a7R III, the a9, and more recently the a7 III. The low light monster a7S II is due for replacement and the editor of Sony Alpha Rumors heard that “people close to Sony” were told that Sony was not “unprepared” by Canon and Nikon’s FF mirrorless launch. The same people also heard from Sony managers that they can “expect a serious answer after the Canon/Nikon announcements.” Perhaps the Sony a7s III might not be the only camera release in 2018. The Japanese firm could also propose another body to compete directly with Canon and Nikon mirrorless.
As for the cropped sensor camera, the Sony a6700 might be released before the end of the year but no solid specifications have surfaced yet.
DJI Mavic Pro II Announcement and Phantom 5 Rumor
Up in the air, DJI is also expected to unveil its new Mavic Pro II on August 23. The Chinese drone manufacturer officially postponed a big event on July 18 in New York and some say this change of plan was caused by a production issue. DJI wants to be sure to have enough production capacity to meet the demand of its new drone instead of delaying deliveries for months as with the original Mavic Pro.
According to the latest leaks, the Mavic Pro II should come with a one-inch sensor and another variant fitted with a smaller sensor and an optical zoom.
Beyond the Mavic Pro II, the Phantom 5 is also due for replacement and several image leaks revealed an interchangeable lens system with four f/2.8 prime lenses: 15mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm. The images seem convincing despite DJI’s denial.