We have already seen quite a few new cameras in 2022; However, we don’t think we’ve seen everything from manufacturers yet.
Here we are in July 2022, over half the year gone, and we have already been blessed with a plethora of new cameras. Canon has launched the EOS R5C, EOS R7 and EOS R10. Nikon the Z 30. Fujifilm launched the X-H2S. Leica graced us with the M11. Sony set the a7 IV (read our review) free, Panasonic released the GH6 (read our review) and OM SYSTEM, the OM-1 (read our review). I’m sure I’ve missed a couple as well.
While this is an impressive number of cameras, we’re still expecting more in the latter stages of this year. So, here, we’ll take a quick look at the cameras we’re still expecting to be announced or launched before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
New cameras from Canon
Canon has already had a busy year. We’ve seen two new APS-C cameras (R7 and R10) and the cinema-centric EOS R5C. I do still expect to see an announcement of the R7C, though. This might not be a camera that will excite many. Still, it’s worthy of a mention here.
The Canon EOS R7C will be a cinema version of the R7. It will sport the same 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor and all of the other features found in the R7. The most significant changes will be to the video codecs. Whether or not Canon will nerf this camera like they did the R5C remains to be seen. Still, being Canon, I suspect they will.
There’s talk of a high-megapixel RF mount camera floating around too. I am sure one will come, but it will likely be in 2023 after Canon has time to see what Sony does with the potential a7R V. Don’t expect any other cameras to come from team red this year. I am sure we will see a push on lenses, though.
Fujifilm — X-H2? Yes! X-T5? Not this year
Before the X-H2S was announced, Fujifilm had been relatively quiet. Still, the X-H2S looks to be a worthy successor to the X-H1, but it’s not for everyone. The X-H2S is a video-centric and sports/wildlife camera that’s focused on speed. It’s targeting a niche market. So, what else can we expect from Fujifilm? Well, we know for sure that the X-H2 is coming later this year.
The X-H2 will be a high-resolution (40-megapixel) version of the camera that will be geared toward photographers. Little else is known about the camera, but we expect it to have a similar feature set and identical ergonomics to the X-H2S. The X-H2 will not feature a stacked sensor. So, the cost will likely be less than its speedy brothers’ price.
In terms of what we won’t see, don’t expect an announcement for the X-T5. It would make no sense for Fujifilm to announce or launch this camera in the same year as the XH cameras. Be on the lookout in early 2023 for the X-T5.
Leica — A new Q series camera on the horizon?
Leica isn’t a camera that floods the market with tons of cameras all at the same time, so I wouldn’t expect to see much. Earlier in 2022, we saw the Rangefinder M11 (read our coverage here). However, there could be an announcement of a third-generation Q series camera and an M11 Monochrom later this year.
The Leica Q3 could sport a 60-megapixel full-frame sensor along with a fixed 28mm Summilux prime, while the Leica M11 Monochrom will be identical to the M11 but without the color array over the sensor. You can read about them on Leica Rumors.
Nikon — Playing APS-C catchup
Nikon, to their credit, have become masters at keeping new cameras and lenses under wraps right up until their embargos. So, as of right now, nothing is known about what the rest of 2022 has in store for fans of team yellow. Still, with Canon pipping Nikon in the hotly contested APS-C market, I can’t believe that Nikon would be too far behind with their own spruced-up APS-C offerings.
It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about the need for a mirrorless D500. The need is real, even more so now that Canon has the R7 and R10 on the market. This might be a stretch, but I think we might see an announcement for an APS-C camera that uses some of the tech from the Z 9. One can dream, right?
New cameras from Panasonic
The GH6 (read our review here) landed in camera stores in the early part of 2022. The camera features a new 25-megapixel sensor and new video modes, which have delighted videographers everywhere. However, the photography experience is a little lacking. This was to be expected as the GH line has generally been video-focused, whereas the G line has been geared towards photographers.
So, we fully expect Panasonic to announce a successor to the G9 in the G10. The G9, for a good few years now, has been one of the best photo-centric Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market, thanks to its excellent ergonomics, hi-res imaging modes, beautiful EVF and overall image quality.
We, of course, expect the G9’s successor to feature the new 25-megapixel sensor and more photography-based features compared to the GH6. Hopefully, the price will be a little easier to swallow too. So, expect to hear about this camera before we have to suffer through Ryan Seacrest’s NYE countdown.
Pentax — Hello, is anyone home?
*Crickets chirping*. Let’s move on.
OM SYSTEM — There’s more to come
2022 is the year we finally saw the ‘wow’ camera from OMDS. Of course, we’re talking about the OM SYSTEM OM-1. This camera ushered in a new era for the company formally known as Olympus. The camera offered marked improvements in autofocus and image quality over previous models. You can find out more and see tons of image samples in our full review. So, we can safely say the future is bright for Micro Four Thirds.
We’re still expecting to see at least one more camera release from OMDS this year, though. The OM SYSTEM OM-5 has been talked about for a while now. We covered the speculation in this post.
Since then, more details about the upcoming camera have leaked on 4/3 Rumors. The camera should feature the same stacked sensor found in the OM-1, and it could even feature the subject and AI tracking that makes the autofocus super sticky. Expect to hear more about this camera well before year’s end.
New cameras from Sony
We have already seen the Sony a7 IV hit the market this year (read our review here), but we don’t believe that Sony is done yet. The a7R IV, which launched back in 2019, is due an update. We believe that the Sony a7R V will hit the shelves with many megapixels later this year.
Of course, speculation about the potential megapixel count is rife, with many claiming the resolution could top 100 megapixels. This could be a stretch. However, Sony likes to raise the bar with the a7R series, so this might not be too far from the truth.
What we do hope is that the a7R V will sport the gorgeous 9.44 million dot EVF found in the a1 and a7S III and the same improved ergonomics and weather sealing. I will be shocked if we make it to the end of 2022 without Sony announcing this camera. One thing for sure is that Sony will want to beat Canon to the ultra-high megapixel camera punch. Keep your eyes peeled!
What new cameras do you want to see before the end of the year? Let us know in the comment section below.