After a week with a few significant announcements, the rumor front remains fairly quiet.
Canon’s announcement of the EOS RP mirrorless camera and the future release of six new RF lenses dominated this week’s Canon coverage. However, additional info surfaced about future plans to release R series cameras with in-body image stabilization. The system will work in tandem with the IS functions of Canon’s lenses to provide All Optical Image Stabilization.
Canon also published the PDF version of the EOS RP’s Manual. And, in Japan, you’ll be able to buy the camera in a gold finish.
Imaging Resource also published an interview with Canon execs about the RP camera. A very interesting tidbit is the brief discussion of the upcoming 85mm f1.2 DS lens. Canon will apparently use coatings rather than an internal filter to smooth bokeh. The interview is extensive. Read it here.
Leica’s big news this week was the ASC 100 camera announcement. However, Leica Rumors published the “possible specifications” of the Lumix FZ1000 Mark II camera.
43Rumors.com also published additional info on the FZ1000 Mark II and TZ95 cameras.
Olympus — 43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features.
Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount. He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here.
Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release.
Nikon — Nikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019. The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system.