Camera rumors 2018: the biggest and best camera rumors around

Canon full-frame mirrorless camera

If the rumors are true, Canon is working on a full-frame mirrorless camera

Predicted specs: Possible sensor from the EOS-1D X Mark II or 5D Mark IV | Lens mount still not clear

Canon Rumors is reporting that the long-awaited Canon full-frame mirrorless camera has made it into the hands of a few select professional photographers, who are now testing it in the field. 

Speculation that we could see a full-frame Canon mirrorless camera break cover has been rife for the past year or so, and this report makes the prospect even more likely.

As for the rumors of the Canon full-frame mirrorless camera currently being tested, what else do we know? Very little at the moment is the short answer, but according to a source who spoke with Canon Rumors, Canon is being very open with the photographers it's working with.

After the lukewarm reception for Canon's first mirrorless camera, the APS-C EOS M, Canon is keen to get its first full-frame mirrorless camera 'right'. Pros won't be as forgiving if Canon doesn't get its first-generation full-frame camera spot-on, especially with Sony on a bit of a roll at the moment with both the Alpha A9 and Alpha A7R III

One big question mark is over what lens mount Canon's first mirrorless camera will use. Will Canon opt to stick with its EF mount, along with the vast array of legacy lenses that will support it, or take advantage of the shorter flange distance enabled by a mirrorless design (the distance between the rear element of the lens and the sensor) and engineer a completely new lens mount, which would require it to develop a new range of lenses to accompany the camera?

If Canon did go down the latter route we'd expect an adapter to allow existing Canon users to use their current Canon lenses on the new body.

With Photokina, the photography industry's big trade show, happening in September, it's possible we could see an announcement then, especially as Canon tends to announce its higher-end models in the second half of the year. 

Failing that, we could at the very least see a development announcement at Photokina, with the camera then breaking cover in the early part of 2019. 

Canon EOS 5D X

Could Canon launch a rival to Nikon's D850 and Sony's Alpha A7R III

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 and Sony launch the 42.2MP Alpha A7R III

Both cameras are similarly priced, but offer more pixels, while matching or bettering the performance of the EOS 5D Mark IV. Unless you're a die hard Canon user, the 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 III.

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

One of the oldest EOS DSLRs available, could Canon's high-end enthusiast DSLR be about to get an update?

Predicted specs: Updated 20.2MP sensor or new 28MP chip | Dual DIGIC 7 image processors | 11fps+ burst shooting

Announced back in 2014, the EOS 7D Mark II is one of the oldest, if not the oldest DSLR in the EOS line-up and we think 2018 will be the year we see the arrival of the EOS 7D Mark III.

What can we expect to see then? It'll certainly get a new sensor, but whether Canon opts to stick with a 20MP resolution or increase this to 28MP (as CanonWatch.com is reporting), it's still unclear. It'll definitely get a broader ISO performance to rival the Nikon D500, while a better dynamic range at low ISO sensitivities would be welcome too. 

The dual DIGIC 4 image processors in the Mark II are likely to be replaced by the latest DIGIC 7 image processor, seeing burst shooting speeds increase beyond 10fps - maybe somewhere between 11-12fps. The new image processor could also help out with AF tracking - something the existing model lags behind on compared to its newer rivals.

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? Canon's been reticent to include 4K capture on a string of new cameras with the exception of the EOS 5D Mark IV, but to compete with rivals, the EOS 7D Mark III really needs this feature to compete. 

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Could Canon's overlooked 1-inch compact be about to get a refresh?

Predicted specs: Updated 1-inch sensor | DIGIC 7 image processor | Zoom range to stay the same

Canon's just updated its top-of-the-range PowerShot G1 X Mark III, and with recent updates to the G7 X Mark II and G9 X Mark II, that leaves the G5 X and G3 X as the oldest models in the range.

We reckon a new PowerShot G5 X Mark II will feature a modest tweak to the design, taking some of the design cues from the G1 X Mark III, while it should get an updated 20MP 1-inch sensor and the latest DIGIC 7 image processor.