canon powershot g1x mkii

Rumors of an update to the compact Canon Powershot G1x MKii have surfaced with the new G1x MKiii camera going through Bluetooth Wireless Certification. This is quite surprising as I really expected to see this camera fade into history like the other G series before it. So what is know and what is expected to be released shortly.

The only clue is that it will have Bluetooth connectivity. That would be a very minor update so I hope for more. The original G1x MKii was a very useful camera with limited pixels it made a great low-light camera of its size. Then when the 1-inch sensor of the G7x and subsequent G3x, G9x, and G5x came through it seemed clear that this smaller 1-inch sensor with its back-lit technology was going to make the 1.5-inch sensor redundant.

Whilst this may have been true, the problems of last years earthquake causing the shortage of 1-inch sensors and not being able to produce enough cameras may well have reminded Canon that the best decision they ever made was to make their own sensors.

However, it is difficult to see where this fits into a market that is shrinking anyway. I don't find this camera is very appealing to customers, although I do like it myself and had some great results with it. So what have Canon done to justify releasing a new version?

canon-rumor-powershot-sx70-hs

Rumors of a new Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Bridge camera have been running for some time. These have been based on the current SX60 HS been out zoomed by the new Nikon P900 with its 83X zoom and Canon patents appearing to show a new 100X zoom lens is being developed.

Recently, the SX60 HS has been in very short supply in my ‘neck of the woods’ and that has led to customers expecting a new camera to be announced soon. That along with competition from Panasonic under-cutting on price with bridge cameras sporting wide aperture lenses.

So it is expected Canon will fight back very soon with a camera to compete. But do they go up market with a higher powered zoom or target a lower price for the mass consumer?

canon-m5-mockup

It has been a very busy time for Canon this year with the launch of two new professional DSLRs, the EOS 1Dx Mk ii and the EOS 5D Mk iv. Yet if the rumors are right they have still had time and resources to produce a new EOS M5 to replace the previous M3 Mirrorless camera. The Chinese word for 4 is too close to the similar word for death. The M5 is due to be announced on the 15th September 2016.

canon 5d mk iv front top

The Canon Mark IV DSLR is one of the most speculated upon cameras of the last 2 years. Rumours have it that it will be released on or just after the 25th August 2016. The announcement will be just in time for it to star at the upcoming Photokina Show in Cologne from the 20th to 25th September 2016.

The previous version of this camera, the Mark III, was announced in March 2012 but in the meantime there have been two high resolution versions of the camera, the 5Ds and 5Dsr. So 4 1/2 years have elapsed and that is plenty of time to make big technological advances. Some of those advances have been already implemented in the 5Dsr such as new mirror/shutter mechanism, intervalometer, flicker detection and viewfinder format masking.

So what will the new 5D Mark IV bring:

canon eos 1300d

Canon are just about to lauch a new entry level DSLR camera the EOS 1300D (Rebel Tx / Kiss Xxx). At least that is the rumor going around. Price drops for its predecessor the 1200D (Rebel T5 / Kiss X70) seem to indicate that is quite likely.

Why would this come before the release of the new 100D (Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7) that had been rumored? Well currently in terms of pure DSLR the favored entry level cameras are the Canon EOS 100D and the Nikon D3300. Both are popular and offer slightly different options for the beginner.