Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Pentax Full Frame Coming In Spring 2016
Pentax has released an official teaser for their upcoming full frame DSLR announcement. The image, which shows part of the lens mount and the Pentax logo, is featured on a web page that indicates the new camera is coming in Spring of 2016.
There is a lot of speculation and rumor at this point, but the common thought right now is that the camera will feature a Sony sensor – likely the same one in the a7R II, but it could also be the 36MP sensor from the original A7R. Other than that, it seems likely that the camera will feature in-body stabilization like most of the APS-C Pentax offerings, as well as the exceptionally tough build quality that Pentax is known for.
One still has to wonder though if Pentax is too little, too late with this development. It is pretty clear almost every other company is turning their eyes towards mirrorless (yes, even Canon and Nikon though their latest offerings don’t indicate that). One has to wonder how much demand there will be for a full frame Pentax DSLR.
But who knows, maybe this is the release Pentax needs to start and reclaim its role as one of the big three. Time will tell…
Canon Imaging Chief Says ‘Mirrorless You Will Like’ Coming Soon
It has been fairly obvious that Canon, at least publically, has not taken mirrorless cameras seriously. Their offerings – the EOS M line – has been well behind its competition in almost every way from day one. Its lens lineup has seen tons of refreshes of the same 4 or 5 lenses, meaning after years, we still only have a handful of amateur slow zoom lenses. But this will all change soon if the head of Canon’s imaging is to be believed.
Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Imaging Head (basically the guy in charge of all their camera business), recently did an interview with Imaging Resource, in which he let it drop that Canon is going to be putting more effort into mirrorless, with a ‘camera you will really like coming very soon’.
This is really interesting, given that the EOS M3 only just became available in the USA recently. If Mr. Maeda’s statements are accurate, then it would seem likely that a new M4 (or maybe a different line altogether) of mirrorless camera is right around the corner. But it seems apparent that whatever this next mirrorless camera is, it will be more aimed at the enthusiast/professional segment, rather than the more amateur/enthusiast segment that the current EOS M bodies have targeted.
Who knows what ‘very Soon’ could mean, though. If this were Sony, I would think that could mean some sort of announcement around or at PhotoPlus in October, but given how slow Canon moves, ‘very soon’ could mean at some point next year. It will be interesting to see how this boils down.
If you are interested, you can read the full interview with Mr. Maeda over on Imaging Resource here.
Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Coming In January 2016
According to a Fuji Rumors ‘reliable source’ (someone who was correct in the past), Fujifilm will announce/release their new X-Pro 2 in January of 2016. We don’t have any specs or rumors along those lines, just that it will be coming out in January of 2016.
Many are hoping that the X-Pro 2 features a new X-trans sensor, or possibly that organic sensor. All signs seem to point that direction as well, but who knows what Fuji will do; they are good at giving their customers what they want, so chances are good in my mind that their next camera will feature some sort of new or upgraded sensor technology.
What would you like to see in the new X-Pro 2 camera? Make sure and leave a comment below and let us know!
Canon 5DS vs. Sony a7R II Showdown on DigitalRev
Kai and the team at Digital Rev are back with another video, this time featuring a hands-on review (or comparison is more like it), of the Canon 5DS and a7R II. Conventional wisdom says that the Sony should wipe the floor with the 5DS in this comparison in every way except resolution, but let’s see how this turns out…
So, there you have it folks, which team are you on #TeamCanon or #TeamSony? Which is the more impressive offering? Leave a comment below and let us know where you stand.
What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!