It feels like the calm before the storm and if the mirrorless camera rumors are correct, prepare for a deluge of full-frame action in the latter part of the year into 2020. Cameras are coming…

Let’s hit Sony first. Fans have been awaiting the a7s III for over a year, and it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer. First on the slate will be the Sony a9 II, possibly around September. Why an a9 successor and not the a7s III first? The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sony wants and needs a presence at the games so expect some serious improvements on its sports-oriented camera.

Next is the a7s III. It has a little more substance to it thanks to Sony’s Russian manager granting an interview to Photorar. It sounds like the a7s III will be revolutionary, at least according to the company:

In order for this camera to become as popular and breakthrough as the A7S and A7SII, serious fundamental improvements must be added to it. My personal opinion is that not all technologies are ready for this. What can be improved in comparison with A7SII?

Hmm, if he’s asking, I’m sure the community can come up with a whole host of items we want improved on from the a7s II.

Sony also has the APS-C a7000 (possible name) in the works but no recent news on when to expect it besides before the a7s III.

Nikon. The Z line will grow either late 2019 or 2020. Two new camera bodies are expected to be added, a Z5 to compete against the Canon RP and a professional body dubbed the Z8. Can we get dual card slots? Maybe? Nothing but love, Nikon.

Canon. Talk about a company which keeps sneaking up on us. It seemed Canon was destined as an also-ran in the mirrorless segment, but they keep plugging away with a promised megapixel monster. No naming scheme, yet, but it’s expected to sport a 75MP sensor and feature IBIS launching in the fall. Good lord the file sizes will be massive. Might be time to buy stock in hard drive manufacturers.

Another Canon rumor centers around the APS-C segment. The company is supposedly working on a 32MP body to compete against whatever Sony releases. Please don’t nerf 4K on it. Please, Canon.

That wraps it for the big three on the mirrorless rumor front. Here’s hoping for big things for the market. Competition is good for everyone.

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