The first half of 2014 is now over. Many interesting things have happened during the past month, so this is why we are reviewing the most exciting camera news and rumors that surfaced during June 2014.
Not very many cameras and lenses were revealed in June 2014, as everybody was preparing for the summer vacation. However, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and Tamron have decided to make some announcements, so we should take a look at what has been unveiled during the past four weeks or so.
Nikon D810 announced, Nikon D300s discontinued in June 2014
Nikon has stolen the show with the introduction of the D810
It comes packed with numerous improvements, however, it is not considered a “revolutionary” camera. It represents an evolution of the D800/D800E series as almost all aspects of the new DSLR have been revised by the Japanese corporation.
Additionally, Nikon has discontinued the D300s after roughly five years of market availability. The camera is still available for purchase, but its discontinuation is paving the way for a replacement, which could be announced at the Photokina 2014.
New lenses unveiled by Canon and Fuji, while new cameras are coming soon
Canon and Fujifilm both made a single announcement last month. Moreover, both launch events have had a lens under the spotlights, both aimed at their respective mirrorless camera line-ups.
It is also worth mentioning the fact that Canon has patented a new image sensor with five pixel sheets: three for each color of the RGB space, one of ultraviolet light, and one for infrared light, respectively.
Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera becomes official ahead of the Lumix LX8 compact shooter
Panasonic has taken the wraps off of an exciting bridge camera. The FZ1000 is now official with a very interesting specs list that includes a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor, 25-400mm lens, and 4K video recording.
The Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera will be released by the end of July at an affordable price sitting around $900.
In addition, the company is preparing to announce another shooter. The Lumix LX8 will replace the Lumix LX7 on July 16, in order to compete against the Sony RX100 III, while a compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is in development.
Three new Tamron lenses were introduced last month
Tamron also made a string of announcements in June. The Japanese manufacturer has revealed the 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lens for Canon and Nikon full frame cameras.
The second Tamron lens unveiled during the past month is the 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III aimed at Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Last but not least, the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC has become the first third-party lens for Canon EOS M cameras.
Camera and lens shipments are decreasing, but Sony wants to do something about it
In June 2014, it was revealed that the first quarter of the year had been another bad period for camera and lens manufacturers. Shipments are decreasing and they are taking the profits with them.
According to CIPA, camera shipments have dropped by 35% in Q1 2014 and the trend is expected to continue by the end of the year.
Sony is willing to turn things around as the company has revealed yet another revolutionary technology. It consists of a curved image sensor that is more sensitive to light than conventional flat sensors and which could have enormous implications in the digital imaging sector.
These were the most exciting camera news and rumors on Camyx in June 2014. Stay tuned to our website, as July 2014 promises to be every bit as interesting as the past month!