April 2015 was a busy period for multiple digital camera and lens manufacturers as multiple products were unveiled. Regardless if you are a fan of Canon, Nikon, Sony, or another company, here are the best photo industry news as well as rumors from the past four weeks.
Another action-packed month has come to an end. There were several important announcements made, including cameras and lenses, from the first to the last week of April 2015.
The companies which have decided to launch a new product are among the usual ones, such as Nikon and Canon, while some which do not make too many announcements over the course of a year have been a part of this active period.
As expected, the photo industry news have been joined by rumors, speculation, and gossip talks, foretelling things that are coming at some point in the future. Here are the most important things that you may have missed in April 2015!
Nikon and Canon finally joined the 4K consumer market
The ice was broken by Nikon which unveiled its first mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K videos. The 1 J5 replaces the 1 J4 with several improvements.
Lensbaby does not release as many products as the big boys of the digital imaging world, but a Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens was announced in April 2015 for DSLRs.
Samyang introduced a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for up to 10 camera mounts alongside the 100mm T3.1 macro version for cinematographers.
Speaking of which, Canon took part in the NAB Show 2015 event and it launched the XC10 fixed-lens camera with a 1-inch-type sensor, 10x optical zoom lens, and 4K video recording.
Zeiss and Sony were very active during the past four weeks
Probably the most active companies in April 2015, Zeiss and Sony officially revealed multiple products throughout the month.
Zeiss continued the show with the new Batis-series optics. The 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lenses were introduced for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras.
Finally, duo launched a couple of new optics for A-mount cameras. The 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II models are replacing existing versions with improved image quality and focus speed.
Tough and much-needed products for outdoor photographers made the cut in April 2015
Following a long period of rumors, Adobe tok the wraps off of Lightroom 6, its next-generation image-processing software, and it unveiled Lightroom CC, which was added to the Creative Cloud.
The list of ruggedized products was completed by Fujifilm, which unveiled the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens for X-mount mirrorless cameras.
There was a lot of activity on the rumor mill front last April
The rumor mill leaked multiple information to the public and Sony received the highest amount of mentions. The company was supposed to introduce at least three new cameras in late April 2015, but it seems like the A7RII, A6100, and RX100 Mark IV will be officialized sometime in May 2015.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Canon 5D Mark IV have high chances of showing up during the third quarter of 2015, said the rumor mill. Additionally, Canon might even reveal the EOS 1D X Mark II, while Nikon might announce a full-frame mirrorless camera in Q4 2015.
Some of these products could have their launch events delayed until early 2016, when we may get to see the EOS 6D Mark II and a tilt-shift macro lens from Canon. Until then, we invite you to follow Camyx for the latest photo industry news and rumors!