Nikon has unveiled a trio of lenses, Panasonic has taken the wraps off of two cameras, while Canon has introduced a shooter with an amazing four million ISO sensitivity. All of these and more are available in our July 2015 round-up containing the most important camera news and rumors from the past month.
As another month came to an end, it is time for Camyx to present you with the most important camera news and rumors that have showed up on the web during the past four weeks or so.
Not so many things occur during the months of summer, especially in the years when there is no Photokina event coming in the fall. However, we still have some interesting announcements as well as some exciting rumors from the month of July 2015 and you can check them out in our round-up.
July 2015 round-up: Nikon unveiled three lenses, produced its 95 millionth lens
Three new lenses were announced by Nikon at the beginning of July 2015. The AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR are aimed at professional photographers with full-frame DSLRs, while the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR has been designed as a travel zoom lens for cameras with APS-C sensors.
During the same month, the Japan-based company confirmed the production of its 95 millionth lens for interchangeable lens cameras. It is an important milestone and it will be curious to see whether Nikon will be able to unlock the 100 million achievement by the end of 2015.
Canon announced camera with maximum ISO sensitivity of four million
Nikon’s biggest rival is Canon and it has also had something to reveal during the past month. The beginning of July 2015 brought a new Speedlite 430EX III RT flash gun, which enables radio-based wireless TTL support.
The second and the more exciting announcement is the launch of a professional multi-purpose camera. Although the so-called Canon ME20F-SH is not aimed at consumer photographers, this camcorder impresses with an image sensor that is capable of recording color full HD videos at a maximum ISO sensitivity of four million.
Canon ME20F-SH will be priced at around $30,000. This is an expensive device and most people will not be able to afford it. However, the future is bright and it will be interesting to see a consumer camera with 4,000,000 ISO.
Two new 4K-ready cameras revealed by Panasonic
Panasonic was busy with the introduction of the Lumix GX8, the first Micro Four Thirds camera to employ a 20-megapixel sensor. This is a nifty and compact mirrorless camera with a complete list of specs, including the ability to record 4K videos, which will be released in August 2015.
The Lumix FZ300 became official, too, with a 24x zoom lens offering a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range. Additionally, it comes with a 12-megapixel sensor that can shoot 4K videos. It is a weathersealed bridge camera and it is coming this October.
Adobe ousted its final Camera RAW update for CS6 users in July 2015
In other news, GoPro unveiled the Hero4 Session, the lightest and smallest Hero-series action camera ever released. It shoots videos up to 1440p resolution and it is waterproof down to 10 meters / 33 feet without the need for an external case.
A bit of a sad news comes from Adobe as the software giant released the final Camera RAW update for CS6 users. The Camera RAW 9.1.1 version is the last one for CS6 users who will have to upgrade to an Adobe CC account if they want continued support for the latest camera and lens profiles.
Canon rumored to hold announcement event on August 14
On the rumor mill front, Canon received the most mentions as the company will allegedly hold a product launch event on August 14 in order to reveal a couple of new lenses and one camera. The EF-mount 35mm f/1.4L II USM and Rebel SL2 / EOS 150D are sure to come, while the third product remains a mystery.
The name of the 5D Mark III replacement will not be 5D Mark IV, says a source. Instead, the DSLR will be called 5DX and it will have a higher-megapixel count than its predecessor.
Canon is also working on the 1D X Mark II. The flagship EOS DSLR will employ a 24-megapixel sensor and a faster-than-12fps burst mode.
Another three new Nikon lenses to be introduced soon
After officially announcing three lenses in early July 2015, Nikon will reveal three more lenses in early August 2015. The manufacturer will introduce the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR in the near future.
The photos, specs, and other details about this trio have already showed up online, so stay tuned to Camyx for the official announcement.
Sony and Olympus working on new mirrorless cameras that are on their way
Within the following months, there will be several exciting announcements from Sony, Sigma, Olympus, and Zeiss.
Zeiss is also working on something new. The Otus 25mm f/1.4 will become the third Otus-series lens and will become official in September. Finally, Sigma will unveil an Art-series lens soon and the most likely option is an 85mm f/1.4 prime.
Let us know what is the product that you look most forward to in 2015 in the comments section below.