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The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016

Michael Maher
By Michael Maher

What new photo/video equipment can we expect to see in the months ahead? Whet your appetite with this roundup of the juiciest camera rumors of 2016.

With great cameras like the Sony a7SII and Canon C300 MkII released in 2015, the bar has been raised again for product releases in 2016. Just like last year, we’ve rounded up the latest camera rumors that have appeared online. These are the cameras and equipment we may see released this year.


Camera Rumors: Canon

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Canon

Canon was pretty quiet about their cameras in 2015, meaning quite a few cameras from last year make the list once again. There were plenty of lens updates in 2015, and still more to come in 2016. One of the most notable rumors about Canon is that they are not focused on bringing 4K to their DSLR cameras in 2016. The main goal is to have 8K in their DSLRs by 2017.

Canon C500 Mark II

  • 8K Video Recording
  • To Be Announced Summer 2016
  • Body Redesign to a Shoulder Mount Style

Rumor via Canon Watch

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

  • To Be Announced March 2016 – Ship April 2016
  • Estimated Price – $5999
  • 22MP
  • ISO 409,000
  • 4K Video Recording
  • 61 (or more) AF Points
  • Dual CFast
  • GPS

Rumor via Canon Watch

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / 5D X

  • To Be Announced March/April 2016
  • 28-32MP
  • 4K Video Recording
  • ISO 409,000
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • 61 (or more) AF Points
  • CF & SD Card Slots
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • NFC

Rumor via Canon Rumors

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • 25MP
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • 19 AF Points
  • SD Card Slot
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Swivel LCD Screen

Rumor via Canon Rumors

Canon 770D Rebel T7i

  • ISO 100-12,800, Expandable to 25,600
  • 1920 x 1080p up to 29.97 fps
  • 1280 x 720p up to 60fps
  • 19 AF Points
  • WiFi
  • NFC
  • Swivel LCD Screen

Rumor via Old Shutter Hand

Canon 360-Degree Camera

Rumor via Canon Watch

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Canon Lenses

Canon EF Lenses 

  • Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III
  • Canon EF 200-600 f/4.5-5.6L IS
  • Canon EF 50 f/1.4 USM
  • Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L III
  • Canon EF 200 f/2L IS II
  • Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS II

Rumor via Canon Rumors


Camera Rumors: Nikon

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Nikon

Nikon seems to be making a serious push into the DSLR video market. The latest announcements from CES 2016 confirm the new Nikon cameras will offer 4K video recording.

Nikon D5 (Confirmed)

  • Available March 2016
  • Price – $6500 (Body Only)
  • 21.33MP, Effective 20.8MP
  • 4K Video Recording  MPEG AVC/H.264 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps, 25fps, 24fps (Up to 3 Minute Clips)
  • HD Video Recording MPEG AVC/H.264 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps, 24fps
  • HD Video Recording MPEG AVC/H.264 1280 x 720p  / 60 fps, 50fps
  • Native ISO 100-102,400, Expandable to 3.28 Million!
  • 153 AF Points, 99 cross type
  • 3.2-inch, 2.36-million-dot LCD touchscreen
  • Available with dual XQD Card Slots or dual CF Card Slots

Nikon D500 (Confirmed)

  • Available March 2016
  • Price – $1999 (Body Only)
  • 21.51MP, Effective 20.9MP
  • 4K Video Recording  MPEG4 AVC/H.264 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps, 25fps, 24fps (Up to 3 Minute Clips)
  • HD Video Recording MPEG AVC/H.264 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps, 24fps (Up to 30 Minute Clips)
  • HD Video Recording MPEG AVC/H.264 1280 x 720p  / 60 fps, 50fps
  • Native ISO 100 – 51200, Expandable to 1640000
  • 153 AF Points, 99 cross type

Nikon D820

  • 42MP
  • 4K Video Recording
  • 173 AF Points

Rumor via TechRadar

Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera (Confirmed)

  • 360° UHD 4K Video and Photos
  • Dual Lenses and Image Sensors
  • Waterproof up to 100′
  • Shockproof up to 6.6′
  • Resistant to Dust and Low Temperatures
  • WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Available Spring 2016

Camera Rumors: Panasonic

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix GH5

  • To Be Announced September 2016
  • 33MP
  • 8K Video Recording
  • 4K Video Recording up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 120fps
  • V-Log built in

Rumor via 43 Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors


Camera Rumors: Sony

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Sony

Sony 8K CineAlta

  • To Be Announced Early 2016
  • Will Replace the Sony F65 as the Top of the Line Camera
  • 8K Video Recording up to 60fps
  • 4K Video Recording up to 240fps
  • 16 bit RAW
  • ProRes, DNxHD, DNxHR, AVCHD, XAVC, SR, MPEG-2, H.264
  • Sony FZ Mount

Rumor via Sony Alpha Rumors

Sony a7000

  • To Be Announced March 2016
  • 28MP
  • 4K Internal Video Recording

Rumor via Sony Alpha Rumors


Camera Rumors: Kodak

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Kodak

Super 8 (Confirmed)

  • Super 8 (Extended Max-8 Gate) Film Gauge
  • Variable Crystal Sync Speeds – 9, 12, 18, 24, 25 fps
  • C-Mount
  • Fixed 6MM, 1:1.2 RICOH Lens
  • 3.5″ Swivel Display
  • Built-in Light Meter
  • Estimated Price – $400

Camera Rumors: Blackmagic Design

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: Blackmagic

Blackmagic URSA Mini (Confirmed)

  • Four Options – 4K EF Mount, 4K PL Mount, 4.6K EF Mount, 4.6K PL Mount
  • Super 35 Sensor
  • 4.6K Uncompressed Video Recording / 4608 x 2592 – Depending on Camera Model
  • 4K Uncompressed Video Recording / 4096 x 2304 / 4608 x 1920/ 4000 x 2160
  • UltraHD Apple ProRes / 3840 x 2160
  • 3K Anamorphic / 3072 x 2560
  • 2K / 2048 x 1152
  • HD Apple ProRes / 1920 x 1080
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
  • 15 Stops
  • 5″ Fold Out Monitor
  • Dual CFast – Nonstop Recording (Change Memory Cards While Recording)
  • Includes Full DaVinci Resolve Suite
  • 4K Available for Order / 4.6K Ships January 2016
  • $2995 – $5495

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (Confirmed)

  • HD RAW and Apple ProRes / 1920 x 1080
  • Global Shutter: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
  • Rolling Shutter: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50p, 60p
  • Super 16mm Sized Sensor
  • 13 Stops
  • Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
  • $995 – Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera II

  • 4K Uncompressed / 4096 x 2160 / 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30fps
  • UltraHD Apple ProRes / 3840 x 2160 / 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30fps
  • HD Apple ProRes / 1920 x 1080 / 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30fps
  • 13 Stops
  • Estimated Price – $1599

Rumor via Photo Rumors


Camera Rumors: RED

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: RED

RED 8K WEAPON Vista Vision

  • 8K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 8192 x 4320 / Up to 75fps
  • Full Frame 35mm
  • Primary Camera for Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • 20 Stops
  • Estimated Cost – $59,500

Rumor via Engadget

RED RAVEN (Confirmed)

  • 4.5K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 4608 x 2160 / Up to 120fps
  • 4K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 4096 x 2160 / Up to 120fps
  • 3K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 3072 x 1620 / Up to 160fps
  • 2K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 2048 x 1080 / Up to 240fps
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.96, 48, 50, 59.94fps – All Resolutions
  • RED DRAGON Sensor
  • Ability to Record R3D and Apple ProRes Simultaneously
  • 16.5 Stops
  • Available February 2016
  • $5950 – BRAIN Only

RED SCARLET-W (Confirmed)

  • 5K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 5120 x 2700 / Up to 60fps
  • 4.5K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 4608 x 2412 / 4608 x 1944 / Up to 120fps
  • 4K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 1728 / Up to 150fps
  • 3K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 3072 x 1620 / 3072 x 1296 / Up to 200fps
  • 2K REDCODE RAW (R3D) / 2048 x 1080 / 2048 x 864 / Up to 300fps
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.96, 48, 50, 59.94fps – All Resolutions
  • RED DRAGON Sensor
  • 16.5 Stops
  • $9950 – BRAIN Only

Camera Rumors: GoPro

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016: GoPro

GoPro Hero 5

  • 8K Video Recording
  • 4K Video Recording / Up to 60fps
  • HD Video Recording / Up to 240fps
  • 12MP
  • GPS
  • Designed to Fit New GoPro Karma Drone
  • Release Early 2016

Rumor via TechRadar

GoPro 360

  • Single Spherical Camera

GoPro Karma Drone

  • Will Release in 2016
  • Backwards Compatible with Previous GoPro Models

Did we miss any rumors? Which cameras are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.