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The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017

Michael Maher

Another new year, another new round of juicy camera conjecture. Here’s your officially unofficial 2017 camera rumor roundup!

Expectations are high for camera releases in 2017. Just like in years past, we’ve rounded up the latest camera rumors that have appeared online. While a lot of last year’s camera rumors came to fruition, it seems a few might have been a bit too optimistic. So, keep in mind, there are no guarantees here — only hopes and dreams. Here are the best rumors for cameras we may see released in 2017.

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Canon

Canon Camera Rumors

Well, last year turned out to be a bust for the Canon 5D Mark IV, but they did roll out some new Cine cameras and updated a majority of the existing line. Here are the latest Canon camera rumors.

Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark III

  • 4K video recording up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 120fps
  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • PL + EF Mount
  • ISO 100-102,400
  • CFast + SD Card Slots
  • XF-AVC/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264/ProRes
  • RAW capture with external recorder
  • New anamorphic lens announced alongside its release
  • To be announced in April (ahead of NAB)

Rumor via Rumors Dot Camera/Canon Watch /Additional Sources

Canon EOS 1D C Mark II

  • 8K video recording up to 30fps
  • 4K up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 120fps
  • 15 Stops
  • EF Mount
  • ISO 409,000
  • Dual CFast

Rumor via Canon Rumors

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • 4K up to 30fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • 25 MP sensor
  • Dual SD Card slots
  • Articulating screen
  • New super-telephoto lens
  • To be announced Spring/Summer 2017

Rumor via Canon Rumors

Canon EOS Rebel T7i, T7s

  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • 24MP
  • Max ISO 25,600
  • Wi-Fi, NFC
  • To be announced in January/February

Rumor via Canon Rumors

Canon EOS M(?)

  • Full-frame mirrorless camera
  • 4K video recording
  • EF-M Mount
  • New prime lens
  • To be announced in Q4 2017

Rumor via Canon Rumors/Additional Sources

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Sony

Sony Camera Rumors

Sony had another killer year, with their cameras increasing in popularity and their sensors being used in everything from iPhones to Nikons. The Alpha series looks like it will get a new flagship camera in the a9 (also called the a7RIII), as well as an update to the the a7. Sony has already announced the FS7 Mark II, and with their increasingly quick new camera turnaround, we could hear about an FS5 Mark II in the coming months.

(Some specs are pretty realistic and on par with current models, as manufacturers like Sony, Fujifilm, and Nikon all suffered delays after the 2016 earthquake in Kumamoto.)

Sony XDCAM PXS-FS5 Mark II

  • Super 35-Sized CMOS Sensor
  • Sony E Mount
  • 6K up to 30fps
  • 4K up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 240fps
  • Dual XQD Memory Card Slots

Sony Alpha a9/a7R III

  • 70-80 MP full-frame sensor
  • Dual XQD card slots
  • Internal 4K up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 120fps
  • ISO 102,400
  • Unlimited RAW burst (based on memory card size)
  • Shipping Q4 2017

Rumor via The New Camera / Sony Alpha Rumors / Additional Sources

Sony Alpha a7 III

  • Internal 4K up to 30fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • ISO 102,400
  • To be announced Q2 2017

Rumor via Sony Alpha Rumors

Sony Alpha a6700

  • 24.2MP sensor
  • 4K Video up to 30fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • Wi-Fi with NFC
  • ISO 51200

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Panasonic

Panasonic Camera Rumors

*Update: the rumored GH5 specs are now confirmed

The GH5 was already announced in 2016, but we didn’t have all the final specs yet. Here is what we do know (and some rumors to fill in the gaps).

Lumix DC-GH5

  • 4K video up to 60fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • 4:2:2 | 4:2:0
  • 10-bit and 8-bit internal recording
  • 20MP
  • V-Log built in
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB type-C
  • HDMI
  • Dual SD card slot
  • 5-axis internal stabilization
  • 150 Mbps at launch, 400 Mbps max bit rate in 4K after update
  • $1999
  • Shipping Q1 2017

Rumor via 43 Rumors/Panasonic/Additional Sources

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Nikon

Nikon Camera Rumors

July 25 marks the 100 year anniversary of Nikon. While the manufacturer has cameras that capture video, they never really caught on with video producers. That said, there are a couple of noteworthy cameras for those who primarily shoot Nikon stills and the occasional video. Outside of the rumors, you’ll also see the Nikon D560 come to the US from Europe.

Nikon D760

  • 24 MP sensor
  • 4K up to 30fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • ISO 102700-3280000
  • 14-bit RAW

Rumor via The New Camera

Nikon 1 J6

  • 20.8 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 4K up to 30fps
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • 720p up to 120fps
  • Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800
  • To be announced February 2017

Rumor via Nikon Rumors

Nikon D5X

  • Full-frame sensor
  • Nikon F mount
  • HD video recording up to 30fps

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Fujifilm

Fujifilm Camera Rumors

Fujifilm hopped into 4K video with the X-T2. There aren’t many rumblings on the next camera with video capabilities, outside of a new color body for the X-T2. (It’s supposedly silver.)

Rumor via Fujirumors

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: Blackmagic

Blackmagic Camera Rumors

Blackmagic is still doing some major overhauls to the URSA Mini firmware. As far as hardware, there’s not been much noise related to any upcoming camera announcements. There is potential for an updated Pocket Cinema Camera, but we’ve been expecting that for a while. Here’s our guess…

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera II

  • 4K up to 30fps
  • UltraHD Apple ProRes up 30fps
  • 1080 up to 60fps
  • 15+ Stops

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2017: RED

RED Camera Rumors

You can’t ever really guess what RED is up to. Even when expectations are over the top, the manufacturer tends to exceed them. 2016 saw most RED users getting the ability to shoot up to 8K across the DSMC2 line. Current major directors are using advanced prototypes, like on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Michael Bay’s commercial and feature work on Transformers: The Last Knight, and David Fincher’s new Mindhunter project for Netflix.

Unless you’re an A-list talent (or good friends with one), you probably won’t be getting your hands on any major new RED cameras this year. You can expect to see some more updates to the existing lines.


What’s your favorite 2017 camera rumor? Have plans to buy any of these? Let us know in the comments below.