Another new year, another round of juicy camera guesswork. Here's your officially unofficial recap of the 2021 camera rumors!
Well 2020 was a mess. In many ways. However, we still released a handful of new cameras like the crazy Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K, RED Komodo, Sony A7S III, Canon C70, C300 III and R5, Fujifilm XT-4, and more.
So where are we going in 2021? Who knows, but here are a lot of the rumors that make headlines in forums and comments online.
The ALEXA Super 35 4K. Image via ARRI.
In 2020 ARRI announced the development of an ALEXA Super 35 4K. The camera is slated for a release in 2021.
Rumor has it that the camera is the same size as the ALEXA Mini LF and uses the same viewfinder and media.
Via ARRI's video for the 10th anniversary to celebrate the first ALEXA
At ARRI we believe in Super 35. Not everyone will shoot large / full screen. Many productions, especially on television, will stay with Super 35 for the foreseeable future. For this reason we are also working on a special Super 35 4K camera (not LF) to further expand the selection for cameramen.
Beyond this release, not much else is expected for 2021. We'll see if ARRI has any surprises in store for us.
Rumor about Y.M. Movie theater.
Last year we made the mistake of sleeping on Blackmagic and they still dropped the URSA Mini Pro 12K.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 8K
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was dropped in 2018, the 6K model in 2019. Will you drop a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 8K in 2021?
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 8K. Image via Blackmagic.
Another rumor suggests a BMPCC 6K Pro that might have a full-frame sensor.
We may also see an update for the Micro Cinema Camera, which hasn't received a major update since it was released in 2016.
Blackmagic is always keeping things updated, so we just have to work with these rumors. We'll see what brings us in 2021.
Rumor about EOSHD | DPreview.
Allegedly, the new flagship R-mount camera, the Canon R1, could debut ahead of the scheduled Tokyo Olympics.
Rumor has it that the camera will have a new sensor that is much more powerful than the Canon R5.
Other rumors point to Canon's new 8K cameras, and this could be one of them.
Canon C50 (or C90)
The Canon EOS C50.
Another new square Cinema EOS is planned for the upcoming release. An announcement is expected in the first half of the year.
Canon 7D III
This seems a bit tedious as the Camera 7D range has certainly lost its popularity since its massive release in 2009 and the MK II follow-up in 2014.
Rumors point to a jump to a 32.5 MP sensor and eventually 4K video recording.
Rumors of Canon Rumors | Camera jabber.
Fuji usually follows their big release with a more compact version. X-T2 through X-T20, X-T3, then X-T30, so this rumor only makes sense.
No camera announcements at CES 2021 so all the rumors are still going on right now.
Will this finally be the year we see the latest GH camera? The GH6 was expected in May 2020, but we all know how this year went.
Rumor has it that this year we'll see the GH6, a camera that can capture 8K video.
Further rumors point to three different models – a GH6, a GH6V and a GH6X.
We hope to hear more at the CP + Show in February.
Tech Radar Rumors | 43 rumors.
The RED KOMODO 6K. Image over RED.
RED still managed to ship the KOMODO during the lockdown, but it probably delayed the release of new cameras as well.
I would expect new accessories and peripherals, but I'm not sure if new sensors or enclosures will come out in 2021.
There are already rumors about the Sony G Master FE 35mm lens that users are drooling on.
The Airpeak drone from Sony. Image via Sony.
Sony itself has already announced the new Airpeak drone, designed for the company's Alpha series cameras.
As for cameras, rumors hinted at several new camera bodies, but announcements have since been delayed following a factory fire. Supposedly we'll have something here in the coming weeks.
Sony a7R V.
Rumors seem pretty confident in this camera.
Same 61MP sensor from the a7R IV with a new processor. It could be a Bionz XO processor on the a7S III that supports 4K at 120 fps.
It is also rumored that the a7R V can record 8K video at 30 frames per second captured using dual CFExpress.
Sony a7 IV
Rumor has it that it will be in late 2021. This camera is set to record 6K RAW and compete directly with the Panasonic S1H.
Rumors of Sony Alpha Rumors | DP review.
Cover photo via Blackmagic Design.
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