Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic are making some major announcements as the film and video industry officially goes all in for mirrorless.

Take note of the year 2018. Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the maiden flight of its powerful privatized Falcon Heavy rocket; Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle in a royal ceremony at Windsor Castle in England; and Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic announced some major new mirrorless cameras that might shake the industry for the next decade.

Soon, the term DSLR will be a relic as the industry appears finally ready to fully shift to mirrorless with these new announcements. And while we have to mention that Sony and Panasonic have perhaps worn the mirrorless crowns for the past few years on the backs of Sony’s A-series a7S and a7S II full-frame mirrorless cameras and Panasonic’s Lumix GH4, GH5 and GH5s offerings, let’s look at some long-rumored and nearly market-ready new options for casual videographers and seasoned industry professionals alike.


Canon EOS R

Perhaps the biggest (and most recent) news to hit the internet is that Canon’s long-rumored new mirrorless camera options are finally public information, and the first hands-on reviews are available. Here’s a great first review by The Verge which reports “the EOS R is an exciting product that sees the biggest dedicated camera company in the world willing to throw behind much of its legacy to try something truly new.”

Based on a DSLR reputation built on the strength of their storied Canon 5D (and other offerings) franchise, this new mirrorless push appears to be a direct (and perhaps worried) reaction to a market that is simply going nuts for mirrorless. That’s not to say that Canon can’t keep up, with their popular color science technology and sturdy craftwork, but at an expected $2,299 price point, the EOS R needs to be a 5D-esque workhorse to compete.

Here are the full specs:

  • 30.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.
  • 4K UHD video up to 30fps with IPB and ALL-I.
  • Full HD video up to 60fps.
  • HD video up to 120fps.
  • ISO Range: 100-40,000 (expandable to ISO52-102,400).
  • 3.15-inch fully articulating touchscreen.
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS-enabled.
  • Single SD card slot.
  • Release Date: Pre-orders start Sept. 12, 2018.
  • Price: $2,299.

Announced Lenses:

  • 35mm f/1.8.
  • 50mm f/1.2.
  • 28-70mm f/2.
  • 24-105mm f/4 kit lens.

Nikon’s Z7 and Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Designed seemingly with Sony’s A-series mirrorless camera system squarely in its competitive sights, Nikon’s newly announced Z7 and Z6 models look to be a serious threat to Sony’s mirrorless offerings. While the powerful Z7 (full specs below) may top out many of the mirrorless cameras soon to hit the market, it will also pack a pretty heavy punch price-wise as well. The Z6, however, should be right in the same market sweet spot that everyone seems to be eyeing — in the $2,000 range. To read more about Nikon’s announcement, check out this article.

Z7 Specs:

  • 45.7 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • 4K video up to 30p.
  • 1080p video recording up to 120p.
  • ISO Range: 64-25,600.
  • 5 axis in-camera stabilization.
  • 493 (single-point AF).
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • XQD memory cards.
  • Release Date: Sept. 24, 2018.
  • Price: $3,399.95.

Z6 Specs:

  • 24.5 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • 4K video up to 30 fps.
  • ISO Range: 100-51,200.
  • 5 axis in-camera stabilization.
  • 273 (single-point AF).
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • XQD memory cards.
  • Release Date: Nov. 30, 2018.
  • Price: $1,999.95.

Announced Lenses:

  • 35mm f/1.8.
  • 50mm f/1.8.
  • 24-70mm f/4.

Fujifilm X-T3

While Fujifilm isn’t new to the mirrorless game per se (their X-T2 has been a popular enough mirrorless camera since 2016), they have definitely upped their offering with their new X-T3 set to release in September. The X-T3 will feature a new 26.1 megapixel sensor and will be one more mirrorless camera that can push 4K video at 60 fps. However, with a cheaper expected price point of $1,500, Fujifilm is positioning itself to be one of the more accessible investments in the crowded fall market.

Here are the full specs:

  • 26.1-megapixel sensor.
  • 4K video up to 60 fps (1.18x crop factor).
  • Full HD at 120 fps.
  • ISO up to 12,800.
  • Long GOP/ALL Inter Compression Recording.
  • Autofocus System — Eye and Face Detection.
  • 10-Bit Internal SD card recording.
  • Release Date: Sept. 20, 2018.
  • Price: $1,499.00.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Finally, in what feels like old news after the last few weeks, Blackmagic’s long-anticipated Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has been unveiled for some of the first hands-on reviews. According to RedShark News, “It has been designed primarily around producing video, and this has resulted in controls and an interface that allow you to shoot moving images fast. It is of course a lot less expensive than almost all alternative cameras. It can record 4K raw internally, as well as 10-bit ProRes, which no other camera this size or price point can do.”

Blackmagic has steadily built a very solid reputation in the film and video community with their Ursa Mini high-end offerings, as well as their color-focused editing platform DaVinci Resolve, giving Adobe Premiere Pro a serious NLE challenge. With its highly competitive price at $1,295, the BMPCC4K will be yet another strong option to consider when looking at the mirrorless revolution.

Here are the full specs:

  • 4/3″ sized HDR sensor.
  • 4K video up to 60 fps.
  • Windowed HD up to 120 fps.
  • Dual Native ISO up to 25,600.
  • 5″ Touchscreen Display.
  • CFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slots.
  • 13-Stop Dynamic Range, 3D LUT support.
  • Active micro four-thirds lens mount.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio License.
  • Release Date: Oct. 5, 2018.
  • Price: $1,295.00.

Cover image via Canon.

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