The photographer’s curse is that, no matter how good your current kit is, a crucial missing piece is just around the corner. Yes, your camera is better than almost every photographic tool from the past 150 years, but the cameras of 2022? They’re destined to hit ‘Peak Photography’. Elevating your almost-great Instagram feed to new heights. Video Production Companies and videographers in Kent will be glad with the upcoming cameras in 2022.

Even when we know it’s a mirage that somehow doesn’t dampen the fun of camera future-gazing. And there are good reasons to believe that 2022 will be another great year for camera launches. Aside from the realities of chip shortages, we have fully-cooked mirror-less systems from Canon, Sony, Nikon and Panasonic.

Against all odds, 2021 was a vintage year for new cameras, even if that hasn’t yet been reflected in shipments and sales. That momentum is likely to continue into 2022, with the year looking particularly exciting for hobbyist shooters. Now that the big players have established their pro bodies.

The 12 most exciting cameras of 2022:

12. Leica M11

Leica cameras are mainly exciting to those with bulging Bitcoin wallets. The Leica M11 isn’t yet official, but it’s an almost-certainty given recent leaked images.

The latest whispers from the likes of Leica Rumors suggest the M11 will have a new 60MP full-frame sensor, with modes for snaps to help manage your file sizes. More controversially, it seems Leica will be removing the baseplate design that’s been a staple of M-series cameras since 1954.

11. OM System camera

Aren’t Olympus cameras dead? Yes, officially deceased since the announcement in October that the new owners of Olympus’ imaging arm would be releasing models under a fresh ‘OM System’ brand. However, the spirit of the company, whose cameras date back to 1936.

The company has promised that it’s “developing a new interchangeable lens camera” for the Micro Four Thirds system. Interestingly, OM System says it will improve image quality “through the use of computational photographic technology.” This is slightly ironic, given that Olympus effectively blamed smartphones for the demise of its cameras.

Not that OM System will be entirely new to computational photography. Olympus cameras have previously pioneered software tricks like Live ND, which composited multiple images in-camera to create a slow-shutter effect. And it’s this heritage that OM System is planning to build on with its new release. What will the camera look like? It’s not clear yet, but there’s a clue at the bottom of the image above.

10. Nikon Z f

The least likely camera in this list to see a 2022 launch is also one of the most exciting. The formula demanded by Nikon fans is simple. Take the glorious design of the Nikon Z f and apply it to a full-frame mirror-less camera. Then call it the Nikon Z f and start printing money.

The good news for those hoping for a Nikon Z f is that sales of the Z fc appear to be strong. In July, Nikon released a statement warning of delays to Z fc shipments due to demand outstripping supply – although it’s possible this was also due to reduced production capacity. A 2023 launch is perhaps more likely, but Nikon could surprise us.  

9. DJI Mini

For many photographers, drones have taken one of the hottest contested spots in their camera bags. A drone’s ability to combine unique angles with increasingly impressive quality.

A 4K drone that’s about the same size as a mid-range zoom, the Mini 2 is ideal for roaming photographers and YouTubers. Having been released in November 2020, it’s also potentially due an upgrade in 2022.

A Twitter account called Deals Drone, has confidently predicted that the DJI Mini 3 will be launched in April 2022. This isn’t based on any particular leaks. But a DJI Mini 3, with new features like a mode and Active Track focusing, would certainly be a welcome arrival. And given that the DJI Mavic 3 has now launched, our money is on that happening sometime in 2022.

8. Panasonic GH6

A dead cert for a 2022 release, the Panasonic GH6 has already been officially announced.

Strangely, we saw a Panasonic GH5 Mark II arrive this year, but that camera is aimed more at live-streamers. The true successor to the classic Panasonic GH5, which landed way back in January 2017, is the GH6, and it’s shaping up to be another popular choice for those who have been priced out of full-frame video cameras like the Sony A7S III.

7. Canon EOS R5c

Sorry, Panasonic – the GH6 might turn out to be a real zinger of a camera, but it doesn’t quite match the prospect of a video-focused version of the Canon EOS R5. That’s exactly what we’re expecting from the Canon EOS R5c, which is now rumored to be launching “in the first quarter of 2022,” according to the reliable Canon Rumors. 

6. Alice Camera

The Alice Camera is an exciting prospect for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s a new camera that hasn’t been made by the traditional photography stalwarts. But it’s also bringing genuinely new ideas to the table, thanks to its combination of Micro Four Thirds hardware, computational photography and a mount for your phone.

The idea is simple: bring the slick menus, connectivity and multi-frame processing of smartphones to a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor. The Alice Camera wants to be the choice for creators who are looking to upgrade to a more powerful system for video and photos. Its maker thinks traditional cameras are stuck in the past when it comes to interfaces and social media uploads, and it has a good point.

It’s fascinating stuff that we’re looking forward to trying out when it makes its belated bow this year.

5. Canon EOS R1

The EOS R1 will be a mirror-less equivalent of its 5D-series DSLRs – all-rounders that are suited to pretty much any shooting situation. So far, the only speculation is that it could have an even higher resolution than the EOS R5.

4. Nikon Z30

The arrival of the Nikon Z fc in June somewhat dampened previous speculation about a new entry-level mirrorless camera, which the rumor mill tentatively called the Nikon Z30. But according to Nikon Rumors, a camera that sits below the Nikon Z50 and Nikon Z fc is still en route, and we’re penciling it in for a release in 2022.

Of course, the global chip shortage could intervene, but there is a definite gap in Nikon’s camera lineup for an affordable, beginner camera. In January this year, it surprisingly discontinued DSLRs like the Nikon D3500, which has historically been a popular choice for anyone looking to upgrade to their first ‘proper’ camera.

3. Sony A7R V

Baffled by the absence of Sony cameras in this list so far? There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it’s been a stellar year for new Alpha launches, with the Sony A1, Sony ZV-E10 and Sony A7 IV all arriving in 2021. Rather than launch a new Sony RX100 series compact camera, it also launched the Sony Xperia Pro-I smartphone.

But another major factor is the global chip shortage, which is rumored to be pushing back Sony’s camera launches for 2022. The two cameras in its lineup that are in need of refreshing are the high-resolution Sony A7R IV and sports-focused Sony A9 II. And sure enough, the two big rumored launches for 2022 are the Sony A7R V and Sony A9 III.

Both are highly anticipated by pro snappers, but we think the Sony A7R V is the slightly more exciting prospect. There have been wild rumors about its possible specs, including video powers, 20fps burst shooting and a new flip-out screen. But we’re trying not to get too excited, given that Sony Alpha Rumors thinks new Sony cameras will arrive in 2022 at the earliest.

2. Fujifilm X-H2

While Canon, Sony and Nikon have all focused their attention on full-frame mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm has been quietly refining its line of X-series cameras. These offer a blend of size, power and affordability that remains a fine alternative to full-frame powerhouses. In 2022 the range is expected to move into its next generation with the Fujifilm X-H2.

The long-awaited successor to the Fujifilm X-H1 from 2018, the X-H2 is likely to deliver a new, stacked APS-C sensor for a boost. Stacked sensors, which have appeared in recent flagship full-frame cameras like the Sony A1, Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9, offer faster read-out speeds than backside-illuminated chips.

1. Canon EOS R7

It’s been fun watching Canon, Sony and Nikon duke it out this year to see who can make the best, money-no-object mirrorless camera. But not many car enthusiasts own McLaren supercars, and the likes of the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3 are similar propositions. In 2022, it’s time to see some of that technology filter down to a more affordable camera for the masses.

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