It was an even-numbered year – the latest for the two-year cycle and the last photokina, which determined the development of the industry in this cycle: cheerful even-numbered year, and then odd-year lull. The famous exhibition passes at the annual rails in 2020 (at least trying) – and this in an era when the industry was already not even a crisis, and the necessity once and for all to get used to new realities, which remind more about pre-digital times, what about the sweet time SLR boom

of megapixel race and national battles “Canon vs Nikon”.

But, by the way, the last topic is still a glimmer of light – not even light a real fire of ambition. So that in 2018 the collision of two grandio was the main, not more than usual for the last years, the theme of the regular achievements of Sony, has officially become the third head of this Hydra.

This, perhaps, begin to take stock of the year.

Full frame “buttercake”. Almost all

Rumors that Nikon, and Canon, stimulated by the success of Sony with its series of a7/a9, prepping their full-frame mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, go for a long time. How about Fujifilm – the company in 2016 and is released the medium format “mirrorless”. Here, it would seem, and full frame to run, but no, the rumours were denied internally in the company.

But about Nikon and Canon rumors have confirmed, and have even an impression that the company didn’t just know about the plans of each other, and all conspiring, presenting their new products almost simultaneously: Nikon Z6 and Z7 was announced in late August, and Canon EOS R – in the beginning of September. And at the photokina came the main event – the prototype of its full-frame “buzzerblog” showed the company Panasonic, which like no one expected.

Panasonic Lumix S1R

All these moves seem very logical, but late by about 3-4 years – in that time Sony scored, adept in the technologies necessary for a competition with professional DSLR cameras and went into the lead. Now everyone who publishes his technique in such a format, a priori, are in the position of catching up: with little Park of optics and a certain technological backwardness. Someone’s debut was better (Nikon), someone-is worse (in Canon), but both are currently unable to rely essentially exclusively on adherents of the equipment. Well, at least the temporary suspension of the migration of photographers with cameras “big two” on Sony. However, even if there is only this, the issue of cameras in this format is already considered a success.


About the final decision of the compact cameras we wrote in last year’s final material. This year the situation came to the point. Looking at the calendar presented in this year’s chambers on the main website about the photo equipment in the world Dpreview, first wipe the eyes. This can not be for a month showed one or two cameras, no more – and the last couple of months of this year, Leica has to take the rap alone!

Nikon Coolpix P1000

In fact, cameras with replaceable optics you can allocate only four models: Fujifilm XF10, Nikon Coolpix P1000 (c its ambitious 125-fold(!) zoom), Panasonic Lumix LX100 and Sony RX100 II VI.

Yes, it’s the new reality – the lifespan of equipment continues to grow, and the number of cameras has been steadily declining. In 2018, for example, such companies as Olympus and Pentax showed one camera and Nikon was limited to four. As he wrote in his “Slaughterhouse-five” Kurt Vonnegut on such occasions, these things.

Fujifilm – the most active in the market of “semipro”

For common dim for the amount of background that is painted the brightest individual manifestations (about the clash Canon, Nikon and Sony full-frame “mirrorless” field we have already written above) this year really stood out Fujifilm, suddenly flashed a bulk of very interesting cameras. This is purely Amateur XF10 with X-A5, and the camera average level of X-T100, and two very interesting, professional (or prosumer – depends on your point of view) model, X-H1 and X-T3 (its a review, we will publish in January). Even Fuji have updated their medium format “mirrorless”, presenting a more compact version – GFX 50R.

On the background of the sad situation with Olympus and Pentax, so the vigor is another important company “in the second line,” very happy.

Have Zeiss own digital camera

All flew – and I flew. So can the Zeiss answer to the question “why do you own a camera?” 2018 a year of mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor and Zeiss among others. The first digital camera in the company’s history, specializing in optics, is called the ZX1, it is equipped with 37,4-megapixel full-frame (24 × 36mm) image sensor and a non-interchangeable lens 35mm ƒ/2. The device is equipped 4,34-inch display, an electronic viewfinder, as well as slots for memory cards, instead it comes with 512GB of flash.

Most first experience of the German company recalls a similar camera of her compatriots – a beautiful and not very practical Leica T. From her new Zeiss is distinguished by original solution is installed in the camera Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC with which you can edit images without transferring them to other media.

No exact launch date (refers to the first quarter of 2019), or even the approximate prices Zeiss are yet to name even starts if this camera is on sale on hundred percent sure to be impossible.

“Zenith” also has its own digital camera

No longer the newcomer, but the returnee, but what a home! Camera that needs to go on sale in January 2019, is called “Zenit-M” and be sure to cause bouts of nostalgia every person who was involved in photography in the Soviet Union.

However, the innovativeness of the new product even less than in the Zeiss ZX1 is just turned Leica M (Type 240) c non-replaceable lens of their own production, Zenitar 35mm ƒ/1,0. It (well, in a nostalgic effect), and lies the beauty of the camera. How much it will cost – is not known. Most likely, merciless lot, if you start from the price of the prototype, which is currently about half a million rubles.

The best camera of the year Canon EOS R

Not for the first Canon mirrorless (even in 2018 – before he came good EOS M50), but obviously a turning point for Japanese companies – she finally no longer afraid of the internal competition mirrorless camera with its own well-deserved DSLRs and released a product that took place between Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Canon EOS R got a few original solutions in management, a fresh autofocus, touch swivel screen, almost like the sensor in the 5D Mark IV and, of course, a new lens mount. For his company right at the start made several different adapters and four lens, among which stands out obviously Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM. He’s on the move, demonstrates the possibilities opened up by using a new lens mount.

No chances to conquer a new market R from Canon EOS no camera is slightly lacking in balance, some solutions (like one slot for a memory card, secondary abilities for video recording and the lack of in-cell stabilizer) look for a compromise, but not to celebrate this step, we just can’t.

The best camera of the year Fujifilm X-H1/X-T3

Fujifilm this year has definitively confused a situation with its model number. Count all flagships difficult – if earlier there were exactly two (X-Pro and X-T), now they added a couple sredneoblastnogo and the camera does the new series of X-H1.

Fujifilm X-H1

Its main feature – the first ever Fujifilm and very effective built-in camera stabilizer, which, in combination with pumped speed and brand quality photography makes the camera great tool for photographers-reporters.

Fujifilm X-T3

But a little later came the Fujifilm X-T3 — series, which was previously proposed as the primary reporters. And what? There’s no stabilizer and segment display, but this is the most versatile camera in Fuji’s history, which not only allows you to take great photos, but also offers quite unusual possibilities in terms of shooting video. Both models can safely claim a very high place in the competition of the best cameras with APS-C sensor.

The best camera of the year Nikon Z7

The big announcement of the year, along with Canon EOS R. But, unlike their traditional competitors, Nikon decided not to compromise, and have released two camera – cheaper (Z6) and expensive (Z7), investing in the second all that can company at the moment.

In the Nikon system Z also debuted a new lens mount, but with fewer available at launch optics than Canon. However, Nikon has kept a trump card up his sleeve and will release in early 2019 the lens Z NIKKOR 58mm ƒ/0.95 is Noct’s. It will be very expensive, but the world’s only offer autofocus with aperture of less than one.

Control for Nikon Z7 is more or less standard, but very unexpected move Nikon could not – and punched in her new “bassically” the only slot for a memory card… standard XQD. This is a bit shocking. Otherwise jump to the new world in the performance of the Nikon looks a little more convincing than the Canon – Z7 is really impressive on a number of parameters. But it is important not first pull and behavior on the course. It will be very interesting to watch.

The best camera of the year Pentax K-1 Mark II

Against the background of “mirrorless” expanse of the past year just to write on the results of the classic SLR camera – in itself a movement in the opposite direction. The act is inappropriate, it would seem that traditionalism. But this is one of the best cameras of the year how to ignore it?

Cameras have Pentax, as always, has its own atmosphere – not always stable autofocus low video quality and intricate management. But a powerful stabilizer, low prices on the camera and on the optics and the camera quality (both in JPEG and RAW) do K-1 II is not only the “not such as all”, and quite working replacement full-frame cameras, Sony, Canon and Nikon entry level.

The best camera of the year Sony α7 III

In a year when Canon and Nikon stepped on the throat of its age-old song about the inviolability of the positions of their mirror system, Sony could remain in the shadows. But nothing like this, of course, did not happen – the company is still early in the year produced a camera that, if not makes released later Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R meaningless, it is the most versatile model of the three: with good opportunities for photo and video shooting, smart auto focus, an attractive price and with the widest range of optics.

Yes, Nikon and Canon’s course showed what should be the ergonomics of the full frame “buzzerblog”, and JPEG Sony is inferior… but that’s probably it. Now to catch up – “the big two”. And default options Sony offers.


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