2022 wish list: the DCW team looks to the year ahead – will we get what we want?

Digital Camera World is run by a small however devoted team of writers, photographers, testers and reporters, however it’s half of a bigger group of print and digital publications, together with Digital Camera, PhotoPlus (Canon), N-Photo (Nikon), Digital Photographer and Photography Week.So we went spherical all the groups to ask them what they anticipated to see in 2022… and what they most needed!What’s in a reputation? Olympus is out, ‘OM Digital Solutions’ is in, and in 2022 James looks ahead to a hinted-at ‘wow’ digital camera. (Image credit score: OM Digital Solutions)More safe cameras and a brand new E-M1 IV?James Artaius, DCW EditorPrime of my wish record is cameras with extra security measures. My telephone has quite a few in-built safety cameras. The fingerprint scanner / face recognition prevents anybody from opening or utilizing my telephone, whereas the Find My iPhone app permits me to observe the machine if it will get stolen. Why doesn’t my digital camera have the identical options? If I’m investing 1000’s of kilos in a digital camera physique, I would like it to be as safe as attainable. It’s dangerous sufficient simply worrying about being seen carrying digital camera equipment round, with an enormous bullseye in your again for potential thieves, however figuring out that there’s no approach to defend your gear if it does get stolen… it’s simply one thing that wants to be remedied, and quick.I’m additionally dreaming a brand new OM System E-M1 IV digital camera. While the Olympus PEN E-P7 was the first digital camera formally launched beneath the OM Digital Solutions umbrella, it was a holdover from the Olympus period. What I’m most excited to see is what the first OM System digital camera – rumored to be a “wow digital camera” – will feel and appear like.It will actually be jarring not seeing the iconic Olympus emblem on the physique, however I’m fascinated by what the new custodians will carry to the desk. A brand new sensor could be a great start line, as the now-standard 2016-issue 20MP sensor may be very lengthy in the tooth. The firm has additionally been making lots of noise about computational pictures, although, so I’m excited to see extra software-driven improvements comparable to Live ND filters and Live Composite that would very nicely be recreation changers.It appeared like the stupidest thought ever, however Canon’s inexpensive f/11 RF supertelephotos proved completely tailored to trendy mirrorless digital camera tech – so now we want extra! (Image credit score: James Artaius)People nonetheless need DSLRs, and produce on the tremendous telephoto primesChris George, Content DirectorAlthough the world creeps ever extra in direction of mirrorless, it’s fascinating to notice that two of the hottest cameras to buy at Christmas by our readers are each DSLRs. It is simple to see why the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and the Nikon D3500 stay ever common. They are most likely the two cameras I’ll nonetheless suggest when individuals ask me for suggestions of what digital camera to purchase somebody who’s nearly to begin a course on pictures, or needs a low-cost digital camera to get into the interest. They are inexpensive, succesful, and each nice entries right into a pre-existing ecosystem of lenses and different equipment. I’d adore it to see Canon and Nikon introduce new fashions for the subsequent wave of pictures college students.Switching to lenses, Canon’s RF 800mm f/11 IS STM and RF 600mm f/11 IS STM have been two of the most modern lens launches in the final year or so. They supply inexpensive autofocus supertelephoto choices for the first time in a great distance – and are nice for fowl watchers, safari travellers, or sports activities followers. I’d love extra producers to make these lenses – designed to benefit from the digital viewfinders of mirrorless cameras, and ever-improving excessive ISO efficiency. Nikon and Sony variations of those lenses could be nice – and what about Canon making an much more inexpensive 400mm f/8?Panasonic and Olympus MFT cameras do not get the respect they deserve, and shortly could also be the solely factor conserving the newbie digital camera market going. (Image credit score: Panasonic)Is this the finish for newbie cameras? MFT deserves recognitionRod Lawton, Group Reviews EditorWill we get any new newbie cameras in 2022? I actually hope so. Right now, there are some good, low-cost decisions on the market on the market, however they’re largely cameras a number of years outdated which have solely grow to be low-cost by heavy discounting. It’s true that the longer a digital camera stays on sale, the cheaper it turns into to make, however this will’t go on for ever and we’ve already seen some cameras drop off the perch, like the Sony A7 and now the A7 II.So my hope is that we will see no less than a few helpful, trendy, low-cost newbie cameras – although my fear is that digital camera makers have set their sights on greater tier fashions with greater worth factors. Also, like James, I’m eager to see a brand new OM Systems ‘wow’ digital camera. The market has grow to be so obsessive about full body sensors and megapixels that the Micro Four Thirds format will not be being taken critically – however that is nonetheless the solely format to supply genuinely compact and moveable our bodies AND lenses, and as our lab assessments repeatedly present, these sensors give little away to APS-C when it comes to efficiency. I additionally need to see what the new Lumix GH6 can do!We want an finish to non-repairable, non-upgradable tech – and it is not simply Apple. (Image credit score: James Artaius)An finish to chip provide points and higher proper to repairBen Andrews, Lab ManagerI need extra chips – and never the type you eat. Ramping up silicon chip manufacturing to pre-pandemic ranges would permit digital camera producers to inventory extra of current fashions and allow higher freedom to produce new fashions at a sooner fee, leading to decrease costs and higher innovation.I additionally need to see higher ‘proper to restore’ laws. Though there have been some legislative breakthroughs in the space of proper to restore, telephone and laptop computer producers nonetheless have a great distance to go earlier than merchandise are really user-serviceable. Apple nonetheless serial-locks particular person iPhone parts to every telephone, so even a real iPhone 12 or 13 digital camera module couldn’t be swapped between telephones with out points arising. Laptops are more and more utilizing parts which might be soldered to the motherboard, stopping each restore and in addition any RAM/SSD upgrading.You cannot take a look at a Leica M and never need one. Well, we cannot. (Image credit score: Leica)Bring again 220 movie, and please can I’ve a Leica M?Sebastian Oakley, DCW E-commerce EditorIssues that I’d love to see in 2022 or get for Christmas could be the return of 220 movie. As we know movie pictures is seeing a large improve in recognition and I too get pleasure from capturing 35mm and medium format 120 movie. However, I’d love to see the return to 220 as a result of these capturing a 6×9 medium format digital camera will solely get 8 photographs on a roll of 120 movie, however with 220 that will get boosted up to 16, which might be very helpful!I additionally need a Leica, extra particularly the M10-R (or will there be an M11 in 2022?). I’ve been very lucky to deal with some wonderful cameras over the years, however the M10-R actually modified my thoughts on how I would like to shoot going ahead. It won’t occur on Christmas day, however I can see a Leica in my life in 2022.We reckon a brand new Sony A7R V should be about due by the center of subsequent year – however what might Sony presumably try this would not upstage the mighty (costly) A1? (Image credit score: Sony)A brand new Sony A7 V? It’s about time…Beth Nicholls, DCW Staff WriterI’m anticipated a brand new Sony A7R V. By the center of 2022, the A7R IV will be 4 years outdated, and whereas that’s not a very long time for a digital camera to keep on sale, it’s positively nearing its replace window. The important factor is that the A7R IV changed the A7R III after two years, so on that very same logic, the summer time of 2022 might carry a brand new mannequin… perhaps?The subject for Sony is the way it can enhance on the towering specs of the A7R IV and, at all times assuming that’s attainable, the way it can do it with out embarrassing the flagship Sony A1. The A7R IV already has it crushed for decision (61MP vs 50MP). (Image credit score: Sony/Digital Camera World)Make digital camera interfaces so simple as iOS!Niall Hampton, Editor Digital Camera MagazineI comprehend it has been stated earlier than, however digital camera menu interfaces which might be as approachable and intuitive as iOS (notice that I’m not mentioning Android by identify) could be very welcome. People lucky sufficient to be multi-brand digital camera customers like us commonly rue the inconsistency between menu programs – mainly the indisputable fact that producer quirks lead to small however very important capabilities being buried deep in menus on some cameras – however not wherever close to an identical place on others. This wouldn’t be a difficulty if I had the reminiscence of a much-younger individual, however… Also, I’d adore it if you happen to might disable menu objects or different options that you simply by no means use in picture enhancing software program, having the potential to completely gray them out so that you don’t have to maintain dragging by lengthy menus. And having the ability to scale back the myriad drop-down choices when exporting photos – are you aware anybody who has ever used greater than 5 of the 22 choices out there in Photoshop? In phrases of the trade, like everybody else I’m eager for the finish of chip shortages and provide chain points – other than the thrilling new cameras and lenses I’d love to see in the journal, even many run-of-the-mill digital camera equipment I’ve been after in 2021 have been exhausting to discover in inventory wherever. Keep video and stills settings separate and independentAlistair Campbell, Technique Editor, Digital Camera JournalAs somebody who shoots primarily on cameras about 10 years outdated I don’t go overly loopy for tech. But I believe cameras designed to simply swap from picture to video could be the largest step ahead. So usually, each time I would like to change from one to the different I’ve to re-do all the settings like shutter pace, ISO and many others. Even now, there are just a few cameras that do that correctly.Will Canon DSLRs get one other improve cycle in 2022… please? (Image credit score: Canon)DSLRs aren’t carried out but, and we want a brand new entry degree R-seriesPeter Travers, Editor PhotoPlus MagazineMany photographers, professional and amateurs alike, are nonetheless utilizing Canon EOS DSLRs, and lots of of them aren’t (simply but) in making the huge and dear swap to the EOS R mirrorless. Knowing this, I predict Canon will launch updates of all its most important EOS DSLR strains, so perhaps we’ll see a brand new EOS 90D (99D?), new EOS 7D Mark III, new EOS 5D Mark V and many others!My subsequent prediction is that Canon will launch much-improved entry-level EOS R System cameras to change the now-old mirrorless tech in the EOS R and EOS RP, presumably named the EOS R100 and R1000. These will even be competitively priced.Predictions apart, I hope Canon releases some new EF and EF-S lenses with the newest RF lens know-how, and that Canon (and different manufacturers struggling) are ready to present correct provides of EOS cameras and RF lenses nonetheless not in inventory in lots of locations – e.g. the EOS R3 and RF 100-500mm lens.More Canon RF lenses, please, says Dan… although perhaps extra mainstream the freaky RF Dual Fisheye. (Image credit score: Canon)4K 60p needs to be customary, and extra RF lenses wanted!Dan Mold, Technique Editor, PhotoPlus JournalMy prediction for digital camera know-how going into 2022, other than the trade’s clear and apparent shift in direction of mirrorless programs, is that we will see video capabilities proceed to be pushed. My hope is that developments in imaging chips and processors will make 4K at 60p grow to be the customary, changing 1080p Full HD, as many shoppers now have a TV set able to displaying 4K footage in all of its glory.I believe we’ll additionally begin to see extra of the high-end cameras embrace 6K and 8K video capabilities – having the ability to extract nonetheless photos from movies at 19MP or 33MP would definitely be helpful for a lot of photographic conditions. However, you’re going to want an excellent quick (and costly) reminiscence card to find a way to make use of it and it’ll eat up reminiscence like no tomorrow, not to point out you’re going to want a fairly respectable pc to stand any probability of having the ability to edit the footage… so we’re nonetheless at a clumsy junction the place we’re ready for the know-how to catch up and I’m unsure that given the ongoing international scarcity of pc chips that we’re going to see this occur in 2022, however right here’s hoping!As a Canon shooter and approach editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon journal, my ultimate prediction is that we’ll see Canon’s mirrorless full-frame RF lens mount proceed to develop as the firm catches up with their expansive EF vary for DSLRs. I’m hoping we’ll see extra optics from third-party producers like Sigma and Tamron to assist fill in the gaps remaining in the RF lens vary.Dear Nikon, can we have only one extra entry-level Nikon DSLR… please? (Image credit score: Future)Nikon’s final DSLR in 2022, and a retro Nikon Z5 fc?Adam Waring, Editor, N-Photo JournalMy prediction for 2022 is that Nikon will launch its final ever DSLR. While most of its R&D energies are going into mirrorless, that is nonetheless costly tech, and too pricey at current for a real entry-level interchangeable lens digital camera. The present low-cost entry to the Nikon ecosystem, the D3500, remains to be a vastly common DSLR however it’s three years outdated now, and so I wouldn’t be shocked to see a modest – however ultimate – improve in 2022. My hope for 2022 is that we will get a retro-styled full-frame Nikon. The Nikon Z fc was an on the spot hit when it launched in 2021, with its retro FM2-inspired good looks and chunky guide controls. The solely caveat is that it makes use of a crop sensor – and there’s nothing unsuitable with that, however we’d love to see a full-frame model to make the most of what all these beautiful Z-mount optics can actually ship. Perhaps in the guise of a restyled Z5, in the identical approach that the Z fc is basically a Z 50 shoehorned right into a FM-like chassis… The Z9 will not be the final digital camera to ditch a mechanical shutter. (Image credit score: Nikon)The finish of the mechanical shutter and tilting screensMike Harris, Technique Editor N-Photo MagazineI don’t suppose the Nikon Z9 will be the solely pro-grade digital camera and not using a mechanical shutter for very lengthy. Whether we’ll see one other huge participant announce a top-tier physique and not using a mechanical shutter in 2022 stays to be seen, however it’s going to occur sooner slightly than later.Nikon’s Z fc acquired plaudits for being the first Z digital camera with a vari-angle display. Add to that the Z9’s quirky four-axis tilting variant and it’s attainable we’re about to expertise a rear LCD renaissance. Has the humble tilting display had its day? 


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