Many popular camera manufacturers are from Japan. Let’s just mention them. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and Fujifilm. Other than Panasonic, the other five manufacturers have already announced their new exciting models to be released in 2016. Here are the list of them.
Nikon D5 is the flagship of Nikon camera and the successor of Nikon D4 featuring a professional DSLR camera body. It features a brand new 20.8 Megapixels Full Frame FX format sensor and burst rate up to 12 FPS or even 14 FPS with mirror up for 200 shots at 14 bit lossless compression RAW. It uses Nikon EXPEED 5 processor. However, the main ground breaking features introduced in this camera are 153 Autofocus point and ISO sensitivity up to 102,400 native ISO and 3,280,000 Extended ISO. This camera is capable to focus at -4 EV. In video department, Nikon D5 is capable to record 4K video at up to 30 FPS and 1080p video at up to 60 FPS. However, I am sure people will buy this camera purely because of its still image capability. The price of this camera is $6,500.
Nikon D500 is the mini, smaller, and cheaper version of Nikon D5 packed in semi-professional body. It features a brand new sensor with 20.9 Megapixels APS-C DX format and burst rate up to 10 FPS for 200 shots at 14 bit lossless compression RAW. This camera also uses Nikon EXPEED 5 processor. The ISO sensitivity is also very high at up to 51,200 native ISO and 1,640,000 Extended ISO. This camera is also capable to focus at -4 EV. In video department, Nikon D5 is capable to record 4K video at up to 30 FPS and 1080p video at up to 60 FPS. Pretty much the same with Nikon D5. However, this camera has a tilty screen to help you taking shots from difficult angle. The price of Nikon D500 is $2,000 which is only a third of Nikon D5.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon most anticipated flagship camera and the successor of the original EOS-1D X released in 2012. The main feature of this camera is its burst which is up to 14 FPS and 16 FPS in Live View mode for up to 170 RAW images or unlimited JPEGs. It packs a brand new 20.2 Megapixels Full Frame sensor and the brand new Canon DIG!C 6+ processor. Not only one, but two processors. The Autofocus points stays the same as the original EOS-1D X which is (only) 61-point but improved so all of the AF point can focus at up f/8. This camera also features the popular Dual Pixel CMOS AF making this camera able to focus quickly and precisely in live view mode. The screen is also a touch screen which makes the Dual Pixel CMOS AF even easier to used. This feature is great benefit for video shooters. This camera can shoot 4K video at up to 60 FPS and 1080p video at up to 120 FPS. We can see that Canon is trying to built a camera that is best for both photo and video. In terms of ISO performance, Canon provides EOS-1D X Mark II with up to 51,200 ISO and (only) 409,600 extended ISO which still 3-stops behind Nikon D500. The additional feature that Canon brought with this camera is a built-in GPS. Canon is asking $6,000 for the price of EOS-1D X Mark II.
Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 80D is perhaps not as attractive as the other cameras. It features a 24.2 Megapixels APS-C Sensor found in Canon EOS 750D and 760D. The Autofocus point is (only) 45-point which does not sound impressive after you heard about Nikon D5 and D500. The burst rate is only 7 FPS which is hardly impressive. Instead of DiG!C 6+, Canon only incorporate the older DiG!C 6 processor for this camera. The ISO range is up to 16,000 native ISO and 25,600 extended ISO which isn’t impressive at all. This camera also lacks the ability to record 4K video and for 1080p video, it only able to record at up to 60 FPS which is what competitors can do since years ago. Several features that you might find this camera a bit attractive is the Vari-Angle touch screen LCD and the Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus that can provide a much easier use. Canon also include NFC and Wi-Fi for more flexibility. However, while the feature sounds a bit lacking, EOS 80D is more than enough for more casual photographers and video shooters. The other benefit of EOS 80D compared to other camera brands is the access to more than one hundred native lenses from Canon and even more from third party lens manufacturers. The price for this camera body is $1,200.
Fujifilm is known for their great X-Trans CMOS sensor which is probably the best APS-C sensor for still image. The X-Pro2 features the brand new 24 Megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor which is a 50% increase in terms of pixel count compared to older model. In terms of burst rate, Fujifilm X-Pro2 can do 8 FPS for up to 33 lossless RAW or up to 83 JPEGs. For the Autofocus system, Fujifilm incorporate their Intelligent Hybrid AF with 77 focus areas of selection. In terms of ISO range, Fujifilm X-Pro2 can do for up to 12,800 Native ISO and 51,200 ISO. If 1/8000 of Mechanical shutter is not fast enough for you, this camera supports electronic shutter speed for up to 1/32,000 seconds. The distinctive feature of Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the hybrid viewfinder which allows the user to use Optical or Electronic viewfinder. For video, this camera only supports for up to 1080p 60 FPS. If you are looking for a hybrid photo and video camera, you can always skip Fujifilm anyway because the video codec used by Fujifilm camera is rather weak. But if you want the best image in smaller body, then Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a great choice. The price of Fujifilm X-Pro2 is $1,700.
If you are looking a camera that is nearly excellent in almost anything but does want to spend too much money, Sony α6300 is perhaps the camera that you want. This camera packs a brand new 24.2 Megapixels APS-C Sony EXMOR sensor. The burst rate is up to 11 FPS or 8 FPS in Live View mode for 21 RAWs or 49 JPEGs. The Autofocus system is the brand new 4D focusing system that packs a 425-point Phase Detection AF and 169-area contrast AF. Sure, this is more than other cameras can provide. But that’s not just it. The Phase Detection AF now can work with Sony LA-EA3 adapter which gives you a fast focusing system even when using adapted lens. The ISO range is up to 25,600 Native ISO and 51,200 Extended ISO. In video department, this camera is even more exciting with the ability to record 4K video at 30 FPS and 1080p video at 120 FPS. Even more than that, this camera have to ability to shoot on LOG which will gives you much more flexibility in post processing. Other than that, this camera also includes foc us peaking and zebra to help you even more when taking video on manual control. These are some features that don’t even included in thousands dollar camera like Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The screen is a tilt one but not Vari-Angle. Sadly, no touch screen too. Sony also included NFC and Wi-Fi in α6300 for some extra flexibility. With all of that features this camera seems to be the camera that offers the best for both still image and video. It’s not perfect but you can forgive of what it’s lacking because the price is only $1,000.
Olympus PEN-F is a modern camera with classic retro design. It might looks outdated for some but very attractive for some others. But don’t let the looks deceived you. It uses a smaller 20.3 Megapixels Live MOS Micro Four Third sensor that was first introduced with Panasonic GX8 last year. For the Autofocus system, it uses an 81-area Contrast-detect AF. ISO sensitivity can go up to 25,600 ISO. This camera features electronic shutter just like Fujifilm X-Pro2 but at a bit slower speed of 1/16000 seconds. Burst rate is up to 10 FPS on single shot AF but drops to only 5 FPS on continous AF for 39 RAWs or 45 JPEGs. However, Olympus also included a new burst mode that allows this camera to shoot at 20 FPS which uses electronic shutter mode. The screen is Vari-angle touch screen but the touch function appears to be limited for picking a focus point. This camera also provide Wi-Fi for more flexibility. The distinctive feature of Olympus PEN-F is the ability to shoot high resolution mode at a massive 80 Megapixels. It takes several shot and combine them into one massive image. Olympus is asking $1,200 for the price of PEN-F.