2018: the year of full-frame mir­ror­less

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‘MIXED for­tunes for cam­era mak­ers’ ran the head­line in the lead story in our De­cem­ber 2017 news re­view, and while some things haven’t changed, quite a lot has. Times re­main tough amidst eco­nomic un­cer­tainty, and the threat from smart­phone mak­ers be­came even more in­tense in the sec­ond half of the year (see be­low). That said, there’s a lot of ex­cite­ment about the new gen­er­a­tion of full-frame mir­ror­less cam­eras.

Nikon had a good year, with the Z 6 and Z 7 gain­ing pretty much uni­ver­sally pos­i­tive re­views; some so­cial- me­dia blowhards got up­set about the lack of a dual mem­ory card slot, but they soon ran out of steam. The com­bi­na­tion of ex­cel­lent sen­sor per­for­mance, ef­fec­tive 5-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, fast, si­lent AF and legacy lens flex­i­bil­ity looks like be­ing a win­ner, with re­tail­ers re­port­ing ro­bust de­mand for the 45.7MP Z 7 in par­tic­u­lar as it has been on sale longer.

Canon ar­rived later to the full-frame mir­ror­less party with its EOS R. While it also im­pressed our test­ing team – ‘de­liv­er­ing stun­ning im­ages on a par with the EOS 5D Mark IV’ – the high body- only price (£2,349) could be an im­ped­i­ment. The EOS range, how­ever, still has a lot of po­ten­tial.

Sony had a good year for full-frame mod­els too, with the 24.2MP Al­pha 7 III win­ning plau­dits for its 10fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing and so­phis­ti­cated AF sys­tem. Mean­while Fu­ji­film may not be go­ing full frame, but there’s a lot of ex­cite­ment around its GFX 50R 51.4MP medium-for­mat mir­ror­less model – look out for a full re­view in AP soon.

Pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing for higher- end mir­ror­less cam­eras are in­creas­ingly spoilt for choice. It now seems the DSLR’s days as the de­fault tool for pros are num­bered.

The EOS R: well re­ceived but still with a fight on its hands for mar­ket share

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