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Cameras to watch this spring

It's not a huge list, but this is a Photokina year so we expect some very interesting stuff in the fall, instead.

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Canon EOS M50

Price: body, $780; with 15-45mm lens, $900

Availability: April 2018

Outlook: An updated sensor with an improved autofocus system and 4K video support mean this mirrorless has a lot of potential advantages over Canon's Rebel-series DSLRs.

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Canon EOS Rebel T7

Price: $550 

Availability: April 2018

Outlook: There isn't a lot here that's new or notable, but the entry-level model in the T series is always a good bet for deep discounts during big shopping seasons.

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Sony A7 III

Price: body, $2,000; with 28-70mm lens, $2,200

Availability: April 2018

Outlook: The A7 III inherits a lot of the enhancements Sony has put in its other cameras over the past couple of years, notably a much-improved autofocus system, better photo quality and longer battery life, so this midrange full-frame model promises to be an excellent value for $2,000.

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GoPro Hero 2018

Price: $200

Availability: March 2018

Outlook: GoPro harkens back to its early naming for its new entry-level action camera. The design retains a lot of the aspects of the older Hero5 and Hero6 models, such as the 2-inch touchscreen and voice control. But the company streamlined the interface to be a lot less intimidating to newbies.

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Fujifilm X-H1

Price: $1,900

Availability: March 2018

Outlook: An addition to Fujifilm's mirrorless lineup, this model is essentially an upgrade to the fan favorite X-T2. New capabilities include Cinema 4K support for video and sensor-shift image stabilization -- a first for Fujifilm.

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Panasonic Lumix ZS200

Price: $800

Availability: March 2018

Outlook: One of our favorite general-purpose 1-inch compacts gets a much longer (but smaller aperture) 24-360mm 15x zoom lens, making it a nice step up from a phone.

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Panasonic Lumix GX9

Price: $1,000 with 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens

Availability: March 2018

Outlook: A new midrange mirrorless camera, the GX9 has some of our favorite features, such as the tilting viewfinder of the older GX85 and an anti-aliasing-filter-free version of the Four Thirds sensor to improve sharpness.

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Pentax K-1 Mark II

Price: body, $2,000; with 28-105mm lens, $2,400

Availability: April 2018

Outlook: The biggest update to Pentax's already-excellent flagship full-frame model is a claimed two-stop increase in tonal range and better results with its Pixel Shift Resolution mode, thanks to a better processing pipeline.

See more of our Spring Tech Preview here. 

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