From the highest-resolution dSLR to the biggest zoom range to date, 2015 is starting to look like an interesting year for cameras.
Canon's G3 X, a 25x megazoom with a 1-inch sensor, makes this list in spirit; the company only issued a development announcement thus far, but it sounds intriguing. Another high-probability, rumored model we eagerly anticipate includes the replacement for the Sony A6000.
We'll update as new ones are announced, so check back often.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Price: $800 (with 14-42mm lens)
Availability: June 2015
The outlook: If it lives up to its performance claims of 6 frames per second with autofocus, that plus its 4K video capability would make it a really attractive alternative to an entry-level dSLR for family photography.
The outlook: While it's on the expensive side for its class, it does incorporate Fujifilm's unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder and the company's APS-C-size X-Trans CMOS II sensor delivers excellent quality for this price class.
The outlook: Who can resist the chance to see if putting 50 megapixels on a
full-frame sensor turns out to be a good idea? The two models differ by
the antialiasing filter: the 5DS R cancels its effects, while the 5DS
The outlook: In a departure from its typical Rebel design, Canon adds a slightly more
upscale model to the line that inherits some design updates from
higher-end EOS models. And that's on top of the significant updates
Canon made to both of its midrange consumer dSLRs.
The outlook: This J model looks and operates more like a "normal" camera than any of its Nikon 1 predecessors. It has the fast burst rate that is the hallmark of the series -- 20fps with autofocus -- and a flip-up display for selfies and groupies.
The outlook: It's a minor update over the D7100 -- some improved processing for
better continuous-shooting performance and built-in Wi-Fi, plus a few
other tweaks. But the D7100 and its predecessor are excellent cameras,
so we expect the same of this one.
The outlook: Cramming it with its most current technologies, Olympus makes the E-M5
Mark II sound very attractive to photographers looking for a camera more
advanced than a point-and-shoot but smaller than a dSLR.