In 2018 a lot of interesting premieres took place and it was a very good time for the photographic market. What were the most interesting photographic events of 2018?
It was a very good year for photography. We have a really big premiere, which will gradually change the photographic market in the coming years. How did 2018 go?
Mirrorless – premieres 2018
First of all, 2018 has confirmed us that the mirrorless cameras are becoming a great force , and the SLRs are losing popularity. It was almost without a premiere in the category of SLR cameras. More important, however, that until now manufacturers who relied mainly on cameras with mirrors showed top mirrorless cameras. By far the biggest event of this year were the premieres of full-frame mirrorless cameras – Canon EOS R and Nikon Z6 and Z7.Nikon announced the premiere of the FF model for a long time, Canon was a surprise for many. The fact is that both manufacturers were quite different from the competition in the case of cameras without mirrors, so it was time to change something. The new releases also break the Sony monopoly – this manufacturer has been the only producer of mirrorless cameras with a full frame for five years. Now it has gained competition in the form of two producers with an established position . And soon there will be a third – Panasonic S1 appears on the horizon – bezłusterkowiec with a full frame from the producer, who copes well on the film market. Sony, however, does not give up. The year 2018 is the premiere of the Sony A7 III. Mirrorless with a full frame, which gives great opportunities, and at the same time was very sensibly priced. The camera meets the requirements of professionally filming and photographing, and costs less than 10,000. Golden. This is currently a model for which it is difficult to find any sensible competition at this price. Speaking of movies, Fujifilm has also entered the market this year. The Fujifilm X-H1 presented in February is the first mirror-free producer dedicated to filmmakers. The camera allows you to film in 4K, has logarithmic profiles and all functions needed by filmmakers. Besides, the 4K and F-Log modes can also be found in the new Fujifilm X-T3. Thus, it can be seen that another producer joins the group of suppliers of equipment for filmmakers . Therefore, the film camera market is becoming more and more interesting. Although the disappointment of the year should include the lack of Sony A7S III premiere. Only he is missing to complete the third generation of the A7 series cameras and probably the majority of us were convinced that the premiere of this model will take place in 2018.
Cheap cameras in 2018? Probably not
This year we have had many interesting premieres, but a sad trend has also become apparent. The average prices of cameras have been gradually increasing for several years. This is because the amateur practitioners are practically disappearing from the market. Today, with less than PLN 2,000, it is better not to look around for the camera. It would be optimal to have 3,000 zlotys left. Below one thousand zlotys we have nothing to look for. Of course, we will always find something, but usually it is not worth buying these models, because the quality of photos will not be better than those made with a smartphone. This is the key word. Smartphone . Photographic phones have been gradually replacing cheaper cameras, including compact cameras, for several years. The latter were once simple and cheap models – today, almost exclusively devices for professionals are made that can cost more than a reflex camera. This trend is clearly noticeable. Today, we can either equip ourselves with a good smartphone, which we will take nice pictures, or a good camera, for which, however, we must have a few thousand zlotys. The camera market is professionalised, manufacturers release increasingly expensive models that beat smartphones, but they are not on the average Kowalski's pocket. This can be seen, for example, in the continuation of the series. For example: still available for sale Sony A6000 at the time of release cost less than 3 thousand. zł . His successor, Sony A6300, made his debut for PLN 5200 for the body . In turn, released soon afterwards Sony A6500 has already cost over 6,000. zł . Of course, at these prices there is no longer a trace, as it is enough for a few months on the market to wait for the first big promotions and sales. What are our predictions and expectations for 2019? First of all, we expect further increase in the popularity of mirrorless cameras, although the average price of cameras will certainly not decrease. We are expecting interesting premier cameras with smaller dies – APS-C and Micro 4/3. For sure, the most anticipated premieres will be a full frame from Panasonic and Sony A7S III. We are also waiting for news from Olympus, which has recently fallen silent. We are also curious to see how Nikon and Canon develop their full-frame systems in 2019. One thing is certain – in 2019 we will not be bored!