The New Cameras of 2022

Fleet of Fujis, Precision Camera - Austin, Texas

Fleet of Fujis, Precision Camera – Austin, Texas

Camera expos are a great way to see all the newest stuff in one place. Precision Camera had its end-of-year event in November, where I got to test some new models. Despite the decreasing sales in the industry, there was a surprising number of new cameras.

Nikon has the Z30, and Canon has the EOS R7 and R10. All three are APS-C cameras that use the same lens mounts as their full-frame versions. None of these are especially compelling since I already have the best APS-C system. No other camera vendor is committed to APS-C like Fuji with its vast selection of dedicated lenses and body styles.

Canon EOS R6 mark II is a full-frame system, but that didn’t pique my interest. While I have no plans to move to full-frame, the Sony a7R V seemed eye-catching. Sony has addressed many of the gripes I had about their system, including the haptics and menus. I can’t vouch for their color science, but I have also noticed an improvement in this area.

Panasonic makes solid cameras, but they also didn’t get my attention. I’m no longer interested in micro 4/3, and their full-frame cameras don’t appear to be up there with the leaders in focusing systems. They are part of an L Mount Alliance that combines Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma. I’m sure they produce outstanding photos for slower subjects. However, I have the Fujifilm GFX 50S II for that. I highly doubt their cameras will best the GFX’s image quality.

OM System, formally knowns as Olympus, also had a booth. I stopped by to see the new OM-5. I discovered that it’s a barely updated Olympus E-M5 Mark III — a three-year-old camera. As I feared, OM Systems is not doing anything to move the needle forward.

Finally, there’s Fujifilm. They released new flagships this year, the X-H2 and X-H2S, and an update to their most popular camera, the X-T5. All three look solid. The X-H2 line focuses more on video, though a capable stills camera and the X-T5 returns the configuration to a focus on photography. The reviews have been favorable.

I’ve considered camera changes and was eyeing the X-T5 more seriously than usual. It ticked most of the boxes I wanted, though not perfect for my needs. Fujifilm has made steady progress with its focusing system though it still doesn’t best Sony. The Sony a7R V is rock-steady and locked into people’s faces with a persistence that the Fuji’s still lacks.

After using the newest cameras, I’ve concluded that none of the current Fujis fully meets my needs. Fujifilm has all the elements I want, but not in a single camera — my next camera will be a compromised solution. Despite that, I’m still happy with my relationship with Fujifilm and have no plans of moving to another platform.

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2 thoughts on “The New Cameras of 2022

    1. Every iteration of the GFX gets a little less expensive. Perhaps the lottery may not be necessary in the future. Though the X cameras are fantastic and more versatile.

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