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Best photo industry news and rumors from April 2015

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Best photo industry news and rumors from April 2015

April 2015 was a busy period for multiple digital camera and lens manufacturers as multiple products were unveiled. Regardless if you are a fan of Canon, Nikon, Sony, or another company, here are the best photo industry news as well as rumors from the past four weeks.

Another action-packed month has come to an end. There were several important announcements made, including cameras and lenses, from the first to the last week of April 2015.

The companies which have decided to launch a new product are among the usual ones, such as Nikon and Canon, while some which do not make too many announcements over the course of a year have been a part of this active period.

As expected, the photo industry news have been joined by rumors, speculation, and gossip talks, foretelling things that are coming at some point in the future. Here are the most important things that you may have missed in April 2015!

Nikon 1 J5 front
Nikon 1 J5 is the company’s first 4K video recording camera.

Nikon and Canon finally joined the 4K consumer market

The ice was broken by Nikon which unveiled its first mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K videos. The 1 J5 replaces the 1 J4 with several improvements.

Lensbaby does not release as many products as the big boys of the digital imaging world, but a Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens was announced in April 2015 for DSLRs.

Samyang introduced a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for up to 10 camera mounts alongside the 100mm T3.1 macro version for cinematographers.

Speaking of which, Canon took part in the NAB Show 2015 event and it launched the XC10 fixed-lens camera with a 1-inch-type sensor, 10x optical zoom lens, and 4K video recording.

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony’s A-mount is not dead! The Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II lenses were introduced in April 2015 for Sony A-mount cameras.

Zeiss and Sony were very active during the past four weeks

Probably the most active companies in April 2015, Zeiss and Sony officially revealed multiple products throughout the month.

Sony kickstarted the process with the WX500 and HX90V compact cameras that feature Zeiss-approved 30x optical zoom lenses.

Zeiss continued the show with the new Batis-series optics. The 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lenses were introduced for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras.

Finally, duo launched a couple of new optics for A-mount cameras. The 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II models are replacing existing versions with improved image quality and focus speed.

Pentax K-3 II front
Pentax K-3 II is just one of the products announced in April 2015 that can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Tough and much-needed products for outdoor photographers made the cut in April 2015

Following a long period of rumors, Adobe tok the wraps off of Lightroom 6, its next-generation image-processing software, and it unveiled Lightroom CC, which was added to the Creative Cloud.

Olympus announced a TG-4 rugged compact camera, while Pentax revealed the K-3 II weathersealed DSLR with Pixel Shift Resolution mode.

The list of ruggedized products was completed by Fujifilm, which unveiled the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens for X-mount mirrorless cameras.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II rumors
The launch event of the Canon 1D X Mark II is being disputed by multiple sources, but the DSLR has chances of showing up by the end of 2015, says the rumor mill.

There was a lot of activity on the rumor mill front last April

The rumor mill leaked multiple information to the public and Sony received the highest amount of mentions. The company was supposed to introduce at least three new cameras in late April 2015, but it seems like the A7RII, A6100, and RX100 Mark IV will be officialized sometime in May 2015.

The aforementioned trio will be joined by the Fujifilm X-T10 and Panasonic G7 mirrorless cameras, which are definitely coming by the end of this month.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Canon 5D Mark IV have high chances of showing up during the third quarter of 2015, said the rumor mill. Additionally, Canon might even reveal the EOS 1D X Mark II, while Nikon might announce a full-frame mirrorless camera in Q4 2015.

Some of these products could have their launch events delayed until early 2016, when we may get to see the EOS 6D Mark II and a tilt-shift macro lens from Canon. Until then, we invite you to follow Camyx for the latest photo industry news and rumors!

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