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List of Canon, Nikon and Sony Cameras that May Get Delayed due to Coronavirus COVID19

Coronavirus COVID19 has a major impact on our lives and we all are affected in some way. Most of the camera giants have their production units in china. Recent rumors suggest that the Canon EOS R5 manufacturing unit is running

Take a look at the list of upcoming camera models that may get delayed due to Coronavirus COVID19

1. Canon on Coronavirus COVID19

Upcoming Canon models that may get impacted  / Delayed: Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 – Shipment is expected to be delayed. As per the latest reports coming from rumors mills  Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 are currently “both running at less than 1/4 of Canon’s manufacturing capacity.” So, for sure the shipment of the camera is expected to be delayed.

2. Sony issues Press Release related to Impact of Coronavirus COVID19

Upcoming Sony models that may get impacted  / Delayed: Sony A7 IV and Sony A7S III 

Yep, Sony A7IV and A7S III camera were expected to arrive this year with advance core specifications to compete against Canon’s recent recently announced Canon EOS R5 camera. But, as we have seen in Sony’s latest press release

In addition to the shutdown of Sony’s manufacturing plants in Malaysia, the flow of resources from suppliers in Asia has become unstable, having a wide-ranging impact on the manufacturing of goods in this segment.

3. Nikon on Coronavirus COVID19

Upcoming Nikon models that may get impacted  / Delayed: Nikon Z9, Z8 and Nikon Z30.

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, we may notice a delay in the upcoming DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras. Due to very limited supply chains available at this moment, Nikon may halt the announcement of Nikon Z9, Z8 and Nikon Z30 Mirrorless cameras.

 

COVID 19 impact on Nikon

Nikon recently issued a press release that clearly mentions issues in the supply chain due to COVID 19 outbreak.

Impact on Nikon

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, we may notice a delay in the upcoming DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras. Due to very limited supply chains available at this moment, Nikon may halt the announcement of Nikon Z9, Z8 and Nikon Z30 Mirrorless cameras.

Nikon Press Release Related to COVID 19

Correspondence to COVID-19
March 27, 2020

We express our sincere condolences to the people who have passed away from COVID-19 and their families. We sincerely hope that those who are affected and who are in difficult condition will recover as soon as possible.

In correspondence to COVID-19, we put the health and safety of customers and employees first and continue to monitor the situation. Nikon Corporation and its group companies around world will continue to take actions under the guidance of governments in each country and region.

For exhibitions, events, and seminars hosted by Nikon group have been and will be suspended for the time being.

In addition, uncertainties of production and logistics are continuing. The impact on future product supply, service and business performance will continue to be scrutinized, and will be notified if any changes occur in the future.

This correspondence may be reviewed in the future as the situation changes. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

We will be updating you with more details soon.

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Sony A7S III, Sony A7IV Announcement to be Delayed Again due to COVID 2019

According to the latest press release, Sony facing a shortage of flow of resources from suppliers in Asia, having a wide-ranging impact on the manufacturing of goods in this segment.

It’s a very clear indication that the upcoming Sony product announcement will be delayed. We were expecting Sony A7S III and A7 IV announcement in the next few months [see list of upcoming Sony cameras in 2020]

Sony Press Release Related to COVID 19 Impact

Statement Regarding the Impact of the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

Sony extends its condolences to the families of those who have passed away as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“COVID-19”), and extends its sympathies to all those who have been infected. The Sony Group is primarily focused on ensuring the safety of its employees and their families, as well as its customers and other stakeholders, in addition to preventing the further spread of the virus. Sony is also striving to answer the needs of society and its customers to the best of its ability, and to minimize the impact of the virus on its business. To accomplish these objectives, Sony is working to gather information and swiftly carry out the necessary actions.

The following is a statement regarding the current impact of the spread of COVID-19 on the Sony Group.

1. Conditions at Sony’s Offices

  • In accordance with mandates from national and local governments, Sony has closed a portion of its offices, mainly in Europe and the U.S., where employees are now working from home. Additionally, at Sony’s offices in Japan and other areas, employees must work from home, excluding a small number of essential employees.
  • Sony has four manufacturing plants located in China (two in Shanghai, one in Wuxi, Jiangsu, and one in Huizhou, Guangdong). All of these plants were shut down in accordance with government mandates, from the beginning of the spring holidays on January 24, 2020, until February 9. From February 10, all four plants have re-started operations in increments. Supply chain issues remain, but operations are returning to the level they were before the spread of the virus.
  • In accordance with a mandate by the local government, Sony has shut down both of its manufacturing plants in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) for the period between March 18 and April 14 (planned).
  • Sony has also shut down its manufacturing plant in the U.K. (Wales) for the period between March 26 and April 20 (planned) in accordance with a mandate from the local government.
  • Business has been impacted by factors such as restrictions on movement of people across national borders, making it difficult for Sony to send engineers to manufacturing hubs such as China and countries in Southeast Asia for the purpose of helping with new product launches or giving instructions on manufacturing.

2. Impact on Sony’s Businesses

Currently, the key impacts on each of Sony’s businesses are as follows.

Game & Network Services Segment

  • Sony estimates that there will be no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year.
  • Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S.

Music Segment

  • Especially outside of Japan, the business has started to be affected by delays in new music releases, interruptions in supply chains for CDs and other physical music media, and a decrease in music licensing resulting from both lower advertising activity and delays in production for motion pictures and television productions. Concerts and other live events around the world are being cancelled or postponed, including all Sony-sponsored performances and events in Japan.

Pictures Segment

  • The motion pictures business as a whole is being affected by shutdowns of movie theaters around the world and various restrictions on people’s movement, leading to circumstances including early termination of theatrical runs and delays in release dates.
  • Additionally, in alignment with the entire industry, Sony has temporarily shut down all of its film and television production, resulting in future changes in theatrical release dates for some titles.

Electronics Products & Solutions Segment

  • In addition to the shutdown of Sony’s manufacturing plants in Malaysia, the flow of resources from suppliers in Asia has become unstable, having a wide-ranging impact on the manufacturing of goods in this segment.
  • Sales of Sony’s products are also being affected by lockdowns around the world and retailer closings.

Imaging & Sensing Solutions Segment

  • At this time, there has been no material impact on the production of CMOS image sensors, including any impact on the procurement of materials. However, Sony’s primary customers in this segment are smartphone makers who rely on supply chains in China, and although recovery in these supply chains has led to sales gradually returning to normal levels, there is a risk that going forward sales could be impacted by a slowdown in the smartphone market.

Financial Services Segment

  • There has been no material impact on the business at this time. However, it is possible that, as has occurred in the past, fluctuations in the financial market could impact the financial results of this segment.

3. Impact on Sony’s Consolidated Financial Results

In Sony’s Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter of the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2020 announced on February 4, 2020, Sony upwardly revised its consolidated results forecast for the fiscal year, but explained at the Earnings Announcement held on the same day that the impact of the spread of infection from COVID-19 was not included in that forecast, and stated that depending on how the situation evolved, that impact could be large enough to eliminate the entire amount of the upward revision. Sony is continuing to evaluate the impact on its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, but currently expects that the scale of the impact will be in line with the above statement. Sony expects that its consolidated financial results will continue to be impacted by the spread of infection from COVID-19 in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, which begins in April this year.

Sony plans to announce its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 on April 30, 2020. However, it is possible that the spread of COVID-19 could lead to delays in account closing procedures and other operations, making it difficult for Sony to proceed with this announcement as planned.

This press release discusses the key impacts of the spread of COVID-19 on the Sony Group based on Sony’s current knowledge. Any possible future impact is not limited to the scope of the information contained in this release. Going forward, Sony will announce any material updates in a timely manner.

Cautionary Statement

Statements made in this release with respect to Sony’s current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance of Sony. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements using words such as “believe,” “expect,” “plans,” “strategy,” “prospects,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “aim,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “might,” “could” or “should,” and words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance, events or conditions. From time to time, oral or written forward-looking statements may also be included in other materials released to the public. These statements are based on management’s assumptions, judgments and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Sony cautions investors that a number of important risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and therefore investors should not place undue reliance on them. Investors also should not rely on any obligation of Sony to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Sony disclaims any such obligation. Risks and uncertainties that might affect Sony include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sony’s ability to maintain product quality and customer satisfaction with its products and services;
  2. Sony’s ability to continue to design and develop and win acceptance of, as well as achieve sufficient cost reductions for, its products and services, including image sensors, game and network platforms, smartphones and televisions, which are offered in highly competitive markets characterized by severe price competition and continual new product and service introductions, rapid development in technology and subjective and changing customer preferences;
  3. Sony’s ability to implement successful hardware, software, and content integration strategies, and to develop and implement successful sales and distribution strategies in light of new technologies and distribution platforms;
  4. the effectiveness of Sony’s strategies and their execution, including but not limited to the success of Sony’s acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, capital expenditures, restructurings and other strategic initiatives;
  5. changes in laws, regulations and government policies in the markets in which Sony and its third-party suppliers, service providers and business partners operate, including those related to taxation, as well as growing consumer focus on corporate social responsibility;
  6. Sony’s continued ability to identify the products, services and market trends with significant growth potential, to devote sufficient resources to research and development, to prioritize investments and capital expenditures correctly and to recoup its investments and capital expenditures, including those required for technology development and product capacity;
  7. Sony’s reliance on external business partners, including for the procurement of parts, components, software and network services for its products or services, the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of its products, and its other business operations;
  8. the global economic and political environment in which Sony operates and the economic and political conditions in Sony’s markets, particularly levels of consumer spending;
  9. Sony’s ability to meet operational and liquidity needs as a result of significant volatility and disruption in the global financial markets or a ratings downgrade;
  10. Sony’s ability to forecast demands, manage timely procurement and control inventories;
  11. foreign exchange rates, particularly between the yen and the U.S. dollar, the euro and other currencies in which Sony makes significant sales and incurs production costs, or in which Sony’s assets, liabilities and operating results are denominated;
  12. Sony’s ability to recruit, retain and maintain productive relations with highly skilled personnel;
  13. Sony’s ability to prevent unauthorized use or theft of intellectual property rights, to obtain or renew licenses relating to intellectual property rights and to defend itself against claims that its products or services infringe the intellectual property rights owned by others;
  14. the impact of changes in interest rates and unfavorable conditions or developments (including market fluctuations or volatility) in the Japanese equity markets on the revenue and operating income of the Financial Services segment;
  15. shifts in customer demand for financial services such as life insurance and Sony’s ability to conduct successful asset liability management in the Financial Services segment;
  16. risks related to catastrophic disasters, pandemic diseases or similar events;
  17. the ability of Sony, its third-party service providers or business partners to anticipate and manage cybersecurity risk, including the risk of unauthorized access to Sony’s business information and the personally identifiable information of its employees and customers, potential business disruptions or financial losses; and
  18. the outcome of pending and/or future legal and/or regulatory proceedings.

Risks and uncertainties also include the impact of any future events with material adverse impact. Important information regarding risks and uncertainties is also set forth in Sony’s most recent Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Panasonic GX950 Rumored Specification

As per the latest rumors surfaced over the web the Panasonic G950 camera is expected to arrive at the end of 2020. The camera is said to feature the same sensor we have seen in the Panasonic G95 camera. Take a look at the rumored specifications of the camera.

Panasonic GX950 Rumored Specification

  • 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30p Video
  • No Weather sealing
  • Announcement on Nov 2020

If everything goes on schedule we may see the announcement of G950 camera at the end of this year. We will update you soon as we get any new information.

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Fuji X-T5 Latest Rumors

As per the latest rumors surfaced over the web, Fuji’s upcoming APS-C flagship Mirrorless camera may arrive with 32 or 43 MP APS-C CMOS sensors. Fuji is working on new sensors for its Next APS-C flagship camera. We know the Fuji X-T5 is far away from now, the next XT-(X) series scheduled announcement is on Q4 of 2021.  So, it will be too early to expect anything. BTW, there is also a slight possibility that Fuji may use the 43MP APS-C sensor to put a new life in their dying X-H series camera with 6K video recording capability.

Fuji X-T5 Expected Arrival time and Sensor Resolution

  • 32MP / 43 APS-C X-Trans 5 Sensor [sensor resolution isn’t confirmed yet]
  • X-Processor 5 Image Processor
  • 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
  • DCI/UHD 6K at 30
  • Announcement on Q4 of 2021

As I always say, take this with a grain of salt.

We will update you soon as we get any new rumors related to the Fuji X-T5 or X-H2 camera.

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Canon 1DX Mark III Firmware Update to Fix Some Known Issues

Canon will be releasing a new firmware update to fix Canon 1DX Mark III to fix some known issues.

To Users of EOS-1D X Mark III

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have confirmed that the following phenomenon may occur during use of the EOS 1D X Mark III digital SLR camera. A new firmware release is planned for early April; once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website.

We sincerely apologise to users who may have experienced inconvenience due to this issue.

Phenomenon:
When the camera is used with the electronic level set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may not perform normally when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.

Affected Product:
EOS 1D X Mark III (Firmware version 1.0.0)

Workaround:
Use the “Hide” setting for the electronic level in the viewfinder display.

Setting procedure: Menu / Set-up 2 tab / Viewfinder display / Electronic level* [Hide] *Default setting: [Hide]

Support:
In early-April 2020, we plan to release a firmware update to address the phenomenon listed above.

Contact information:
Please contact your nearest service centre if you have any queries.

Confirmed - Canon EOS R5 is a 5D Series Camera

In a recent interview Canon David Parry, Canon’s Product Marketing Specialist confirmed that Canon EOS R5 is a 5D series camera and not a Mirrorless Flagship.

So is that why this camera is called the EOS R5?

“It’s aimed at that level of the market. This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market,” he said.

“Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we’ve got the R5 now. So it’s all the same sort of level.” he added.

 

Why No Touch Bar in Canon EOS R5

“It’s aimed at that level of the market. This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market,” he said.

“Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we’ve got the R5 now. So it’s all the same sort of level.” he added.

 

EOS R5 has impressive video credentials. How does it handle heat issues when shooting 8K video?

“We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’ve learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other,” he said.

 

About coronavirus impact on production line

“We’re in the same situation as all the other manufacturers in that we’re keeping an eye on things and seeing what we can do,” he said.

“It’s not the same as this, but we’ve had natural disasters before, so we have a pretty robust system for being able to deal with things like the tsunami and earthquakes. I know this is very, very different, but there’s things in place to work on this kind of thing,” he added

More than a week ago Canon confirmed that Canon EOS R5 is able to record uncropped 8K Videos with fulltime DPAF support. Not only that, but the camera also have animal AF feature which includes birds, cat and, dog. We also have rumors related to the Pixel shift shooting in Canon EOS R5. See more news related to Canon EOS R5.

We will update you soon as we get any new information.

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