Biggest camera releases of 2023 (chronologically)

The biggest camera releases of 2023 (chronologically):

January Camera Releases

Panasonic LUMIX S5 II Mirrorless Digital Camera

As one of the first major camera releases of 2023, the full-frame LUMIX S5II looked to equally satisfy imaging and filming pursuits with its 24MP sensor. Blazing fast hybrid autofocus responds accurately in dim light during continuous shooting up to 7fps with AE/AF tracking. For videographers making a purchase this year, the camera has unlimited 4K recording, V-Log capture exceeding 14 stops of dynamic range, real-time LUT grading, and class-leading stabilization.

Panasonic LUMIX S5 IIX Mirrorless Digital Camera

Alongside the S5 II came the IIX iteration which offers more video capabilities for the more serious filmmakers. It has the same 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, and advanced Phase Hybrid AF system for precise subject tracking in any lighting, as the camera above. But the S5IIX features pro-grade amenities, including 5.8K ProRes RAW, 800 Mbps ALL-Intra recording, wired/wireless live streaming, and newly developed Active I.S. for smooth handheld shooting.

February Camera Releases

Canon EOS R50 Camera

In February, the imaging community welcomes the compact-yet-powerful Canon R50 which houses a 24MP APS-C imaging pipeline enabling refined 4K footage and 15 fps high-speed capture. Its Dual Pixel autofocus responds swiftly and accurately across the entire frame when shooting moving subjects. An advanced auto mode adapts exposure to difficult lighting scenarios while vertical orientation, live streaming capabilities, and uncropped 4K video assist vlogging.

Canon EOS R8 Camera

On the same day, Canon also announced the EOS R8, which uses a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC X processor to produce high-resolution images, reaching an extreme ISO of 204,800. Its Fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF II covers 100 percent of the frame. Advanced HDR video modes and five-axis stabilization enhance filmmaking, and its vertical orientation and live streaming capability offer flexible content output. Robust wired and wireless connectivity ensures seamless image transfers, remote camera control, and direct sharing across platforms.

Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 6K Pro

Blackmagic Design did not disappoint with its announcement of the Studio Camera 6K Pro to provide outstanding image quality and control in live production with a Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount. Built-in ND filters enable shooting in bright conditions, and features like tally lights, talkback, and camera control enhance communication between the operator and director. Recording in Blackmagic RAW directly to USB disks ensures maximum post-production flexibility. With a high ISO range of 25,600, it excels in low-light conditions.

March Camera Releases

Red Digital Cinema V-RAPTOR 8K

We were introduced to the V-Raptor in 2021, but RED expanded on this by announcing a Super 35 sensor version of the camera this year. The 8K Super 35 sensor enables fluid 8K video recording up to 120fps along with 16.5+ stops of dynamic range in a compact and versatile form factor. The fast sensor scanning reduces artifacts while integrated control displays enable comprehensive setting adjustments and status monitoring. Genlock, SDI, RCP control and live streaming provide seamless integration with professional workflows and remote production. Its robust construction facilitates diverse mounting configurations from vintage lenses to drones and gimbals.

Sony ZV-E1 Mirrorless Camera

Sony added to its ZV series in March of 2023. Crafted for solo content creators, the Sony ZV-E1 streamlines self-production through a 12MP imaging pipeline suited to sharp 4K footage and intuitive vlogging assistants like face-aware tracking and one-touch Cinematic Vlog profiles. In-body stabilization removes shake from handheld clips while clever Framing Stabilizer and Auto Framing modes automatically spotlight different subjects.

April Camera Releases

Leica M11 Monochrom Digital Rangefinder Camera

Again, Leica users have been loving the original M11 camera since 2021, but the company took it a step further in 2023 by launching the Leica M11 Monochrom. Its rangefinder maximizes black and white images with a 60MP monochrome sensor uniquely optimized for sharpness, contrast, and low noise. A class-leading base ISO of 125 combined with high ISO 200,000 shooting facilitates work across all lighting scenarios. Iconic durable construction with scratch-resistant aluminum covers houses ample 256GB internal storage. Integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enable expedited image transfers and remote control while legendary Leica craftsmanship ensures precision.

May Camera Releases

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Nikon Z8 was arguably the biggest camera announcement of the entire year (possibly second to Sony’s announcement in November, but we’ll get to that later). In a compact build, the Nikon Z8 integrates a potent 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 engine from Nikon’s flagship Z9, enabling robust stills and 8K 60p video. The rapid sensor readout supports advanced subject tracking, 20 fps continuous shooting, and 4K 120p slow-motion capabilities. The 493-point phase-detected AF system ensures swift and precise subject acquisition, even in challenging -9 EV lighting, complemented by intuitive illumination controls. Constructed of durable magnesium alloy for resilience in harsh conditions, it provides 5.5 stops of stabilization for steady handheld footage. Extensive wired and wireless connections, including FTP, Wi-Fi, and dual card slots, enhance the Z8’s versatility for today’s hybrid creators.

Sony, once again, added to its ZV Series for vloggers with the ZV-1 II in May. Featuring a wide-angle zoom lens, 1.0-type image sensor, and an intelligent microphone, it ensures outstanding video and audio quality. Innovative features like Background Defocus and Product Showcase Setting simplify vlogging processes. Lightweight design, intuitive controls, and smartphone connectivity make the ZV-1 II the perfect companion for content creators.

Canon EOS R100 Mirrorless Camera

The Canon EOS R100 poised itself as a great gift for the 2023 holiday season given its accessible price point with little sacrifice in image quality. The camera combines impressive imaging capabilities with a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. Its Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection ensures precise focus. Record stunning 4K videos at 24fps or Full HD videos at up to 60fps. With smartphone-like controls, silent operation, and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS R100 is best suited for everyday photography and vlogging.

Fujifilm X-S20 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Fujifilm X-S20 came as a follow-up to Fujifilm’s X-S10 from 2020. The X-S20 expands creative possibilities through a 26MP APS-C sensor for gorgeous 6.2K footage and accelerated 120p full HD slow-motion. Tailored profiles automatically refine color and stabilize for vlogging while a seven-stop IBIS steadies handheld 4K clips.

Leica Q3 Compact Digital Camera

The Leica Q3, released in May of 2023, certainly came as an upgrade to the Leica Q2 from 2021. It’s a revolutionary addition to the iconic Q series. Featuring a 60MP BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology, hybrid autofocus system, tiltable back screen, and an electronic viewfinder, the Q3 redefined the user experience. With 18% more battery power over its predecessor, it’s a game-changer for professionals and enthusiasts. The Leica Q3’s wireless charging, 8K video capability, and customizable features also make it a versatile tool.

Red Digital Cinema KOMODO-X ST 6K S35 DSMC3 Camera

In 2023, RED also announced the KOMODO-X ST, which bridged the gap between the KOMODO and V-RAPTOR. It has a 6K S35 Global Shutter Sensor, boasting double the frame rates at 6K 80P and 4K 120P. Ideal for commercial sets, indie films, or music videos, the KOMODO-X delivers top-notch image quality. With integrated micro V-Lock and a 2.4″ LCD screen, it offers seamless control and advanced I/O options.

June Camera Releases

Leica SL2 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Leica team has clearly been hard at work because, less than a month after the Q3, we got the Leica SL2 Mirrorless Camera. Encased in a silver body, the SL2 houses a formidable 47MP sensor alongside five-axis stabilization for visuals enhanced by a rapid Maestro III processor. Blazing autofocus powered by advanced object detection reliably tracks action during 30 fps RAW bursts and cinematic 60 fps 4K capture. Improved weather sealing, menus and handling bolster versatility while the OLED viewfinder provides an immersive shooting experience.

July Camera Releases

Sony Alpha a6700 Mirrorless Camera

ony, again, makes an appearance once this list with the Sony a6700 from July. Its 26MP APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor, coupled with a BIONZ XR image processor, delivers stunning stills and high-quality 4K/60p videos. Advanced subject recognition and a 759-point autofocus system ensure precise tracking, complemented by five-axis in-body image stabilization for up to five stops of compensation. With USB-C for live streaming, a dust- and water-resistant magnesium alloy body, the a6700 is a powerful tool for all creatives.

August Camera Releases

DJI Osmo Action 4 Camera

DJI brought us our first major action camera of the year with the DJI Osmo Action 4! This action camera was built for resilience and remarkable performance. Its enhanced 1/1.3-inch sensor excels in low-light conditions, and the addition of 10-bit D-Log M color ensures outstanding dynamic range. You can achieve seamless, steady footage with 360 HorizonSteady and RockSteady 3.0, and capture expansive scenes with a 155º ultra-wide field of view.

Sony Alpha a7CR Mirrorless Digital Camera

Unleash the imaging prowess of the Sony Alpha 7CR, featuring a formidable 61.0-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor. Harness pixel shift multi-shooting to create stunning 240.8-megapixel composites. Capture cinematic 4K videos with 6.2K oversampling and benefit from advanced features like Active Mode image stabilization and Real-time tracking with subject recognition.

Sony Alpha a7C II Mirrorless Digital Camera

On the same day, Sony also announced the release of the a7C II alongside the a7CR. Its 33.0MP Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the BIONZ XR processor for fast, precise shooting and advanced video capabilities. Its breathtaking 4K video can reach up to 60p, complemented by seamless subject tracking with a 759-point phase-detection autofocus covering 94 percent of the image area.

September Camera Releases

GoPro HERO12 Black Camera

GoPro reached the 12th iteration of its famous HERO action camera. The GoPro HERO12 Black features Hypersmooth 6.0 stabilization across 5.3K HDR and 2.7K 240fps slow motion modes. Unlocking 70 minutes of 5.3K60 footage per charge, it withstands 33-feet deep water while Horizon Lock sustains orientation across 360 content. The 10-bit color and Protune log recording adds cinematic flexibility while advanced features like timecode sync, live streaming and Max Lens Mod enlarge professional utility and usability.

Fujifilm GFX 100 II Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

In September, Fujifilm also announced the medium format GFX100 II with a 102 MP BSI CMOS sensor and X-Processor 5 to deliver low noise and a 16-bit dynamic range. Filmmakers can capture stunning 8K and 4K video at 60fps with precise phase detection autofocus tracking. Seamless cloud transfers are made possible with integrated compatibility. With in-body stabilization, a high-capacity buffer, and intelligent subject recognition, this camera is versatile across all productions.

Sony BURANO 8K Digital Motion Picture Camera

Sony took the professional filmmaking community by storm with the full-frame Sony BURANO offering interchangeable lens mounts, impressive 8.6K resolution, a broad 16-stop dynamic range, and versatile Dual Base 800/3200 ISO settings. In-body stabilization ensures fluid footage across lenses, while 627-point phase detection autofocus intelligently tracks subjects. Slow-motion captures up to 120fps in Varicam-style formats or internal X-OCN compressed RAW recording adds versatility.

Panasonic Lumix G9 II Mirrorless Camera

The G9 II, announced in mid-September, elevated micro four-thirds photography with a 25MP sensor and upgraded processing engine, delivering richer RAW tonality and low noise. This was the first G Series camera to include phase detection autofocus to accelerate subject tracking, while 60 fps burst shooting captures decisive moments. With a class-leading 7.5-stop stabilization, it facilitates handheld 4K video at cinematic frame rates.

OM SYSTEM Tough TG-7 Digital Camera

The OM System Tough TG-7 continued the series with a robust shock proofing, waterproofing up to 50 feet, and freeze-proofing down to 14°F. Its F2 12MP sensor and TruePic VIII processor deliver crisp images, even at extreme ISO 12,800 values. Vertical shooting, timelapse modes, and improved USB-C connectivity enhance the versatile Variable Macro focusing to 1 cm. Meanwhile, the new PT-059 housing accessory enables photography down to 148 feet underwater.

Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2

For live productions, the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 came through with a 4K sensor and processing optimized for 13 stops of dynamic range and rich color rendition at up to 25,600 ISO. Robust talkback, tally and remote control abilities integrate with live switchers while a 7” HDR touchscreen supports intuitive operation. Fast Ethernet connectivity consolidates signals and power for simplified setups and direct to disk recording.

Nikon Z f Mirrorless Digital Camera

In September, Nikon brought us something tactile and classic, with contemporary imaging abilities, in the Nikon Z f Camera. Its FX-format features EXPEED 7 processing and a 24MP BSI CMOS sensor. Sophisticated subject recognition focusing covers nine types while eight stops of stabilization facilitate handheld capture. Monochrome fans will also appreciate the dedicated B&W shooting mode. Meanwhile 4K/60p video, vast ISO sensitivity to 51,200, and up to 96 MP images via Pixel Shift further the Z f’s capabilities.

October Camera Releases

Leica M11-P Digital Rangefinder Camera

The Leica M11-P Camera was announced as the world’s first camera providing Content Credentials through the Content Authenticity Initiative. Perfect for photojournalists and event photographers, it encrypts metadata for verification. Featuring a 60MP BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology, it delivers breathtaking images. With a matte black finish, sapphire glass display, and 256GB internal memory, the M11-P merges elegance with functionality.

November Camera Releases

Sony Alpha a9 III Mirrorless Digital Camera

One of the biggest announcements of 2023, the Sony a9 III brought us the world’s first full-frame global shutter sensor—revolutionizing imaging technology. Users can capture decisive moments with a max shutter speed of 1/80,000s, 120 fps continuous shooting, and AI subject recognition. Its ergonomic design, quick-response buttons, and 4K 60p video prowess further enhance its versatility. The Exmor RS sensor eliminates rolling shutter distortion, perfect for sports photographers. A blackout-free, high-speed shooting experience with up to 120 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, coupled with advanced five-axis image stabilization, ensures sharp images. Features like Composite RAW Shooting, Continuous Shooting Speed Boost, and Real-Time Recognition AF make the Sony a9 III a powerhouse for professionals who demand precision and innovation.

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