Infographic: The Most Anticipated Cameras of 2017

Panasonic takes the cake.

A new infographic from Zacuto shows that the most highly-anticipated camera of 2017 is the Panasonic GH5. According to the 200 customers that Zacuto surveyed, the GH5 beat out the Sony FS7 II, which recently shipped in February, by a wide margin. It's also interesting to note that DSLRs are still very much in the game.

Even though the survey had a relatively small sample size, its findings seem to echo the general buzz surrounding each of these cameras. 

Credit: Zacuto

Panasonic GH5

Credit: Panasonic

Redesigned both inside and out, it sports a new 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine processor, which enables 4K. Add to that 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording with select settings, Full HD video at up to 180 fps, 12 fps continuous shooting, and sensitivities up to ISO 25600. — Zacuto

In September, we wrote, "the GH5 gives us what we want: 4K, 60p, 10bit, 4:2:2.... It currently appears to be built with a body very similar to the GH4, and you should expect most of your accessories, rigs, and batteries to work in the new body."

Sony FS7 Mark II

Credit: Sony
The Cinéma Vérité darling of the camera world? If you’ve got the cash. It features some solid upgrades from the excellent first-generation Sony FS7, like a stronger locking E-mount lens mount and the electronic variable ND system. The FS7 II is compatible with all our FS7 accessories including the FS7 Recoil. — Zacuto

In November, we wrote, "Bucking the trend of many 'mark' upgrades that tend to evolve but not innovate, the camera has several hardware refinements that will be much appreciated, including a new internal variable ND (that will be very useful in the field), a revised lens mount, and a host of software and internal upgrades sure to be attractive even to existing owners."

Canon C700

The latest from the Canon EOS C-Series line looks very different from its predecessors–it’s much more traditional and ergonomic in shape. There’s a lot to like about the Canon C700: top features include a 4.5K CMOS sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range, and the Dual Pixel Focus Guide.  — Zacuto

In September, we wrote that "Canon's new flagship cinema camera is everything you want—though the price will be too much for most to love."

Canon 5D Mark IV

Credit: Canon
Canon has made some notable improvements to the MKIV, like the DIGIC 6+ image processor and the touchscreen LCD. It’s a solid workhorse camera, but Canon has been getting some blowback for not offering full-frame 4K recording and thinking ahead with the specs of the 5D MK IV. Is it worth the upgrade? Only time will tell. — Zacuto

In August, we wrote, "to not bring H.265 into the Mark IV is a big missed opportunity....if you are 100% filmmaker, the lack of H.265 or other advanced codec support is possibly a deal breaker."

Nikon D5600

Credit: Nikon
This little camera is not to be forgotten. It sports a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, and offers a sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600, making it well adapted to a wide variety of lighting conditions. Shoot up to 5 fps, record full HD 1080p video, and create time-lapse movies in-camera. — Zacuto     

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What about Sony a7siii? Or will it be a9s

February 10, 2017 at 9:53AM


Pre-ordered my GH5 :D

February 10, 2017 at 10:39AM

Joel van Etten
Director, editor

Good for Panasonic GH5. I think this is a game changer at this price for a camera that offers this much. We were going to purchase a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K but now we're holding off for the GH5... for now anyways. With a camera like this, there's no more excuses for quality limitations. It's all on the operator.

February 10, 2017 at 12:46PM

D Jones
DP, Editor, Animator

I'm curious about a possible FS5-mk2.
There are only rumors now.
So, it might be a surprise at NAB or IBC or just wishful rumors :-p

February 10, 2017 at 4:39PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Nah, that thing is legit and already's a video from Sony.

February 12, 2017 at 8:16PM

Nathan Tranbarger
Videographer, DP, Editor

That's the FS7 mk2.

February 13, 2017 at 9:07AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

I have two "proper" video cameras. But man, there's something so liberating about shooting with a DSLR. The stealth, easy to pack and quickness can't be matched. I would love the GH5 for this.

February 10, 2017 at 8:44PM

Gene Sung
DP / Director

I'm not sure why the D5600 in on this list, unless it still carries over a little trick from the D5100 that allows it to be used as an effective high quality video camera. IIRC however, that ability was lost in the subsequent models, although the feature may have been reintroduce, either deliberately or by sheer accident. The "trick" is outlined in the video below. Still, it strikes me odd to see the D5600 in this list.

February 10, 2017 at 10:01PM, Edited February 10, 10:02PM


I feel sorry for anyone still shooting on Canon DSLR's. The GH5 blows everything in its price range out of the water.

February 11, 2017 at 12:07AM, Edited February 11, 12:07AM

Daniel King
Videographer, Editor

*insert mad men "I don't even think of you"*

February 11, 2017 at 6:29AM


Wow, no mention of the Fuji XT-20 (a good competitor to the a6500, especially at only $1,200 with a very good 18-55mm kit lens), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500, which added increased focal length, touchscreen, built in variable ND, V-Log, No Recording Time Limit, higher bit (200mbps) encoding options and 10-bit clean 4K HDMI output to the already high performing FZ1000...(and all at a price point of $1,200 to boot).

I prefer both to the Nikon, which doesn't even do 4K video...and that is super lame, considering the number of affordable 4K options out there and since, at this stage of the game, pretty much every Panasonic cam has 4K now, including options as cheap as the $397 ZS60 or FZ80.

I'm going to get the FZ2500 as my A cam, and two FZ80s as my B-Cams. I'll probably get the XT-20 as an alternative A-cam, and as a low light option with a super fast prime.

4K video is getting better and better, at lower and lower prices as people scramble to adopt 8K. I think 8K will eventually be what 4K is now for us part timers and low income guerrilla style shooters...but 4K is all you need right now and for the foreseeable future.

February 11, 2017 at 9:49AM, Edited February 11, 10:14AM

Conor Liam Bolton

been a little disappointed from what i've seen from the GH5 footage that's been posted so far. will have to wait to see more examples get posted. but has the color science consistently gotten worse (objectively speaking) ever since the GH3? I always thought GH2 footage looked more neutral/balanced

February 11, 2017 at 12:31PM, Edited February 11, 12:31PM


For wedding films, my company may very well bench the Canon Cameras and go with the GH5. What Panasonic has done, is amazing!, i'd even go GH4. Just a really good camera for the price right now.

February 12, 2017 at 12:41PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op