Last week a Sony manager said: “E-mount won’t replace (and kill) it since there are things you can do with the longer flange distance in A mount that you can’t with E mount” (article here).
I tried to figure out what the possible A-mount flange advantages could be. What came to my mind is the following list:
- SAR reader Rick Rupert suggested that Sony could use the “space” to AF with manual lenses just like the Contax AX did. But I think that’s highly unlikely. Complex to build and not sure it’s really a highly requested feature. By the way Sony already patented this in 2014 (article here).
- Better heat management and higher video performance. With more space in the camera higher bitrate and maybe even 8K recording could be easier implemented on A-mount cameras. That yes could work out…a real very high end A-mount camera with no compromises.
- Better ergonomic and button layout. Well, Sony could also do a sort of A9 E-mount camera with bigger body too.
- Make it hybrid mount. Capable of using both A and E-mount lenses without adapter. One camera to rule them all. That would be nice :)
Please let us know if you have some more points! Thanks!
Sony ILCA a9x Mirrorless Apha, Global Shutter, Z Shift User Concept:
Reminder: Recently Bruno from Lesnumeriques told us about Sony’s A-mount strategy: “They focus on FF lenses for A-Mount and consider that their APS-C line up is enough for now.” (article here). This sorts of confirms A-mount could continue as a “premium” system.