Image on top: The A99 FF sensor
Two months ago I gave you a shock by telling you that Sony canceled the planed A-mount camera releases for 2013. This means not entry level FF, not high end FF and not A77 successor will come within the next 6 months. The reason why Sony dropped them is that the new CEO wants to really challenge the Canon-Nikon dominance in the only profitable pro camera market. And to achieve that goal the new cameras have to be not just a small upgrade but a real new big step forward over the predecessors. I am now working on the new A-mount roadmap. And I got some reliable info about the new Full Frame strategy:
1) Two new A-mount Full Frame cameras coming in 2014
2) There is a third A-mount Full Frame camera planed but it may be released in early 2015.
3) All new Full Frame cameras will be mirrorless (this means DSLR shape, A-mount, but no SLT mirror).
4) Both cameras will use a new generation 30+ MP sensor (yes, I said new and not the same of the Nikon D800…it’s better!).
There are a few more specs I am working on and I am asking all my trusted or possible new sources to share what they know at email@example.com (or via anonymous contact form). Thanks!
Editor’s note: Also the E-mount roadmap got some small changes. That’s why it takes so long to see the new NEX-7 successor. Don’t worry, that camera is coming this year with announcement likely to be in late August.
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We still have to wait til July to get the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens. But there is already a 220 pound savings at Powerdirect UK. The same lens is priced 1300 pund at Amazon UK. By the way, Amazon UK says they ship on may 30 but that has to be a mistake. Anywya, would be glad if some UK reader can give us some feedback about the store. Thanks!
One more UK lens news: The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is now shipping to Europe via eBay UK sellers (Click here).
US readers can enjoy a terrific deal at Rakuten (Click here). For today only you get a 20% cash back in bonus dollars on all stuff! Basically if you buy the A99 (here for 2789$) you will get back 55,600 Rakuten points worth exactly $558! If my explanation didn’t work out fine read that page at Rakuten to learn all details.
20% cash back…wish there would be something like that in Europe too!
Thanks Joem for finding this!