Second CONFIRMED spec: Sony A7sII successor has a new kind of passive cooling system to avoid overheating

As you know the Panasonic S1H has a cooling vent avoid overheating (image on top). Well I now have been told the Sony A7sII successor will have a new kind of passive cooling system to avoid overheating. I guess it means there will be indeed NO noisy cooling vent. Also…as expected it has UHS-II card support.

Rumored A7sII successor specs so far:

world’s highest resolution new 9.44 million dot EVF (QXGA resolution)
– passive (noise free) cooling system
UHSII card support

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First CONFIRMED spec: Sony A7sII successor has world’s best EVF with 9.44 million dot resolution!

EVF image of a current Sony camera (not from A7sII successor)

I don’t even post this as a rumor because I got a proof (sorry I cannot share here) that this is true :) More over two other reliable sources confirmed it! This makes it officially the first spec we leak about the new Sony As7II successor:

It has the world’s highest resolution new 9.44 million dot EVF!!!

By comparison the new Canon EOS-R5 will have a 5 million EVF “Only”.

I shall get some more info soon!

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In a new interview Tanaka says once more the As7II successor will “exceed your expecations”

In a brand new interview release in Japan Sony manager Tanaka once more said the new A7sII successor will “exceed everyone’s expectations“.  I really do hope Sony marketing isn’t pushing this too far. Also because the Canon EOS-R5 has considerably raised the bar. If the A7sII successor won’t be exceptional SAR readers will get very angry on our comment system…and we don’t want that Sony right? :)

Tanaka also said: “In order to make the camera exceed everyone’s expectations, all the people concerned have taken particular care of it“. So it sounds like many engineers worked a long time on this camera.

I am looking forward to it Mr. Tanaka!

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Sony A7sIII will have “Supreme” Image Quality. What do you expect from this?

Although a bit vague in it’s meaning the one statement that got me most excited yesterday is that the As7III will have “SUPREME” image quality. This suggest it will have a new kind of sensor and performance that beats the rest of the competition.

The question for you is: What do you expect this Supreme Image Quality to be?

I wish Supreme Image Quality stands for...(multiple choice possible)

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Sony confirms the A7sII successor is coming this summer! And says “Everything on this camera is new”

Kenji Tanaka, VP and Senior General Manager of Sony Imaging Business (Image via Dpreview)

Well our rumor was spot on Sony just OFFICIALLY confirmed via Dpreview the A7sII successor will be announced this summer! Here is what MR. Tanaka said:

We’ve received many requests, especially from professional video content creators, and I can confirm that a successor to the Alpha 7S II will be coming, later this summer. Right now we’re focused on the launch of the new camera, and it will be a complete redesign of the whole system, including the image sensor. Everything is new. We hope it will meet and exceed the expectations and requests of our customers. I’m very confident that our new model will meet their demands.

The ‘S’ originally stood for ‘sensitivity’ but now I think it should stand for ‘supreme’ in terms of image quality, and expression. It comes from having really big pixels. I think that many professionals and high-end users will enjoy the new camera.

He said he got many features requests like:

Mainly things like 4K/60p, 10-bit 4:2:2… really what you’d expect. We’re aware that there is a certain amount of demand for Raw video. As you know, our customers include a lot of professionals, so we’re working hard to be able to deliver Raw data capture to these people.

Well glad to hear my 2020 rumors weren’t off…and indeed Sony A7sII will be announced after the Canon EOS-R5 like I told you last week :)

The question now is will the As7III overtrump the future EOS-R5? I think that from a pure video perspective it certainly will. And I like that they say the “S” now stands for “Supreme image quality”. That’s very promising!

WILD RUMOR: Small sized Sony A5 has no EVF?

The only reliable rumor we got so far tells us about a new FF camera that is “something new” and that it will be announced by end of August. What this camera might be I don’t know yet. So let’s keep rolling some wild rumors I got. One of our long time SAR readers heard this from a Sony manager:

In about a month Sony will announce “Sony A5 – new entry level full frame camera, small size and no EVF“.

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RUMOR: Sony A7sIII official announcement after the EOS-R5 launch and another new Sony FF camera coming end of August

This week Sony started to show the A7sII successor to press and store owners. Like I told you before I didn’t know until today when Sony would actually make the general public announcement of the camera. Well I now have been told that Sony decided to make the PUBLIC announcement shortly AFTER the Canon EOS-R5 launch. The timeline for the public announcement is this:

– Sony A7sII successor by mid-end July
– Sony second FF camera announcement (A5?) by end of August-early September

The Canon announcement:
I have been told that the reason is that Sony wants to unveil the A7sII successor after the Canon EOS-R5 (coming on July 9) to position it appropriately with the price and marketing. If you think that’s BS and there is no way Sony would wait for the competition read these facts:

  1. History is repeating itself: Back in April Sony decided to postpone the already promoted April 20 NAB live announcement to April 30 after Canon announced it would unveil new products on April 20 too.
  2. Sony A7sII successor is already registered in Asia since April 28 (article here) and the second FF camera by end of May (article here). Nokishita also spotted the 12-24mm GM lens registration a month ago. It’s the first time in 10 years a registered High end camera and lens takes more than two months after registration to be announced!

I know you are disappointed but I am 100% sure I am right on this. As this is a rumor coming from the same sources whom correctly shared this years rumors:

May 6: ZV1 launch
February 17: Sony 20mm FE specs
February 13: Sony 20mm FE info
February 7: Sony 12-24mm GM lens rumor (lens not announced yet but Sony registered the code confirming it’s real)
February 7:
Prime lens rumor

I also have been told that first journalists and film makers already got the A7sII successor in their hands during internal meetings happened this week (there will be more meetings the next days). This is also very unusual for Sony to show them the camera one month ahead of the official announcement. And I think this time we might get some specs ahead of the announcement because of this (which would also proof that Sony indeed changed strategy in last minute).