(SR5) On April 7 Sony will announce new camcorders “only”. A7sIII still on track for a fall announcement and some “revolutionary” features

On April 7 Sony will have a product launch event at the NABshow. Reliable sources confirmed that we should get new camcorder info only. No new E-mount camera is expected to be announced on that day.

Those reliable sources also confirmed once more that the Sony A7sIII announcement is scheduled for this fall and that this will be a revolutionary camera and not a simple evolution of the current A7sII. We have no specs yet but we have been told the sensor is the key of the revolution. My guess is that this will be the first system camera using a global shutter sensor.

Rumor recap:

Sony Cameras:
FACT: Sony confirms professional APS-C cameras are on their roadmap and said an enthusiast model is on the way (article here and article here).
FACT: Sony confirms new APS-C E-mount gear will be announced in 2019 and “exceed” expecations (article here).
RUMOR: One more E-mount camera will be announced in Q2 (90% reliable – article here)
RUMOR: Sony A7sIII is going to be announced this fall and feature a completely new kind of sensor (70% reliable – article here)
RUMOR: Sony 8k sensors and new codec specification (90% reliable – article here).

Sony Lenses:
PATENT: Sony patented new 100mm f/1.4, 500mm f/4.0 and 600mm f/4.0 FE lenses (article here and article here).
RUMOR: New APS-C lens to be announced within Q1-Q2 (70% reliable)
RUMOR: New 35mm f/1.8 FE lens is on the roadmap (70% reliable – article here)
RUMOR: New 200-600mm FE lens is on the roadmap (50% reliable)

Third party lenses:
FACT: Sigma said first lens designed for Sony FF mirrorless will be announced whitin 2019 (article here).
RUMOR: Sigma will soon be ready to launch their first FE zoom lenses (70% reliable)
RUMOR: Yongnou is working on the first FE autofocus lenses and some info might be spilled out in March (90% reliable – article here)
RUMOR: New 50mm f/1.0 FE lens being developed by a chinese manufacturer (90% reliable – article here)

One more thing:
PATENT: Sony patented a new drone camera (article here).


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Some Sony “protoype talk”… A5, A9r and A7sIII

One new source contacted me some time ago and we had a longer chat. He claims to be very close to Sony engineers and he did yet not want to share me exact details about the Sony product. But he told me this:

Sony has a couple of prototype cameras that are “near production” ready. The decision on what camera will go into production also depends on the competition. For example:
– Sony A5 (tentative name): Sony has an entry level $1,500 Full Frame E-mount camera. With Sony A7III sales being strong they have no need to release such a model yet. But if the competition will release a model in that price range they would be eventually ready to launch this (SAR note: This info was shared some time before the Canon EOS-RP launch!).
– Sony A9r: Sony has developed a new A9r prototype. This model has yet not passed management approval (this is a 3 months old info so things may have changed)
– Sony A7sIII: Sony has developed two prototypes. One “improvement” model which was developed for a possible early 2018 release. And a more “revolutionary” model which is going to hit market in late 2019 or early 2020.

Now, this being a new source of course means we have to take the info with a grain of salt. That said the chat lasted long and he seemed like a genuine guy. Now that Canon has launched the $1,299 EOS-RP FF mirrorless camera we will see if Sony will launch the A5 or not.

Sigma CEO Yamaki confirms “a lens designed for the Sony FE system is going to be released this year”

In an interview releases at Lenstip Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki confirmed our previous rumors:

A short flange back model designed for Sony FE system is going to be released this year.

So this will be Sigma’s first lens designed for mirrorless (and not adapted from existing DSLR designs). Hurray!

He also said that he is “very impressed” by the sales volume of their current FE lenses.

Now the big question is….what kind of lens will they release first? I am sure it will be a prime lens (no zoom yet). What are you hoping to get? Let it know in the comment system!

Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

Canon 70+ megapixel camera migth be announced by end of this year…

A new competition rumors: We can safely say that Canon will announce a new High Resolution camera by end 2019. It will feature a new 70+ megapixel sensor and on sensor stabilization.

Sony already stated many times in the past that their GM glass resolves up to 10 Megapixel FF sensors. I guess future A7rIV or A9r camera might get closer ot this number too!

via MirrorlessRumors via CanonRumors