WILD RUMOR: Will Sony announce the new ZV1 compact vlogger camera on May 26?

A solid long time source told us Sony would announce a new compact camera in late May. And now a “second  source” told us this:

Sony will announce a new “Sony ZV1” compact camera at 10:00am New York time on 26th May 2020. This will be Perfect for vlogger.

I am not 100% sure yet this rumor is legit. But that “second source” was right on the rumor about the new Bluetooth handle so there is a fair chance he may be right on the camera name. I personally would find it weird if the change the “RX” naming to “ZV”. But maybe that camera is much more than an RX styled selfie camera?

Hope to get more info about that camera soon…

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RUMOR: Sony will launch new Full Frame gear (camera+lens) in late June!

At last! In June we will finally get at least one new FF camera and at least one new FF lens. I have been told this is a major E-mount event with some surprises (which means stuff that wasn’t rumored).

What to expect?
I heard previously that the A7sII successor might be announced on a late June event so this may be the camera we will get. And I am 90% certain there is a 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens coming this summer so maybe that’s the lens that will be announced in June too.

Surprise?
I have been told there is something more than this…stay tuned…

Timeline Recap:
In late May Sony will announce a new compact camera (article here).
In late June Sony will announce new Full Frame E-mount gear

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RUMOR: Sony will announce a new compact camera by end of May!

I know I disappointed you when I told you that on the April 30 press event Sony would not announce anything interesting. But now I can finally (and confidently) say that the tide has turned. The next 3 months will be “very busy”. And today I will share the first part of the many rumors to come!

I can now tell you with 99% certainty that by end of May Sony will have the FIRST of a series of many announcements! And they are going to announce a new compact compact camera! Ee know in January this camera was registered on an Asian agency and uses the NP-BX1 battery so it may be a new RX100-RX1 or some other compact model.

UPDATE: Uh, I just got an info that this might be NOT named “RX” but something new :)

I hear you folks, I know RX isn’t the camera that you are waiting for. But don’t worry, I will tell you in my next rumor something you will love much more ;)

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Today: Sony livestream at 10:00 AM EDT!

So this is the day: At 10:00 AM EDT Sony will have a livestream (will try to embed it on SAR) to announce new Cine gear. Like I told you many times before expect to get some new E-mount Cine lenses and likely camcorder news. I wanna stress once more that while I heard the A7sII successor might be ready in June I have no idea yet if today Sony will give us at least some “Teaser” about the new camera. So don’t watch the livestream with much hope :)

RUMOR: Full Sony A7sII successor specs to be unveiled in late June and camera available in late Summer?

At last one trusted source shared some info about the A7sII successor release timing:

According to his insights the Sony A7sII successor specs will be fully unveiled in late June. The camera is scheduled to be on the market by late Summer (if COVID-19 doesn’t do a new mess). The source doesn’t know if on the April 30 event Sony will tease us some A7sII successor info so please don’t hold your breath yet on the April 30 event.

Just to give you some history about that source: He was the one unveiling the correct Sony 20mm f/1.8 FE lens specs (rumor here) and Sony A9II info (rumor here). So he has a good track but this doesn’t mean we can be 100% sure until other sources confirm the info too. So please keep in mind I need further confirmation to be absolute sure about this!

Camera Rumor recap:

At the time of posting this Sony has registered two camera in Asia:

  1. High End E-mount camera with the code “WW271448” (article here).
  2. A fixed lens compact camera with the code “WW119533” (article here).

Lens Rumor recap:

  1. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM to be announced this Summer (article here).
  2. Sony is working on a new f/1.2 prime (article here).
  3. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 FE coming as next (article here).

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YES !!!! Sony registered a new High End E-mount camera in Asia!!!

Oh folks! After months of quietness the past 24 hours have been a full rumor time job here! I am working a lot on new camera rumors but one thing I can tell you for sure: The boring non-Sony-announcement time is going to be over soon!

Today Sony registered a new camera in Asia. it has the code “WW271448” (via Nokishita). And there are two good reasons why I can say this is a new High End Sony E-mount camera

  • It has 5.1GHz Wifi capabilities which is something you expect from a Sony high end camera.
  • The past 24 hours I got reliable info about a new High End Camera Model. I will post more about that AFTER the April 30 Sony announcement (which is for new Cine gear only).

So please start to wake up from the long Hibernation time…I don’t want you to miss anything :)

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More patents disclosing a Sony medium format camera concept with curved sensor!

I spotted another Sony patent describing lenses designed for a medium format camera with curved sensor. Of course, we don’t know yet if Sony is serious about this or if this is just a theoretical exercise and way to protect possible future ideas by patenting them.

These are the Sony patented lenses designed for the curved sensor medium format camera:

  • 387mm f/2.8 (lens length: 679mm) – in Full Frame terms this is a 240mm f/1.7
  • 323mm f/2.8 (lens length: 576mm) – in Full Frame terms this is a 200mm f/1.7
  • 258mm f/2.8 (lens length: 380mm) – in Full Frame terms this is a 160mm f/1.7
  • 161mm f/2.8 – in Full Frame terms this is a 100mm f/1.7
  • 84mm f/2.9 (lens length: 123mm) – in Full Frame terms this is a 52mm f/1.7 (it would be only 2cm longer than the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE)

I think it would make a lot of sense for Sony to make a medium format camera with curved sensor: the curved sensor allows for a more compact lens design (around 30% less in size and weight). It would give Sony a distinctive advantage over the competition!

The real problem is price. Making such curved sensor is likely to be a bit more costly. But let’s say for the sake of argument Sony can match the pricing of the Fuji GF camera system which ranges between the $4,500 of the GFX50R and the $9,900 of the GFX100…here is the question you gotta answer:

Would you buy into an new Sony medium format system with curved sensor tech?

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