RUMOR: First rumored Sony A7IV specs: New sensor, 3.69 milion dot EVF, 4k60p, $2499

All we will get from Sony this year is the full FX6 E-mount camcorder specs announcement on November 17. I know it’s disappointing but the good news I can give you is that our sources shared correctly the FX6 launch date. And the very same sources are sure 2021 will be exciting! They all confirm the first camera we will get is a new A9 model (rumors here). There will be also a new 16mm f/1.8 GM lens (rumors here). There will be also a new entry level camera…maybe RX? (rumors here).

IN Q2 at earliest (Q3 more likely) we will also get the new A7IV. Here are the specs I got today from a usually very good source:

  • A74 will have a new sensor with faster readout and will not recycle the 24 MP one. My source told me it will be in the 30-32 MP region
  • The EVF will have 3,69 Mdots and not 5,76 Mdots
  • Most probably the LCD will also be on the cheap side but the image quality and AF will be top notch
  • The video will certainly be 4K 60p and will feature the new menus.
  • The price will be in the $2499 region

Makes sense…and I am happy to hear we will finally step up from the usual 24MP sensor!

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Let’s speculate specs and release time for the new Sony A7IV. Will it be a “Mini-A7sIII” ?

When it comes to Sony we can be pretty certain the new Sony A7IV will not be a revolutionary camera. I expect this to be a sort of mini Sony A7sIII.

Possible release time:
Canon and Panasonic have released new nice $2,000-$2,500 cameras. But trusted sources told us Sony will announce the A7IV during the second half of 2021 only (no exact time frame given yet)

Possible specs (This should be an easy guess):

  • 24MP sensor (there is a version with 30MP sensor but I think 24MP is the safe bet for now).
  • 4k60P
  • 5.76m-dot (same as A7rIV but not as good as the A7sIII)
  • same A7sIII autofocus system
  • dual SD slot (it won’t need the new Express mini cards)
  • fully articulating selfie screen
  • new Sony A7sIII menu system
  • in general all expected layout and ergonomic improvements we got with the A7sIII

This would be a solid, expected improvement. And my guts tell me that my specs will be very accurate. What do you think?


RUMOR: Some more info on the new Sony A9 8K camera. Earliest announcement possible on January 11th at CES 2021?

I got a small amount of info about the new Sony A9 camera from a reliable source:

  1. The final price has still not been set by Sony. But they are considering a price close to $4,999
  2. The camera could be announced in January 11 at the CES show (which is all virtual this year). But this second wave COVID-19 outbreak may mess with the timeline.

Rumored Sony A9III specs:

  • Sony will launch a new High End camera in Q1 2021. Maybe at the January 11 CES show (which is all virtual this year).
  • It will be named as an A9x series camera and not A7x (not sure if it’s “A9s” or “A9III”)
  • It will have a new ~50 megapixel sensor
  • 8k30p video confirmed with no overheating. It’s still an “infant” 8k mode…meaning it’s not 8k60 which would be crazy and there will be limitations in the quality you can record internally.
  • Other specs similar to A7sIII (EVF, autofocus, and so forth)
  • At least $1,500 more expensive than the EOS-R5 (but price hasn’t be finalized yet) Expect something like $4,999.

The sources will try to give me some more hints the coming weeks…stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and chat with me live on Discord to not miss any rumors!

WOW! New Sigma patent discloses the design of a new 300mm f/2.8, 250mm f/2.0 and 200mm f/1.8 FE lens!

Optical design of the 300mm f/2.8 FE

A new Sigma patent published today unveils some superb new lenses options for us Sony shooters:

  1. Sigma 300mm f/2.8 for mirrorless system cameras (which definitely means there will be an E and L-mount version).
  2. Sigma 250mm f/2.0 for mirrorless system cameras
  3. Sigma 200mm f/1.8 for mirrorless system cameras

Now usually patents are no guarantee these lenses will make it into final production. But it would make sense from a business point of view because currently Sony doesn’t offer affordable telephoto prime lenses. Not everyone can spend $12,000 for the Sony 400mm GM :)

Which lens would you consider to buy?

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via Asobinet and Asobinet. Thanks Lu!

SAR note: This post has been updated with new patent info!

RUMOR: Sony is rumored to announce the world fastest 16mm f/1.8 FF GM lens in 2021?

Image on top shows the current two fast wide angle primes: 20mm f/1.8 G and 24mm f/1.4 GM (via CameraSize).

A trusted sources gave me the info about a new Sony GM lens. If the rumor turns out to be true this will be the world’s fastest 16mm FF lens ever made: The new Sony 16mm f/1.8 GM will be announced in early 2021.

The currently widest fast FF lens from Sony is the 20mm f/1.8 G and the widest f/1.8 is the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 FE. I have been told it has about the same size and build quality of the 24mm f/1.4 GM.

I don’t know the price yet but I am sure it’s going to be rather expensive. Landscape and Astro photographers are going to like this lens a lot. Now here is a question for SAR readers:

Are you interested in buying a 16mm f/1.8 GM lens?

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