RUMOR: Yes! Sony new 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens will be on market this summer!!!

This is a rumor confirmed by two long time reliable sources!!!
Sony will launch a new 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens. It will be on market by Summer 2020
This lens would be 2mm wider than the current Sigma 14-24mm FE and probably 2x the price :) No seriously, I hope Sony will be more reasonable with pricing this time! While I am sure the lens will be shipping this summer it’s unclear yet when exactly Sony will announce the lens. UPDATE: Likely coming at Photokina?
One more thing: Before that lens we likely will get other new FE lens announcement. Stay tuned!!!

2020 rumors summary:
– Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens will be on market this summer.
– Sony has officially registered a new RX/action camera code in Asia. Announcement veeery soon.
– Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens to be announced soon
– Sony might launch a new 300mm f/2.8 GM between CP+ and Photokina
– Sony A7sIII could be announced in August ahead of the IBC show
– Sony A7IV may be announced in May at the Photokina show

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This is what Sony said about the future A7sIII: It will have 4k60p and 10bit 4:2:2 and exceed expectations!

I keep reading comments on the web saying Sony might not release the new A7sIII at all. Don’t worry folks it is coming this year! And if you still are worried keep in mind that Sony confirmed this multiple times ( Statement 1, Statement 2, Statement 3).

This is what the A7sIII will be according to Sony:

  • Definitely at least “4K/60, 10-bit 4:2:2″
  • Some features will go “beyond the expectations”
  • And “of course more battery power, increased AF accuracy – many things!”

So this is what Sony stated over and over again. The A7sII successor is coming this year and my personal guess is that we might see it at the NABshow in April.

As far as rumors go…

This is the little I got from one reliable source who saw the prototype:

  • The prototype camera recorder 4k120p (and had no 8K recording)
  • The prototype camera was much thicker and had a cooling vent
  • Same kind of A9II improvements (AF, build quality, weather sealing)

So that’s it about the A7sII successor. Now let’s hope Sony really delivers the BIG promise they made!

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2020 rumors summary:
– Sony will launch a new wide angle high quality lens (I suspect it will be announced during first half 2020)
– Sony might launch a new 300mm f/2.8 FE GM before the Tokyo Olympics
– Sony has officially registered a new camera code in Asia. It’s for a low end model (Unclear if it’s the RX10V)
– Sony is likely to have a new camera on market in March (I hope it’s the A7IV but got no solid confirmations yet)
– Sigma is going to launch a new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens

Rumor ranking explained:
I now post only  two kind of rumors:

RUMOR: Marks rumors that  are somehow more solid and likely to be true
WILD RUMOR: Marks rumor that are from anonymous and first time sources. We post them just for the sake of fun and clickbait of course  :)

Note: Please hold me accountable for the “RUMOR” and not for “WILD RUMOR”  :)

WILD RUMOR: Reports from Thailand say the A7IV will have a fully articulating LCD screen?

poorly photoshopped (LOL) A7III body with fully articulating screen

A person who claims “to be close” to the Sony factory in Thailand reports that the A7IV will have a fully articulating LCD screen:

“Sony a7IV has full articulate screen, spec same as III no improvement, more like basic model for vloggers.”

This is the first time I heard about this so it might be complete BS. But this is the kind of wild rumor I hope it will become true. It’s something like seven years now the Sony community is asking for this to happen!!!

More reliable rumor talk:
Just last week I posted the rumor from a source who told me Sony will launch a new camera and new handle soon. Well yesterday Sony announced the GP-VPT2BT handle so this gives us a fair chance that indeed Sony will have a new camera on market by March. The A7III has been announced two years ago at the Cp+ show. So this would fit the timeline. But this is only a guess for now and I got no evidence or reliable rumor confirming this now.

Let’s guess the possible A7IV specs:
I presume Sony will take a very conservative approach. Which means: Expect the A7rIV body and features with an “Upgraded” 24MP sensor. Well, adding a fully articulating screen would be at least one positive surprise…

Rumor ranking explained:
I now post only  two kind of rumors:

RUMOR: Marks rumors that  are somehow more solid and likely to be true
WILD RUMOR: Marks rumor that are from anonymous and first time sources. We post them just for the sake of fun and clickbait of course  :)

Note: Please hold me accountable for the “RUMOR” and not for “WILD RUMOR”  :)

RUMOR: Yes Sony will announce new E-mount camera around the CP+ show. Is the A7IV finally going to be announced?

We now heard from two reliable sources that Sony will definitely announce new E-mount gear “around” the CP+ show.  On of the sources said there will be at least a new camera and a new handle with Bluetooth “VCT”.

I got NO confirmation yet about WHAT camera we should expect but I bet high on the new Sony A7 IV. After all the A7III was announced at the CP+ show two years ago.

I have no info on lenses yet but there is surely a good chance we might get 1-2 new lenses too. Like I reported days ago Sony plans to announce a total of SIX new E-mount lenses in 2020.

Now let’s guess the possible A7IV specs:
It safe to think the A7IV will be an evolution and not a revolution. Something like the A7rIV with a 24MP sensor. I would appreciate Sony to surprises us and at least offer us not the same A7III sensor but a completely new version of it.
For the rest I expect the A7IV to have the same EVF, same AF system and same body design of the A7rIV.

And when the A7sIII?
After a very long waiting I am now confident the A7sIII is coming at the NABshow. The only reliable rumor I got said it would have 4k120p and a vent on the back to cool down the sensor.

SUMMARY:

  • 6 new E-mount lenses will be announced in 2020 (1 APS-C, some lenses are update of current lenses, many tele lenses and on new wide angle GM lens)
  • 1 new camera will be announced around the CP+ show
  • 1 new grip will be announced around the CP+ show
  • Many more announcement expected from Sigma, Tamron, Tokina (85mm f/1.8 FE)…stay tuned on SAR for those rumors :)

RUMOR: Sony will announce 6 new E-mount lenses in 2020. Most of them tele primes and tele zooms?

This is a rumor from a very solid source. I  know this because he shared the 2019 lens roadmap I did NOT post on SAR because he was an anonymous first time source. Well his 2019 roadmap was right (it included for example the new 70-350mm lens). So I am confident this roadmap is realistic:

  • Sony plans to launch six more E-mount lenses in 2020
  • One of them will be APS-C
  • Most lenses will be tele primes and tele zooms (but some of them might be updates of current lenses like 70-200mm G).

I guess it makes sense for Sony to update some of their lenses (particularly some GM zooms) and to launch new tele lenses that can suite sport and wildlife shooters.

Rumor ranking explained:
I now post only  two kind of rumors:

RUMOR: Marks rumors that  are somehow more solid and likely to be true
WILD RUMOR: Marks rumor that are from anonymous and first time sources. We post them just for the sake of fun and clickbait of course  :)

Note: Please hold me accountable for the “RUMOR” and not for “WILD RUMOR”  :)

Hurray folks! Sony just registered a new camera in Asia! Means there is an announcement soon :)

Sony registered a new camera in Asia. It has the code “WW119533” and 2,4GHx Wifi. Th Wifi capabilities suggest this is NOT a High End model. Maybe a new RX camera? RX10V?

By the way rumors saying the IMX521 sensor data got leaked today are quite off as we reported about that sensor back in July :) I have no clue if this is the sensor that will be used by the A7sIII. Anyway key specs are:

via Nokishita