New Sony cameras we’d like to see in 2013
14. Sony A88 | Second-time lucky?
Sony’s been unlucky with its full-frame DSLRs. The Sony A900, announced in September 2008, offered an unbeatable combination of resolution and affordability… for about a week.
Then Canon launched the EOS 5D Mark II with almost as many pixels, the cachet of a top brand and full HD movies. Sony responded with a cheaper follow-up, the A850, with reduced specs and price in an effort to stay in the game.
And is this going to happen again with the a99? It’s a fine camera, but the Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600 are cheaper and the Nikon D800 trounces it for resolution.
All the more reason, then, for Sony to hurry out a cheaper alternative. The a88 could use the same 24-megapixel sensor, but offer a cut-down frame rate of 7fps, a non-articulating LCD and a lighter polycarbonate/alloy body with a single control dial and – let’s see now – a price of around £1500?
15. Sony NEX-9 | Sony’s CSC goes full-frame…
We’ve been hearing strong rumours of a new, full-frame Sony NEX camera. We’re going to call it the NEX-9 and speculate that it will have the 24-megapixel sensor from the a99, a built-in EVF, 10fps continuous shooting and a body barely larger than the current NEX 6/7.
Yes, there would be some conflict within the range, but that’s never bothered Sony in the past. The transition from DSLR to DSLT cameras was muddled and confusing but it all worked out in the end.
But what about lenses? A new full-frame NEX camera would need new full-frame E-mount lenses, unless it was designed to take a-mount D-SLT lenses directly… the lens issue, and how it might be resolved, is the potential stumbling block.
16. Sony RX2 | Full-frame compact with a zoom
The Sony RX1 is a stunning compact full-frame camera with a 24-megapixel sensor and a Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 lens. How could Sony top that in 2013?
Perhaps Sony can’t top it, but it could add to it with an RX2. Let’s say it has a slightly larger body to accommodate an EVF and, instead of a 35mm f/2 it has a 16-50mm f/2.8.
It would be a bigger lens, but being non-interchangeable it could be mounted closer to the sensor to keep the overall size down.
Interestingly, Sony has patented a design for a curved sensor which would be ideal in an application like this. Hmm.
But what do you think?
Those are our predictions, speculations and wish-lists for new cameras in 2013, but what do you think? Camera makers do listen to user feedback, so now’s your chance to tell them what you want!
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