Could the Sony A7 IV be released as soon as February?

Could the Sony A7 IV be released as soon as February?
(Image credit: Sony)

Other than the release of the Sony A9 II, Sony has been frustratingly quiet recently. It feels like we've been patiently waiting for news on the Sony A7 IV and the Sony A7S III for months now, but other than a few vague rumors, we've been left bereft of any solid information. In this world of constant camera leaks, this is pretty impressive in itself. However, it looks like the tight seal has loosened, and a tantalizing rumor has slipped out. 

Apparently, Sony will definitely be announcing some new E-mount gear around the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan. While the source that reported this has said that there will be at least one new camera, there isn't any further information on what this camera might actually be.

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However, as reported by Sony Alpha Rumors, there is some speculation that it could be the Sony A7 IV. "I got NO confirmation yet about WHAT camera we should expect, but I bet high on the new Sony A7 IV. After all the Sony A7 III was announced at the CP+ show two years ago." 

Could we see an update to the Sony A7 III this February?

Could we see an update to the Sony A7 III this February? (Image credit: Sony)

However, we could reportedly also be seeing some new lenses as well. Sony Alpha Rumors has speculated that we might see one or two lenses of the six new E-mount lenses that Sony are rumored to be releasing in 2020. Apparently, one of these pieces of glass will be an APS-C lens, others will be updates of current lenses, some will be telephoto and there will be one new wide angle GM lens as well. 

There's also rumored to be a new grip complete with Bluetooth "VCT". However, quite what the VCT stands for isn't clear at the moment. Perhaps it could be some special version of Bluetooth that transmits faster or more efficiently, but this is just pure speculation on our part. 

With a new camera, a new grip and possibly some new lenses appearing at the CP+ show, it looks like the end of February is shaping up to be pretty exciting already. We'll keep you updated on all the action as soon as it breaks. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.