Sony is announcing a brand new camera today, and you can watch the whole thing live right here.
As has become the (new) norm during these strange pandemic times, the Sony announcement will take place via a live stream on YouTube. The event tips off soon at 10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT / 02:00 ACR, so make sure to grab your popcorn and log into Reddit to duel with other photography fans about the news when it's revealed.
So what exactly can we expect? Well, Sony advises on the live stream page that we should "Be ready for the announcement of the new Alpha" – yet the video description is listed as "New Cinema Line camera announcement".
Alpha is Sony's line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, which comprises stills-focused bodies like the Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab), video-centric cameras like the Sony A7S III (opens in new tab) and hybrid behemoths like the new Sony A1 (opens in new tab).
The Cinema Line, by contrast, is Sony's series of dedicated FX cine cameras, like the Sony FX9 (opens in new tab) and the new Sony FX6 (opens in new tab), which have traditionally been distinct from the Alpha line.
Of course, that doesn't mean that mutual exclusivity is prescribed – and it seems that this new product will straddle the two lines, being an Alpha camera that is also an FX cinema camera.
What that amounts to, it's difficult to say. After all, the Sony A7S III is already an cinema camera (albeit an SLR-shaped one) in most people's minds – and the Sony FX6 is essentially the "proper" cinema camera version of it. So where the two product lines meet is an interesting proposition.
Of course, it would be nice – given the traditionally high pricing of pure cinema cameras – if this new Sony body brings the Alpha price point to the FX line. Make sure to stay tuned here at 10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT / 02:00 ACR and all will be revealed!