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50+ MP Sony Camera Coming Soon? Fuji X70 Being Tested In the Wild ? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 16th 2015

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50+ MP Sony Camera Coming Soon?


The a7R II is currently Sony’s highest MP sensor at 42MP, but if a new rumor is correct, it sounds like Sony could have a camera coming soon that may break that 50MP mark! According to the new report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, this 50+ MP camera could come to market within the next few months.

Oh, and what’s more, the source of this rumor is none other than the same source that slipped SAR, the initial tip regarding the a7R II, lending a lot of credence to this rumor. We don’t really know anything about this camera other than that the source says that it will break the 50MP mark and that its performance will surpass that of the Canon 5DS and 5DS R.

There have been some rumblings over the last week or two about a top secret Sony camera. This would certainly fit that bill if it turns out to be true. Now the interesting question here is which Sony camera series will this camera fit into, the A-mount, E-Mount, or will it be a fixed lens RX camera?

Personally, I highly doubt it will be an RX camera. They literally JUST announced the new RX1 model, so it would seem odd to announce another – with more megapixels, so soon. An A-mount camera is a possibility, but it just seems so unlikely given Sony’s apparent disregard for that system of late. That said, an E-mount version, which would compete directly with the a7R II doesn’t seem to make sense either…Unless this ends up being that long rumor ‘true pro’ A9.

It will be interesting to see how this rumor pans out.

Fuji X70 Being Tested In the Wild?


According to some new reports out of Fuji Rumors, it appears that the long rumored X70 camera is being tested out in the wild. It is likely in the hands of Fuji-sponsored photographers being tested and used to create imagery for the camera’s launch.

For those that don’t remember, the X70 is one of the older rumors from the Fuji camp. It was originally thought to have been developed and then put on ice by Fuji for some undisclosed reason. Well, if this rumor is correct, it appears that Fuji has decided to thaw it out and serve it up.

The X70 was rumored to be a cut-down X100 with a slightly smaller form factor and without an EVF. Fuji is rumored to announce its next generation of cameras, the X-Pro 2, and its next-gen sensor in January. This X70 is expected in the first half of 2016 according to the rumor.

It seems likely then, assuming this rumor is legit, that the X70 could feature the latest Fuji sensor. It could also be one last camera featuring the old X-Trans technology; this could go either way.

Another rumor that will be interesting to see pan out over the next few months.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    Sony releasing a 50Mp+ camera any time soon would be insane.. with one exception. Yes, they do seem to have a new model every season, and it would be crazy to up that rate. But given their current market success and the various swirling rumors, they might do something like that without appearing totally nutso if they’re releasing a new, for-pros-only series… call it the A9 or whatever.

    That could be a savvy move. Maybe Nikon’s getting the 42Mpixel BSI sensor sometime early next year… this new model would be Sony basically telling everyone — Nikon included — just where things are going to be in the world of Sony sensors. Their releasing a new series that can really stand up to a Nikon Dx/Dxxx or Canon 1D/5D, in terms of build quality, water sealing, dropability, etc. would dislodge some fence sitters still worried about Sony not being for pros (yeah, sure, depends on the pros… but there whole films shot on smartphones — you know what I mean about the pro vs prosumer build quality).

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  2. Sedric Beasley

    Sony is just saturating the Market now. From a business standpoint they keeping innovation going but; I would hate to buy something at the beginning of the year and by the end of the year or begining of next year, you are behind. I wonder if it hurts resale value for Sony stuff because stuff becomes obsolete a lot quicker with there stuff.

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    • adam sanford

      Agree, but consider:

      1) You buy Sony for resale value. You buy it for that exclusive sensor hotness.

      2) Saturating the market to one person is “building innovation momentum” to another. Frantic commercialization — to some — comes across as *the ship you want to be on*. The brand is growing, the ecosystem has a lot of energy behind it, etc.

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    • adam sanford

      1) you *don’t* buy for resale, sorry

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Sometimes I wonder why they make so many different models to choose from.

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  4. adam sanford

    So that Fuji’s just an X-Pro 1 with *just* a rangefinder style OVF? Would autofocus still work?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It would be a cut-down X100 not X-Pro, sorry if that was not clear. The reference to the X-Pro 2 was thinking it was likely they would share Fuji’s next-gen sensor.

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    • adam sanford

      Ah, so its a fixed lens X100 – EVF (while retaining OVF) + new sensor?

      My previous question about AF still stands, though. Wasn’t the E in the EVF (more notably the liveview signal itself) critical for locking focus, or can the camera do that internally and just ‘confirm’ on the OVF?

      Consider: OVF rangefinder + no AF = you need to be quite skilled, even with focusing screens. Chimpin ain’t easy, yo.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah, I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine regarding the OVF and AF.

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  5. Kenny Van

    for some reasons, I’m feeling this is just a hoax as that anonymous tip was correct before. The thing is Sony released way too many cameras this year already. Hope that I’m wrong here. In the meantime, I just enjoy the A7rM2 with 85 batis lens.

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