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A7000 Specs, & GoPro Hero 4 Session Teardown in Today’s Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 21st 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors and announcements.

Sony A7000 Rumored Specs


There’s been a lot of waiting and wondering what Sony would come up with for their A7000. Will it be a replacement for the A6000, or maybe an upgrade?

According to the latest rumored specs, it is stated the camera will be an upgrade option from the A6000, coming in at a much higher price point. As for the specs:

•    Newly developed 24MP sensor featuring backside illumination for increased sensitivity.
•    In sensor HDR function including video for dynamic range up to 15.5EVs
•    196 phase detect auto focus points
•    Blazing 16fps continuous autofocus burst rate
•    Unlimited 4k video recording
•    Refined pop out  XGA OLED Tru-Finder
•    180 degree tilting 2.36M Dot LCD monitor
•    Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body

The rumors say the camera will come in around the $1500 mark, a hefty premium over the current A6000 price. So it will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Canon 600mm F/4 DO lens Patent


It seems that Canon is toying with the idea of producing a 600mm F/4 DO lens, at least if a recent patent is any indication. The recent 400mm F/4 DO lens looks amazing and there is no doubt a 600mm F/4 DO lens would be pretty epic as well.

To me, the only thing to worry about with a 600mm F/4 DO lens would be the price. The new 400mm lens is almost $7,000, so no doubt the 600mm would be pushing 10K or more. While there are people/organizations that can afford that, the price point will make it a far reach for 99% of us.

Oh well, we can dream.

SimplePrints ‘Photo Magic’ Creates Photo Books via SMS

Consumers want photobooks and they want them now, via SMS apparently. SimplePrints has launched a new service they call ‘Photo Magic’ where you text with a ‘Photo Professional’ who builds you a photo book with the images you send them.

The Photo Magic books start at $14.99 for 20pg w/ softcover book, and $29.99 for the same number in a hardcover. Each additional page costs 50 cents. The neat part is that once the images are uploaded, the customer can usually receive a proof to review within 30 minutes or so.

Deliver happens 4-7 days after approval from the customer. Sounds great if you need to create a photobook from your phone without using an app or browsing a website. You can learn more about Photo Magic here.

GoPro HERO 4 Session Teardown


iFixit has released a GoPro HERO 4 Session teardown, finding it to be incredibly hard to disassemble. In other words, don’t buy the session if you are a ‘fix it yourself’ kind of guy. According to the teardown report, only the protective glass over the lens is really feasible to fix/replace yourself.

You can check out the full teardown over on their site, here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Samuel Sandoval

    Is it worth to get Sony A6000 today? Or should I grab the A7000?

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  2. Spencer Pablo

    So just to understand your argument, it needs to focus third party lenses fast otherwise it’s not worth the price hike (other features notwithstanding).

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  3. David Blanchard

    $1500 and no in body image stabilization? That will be a hard decision.

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    • Jeffrey Kenerly

      I brought A5000 knowing a new camera was coming At $1,500. I should had brought the A6000 when rumors of new camera at $549.00. Now they jacked price back up. NEX-7 be worth more than A6000? Is there something I am missing????? That makes it worth it?

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  4. Graham Curran

    Backside illumination – does it make your bum look big?

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  5. Phil Bautista

    Biggest selling point of a6k was “Bang for the Buck.” At the rumored $1500 price point, the a7k will be running against some pretty stiff competition. Not only do Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung have pretty solid cameras in that price range, but they surely won’t be resting on their laurels. If Sony wants to burn the barn, they’re gonna have to lower the price of the a7k to under a grand.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Keep in mind, Phil, that at press release the A6000 was listed at $650, and went as low as $450 within a year on Black Friday 2014. So, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe we’d see a ~$1K A7000 within 6-12 months of its release.

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  6. barbara farley

    Sony’s a6000 = a gateway drug

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  7. Matthew Saville

    That A7000 sounds glorious! New BSI sensor, weather sealing, and new AF. IMO totally worth $1500, if it can deliver in the real world what is rumored / spec’d on paper. IMO, the ultimate adventure photography camera…

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree Matt, it may be worth the $1500, but that still won’t make the A6000 fanboys, used to getting the body for $550 very happy.

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    • Matthew Saville

      See, that’s just the thing. The A6000 is a great bargain at $550, and there’s no denying that. It’s a fantastic camera that still holds its own against anything that costs even $1500. Sony, like many others, may have front-loaded their pricing strategy to get their foot in the door. The original A7 series was pretty dirt cheap, and now the A7R II costs as much as or more than a D810 or 5D mk3. The sticker shock compared to previous bodies is inevitable, but it’s worth it considering the features IMO.

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    • Phil Bautista

      If they’re gonna bump up the price of the a7k by that much, then it better include IBIS too.

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  8. Konrad Sarnowski

    Oh my, oh my, oh my! I’m drooling over a7000 ’cause it’s most probably Fuji’s X-E3/X-Pro2 will share sensor tech – can’t wait ;)

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  9. Kyle Stauffer

    Unless the a7000 includes the new focus system that focuses canon lenses like the a7r II, I can’t imagine people paying the price hike over an a6000.

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