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May Will Be a Busy Month for Mirrorless Companies

By Anthony Thurston on April 27th 2015

If the rumors are any indication, May is going to be a big month for the Mirrorless market, with almost all of the big players making big announcements for their systems.

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The Mirrorless market is about to get a little more crazy than usual. There are rumors flying, and announcements are expected from the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, and Olympus.

Rumored May Mirrorless Announcements

  • Sony will announce the a7R II towards the middle to end of the month.
  • Sony may announce the A6100 at the same time, or it may wait until June.
  • Fuji will announce its X-T10 towards the middle of the month.
  • Panasonic will announce the new G7 towards the middle of the month.
  • Olympus will announce pricing and availability on their new 7-14mm PRO lens.

I am most interested to see what Fuji brings with their X-T10, which is rumored to be a lower budget version of their popular X-T1. I am not expecting much from the a7R II; basically my thought is that Sony will do what they did with the A7 II and basically update the body design and add the IBIS – nice upgrades for sure, but nothing revolutionary.

What are you looking forward to most out of these possible May announcements in the mirrorless market? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

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.

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Whether Sony has decided to call it the A6100, the A7000, or the A6000 mk2, the basic premise for me is the same:

    * It needs to match the high ISO quality that is coming out of other (Sony-made!) 24 MP DX sensors, such as in the Nikon D7200 and Pentax K-3 / K-3mk2.

    * It needs weather sealing, for me as an adventure / landscape photographer

    * It needs IBIS, not necessarily for me, but for most photographers in general.

    * Instead of adding more FPS, I’d honestly rather see Nikon-style RAW options that allow the user to choose between 12-bit and 14-bit, as well as lossless and lossy compression. This would allow landscape shooters to get 14-bit lossless files, and sports shooters to get a generous buffer boost by shooting 12-bit compressed raw.

    * While we’re on the subject of action sports, it would be awesome to have an extra crop mode that gives 12-16 megapixels, extra reach, and an even bigger buffer.

    The 1.5x crop lineup is a huge opportunity for Sony, and I think they’re letting it play second-fiddle to the full-frame A7-series a little too much. I’ve said this before, and I hope people start listening: If you’re obsessed with saving weight and want to go mirrorless, there is far more weight savings to be had by using a smaller sensor, or a slower aperture, than simply losing your mirror and decreasing your flange distance. A full-frame lens is still a full-frame lens; and lenses like the new Sony FE 35 1.4 prove just how beastly ( and expensive) such lenses will continue to be.

    So, here’s to hoping that Sony delivers an A6000 replacement that is professionally robust as it can be!

    =Matt=

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    • Mathieu F

      Your wishlist makes complete sense, but I don’t think you’ll get everything.
      I doubt you’ll get weather sealing as it may rather be reserved for their higher end cameras.

      The completely lossless RAW won’t change in the near time and whilst it was a conceptual issue for me it isn’t for most photographers who have more a pragmatic mind: it doesn’t show for most types of photography.

      It’ll have more FPS because it’s a good marketing argument. Samsung seems to have released a great camera in that regard which provides both high FPS and reasonable focus accuracy.

      1.5x crop argument is my favourite. I’ve always found that there was very limited weight gains when comparing DSLR crop to m43 or other mirrorless system with an APS-C sized sensor.
      The size of the optics is what makes the real size of a system. I had great hopes for Fuji but the lenses I wanted (mainly f2.8 17-50 & 50-150) were a let down for me. It’s a great system for others based on their own needs.

      Sony’s line up is limited in terms of lenses (although it’s slowly changing) and in terms of lighting equipment and general third-party compatibility. I’m hoping to see both of these shortcomings being overcome in the next couple of years.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Mathieu,

      If the A6000 wasn’t their highest-end APS-C camera, I don’t know what could be! That is what I feel needs to change in many Sony fans’ minds. APS-C can and should have a “flagship” model, with all the high-end features they can put in. Canon has done this with the 7D mk2, Nikon has hinted that a D400 may still be around the corner, and Pentax has already been doing this with the K-3, and now the K-3 mk2.

      All in all, I think full-frame is losing its heyday. 1.5x is where it’s at for anybody who wants to truly save weight and money, yet still get incredible images that in every respect are no more than ~1 stop behind the latest generation full-frames…

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I agree with most of that but I don’t know how much they should spend chasing the sports photographer market. I don’t see mirrorless being able to compete with DSLRs in that market right now. But there definitely should be a more “flagship” crop sensor Sony build. I think gearing more towards landscape oriented features is the way to go; one of the main benefits of mirrorless is low weight and no market segment is wanting less weight than people who have to hike 10 miles to their shoot.

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    • Matthew Saville

      The A6000 is already making waves in the sports market, in good lighting conditions. Surf photography in particular I think, so yeah, pun intended…

      I’d say they’re only 1-2 generations away from perfecting their AF tracking and low-light performance, to the point that the tide turns in a major way for serious pro shooters who currently depend on the likes of a D4 / 1DX to “get the job done”.

      Of course I could be wrong, and honestly that’s not even an industry I’m interested in. I’m more interested in seeing a crop-sensor “flagship” that has weather sealing and other landscape-friendly features… :-)

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  2. Greg Silver

    Anthony, has the name of the Sony a7000 been replaced with the a6100 or are they 2 different models?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      If a7000 was the name you are thinking of for the A6000 successor, then yes, a6100 is the new expected name.

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