Some very interesting rumors have just started coming out about the possibility of Sony producing their own Medium Format(MF) camera, and that it could be announced as soon as the next 5-6 months.
As you may know, Sony has a new CMOS MF sensor out. It is currently being used in three different cameras, the new PhaseOne, Hasselblad and Pentax 645D II. Most MF camera up until now have been CCD sensors. They are easier to produce at the size needed for a MF sensor. But, their tragic flaw is that they are terrible with low light because they don’t react well to bumping up the ISO.
According to the rumor, Sony could have plans to announce their own MF camera within the next 5-6 months. It is unclear exactly what that camera could look like though, if it would be its own new system, or if maybe Sony would try a sort of MF RX (fixed lens) type camera.
Supposedly, this camera would not compete with the new PhaseOne, Hasselblad and Pentax 645D II. It would be “completely different.” That is sort of where the RX guess comes in. Another tidbit is that it will be cheaper than all the other MF offerings, which is a big clue. The Pentax 645D II is expected to go for a little more than $10,000.
This could indicate that Sony has plans to release a MF camera (fixed lens or interchangeable) for under $10,000. That would be very big time news if it does turn out to be the case.
We, of course, would love to read any thoughts that you all might have on this in the comments below.
[via Sony Alpha Rumors]