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Does Sony Have A New $1,000 Mirrorless Full Frame In The Works?

By Anthony Thurston on June 3rd 2014

A somewhat out of the blue and long shot of a rumor just hit the web today regarding Sony and their possible plans to unveil a new $1,000 mirrorless full frame camera this September at Photokina.

Bildschirmfoto2013-10-31um094028_zpsae1feb39This rumor was first reported by the folks over at SAR (Sony Alpha Rumors), though they admit that the source is not someone known to them. In other words, dump the salt all over this rumor because this could be just some goofball in his mother’s basement trolling all of us. That said, this is a rumor that needs to be discussed.

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If the details in the rumor are true, this new mirrorless full frame would be similar in design and size to the NEX and Sony A6000 series of cameras. This would make it the smallest and cheapest full frame camera on the martket, something that would surely cause shockwaves across the industry, likely driving down prices of other full frame cameras as a whole.

I am very skeptical, to say the least, but if anyone is going to do it Sony is the company to do so. Canon is obviously oblivious to the benefits of a mirrorless line and Nikon is messing around with microscopic sensors in their mirrorless. I suppose Fuji could work up some sort of full frame, but I doubt they would have it as low as $1,000.

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What are your thoughts on this? Would you like to see Sony release a smaller mirrorless full frame for around $1,000?

[via SAR]

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. Hanaa Z

    For me, the 2 best (hands down) cameras under $1,000 are the Sony A6000 (mirrorless) and the Nikon D5300 (DSLR). Sony does not have anywhere near the number of lenses that Canon and Nikon have. But I’ll have to admit, the A6000 is amazing. Under $1,000, I ended up going for the Nikon D5300, I found this article helpful when I was choosing one…
    http://hzz.hubpages.com/hub/Sony-A6000-vs-Nikon-D5300-the-best-mirrorless-vs-the-best-DSLR-Under-1000
    Hope it helps…

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  2. Tom Bogan

    With the mirror less setup, there needs for me to be faster glass.

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  3. George W.

    I am for it, even make 4 models with retractable lenses and everyone will be happy without carrying two full frame DSLR (5d3) and multi lenses. Be the first to make full frame with build-in lenses:

    A7000WZ – 16-35mm f/2.8
    A7000SZ – 24-70mm f/2.8
    A7000TZ – 70-200mm f/2.8
    A7000UZ – 150-400mm f/2.8 (or f/4)
    Accessories: Macro lens adaptor for all models & battery grip

    or just one:

    A7000WT – 20-200mm f/2.8

    And yes, please water proof them so I don’t have to turn down Color Run jobs ☺

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  4. sony fangirl

    CSC’s are the future and it is starting now. The lenses will come. Folks with lots of dollars invested in their gear are worried that their mounts are going to be abandoned. Why waste time worrying or bucking the trend? Pick up one of these sexy little kits and play with it. I played with the a7r yesterday with a 35mm CZ lens on it. OMG! Love :)

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  5. Bokeh Monk

    Great, a full frame point & shoot with no lenses, yeah that’s what the world has been waiting for…

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    • Matthew Saville

      If it weighs next to nothing like the A6000 does, your sarcasm would be mitigated quite entirely. I can bring THREE A6000’s on an adventure for about the same weight as a D800 or 5D mk3. For a timelapse / astro-landscape photographer, that’s a HUGE win!!!

      =Matt=

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    • BODY USER

      The problem with Sony is they put out so many new bodies yet they lack quality lenses for them. What’s the use of having nice full frame sensors on a small body if you’re relegated to subpar lenses. Might as well just use water bottles as lenses. That and your three awesome A6000-style full frame body will save more weight in your pack.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Body User, this becomes less and less of a problem for more and more different types of photographers every day, though. For example Rokinon just announced the 12mm f/2, 10mm f/2.8, and 16mm f/2 are available for the E-mount. That pretty much seals the deal for astro-landscape photography, and also to some extent traditional landscape photography, IMO. All three of those lenses are, to be quite honest, as sharp or sharper than ANYTHING Canon or Nikon offers for their own crop and full-frame camera systems…

      In my article about this subject, I also mention that when new mounts like this come out, it is often quite easy for manufacturers to release new mount compatibility in large batches. So who knows, in a mere 6 months we might have 5-10 more lenses for the Sony E-mount! We’ll just have to wait and see…

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