Sony has confirmed that new E-mount cameras with full frame image sensors will be announced in the near future and that they will be aimed at sports and professional photographers.
The guys over at DPReview have interviewed the representatives of multiple digital imaging companies, such as Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sigma, and Olympus.
Among the people who have been interviewed is Kenta Honjo, a manager from Sony, who has given some important information regarding the future of the company.
The manufacturer’s product manager says that new Sony E-mount professional sports cameras with full-frame sensors will be unveiled soon, which is something that we have heard from the rumor mill in recent times.
Sony E-mount professional sports cameras coming soon, says manager
Usually, the employees of a company are trying to keep quiet when it comes to future products. Not a lot of directors or managers get into specifics, but the case is different when it comes to Sony’s Kenta Honjo.
During an interview, Mr. Honjo has confirmed that Sony E-mount professional sports cameras are in development and they will be unveiled in the near future.
The A7, A7R, and A7S have a clear audience, but neither is aimed at action and sports photographers. Their burst modes are not quick enough and they need larger buffers. According to Sony’s product manager, such devices are in development, so now it remains to be seen what the future holds for pro photogs.
Next-gen Sony FE-mount cameras will be more customizable and will offer quicker AF
The next-generation FE-mount camera line-up will probably not be introduced by the end of 2014. However, the CES 2015 and CP+ 2015 events are scheduled to take place early next year, so we should pay closer attention to these shows.
Kenta Honjo says that the upcoming Sony E-mount professional sports cameras will be more customizable than the current models.
Furthermore, the company is trying to bring superior autofocus performance to the FE-mount line-up. The new AF systems will be inspired by the technology available in the Sony A6000
The rep also said that fast and accurate AF systems are very important when trying to grab new customers. Professionals adore such features, so we can expect the next-gen FE-mount cameras to offer cutting-edge autofocus performance.
Imaging industry is moving towards mirrorless, while DSLR will become a niche product
Other notable things include the fact that Sony is considering to merge the A and E mounts, but this does not mean that it will happen anytime soon. For the time being, Sony is fully-committed to both mounts and more A-mount news is on its way.
Customers are actively demanding a telephoto lens with a fixed focal length of 300mm. It is unclear whether or not their expectations will be met anytime soon, so do not rule out any possibilities.
Kenta Honjo agrees that the whole digital imaging world is moving towards mirrorless technology. He says that the DSLR will become a niche market in the future, only accessible to professional photographers.
Well, stay tuned to Camyx in order to find out the latest Sony news and rumors!