Two Sony NEX full frame cameras are rumored to be unveiled alongside several lenses shortly after the introduction of the QX10 and QX100 lens-camera modules.
Sony’s plans for late 2013 are worth taking a closer look because they include several innovations. On September 4, the company will reveal the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, two lenses with built-in image sensors.
Moreover, a “cheap” 4K video recording camera, the FDR-AX1, is coming, too, while a DSLR-like E-mount camera will sport a moving sensor that will be compatible with lenses from Nikon, Pentax, and Canon.
Sony to announce NEX camera with full frame image sensor soon
Nevertheless, the PlayStation maker is not stopping here and there is more to come from its Tokyo headquarters. Another important project is the launch of the company’s first NEX-FF camera aimed at photography.
Sony has made some E-mount full frame camcorders in the past and a few lenses have been made available, but not for photo-related purposes.
The new shooter will take E-mount closer to A-mount, as it is widely-known that the latter is packing cameras with both full frame and APS-C image sensors.
Entry-level Sony NEX-FF camera to compete against Nikon D600 and Canon 6D
The Sony NEX-FF camera will no longer come as a surprise. However, it appears that the Japanese corporation is actually planning two such devices. One of them will be a higher-end unit, while the other one will be an entry-level version with an affordable price tag.
The cheap NEX-FF will most likely compete against the Nikon D600 and the Canon 6D. The former is available at Amazon for $1,996.95, while the latter can be purchased for $1,895 through the same store.
Meanwhile, the D600 might be replaced by Nikon, as the DSLR has been troubled by a design issue causing oil / dust spots to appear on photos. The D610 is rumored to be announced soon, but its specs remain unknown.
Sony 120mm & 70-400mm and Zeiss 35mm & 55mm E-mount lenses to join the full frame party
Even though the new Sony NEX full frame cameras will be compatible with all E-mount lenses, the combinations will work only in crop mode. This means that the company needs to release optics especially made for FF sensors.
There are at least four lenses under development and Zeiss is contributing with two of them. The list includes the Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8, 120mm f/2.8, and the 70-400mm f/4-5.6.
The latter one is a version of a current A-mount optic. It is unlikely that Sony will make important design changes to it, except for the mount support. The 70-400mm f/4-5.6 A-mount lens is available for $2,498 at Amazon.
The date of the announcements is unknown, but sources are convinced that it cannot be very far away therefore Sony fans should stay tuned for more details.