The release date and the price of the Sony A79, the APS-C A-mount camera that will replace the A77, are rumored to be June 2014 and €1,200, respectively.
Another camera which has been on the gossipers’ lips a number of times is the so-called Sony A79. This is the device which is believed to act as a replacement for the SLT-A77, the middle-entry shooter of the A-mount line-up.
The PlayStation maker has said that it is not planning to abandon the A-mount anytime soon. This detail has been specified multiple times by the Japanese company, which has also revealed that we might see some surprises in the first half of 2014.
Well, winter is not over, yet, so we still have to wait a little longer before we find out everything. This is where the rumor mill comes in. Trusted sources have revealed that the successor for the A77 is definitely on track for a spring announcement.
Sony A79 release date rumored to be June 2014 for a price of €1,200
It is unknown whether or not the A79 will succeed the A65, too, but what is certain is that the entry-level APS-C A-mount camera is not getting a “direct” replacement by the end of 2014.
The same thing can be said about the A58. In fact, the only two A-mount models that are being substituted this year are the A77 and A99, the latter being the flagship full frame camera.
If the announcement takes place during the spring, then the Sony A79 release date will be set for June. It may be a gradual rollout, therefore photographers should not be so surprised if the launch date in their country is delayed until July or August.
Sources have also “confirmed” a thing or two about the price of the A77 replacement. It appears that the A-mount shooter will retail for about €1,200 in Europe. This means that the price in the US should not go over $1,500.
What’s with the holdup?
The difference between this year’s rumors and the ones leaked last year is that Sony has finally come up with a plan for the digital camera market.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has ordered its employees to delay all projects until they have a better idea of what to announce and when to do it. This is why the A77 and A99 replacements have been delayed for so long.
As soon as Hirai’s employees have done their job, the plan has been set in motion. As a result, the critically-acclaimed full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras, A7 and A7R, have become available along with the QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras.
Everything seems to be in order now therefore we can expect many great things from Sony in 2014. Stay tuned to find out all the details!