Sony is once again rumored to be working on an entry-level and affordable E-mount mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor, possibly named A5, and which could be announced in the near future.
Sony has been highly commended for its attempt to revolutionize the digital imaging industry with the launch of full frame mirrorless cameras back in 2013.
Although the QX-series lens-style cameras deserve a mention, too, the A7-series is the reason why the company’s popularity in the digital imaging market has skyrocketed during the past 18 months.
The rumor mill has often claimed that more units will be added to the line-up and, sure enough, the A7S and A7II have been launched. However, sources are saying that even more models are coming, including both higher-end and lower-end cameras.
One of these cameras is said to be the Sony A5, which will put full frame quality into the hands of those who cannot afford to spend over $1,000 on a camera.
Full frame power for less than $1,000? Sony might make it possible soon
An unknown source says that an affordable full frame mirrorless camera will be released by Sony soon. The FE-mount shooter will be priced at €799 / about $940, an amount which will include a lens kit of unknown focal range, albeit the best guess would be the 28-70 f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.
This is not the first time the Sony A5 (or whatever it will be called) has been mentioned within the rumor mill, but it is the first time its price is said to be that low.
If the price rumors become true, then the Sony A5 will obliterate its competitors in terms of sales. To put things into perspective, the new Nikon D5500, an upper-entry-level DSLR with an APS-C sensor, will sell for about $900 with a lens kit.
Sony A5’s design has been patented on a previous basis
The specs of the camera are unknown, but it is said that it will not have a built-in viewfinder. This means that the only way to frame photos will be through the display.
There are many skeptics saying that Sony will not be able to pull this one off. However, they need to be reminded that the PlayStation maker has actually patented such device, which has had its design inspired by the NEX-5-series (now turned into the A5000-series).
As usual, do no raise your hopes too high, albeit we advise you to stay tuned to Camyx for future details! One of the cheapest full frame cameras that you can get is the original Sony A7, which retails for about $1,300 at Amazon.