Sony is rumored to add the 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology into the A7000, a mirrorless camera with an APS-C-sized image sensor that will become the flagship E-mount shooter.
Almost two years have passed since the first rumors surrounding the replacement of the Sony NEX-7, the flagship E-mount camera at that time.
Meanwhile, the company has changed the “NEX” brand into the “Alpha” one and the FE-mount has been born, consisting of E-mount mirrorless cameras with full frame sensors.
As the NEX-6 was replaced by the A6000 in early 2014, the Sony A7000 is expected to succeed with the NEX-7 anytime soon. An insider is claiming that this rumored device will actually employ the 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology, which has been first added into the A7II FE-mount camera.
Latest Sony A7000 rumors point to the fact that the camera will feature built-in image stabilization technology
Roughly one year ago, some Sony websites published pages talking about E-mount cameras with on-sensor SteadyShot image stabilization that would deliver “smooth, blur-free” photos and videos.
The pages also included a sketch of an APS-C E-mount camera with this technology built into its sensor. This has led to speculation that the then-unannounced A6000 would employ such system.
However, the A6000 does not have such technology and the pages have been removed from the company’s websites. Now, the Sony A7000 rumors are back and it seems like this mirrorless camera will actually come packed with 5-axis IS support.
For the time being, photographers can still purchase the NEX-7 for about $899 at Amazon with an 18-55mm lens kit.
Sony could announce the A7000 mirrorless camera at CP+ 2015
At the end of 2014, the rumor mill claimed that the Sony A7000 would employ a new sensor when compared to the NEX-7, but one that would also have about 24 megapixels.
The mirrorless camera is believed to be capable of recording 4K videos, photos with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, and to employ a hybrid autofocus technology and an articulated touchscreen on the back.
This shooter is also expected to feature an integrated electronic viewfinder and TriNav controls. The truth could come to light at CP+ 2015, the A7000’s rumored announcement date. In addition, the device could be released sometime by the end of 2015’s first half.
All these details must be taken with a pinch of salt, so do not jump to any conclusions for now.