Sony is reportedly working on a successor to the A5100 mirrorless camera, which is reportedly being discontinued. Its replacement will be called A5300 and is likely on its way.
Roughly one month prior to Photokina 2014, Sony introduced the A5100 E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. As this is a lower-end device, it should have been refreshed by now.
Well, the 2016 edition of the Photokina event has already passed and the device is not here. Thankfully, it appears that stores are starting to list the A5100 as discontinued, so a launch of a successor is looming over the digital imaging market.
When it is coming, the new shooter will probably be called Sony A5300. Here is what we know about it so far!
Sony discontinues A5100 to make room for its replacement
After hitting the jackpot with the FE-mount mirrorless cameras, Sony has switched focus to this line-up. Both E-mount and A-mount have mostly been ignored by the PlayStation giant, but good things come to those who wait.
As we have seen, Sony launched the A99 II camera at Photokina 2016, so the manufacturer kept its promise after stating that the A-mount has not been abandoned. As a result, it is believed that new E-mount cameras with APS-C image sensors are in the works. One of these products will be the Sony A5300, which will succeed the A5100 in the not-so-distant future.
The Japan-based company has informed some stores, including Digital Rev, that the A5100 is now discontinued. This means that the device is no longer in production and, as usual, when this happens, it means that a newer model will be released soon.
The upcoming model will probably have a new image sensor, tilting touchscreen, compact form factor, new and hybrid autofocus system, WiFi, and NFC among others. This is all based on rumors and speculation, as well as on the specifications of the current model.
Future E-mount event might also feature the Sony A5300 camera
People familiar with the matter are already stating that Sony will hold an announcement event for an E-mount product for the third quarter of the year. The event will occur in late October or early November.
For now, there are no mentions on what type of E-mount product is coming, so it could be a camera, a lens or even both. History has taught us that such events are likely aimed at lower-end cameras and the Sony A5300 would fit the description.
There is still time and if the information is accurate, then even more details will show up within the rumor mill soon. Whatever happens, we will be here and we will let you know, so stay tuned!