Sony Rumored to be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless NEX Camera

Mirrorless cameras are designed to offer DSLR-esque sensors inside smaller form-factor bodies, but so far the only company offering full frame mirrorless cameras has been Leica with its M line of rangefinders. That may soon change. sonyalpharumors is reporting with certainty that Sony is working on putting a full frame sensor in a NEX mirrorless camera.

They write,

I just learned via (many) trusted sources that the third revolution from Sony is about to happen. After the SLT and NEX introductions (first two revolutions) Sony is about to change the photographic and video industry with the third revolution… a new Full Frame NEX system!

Sporting APS-C-sized sensors, Sony NEX cameras already boast some of the largest sensors found in mirrorless cameras. Leading the charge into full frame would certainly shake up the market and force other manufacturers to either jump aboard or fall behind.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    All sensor, no glass.

  • DzPhotography

    Carl Zeiss?

  • Tim L

    You beat me to it, Jonathan. It’s great to put out these innovative bodies but if there isn’t a decent selection of top shelf lenses then what have they accomplished.

  • Tanja Schulte

    yep.. now sony has to start making good glass.
    good bodys only doesn´t cut the cake.

  • Tanja Schulte

    would be a bit sad if you had to use zeiss glass because sony is unable to produce lenses for their own bodys… not?

  • Gabriel Constantin

    They have Carl Zeiss taking care of that. Why reinvent what other have already mastered?

  • opppo

    karl zeiss *Sony arent true karl zeiss… the best glass are ze mf!!

  • Bart Kuik

    Should do wonders for my Konica Hexanon collection :D. 57mm f/1.2 as a *real* 57mm? Yes please! That Nex9-body probably won’t be sub-€1500, though…

  • John Gray

    Leica Glass!

  • Jake

    I think the point is that if Sony can do it, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, et al SHOULD do it, and those can be pretty much guaranteed to have better lenses to back up the sensor.

  • dusanmal

    Problem is that this addresses a problem that does not exist. If you want full frame quality, you are likely not thinking about carrying it in a pocket. Also, it implies that you want to use appropriate lenses that may be quite large. Hence, no real gain by shrinking the body.
    One of the reasons why over years 35mm format won is that “sweet point” of ergonomic camera size (dictated by the 35mm film at the time) and lens set/image quality/image characteristics for it. So, there is nothing wrong with current DSLR with full frame sensor. That size is ergonomic. It won evolutionary battle over 100 years.
    Now, indeed we do not need mirrors anymore. True. But than just why just shrink the body to needlessly small size? Why not use newly relieved space for some new age, digital tech’ that was not needed in film days? There is plethora of new things that could use that space. Hence, I’ll be interested in these only if they bring one of those new things in instead of the mirror. Most needed and perfectly positioned to replace mirror? – Active sensor cooling. We use those in Astronomy. It would make a leap in image quality equivalent to one material technology generation (ex. equivalent of having D800 sensor from D700 sensor). That would be real gain from mirror elimination. As is – why do I care if they just remove the mirror if the only benefit is one that is not useful?

  • kyoshinikon

    The alpha system has better 2.8 zooms than canon at least. The canons have to be closed down to f/5.6 to be sharp…

  • CanonGuy

    with a Canon FD adapter this would make a great second camera for me.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Seconded; thermoelectric cooling sounds useful for long exposures and low light photography/video.

    On the flip side, I do wonder if condensation may be an issue, and if a cooling system would offer significant advantages over an SLR which can keep the sensor inactive when the shutter button isn’t pressed.

  • andrzej

    what about lenses and mount? Adapter?New lenses?
    Anyway, whoever will make FF mirrorless, I would buy such camera.

  • Johnjoe Nugent

    Now all we need is a full-frame DSLT so we can use the A-mount lens (Carl Zeiss) and not the E-mount, hopefully the new A99

  • Kieran Grasby

    A full frame sensor in a NEX body doesn’t make much sense. For one thing, none of the current lenses are optimised for full frame, and with that ridiculously short flange-back distance, I think they’ll have a hell of a time making lenses that are.

  • Q

    Why wouldn’t you want full frame and pocketability? Isn’t this what the Leica M (and it’s predecessors) has been all about since the beginning of the 35mm format. No mirror means the lenses are smaller (or at least can be) than for dslrs so making a smaller body makes sense.

    Now, the question is can they make a full frame NEX (with it’s short flange distance) that doesn’t have issues with vignetting and colour shift?

  • df

    You’re in luck.. Leica already does. Go get it! :P

  • E

    These are just crazy rumours, but the thinking (according to mentioned crazy rumours) is to use E mount lenses in crop mode, A mount FF lenses with an adapter and other exiting stuff (e.g. M mount) with its corresponding adapter. Fine with me if they actually make an affordable-ish mirrorless camera, I already have M lenses.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting. To me that supposed non-existent problem does exist. Something like this would be perfect for my street and travel photography, assuming all the aforementioned probable issues are addressed and they offer some suitable lenses.

  • John Waller

    So you are dismissing the entire range finder film market … nice. FF does not need to mean – big ass camera. Take into consideration the M9+ series from Leica and the digital ranger finder market that has made a HUGE splash with the Fuji camera line. Seriously … big cameras do NOT make great pictures either.