Disruptive: Sony to Launch a Full Frame Mirrorless NEX In One Year


Sony is taking full frame sensors very seriously. A few months ago the company launched the RX1, bringing full frame sensors to fixed-lens compact cameras. Around the same time, a rumor emerged that Sony is working on bringing the same sensor size to its NEX mirrorless cameras. It now looks like a full frame NEX is indeed on the way, to be announced in roughly one year.

sonyalpharumors reported today that many trusted sources have confirmed the existence of the camera, and revealed some more details on what we’ll be seeing.

They write that the upcoming camera will mark the third revolution introduced by Sony in the digital camera industry, with the first two being the resurrection of the Single Lens Translucent (SLT) camera and the introduction of the NEX mirrorless camera.


Sony is currently the only company offering pellicle mirror digital cameras

Up to this point, NEX cameras have already been leaders in the sensor-size category, featuring APS-C-sized sensors. Depending on what other mirrorless camera makers choose to do, what may be seeing the beginnings of a new sensor size war. With its X-Series line, Fujifilm is another company that appears primed to make the jump into the world of full frame mirrorless cameras.

SAR reports that Sony’s plans for future full-frame SLT (DSLR-style) cameras have been put on the back burner for now as the company gears up to disrupt the camera industry with a FF mirrorless that offers all the functions and capabilities of a high-end DSLR (e.g. fantastic image quality, great low light performance, fast autofocus, speedy burst mode).

Sony's upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera is said to resemble the current NEX 7

Sony’s upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera is said to resemble the current NEX 7

In terms of design, the camera is said to resemble the NEX-7, except a bit bulkier. This seems to rule out the possibility that the camera will simply be an interchangeable-lens version of the RX1.

The camera will accept E-mount lenses natively, but will also be compatible with A-mount lenses as well. There are reportedly two variants of the camera being tested right now: a 24-megapixel model and a 30-32 megapixel model.

The cameras will reportedly be released in either late 2013 or early 2014.

  • Chris Newhall

    I don’t own any of their camera’s but I love what Sony has been doing lately!

  • David Williams

    Might be time to look at Sony at little more seriously.

  • quickpick

    whew, better resembling nex-7 than 5! the full frame sensors pageant at the amateur price range all welcome anyway! finally, one could say… :)

  • Antonio Carrasco

    This is typical of Sony’s mantra of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, while abandoning anything that doesn’t.

    Their DSLR, APS-C and full-frame mirrorless will all need separate lines of lenses and they don’t seem to be putting as much effort into that. A camera body is only as good as the lens in front of it.

  • 1LifeSoLiveIt

    This is being discussed in SonyAlphaRumors at the moment. Putting SLT and A-Mount lens development aside and trying to build a full frame NEX is pissing off loyal A-Mount customers. Sony should invest in developing its A-Mount lenses in the first hand. There are still rebranded old Tamron models and Minolta’s too. There are lots of pro-level Carl Zeiss lenses with screw focusing systems rather than SSM. There are lots of non-weather sealed full frame lenses. Sony seems to be chosing the easy way and is escaping from the competiiton with Nikon and Canon. No A-Mount user would switch to a small tiny full frame body (NEX) but rather switch to Canon or Nikon.

  • Syuaip

    my faith on Canon mirror-less is fading, while Sony seems more and more promising..

  • JJ

    Compatible with A-mount lenses, that could be interesting, but probably expensive

  • Dan Chippendale

    Maybe I’ll hold out on upgrading from M9 to M then. Sony can totally disrupt the market if they play their cards right

  • Arian Rassoul

    just a logical step, can we move on now?

  • genotypewriter

    A-mount buyers knew what they were in for when they went for Sony instead of Canon or Nikon that already had all the lenses they wanted. Also I’m sure a lot of them are from the Minolta days, expecting the world to stand still because they don’t want to buy new and improved equipment.

    I recently got my second Nex body but it’s great to hear about the upcoming FF Nex because it’s for the advancement of photography. A much needed one at that too.

  • genotypewriter

    Wish there will be two versions of the camera like they did with the Nex 5 and 7… one for serious photographers who need a casual-looking body and the another for casual photographers who need a serious-looking body.

  • lung

    a full frame cam with the current aps-c nex lenses….. wouldn’t that mean a lot of vignetting?

  • ProtoWhalePig

    Pfffft. Nobody’s gonna buy it when they can pick up the Hassy point ‘n’ shoot for only $5000 more!

  • ed

    Now that the technology has improved it is obviously logical to make full frame sensors and put them in camers resembling the old beloved rangedinder style and size. Full feame means less noise and wider fiels of view given thw same lenses. And the new full frame sensors sony has been developing are incredible. Thw ff sensor in nikon D800 is almost as good as the mesium format sensor in thw 20k leica s1. The apsc sensors will end up fining their niche in awesome truly compack cameras as ee already see fuji shrinking down the size of their apsc camer via the xe1.

  • Woody O’Neal

    Leica who?

  • niclas w lundberg

    I knew the minute i fitted a Rokkor Prime lens to my (then) new Nex5, that i would see a FF version of this within a couple of years. And that i would preorder the hell out of it. Now how to fool the wife that a metabones adapter is the only thing we lack.

  • Marc Jones

    Lets not forget the VG-900, a fullframe NEX camcorder.

  • Brad Maestas

    This is welcome news. I love my NEX-5 but I’ve been holding off on any upgrade to save up for a FF digital body of some sort. Hopefully, lacking the RX1’s fixed lens, the price will be somewhat reasonable.

  • D Horn

    A FF NEX sounds wonderful, but Sony first has to prove they can support
    their products: I have a Canon 5DII and my wife has a Sony NEX7. We
    both shoot landscapes on a tripod with bracketing for HDR processing.
    My wife has been getting a lot of blurred images. Why? Because the
    NEX7 lets you bracket, OR use a remote, OR a 2 second delay. So to
    shoot with bracketing, you have to keep your finger pressed on the
    shutter button. Even with a tripod, the camera will move. Especially
    with a long exposure time. On my Canon I shoot bracket with a 2-sec
    delay or a wired remote, with Mirror lockup and my images are tack
    The NEX7 is a jewel – light, beautifully made, 24MPix, but the software
    stinks. Sony did release one software update and fixed the worst
    problems. I can learn to navigate a clunky menu, but some basic
    required functionality is still missing. Sony could easily fix it
    with a software update, but they do not seem to care.
    I would like to ditch my heavy Canon and switch to a 36MPix NEX FF, but
    not till they fix the NEX7 first AND get the NEX FF right
    What I would like most in a NEX FF is the ability to switch the Infra-Red
    blocking filter with a Visible-block/IR-Pass filter. That way I could
    shoot both visible and IR with the same camera. I love IR photography
    and did a lot in the old film days. A mirror-less camera with EVF is
    the perfect camera for this task – Auto-focus will work perfectly,
    and you can see what you will get on the EVF. I could get the IR-Stop
    filter removed and use on-lens filters, but it would be better to
    have this function in the camera.
    Another thing I absolutely require is a built-in GPS. An e-compass and
    accelerometer would be good too. That way I can keep track of where
    every image was taken, and even the camera orientation. I have GPS
    on a tiny inexpensive Panasonic point-and shoot. Every serious camera
    should have it. I will not buy another high-end camera without GPS.

    I would also like a wired remote control and support for Time-Lapse imaging (together with bracketing).
    To improve video performance, I would like one or more motor-driven zooms, and 4K video support.