Sony May Make A-Mounts Fully Mirrorless in 2014, Working on a A-E Hybrid As Well


A few weeks ago, we reported that Sony may be in the process of dropping its unique pellicle mirror SLT technology. The rumor claimed that the company would be saying goodbye to the translucent mirror in favor a fully mirrorless A-Mount line. Well, if patents are to be trusted, that rumor has been confirmed just as another exciting Sony rumor hits the mill.

According to Photography Bay, Sony has recently filed a patent application that confirms the company’s intent to move away from the SLT. The A-Mount line will continue in both APS-C and full frame variants, only the resulting bodies will be fully mirrorless.


Additionally, Sony Alpha Rumors is claiming that some of their best sources are confirming previous whisperings of an upcoming Sony A-E Hybrid bridge camera. The camera would somehow accept lenses from both the A and E-Mount lines, and according to SAR’s sources, it just got the go-ahead from upstairs.

In addition to a followup to the NEX-7 expected sometime in October, we apparently now have FF and APS-C mirrorless A-Mounts to anticipate in early 2014, and a possible game-changing A-E Hybrid Bridge camera that should arrive by the end of next year. For now, no further details are available, but as release and announcement dates draw near, Sony owners would do well to keep an eye out for spec and photo leaks.

(via Photography Bay and Sony Alpha Rumors)

  • OSAM

    Something in me wants to see this. I don’t know why. Figure out a system that would move the sensor block forwards/backwards? Make the body very slim and have a removable spacer? It might actually make a sony A/E system kinda useful, but only if it works and works WELL

  • Mike

    I’m just happy someone is innovating. Canon and Nikon are just iterating, more minor features and changes but everything else essentially the same. I’m invested in Nikon, love my camera, but there is nothing exciting for the last few generations. Hopefully Sony’s progression will wake up the other two.

  • JoeNoName

    tell that to Canon making for the last 4-5 years the same camera with different name, AKA REBEL.

  • JoeNoName

    I will love to see the Nex-Alpha camera, it would be great to use it with any type of lense, native alpha, native nex and if you want some boost, get a metabones and some leica glasses and own the world.

  • madmax

    Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Samsung, Sony… Near 80 years from the launching of the first 35 mm SLR camera. Time for a change.

  • Not the same Mike

    So my 450D is the same as a 650D?

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  • Kori08

    I was skeptical when I heard that they’re ditching the SLT cause it was such a great piece of tech. But on r second thought… Hey, no more light loss!!!

  • kyoshinikon

    pretty much jusrt with a new sensor and new software…

  • JoeNoName

    T2, t3, t4, t5 all same sensor. Same image quality,

  • Norshan Nusi

    Rebellious indeed :D

  • taneli34523523

    no, but 550d, 600d, 650d, 700d, 7d, 60d, 100d and EOS M have the same sensor. They make 8 different versions of the same camera with slightly different ergonomics (and frame rates and AF to be fair).

  • taneli34523523

    35mm mirrorless cameras have been around for decades. I have one from 1966. Leica is the only manufacturer offering these currently with digital sensor but their pricing is Leica so I’m still waiting for someone else to join them