Details Emerging About Sony’s Upcoming Full Frame Mirrorless Camera


We reported in December 2012 that Sony was planning to unleash a full frame mirrorless within a year. We’re about halfway to that one year mark now, and as Sony gets ready to unveil its latest creation, new details are starting to emerge that paint a clearer picture of the revolutionary camera we’ll be seeing.

Many of the rumors are being gathered and published by sonyalpharumors, which gave us a heads up saying that the camera is “going to shake the photography world.” This camera will be one of Sony’s biggest announcements in recent years, and SAR suspects that Sony is intentionally spreading misinformation in order to hide truths about the camera.

Here are some facts that are reasonably certain: some of Olympus’ best features will be appearing in this new Sony camera. One that is being mentioned a lot is the highly acclaimed 5-axis image stabilization, which would make the full frame camera the first NEX to offer sensor-based stabilization (i.e. every lens you attach would be stabilized).

Price-wise, SAR reports that the camera could have a price tag of less than $3,000 — a price that’s comparable to the company’s high end A99 DSLR-style camera. The price would put the camera far below the price point of “the only real competitor on the market” (as SAR calls it), the $7,000 Leica M.

The Sony full frame mirrorless may be priced like a A99 but compete against the Leica M

The Sony full frame mirrorless may be priced like a A99 but compete against the Leica M

Sony is reportedly planning to announce this camera at a big press event sometime this Fall. Stay tuned — more leaked details (and perhaps photos) will almost certainly be emerging in the coming days.

  • RealChangePH

    Hmm.. If it’s going to “compete” against Leica, then it needs to have a decent finder, not just an EVF. And Sony needs to put out some lenses with DOF scales etched on the barrell. Otherwise, if it turns out to be your usual DSLR with a new FF sensor, then it’ll just compete with the NiKanon FF’s.

  • Gman

    It’s a mirrorless not a DSLR.

  • David Liang

    I’m thinking it’s Sony’s answer to Fuji’s X-Pro1, except it’s a full-framed range finder styled camera. Inheriting the benefits of short mount length so it can adapt older lenses without crop factor. I think that last part and the rumured lowered price, is Sony’s bet to attract a market segment that can’t afford a Leica, but want a full-frame range finder styled camera like X-Pro or X-E1

  • gochugogi

    Lots of people use DSLR to mean large digital camera and don’t understand it’s an acronym for digital single lens reflex. We need a new acronym for mirrorless. Oddly, Leica used to make a camera you could convert between rangefinger and SLR.

  • Albert

    I thought the NEX E-mount is only designed to cover APS-C sensor?

  • J Shin

    I think Visoflex is actually still compatible with Leica M.

  • derekdj

    Sony’s latest cameras are pretty amazing in both build quality and image rendering, but their biggest Achilles Heel is lack of good lenses, Their home grown lenses are okay, nothing remarkable. The Zeiss offerings on the NEX are great, but few focal lengths and really expensive. Perhaps their partnership with Olympus can bare more fruit in the lens area.

  • R O

    I think the lenses were the specific reasons Sony went into bed with Olympus in the first place. Olympus knows glass. 5-axis IBIS was just the cherry on top.

  • R O

    Wonder if the Olympus-designed lenses for this system will get Zuiko or Sony branding. In any event, let’s hope these things get DOF scales, clutch/hard stop focusing when in manual, and aperture rings.

  • JoeNoName

    nope, try the Sony FS700.

    Apparently this camera will recieve E mount and Amount lenses! Nothing has been said on how they resolved this issue (there have been some options), but stay tunned on SonyAlphaRumors! ;)

  • Albert

    Thank you Joe, I forgot about the Sony NEX videocam! Sony FS700 uses Super 35mm though, not 35mm. From wikipedia, it seems Sony NEX VG900 uses full-frame sensor but with E-mount.

  • Sky

    It’s more that two companies can design more lenses than one company.

    Sony also knows glass. They got Minolta designers onboard, and some of their lenses are truly brilliant.(though that’s mostly for A-mount. On E-mount there’s only one outstanding Sony-made lens: 50 f/1.8 OSS – everything else is typical glass for low-end consumers, a majority of NEX crowd).

  • Zos Xavius

    It is. Version III. I was looking at it last night actually. Its quite fascinating.

  • Zos Xavius

    Right, and e-mount lenses are APS-C, but we at least know that e-mount is large enough to cover a full frame circle. edit: you need an adapter to use full frame a mount glass.

  • Yeos

    and perhaps will Sony learn to Olympus that excellent lenses (I got some of them for my OM-D) need at least an hood ;)

  • Graf Almassy

    I would see a lot of professional features in a mirrorless ILC camera, good low light performance, wide dynamic range and I don’t care about the sensor size. I promise!


    Mirrorless fullframe Sony in a compact size camera that sells around $1,000-1,500. WILL BE REVOLUTIONARY.

  • JoeNoName

    this is where the new FF Nex comes in, apparently you wont need an adapter! It will take both A and E!

    Easy transition to E mount since its more versatile than A, without losing your quality glass!

  • Justin in AU

    “…sometime this Fall.” Doesn’t mean much unless you are assuming we are in the northern hemisphere and North America. Maybe giving a month would be more inclusive?

  • Chryssanthi

    Why do we need an acronym for mirrorless when we already have a word for it: mirrorless. We also have the EVIL or ILC acronym. And MILC.

  • Xeer

    Will they offer H.264 MOV video or stay with the useless AVCHD? AVCHD is a deal breaker for me.

  • koutsouvelomka

    what about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS?

  • Dunderwood

    Any full frame in that price range would be revolutionary

  • derekdj

    Oly’s 5-axis IBIS on a NEX – that would be a dream camera. That’s one of the reasons why shooting with old manual lenses is such a dream on the OM-5.

  • Chris

    It’ll only be revolutionary if it had the lenses to back it up. That’s why people still buy Leica, because they have amongst the best lenses available.

  • AntiAko

    I’m new to NEX and am contemplating on getting some A-mount lenses: which of them are truly brilliant? Thank you for listing them down…

  • roffo

    MILF Camera :)