Sony to Announce New Line of Compact Cameras Next Week
Sony’s is famous for its full-frame mirrorless lineup, which offers stellar image quality, lightning-fast autofocus, and more.
Sony is also famous for its APS-C mirrorless lineup, which offers similarly fast autofocus but in a compact package.
Yet Sony is about to take their mirrorless system a step further.
Earlier this week, Sony unveiled this graphic on their Sony Japan website:
And while the announcement hasn’t officially been followed by additional details, Sony Alpha Rumors has reported that Sony will be announcing a brand-new type of mirrorless camera, one that combines the compactness of the Sony a6000 series with the image quality of the a7 and a9 series.
According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the first of these cameras will be labeled the Sony a7C, where the ‘C’ will likely stand for either Concept or Compact.
So what can we expect from this new mirrorless body?
- The a7 III’s 24 MP sensor
- A fully-articulating screen in the style of the a7S III
- Autofocus from the a7S III
- A design close to that of the Sony a6600 (though a hair larger)
- 4K/30p video recording capabilities
- In-body image stabilization
- One SD card slot
- A headphone jack as well as a mic input
- A higher price tag than the a7 III (which currently sits around $2000 USD)
Sony Alpha Rumors also reports that the a7C “will be marketed for vloggers and YouTubers,” and will debut alongside a new set of compact lenses.
If all this information is accurate (and I suspect that it is!), we’re going to be in for quite a treat. The a7C will offer some of Sony’s best goods, and future a7C cameras should be similarly impressive.
Really, this camera seems like a powerful hybrid; while it may be aimed at YouTubers and vloggers, it should also appeal to travel photographers, street photographers, and even more casual, walkaround photographers.
Plus, the new compact lens lineup will hopefully address a common frustration among Sony mirrorless photographers: that the cameras are compact, but the lenses aren’t.
So if you’re looking to grab a compact camera that can handle video and stills on the go, keep an eye out for the announcement!
Now over to you:
Are you excited about the upcoming Sony a7C announcement? Is it a camera you’ll be interested in purchasing? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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