Sony 35mm sized sensor fixed lens compact / mirrorless camera


An interesting concept. Sony's answer to the Fuji X100 or Leica X2 but with a 35mm sized sensor and a fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. Apparently not cheap. ($3000) Presumably this will have the 24MP sensor featured in the A99 and more interestingly rumoured to be in the upcoming Leica M10.

For obvious reasons, I'm sure it wasn't possible for Sony to put together a range for an interchangeable lens 35mm sized sensor system yet but that must be in their minds for the future. As ever Sony seem to be listening to what photographers are asking for and also looking at the sales and general buzz around cameras such as the Fuji X-Pro 1. Again as ever Sony are prepared to go that extra bit further and looking at the styling and general look of the camera I think we are seeing Sony's first foray into Leica territory. Zeiss, who they work with, have also indicated they are going to make AF lenses for mirrorless / CSC / E.V.I.L cameras, so how far are we from a body similar to this plus possibly three Sony / Zeiss primes for a system that looks back to rangefinders for inspiration and forward to the mirrorless "revolution"?

There is no doubt that these are the kind of cameras that grab the headlines and get us as photographers excited. I suspect that it won't be long before we get a non AA-filtered version of this as well. 

I certainly admire Sony's ambition and their willingness to try something different. There is of course always the proviso that this isn't yet announced, so may well be wishful thinking on somebody's part, but we'll see soon enough.

As I said a (VERY!) interesting concept.

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