As you know Sony did not announce the long-waited A7S III full frame MILC or a new APS-C mirrorless camera before, during or after the Photokina show.
In a recent interview by DPReview with Mr. Kenji Tanaka – VP and Senior General Manager of Sony’s Business Unit, it is almost confirmed that a new APS-C mirrorless camera will be announced by the CP+ 2019 show that will take place at the end of February (February 28th – March 3th).
Interview also includes talks about the competition in the full-frame mirrorless market, the value of APS-C, and future plans for the a7S III. Mr. Kenji Tanaka confirmed that the Sony a7S III is coming but it will take time, and Sony will release new APS-C mirrorless cameras and lenses.
Here is a quick recap:
1. Sony a7S III is coming but it will take a lot of work and time.
Q: 4K is becoming a standard across all categories now, and the a7S II is getting rather old. Are you still interested in this market segment?
A: Of course, yes. Our a7S II customers want to create many things, and to meet their demands we are thinking about creating a successor model. But the next model should of course be more than they expect. So we’re planning a future S model right now, but it will take time.
Q: What do your existing a7S II customers want to see improved?
A: They want 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit, and of course more battery power, increased AF accuracy – many things!
2. Sony will release new APS-C mirrorless lenses.
Q: Do you have any plans to release new APS-C lenses?
A: Yes, APS-C is a big market for us. Recently most of our new lenses have been full frame, but APS-C remains a key target.
3. Sony confirmed that they will release new APS-C mirrorless cameras.
Q: What is your long-term strategy for APS-C and will we ever see another NEX-7 equivalent camera with dual dials ?
A: We have to get customer feedback. The dual dial on the NEX-7, some customers appreciated it, but some customers didn’t. The APS-C market is very important for us, so we will create new models in the APS-C market, but we need to ask customers what kind of models they want.
4. Sony has no plans for medium format at the moment.
Q: Do you see any customer demand for sensors larger than full frame?
A: Right now there are a lot of things still to do with full-frame sensors, so at the moment I don’t have any ideas about starting work on new larger imaging sensors.
5. Sony doesn’t care about the competitors, but they care about the customers.
Q: Is there anything that surprised you about the announcements from your competitors?
A: No, not really. I already predicted that Canon and Nikon would join the market, and even Panasonic. It wasn’t a surprise to me. But thinking about innovation in cameras, every company should join the mirrorless market, as this is where there is the most opportunity to innovate.
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