Sony’s upcoming A5/A6 entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera to cost $1,000

Aug 19, 2020

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Sony’s upcoming A5/A6 entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera to cost $1,000

Aug 19, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony is expected to announce a new entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera at some point in the next few weeks. We’ve heard some possible spec rumours about it already, and now it seems we might have a possible price point for it. And it looks well set to compete directly against the Canon EOS RP mirrorless.

Polish website Optyczne is reporting that the new Sony (we still don’t know if it’ll be called the A5 or the A6) is rumoured to be priced around $1,000 (the EOS RP is $999 body only) and would come at a significantly lower price than the Nikon Z5, which is currently listed at $1,399 body only.

The rest of the specs are mostly the same as previously reported, but with one exception.

  • A5xxx/A6xxx body design
  • Larger grip
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • IBIS
  • No pop-up flash
  • 2.3m-dot pop-up electronic viewfinder
  • Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K24 @ 100mbps
  • 4K30 @ 100mbps
  • 4K60 cropped with no audio using Sony’s S&Q mode.
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Microph and headphone jacks
  • Single SD card slot
  • Type-C USB
  • Uses NP-FZ100 battery
  • Price around $1,000
  • Announcement expected mid-September.

Other than the addition of a possible price point, the only change from the previous list is the EVF. It was previously rumoured to be a somewhat low 770k-dot EVF. Now, though, it seems that’s been upgraded to a 2.3m-dot EVF.

Given how close the reported price matches the EOS RP and how much lower it is than the Nikon Z5, it will be interesting to hear the final price on the Panasonic S5 when it’s announced in a couple of weeks, too. I’m also curious to find out whether the S5 will adopt the flippy out LCD of the Lumix MFT cameras or the tilting LCD of its other full-frame S series siblings.

If the A5/A6 has a flippy out LCD like the A7S III or ZV-1 and not a tilting LCD like all of Sony’s other E mount cameras, then this could potentially become a huge hit with vloggers who’ve already adopted Sony E mount for their other photography and video work.

How long before Nikon drops the Z5 price you think?

[via Optyczne]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Sony’s upcoming A5/A6 entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera to cost $1,000”

  1. Regen Avatar
    Regen

    This camera may be the best thing to happen to photography this year, just because of how it’s going to reshape the value/price landscape. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to very interesting. IF of course, it launches at the rumored 1000 mark.

  2. Grom Hellscream Avatar
    Grom Hellscream

    FF, $1000, full-articulating screen = instant buy for me