Both Sony and Olympus are preparing to release new cameras in the near future, as the rumor mill has leaked more information regarding each of them.
Sony is betting big on mirrorless cameras, having released the NEX-3N on February 26, 2013. The company is working on a new mirrorless shooter, which may be unveiled during an event in April 2013.
Sony NEX-9 will have a full-frame 24MP image sensor and will cost more than the RX1
So far, it was believed that the camera will be a direct replacement of the NEX-7 and that it would be marketed under the name of NEX-7n. However, new information suggests that the upcoming digital camera will be called NEX-9.
Some of the Sony NEX-9 specs have been leaked. The details came from sources familiar with the matter, who said that the PlayStation maker is looking to introduce a new camera system. It is said that the mirrorless shooter will feature a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor.
The rumor mill claims that the Japan-based company is looking to release a “high-end professional system” that could match or outrun the capabilities of a professional DSLR camera.
However, the sources are aware of the pricing implications, as it is rumored that the NEX-9 will cost somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.
This amount is even bigger than the one photographers are “forced” to pay on the Sony RX1, a compact camera praised for its capabilities, but criticized for its hefty price tag.
Upcoming Olympus E-P5 lacks a viewfinder, but will not be too shy about its price
The Olympus E-P5 is expected to be unveiled “soon”, while the release date is scheduled for late June or early July.
The Micro Four Thirds camera will be offered for a price around $1,000, but has a major downside: it will not feature an electronic viewfinder.
For the time being it is unknown whether Olympus will offer an optional optical viewfinder for the users.
In both cases, the rumors are said to be very accurate and we have been promised that more details will be unearthed in the near future.