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Ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera coming at Photokina 2014

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Ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera coming at Photokina 2014

A new ultra-compact Sony FE-mount mirrorless camera is rumored to be unveiled at Photokina 2014 and to be released shortly after the event for a price around $1,000.

Sony will announce a new full frame E-mount camera at the Photokina 2014, says an inside source. Recently, it has been rumored that new FE-mount models will be delayed as Sony is waiting for Canon and Nikon to launch their responses to the A7, A7R, and A7S. However, it seems like the company has decided to stop waiting for others and is reviewing the final aspects of another mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a full frame image sensor.

Ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera to be announced during Photokina 2014

A new source has revealed that a new ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera will become official at the Photokina 2014. The A7-series cameras are already very small and lightweight, although they feature full frame sensors, and a lot of people are wondering how much weight and size can the company shed from its devices.

Ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera
This is the patent for the ultra-compact Sony FE-mount camera. The device looks like a NEX-5-series MILC and also features similar dimensions. This full frame model is allegedly coming at the Photokina 2014.

It seems like there is still room for downsizing, as the upcoming FE-mount shooter will look like the Sony NEX-5-series models. The design will be joined by dimensions similar to the NEX-5 models, but it is unlikely that the new models will serve as a replacement for the NEX-5T.

Either way, it will not feature a built-in electronic viewfinder, like the A7-series cameras. Instead, users will have to rely completely on the display which will serve as a Live View tool.

The person, who has decided to remain anonymous, has also revealed that this mirrorless camera will be priced around $1,000. It will not go under this amount, but it will no go much higher, essentially becoming the cheapest full frame interchangeable lens camera out there.

Sony has patented the NEX-5-like full frame camera in fall 2013

It is worth reminding that Sony patented the design of this camera during fall 2013. The patent has been discovered in Japan, describing a mirrorless camera looking like the Sony NEX-5, but one with a full frame sensor.

That device has not been released on the market, yet, so it would make sense for it to be unveiled at this year’s edition of the world’s largest digital imaging event.

At around $1,000, it would seriously get into the market segment occupied by the APS-C-sized cameras. This means that Sony is dead serious about becoming successful once again in the camera business and it perhaps will do something to revitalize it.

As usual, grab a pinch of salt and stay tuned for more details!

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