Sony is gearing up for a couple of announcements this week and the rumor sites seem fairly confident that the standout piece of news will be a sports-oriented, APS-C version of the Sony a9.
Rumors about this high-end APS-C camera have been bouncing around since last year and we’re still waiting to find out both the name and the format. Fortunately, we might finally be quite close as the announcement is due on July 17. If the new camera emerges with the same body as the a6400 and a6500, the name a6700 seems the most likely option. However, there’s a school of thought that believes it will be more in line with the a7 series of bodies which makes more sense if it’s to perform as the rumors suggest, hence the idea of a7000.
A larger body will offer a few benefits: firstly, IBIS can be improved by virtue of giving the sensor more space to bounce around in what was the gap once filled by a full-frame sensor. Secondly, there’s greater potential for heat dispersal, hopefully eliminating some of the problems that have dogged Sony bodies in the past while also opening up the possibility of 4K 60p.
Sony is also slated to be adding the autofocus system that currently features in the a6400 and was added to the a9 via firmware 5.00 a few months ago. The electronic shutter on the a9 is something fierce, taking advantage of the RAM chips the Sony stacked onto the back and creating an insane frame rate. Given that the APS-C will be smaller and that Sony is now at a mature stage with this sensor technology, there is the possibility that the Japanese manufacturer is planning something that is on par with the 30fps offered by the Fujifilm X-T3 but without the 1.25x crop.
To me, the release could be an attractive proposition for Canon 7D Mark II users who are wondering what the future holds for them. SonyAlphaRumors.com is also reporting that Sony has at least one APS-C lens lined up to make it even more tempting.