New camera rumours are a funny old thing. They start with some wild suggestions that often prove to be well wild of the mark, but as the anticipated launch date approaches, these rumours filter down and are typically very close to what eventually appears on launch day. In short, rumour sites get it right more then they get it wrong.
One camera that has been massively anticipated is Sony’s replacement for the excellent A6500 – an APS-C mirrorless that packed many of the impressive features found on Sony’s full-frame cameras into a tiny body. Rumours about the forthcoming camera – thought to be called the A7000 – have suddenly spiked, adding credibility to the reckoning that the camera could be launched at the CES Show in Las Vegas, which starts on January 8.
Of course, nobody knows for sure what the camera will look like or what specifications will be inside, but if the rumours on various websites are true, the A7000 will be much, much more than a simple upgrade from the A6500. The first rumoured specification to catch the eye is a 32-megapixel Exmor RS APS-C sensor and, if this is true, it would be the highest resolution APS-C sensor ever brought to market.
Other rumoured specifications include a 925-point Phase Detection autofocus system and a maximum burst rate of up to 30 frames per second. The rumours also suggest an ISO range of 64-64000 and a body weight of 580g. Along with stills features, the various website reports also give information on rumoured video specifications, too.
While the Sony A6500 could offer 4K video at 25p (30p with HDMI out), it’s believed the A7000 will instead serve up 10-bit 4K video at 60p, enabling filmmakers to use the 4K footage to create 2x slow motion sequences. With such mouth-watering specifications, all eyes will be on the Sony stand when CES kicks-off on January 8.