Quick News – Spotted by the readers of SonyAlphaRumors sporting a color other than the Sony NEX-7′s sole option of all-black, comes an either legitimate first look at the camera’s new silver color variant, or just the results of someone’s Photoshop prowess.
Currently, just over 200 body-only NEX-7′s have made their way to the public. A far cry from the plans before the devastating natural disaster hit Thailand, flooding Sony’s NEX and Alpha manufacturing and production facility which consequently delayed the NEX-7′s scheduled arrival last year.
Moreover, those looking to score the matching all black 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit were left out in the cold, with no official word on when in fact the pair would be available. That is until today…
One of the more talked about and lust-over faint dreams of a camera is a full-frame version of the NEX-7, meshing all the qualities that make Sony’s most sought-after prosumer camera in recent memory even more appealing with the benefits of a large sensor. Well, it looks like we might get that, and then some in 2012.
One thing that always remains true in the world of new consumer electronics, no matter the category of release, is the fact that many will go to above and beyond the limits of rationality to get what they want. Case in point? The Sony NEX-7.
Due to the recent natural disaster in Thailand, the production and manufacturing of many prosumer camera models from Sony were halted, and in the case of the NEX-7, missed its original release date all together. It wasn’t until earlier this month that limited quantities of initial NEX-7 pre-orders were sent out, setting the stage for early adopters to resell at a premium.
As the flood waters begin to subside in the ill-stricken regions of Thailand, the road to recovery has also taken place for the camera companies affected– namely, the production and manufacturing efforts of Sony.
The camera giant released an update of sorts today, revealing that limited quantities of their highly anticipated and already delayed, NEX-7 will be shipping to a select few by the end of the year:
It’s no secret that the Thailand floods have done than slow the tremendous momentum Sony’s prosumer camera division has made during the 2011 calender year, it has also halted the production of the NEX-5N and NEX-C3, as well as, delaying the highly-anticipated releases of the NEX-7 and Alpha A65. It wasn’t until recently that Sony confirmed that production had resumed in the region, setting the stage for today’s news of the expected time-frame in which we may see the NEX-7 hit the retail market.
Beware Fuji, Sony has their eyes set on the X-100′s crown and are ready to take pole position in the race for compact, viewfinding, photographic fun. Say that three times fast! But, it would be wrong to compare the new NEX-7 with the Fuji X-100. They are entirely different cameras which offer their own unique tastes for different photographic pallets. The NEX-7 is indeed one serious camera. Boasting a 24.3 mega-pixel sensor, first of it’s kind for a mirrorless system, it manages to pack the ability for impeccable image quality from such a compact size. It also shares the same, XGA (1024 x 768-pixel) resolution viewfinder as the Sony A77, which is tremendous news in its own right.
We could go on and on about the tremendous specs. of this exciting new camera, but we recommend heading over to the Engadget page where those lucky ducks actually got some hands-on time with the Sony’s new flagship mirrorless camera.
The Sony NEX-7 will hit store shelves this November for the price tag of about £1100/$1350.
The image above pretty much speaks for itself. Sony is apparently prepping some big announcements for a slew of new products. According to sources close to Sony, we should be expecting an official word on all of these rumored new goodies in late August. SonyAlphaRumors expects the following:
A77 -> 24 megapixels
Vertical Grip VG-C77AM
16-50mm f/2.8 SSM
A65 -> Has the same 24 Megapixel sensor but less fps
NEX-7 -> I have beent told that this camera is a very serious Fuji X100 competitor!
NEX-5N -> An updated Sony NEX-5 with new sensor
LA-EA2 with built-in Translucent mirror -> A revivial of the Leica Visoflex
XGA external OLED viewfinder (works on NEX-5N only)
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8
Sony 55-210mm f/4-6.3 OSS
Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS
VG-20 -> successor of the Sony NEX-VG10.
What do you think the good folks over at Sony are up to? Let us know your thoughts on the expected announcements.
Could Sony be following the coattails of the highly acclaimed Fuji X-100 and join in on the hybrid-rangefinder fun? According to SonyAlphaRumors that seems to be just the case. An inside-source from SAR states:
the image is original but the final model could have some differences!!! As you see the NEX-7 has a rangefinder style a là Fuji X100 (Click here to see that camera)! As you know the NEX-7 will feature the same A77 24 Megapixel sensor and a 3 million dot OLED EVF (it is not a hybrid viewfinder!). It has the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 attached (but that is also a prototype). The camera should cost around $1.200.