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Sony Confirm They WILL Continue to Produce A-Mount Cameras and Lenses

Sony Confirm They WILL Continue to Produce A-Mount Cameras and Lenses

Good news Sony A-Mount fans! The manufacturer has confirmed, through a recent interview with Focus Numerique that they will be continuing to manufacturer both A-Mount cameras and Lenses.

Previous reports suggested that with mirrorless camera sales booming, Sony would discontinue the A-mount system but as can be seen from the following summary of the interview, this is not the case.


  • We will continue to develop A-mount cameras and lenses (first time they committed to developing lenses)
  • Translucent mirror has unique advantages
  • A-mount lets you use old Minolta optics
  • The focus has been on E-mount because there are more gaps
  • a99II has been well received
  • UHC-8300 and it’s 8k recording was brought up in relation to the 2020 Olympics
  • E-mount is better for video and A-mount is better for photos
  • There is a contraction in the professional video market because the difference between high-end video equipment and the consumer level is very little today.
  • Sony refreshes products frequently to stimulate the market, but continues support for a long time and sells old models for many years, unlike competitors.
  • They are always expanding their pro support
  • Sony doesn’t see compact cameras or entry level ILC going away due to cellphones.
  • Sony is doing R&D into a variety of new image processing techniques like L16.
  • Still not the right moment for them to enter medium format even thought hey could easily.
  • Their priority is to meet the demands of professionals.
  • Sony doesn’t do big firmware update because they believe the camera should be maximized when shipped.
  • Curved sensors are better for fixed focal length lenses and do not work well with zooms.
  • Can’t say anything about their multilayered sensors yet.
  • Sony made full frame lens development their priority and will now get back to APS-C, which might include a 100-400mm equivalent like the recently released full frame lens.
  • G Master is generally reserved for full frame
  • Sony’s biggest optical is making brighter glass for professionals.
  • There will be no full frame camera without an EVF.

Via: SA.


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