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Sony NEX-7 rumored, may look like classic Konica-Minolta cam

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu March 17, 2011

Sony rumored readying NEX-7 camera

A rumor source has asserted that Sony has a new, high end version of the NEX in development that may recall one of Minolta's better-known digital cameras. The NEX-7 would be a superset of the existing NEX-3 and NEX-5 and would look more like a professional camera than before. The Photo Rumors tip suggested it would look like a "twin" of the Konica-Minolta Dimage A2 (pictured), a roughly 2004-era camera from just a few years before Sony bought Minolta to get into DSLRs.

Few clues have been given out, but Sony may be keen to build on the existing formula with better basic image quality and better controls. While generally well-received, the NEX-3 and NEX-5 have been criticized for catering too much to beginners and making it hard to quickly access common settings used by more experience photographers.

Timing for the camera wasn't given out, but Sony recently phased out the NEX-3 in Japan. If called the NEX-7, it could end up as the new high-end version of the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera where the NEX-5 becomes the budget model.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    High-end similarity

    Aside from the lens-mount, it is only at the high end of Sony's range that the cameras ever bare a passing resemblance to the sadly missed Minoltas. The A900, A850 and discontinued A700 are the only ones deserving of an association with the old legacy. Thankfully, lens-wise things are a little better although Sony appear to have discontinued some versions of the great old glass such as the 28mm F2. Sigh!

  1. rumplestiltskin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Doubt it will happen

    Sony (as is the case with the other mfr's) hasn't listened to its customers in years. They toss tens of millions of $$ into interchangeable lens SLRs when what's really needed is a great competitor to Fuji's HS10/HS20 cameras.

    Heck, my Fuji S9100 is still easier to use than an SLR and its automatically balanced flash is way better than most digital SLRs. Nikons are better but they cost four times the price.

    And that's where Sony wants to go...upscale to that price point. At the low end they eliminate viewfinders (which are, frankly, a necessity) and then they abandon the middle.

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