Though they seem to just whispers and murmurs at the moment, Sony Alpha Rumors has received word that Sony may have an affordable full frame E mount mirrorless camera in the works. Specifically, the post hints at a camera body with a form factor of the A6000 or A5100–which are the smaller offerings in Sony’s lineup that include APS-C size sensors.
An affordable Sony Full Frame E Mount camera, if it is indeed anything to be believed, will target the beginner. This really makes sense since the RX1 line of cameras are basically small cameras with a large full frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f2 Zeiss lens attached. A camera this small may be very difficult to include image stabilization with, so that feature may stay with the A7 lineup.
Oddly enough, a shower thought occurred to me the other day as to why Sony isn’t doing this already. It naturally seems like the next step beyond putting a full frame sensor into one of their QX series of cameras. If any company were to try to be disruptive to the industry and offer full frame shooting to the bottom end of consumers, then it would be Sony–further solidifying the notion that it’s the ideas that make the photographer, not the gear.
Even more interesting, we’re curious as to why Sony hasn’t tried to reach up to an even higher end consumer and go after cameras like the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4s. But that could be down the line too.