Reports Say Sony Will Showcase New “Mini a9” at “Photokina or PhotoPlus”

Sony most likely will not name the upcoming “mini A9” as A6700.

With Photokina and Photo Plus Expo just around the corner, reports of upcoming releases are also flying about. Among this is the new a6000 series camera, which Sony will be unveiling either at the Photokina or PhotoPlus, according to reports gathered by Sony Alpha Rumors. However, it might not be called the a6700 but will most likely be a “mini a9”.

So what could this new camera be? We theorize:

  • New touch screen controls including menu navigation
  • Better weather resistance
  • A third exposure control dial like the a7 and a9 series of cameras
  • A stacked CMOS APS-C sensor
  • The a9’s autofocus system
  • Sony could also give this camera branding with gold in the same way that the a9 stands out from the a7 series of cameras

Sony Alpha Rumors also mentioned that it will be a new APS-C E-mount camera, which can record 20 fps and maybe even 4K 60p videos, just like the reported Fujifilm X-T3. The company may be likely to announce this high-end camera anytime now until mid-September, and displayed at the upcoming Photokina. The report also noted that information so far about the upcoming camera gives us a clue that it may be different from the previous a6000 models and not a successor to the a6500.

Another camera that we’re probably going to see soon is the A7S III, the announcement of which is also highly likely to happen in October at the Photo Plus.

What about the lenses? The report also noted the possibility of the Sony 135mm f1.8 GM and Sony 24m f1.4 GM being announced at Photokina. A new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 may finally join the Batis line as well. Some new Voigtlander FE lenses may also be on the way. Sigma may also release a couple new lenses for the E-mount, probably a 50mm f/1.4 APS-C and very likely a 70-200mm f/2.8 FF.

A month more to go before Photokina happens, so for now, we keep our eyes peeled for any developments!