The Sony a9s and Other Possible Thoughts on the Camera Industry

If the camera industry wasn’t hit by the effects of COVID 19, I think that a whole lot could have happened.

The year 2020 was lining up to be one of the most innovative in the camera and photography world until the effects of COVID 19 pretty much tanked the economy around the world. There was so much riding on this. Canon has a new 1DX ready for the Olympics. Sony had the Sony a9 II prepared for it. Nikon had the Nikon D6. But in addition to that, it’s also an even year. Traditionally, this is a Photokina year. But let’s be honest, if Photokina happened this year, no one would have cared because of when it was specifically taking place. So instead, the industry went silent. But I’d like to take some time to think about all the things that could have happened.

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Panasonic Quitting Sensor Making Isn’t Totally Good for the Industry

Sony’s camera sensor business is now in a position that will make them unstoppable, and that’s not good for anyone.

Sony’s plans for world domination took another step forward yesterday thanks to Panasonic deciding to jump from it’s sinking semi-conductor (camera sensor) making ship. Sony has been making sensors for a large portion of camera manufacturers and, their sensors power millions of smartphone cameras too. For Sony, this is great, but we can’t help but wonder, is Sony’s grip on everything related to cameras becoming just a little bit too tight? Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…