Stagnation of New APS-C Models?

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Greynerd
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Re: Stagnation of New APS-C Models?
In reply to Mel Snyder, 7 months ago

There is no revenue from firmware updates so I can understand why they do not feel the need to especially with an older camera like the 6. It would be nice if one could buy an app to clean up some of these what are just minor irritants. Probably that is how it will happen in the future except for critical flaws.

Some supposedly generous firmware updates on old models can have a sting in the tale. One particular one contemporary with the release of a new model (not Sony) fixed speed issues but made third party batteries inoperative.

Still the Nex6 a great camera and when I got it recently did not feel it was in any way obsolete or needing replacement. Pairing it with the 16-50 lens makes it a tremendously compact tool and I really love the bounceable flash which transforms the results. Given the current price of the GX7 I cannot think of any equivalent camera to the Nex 6/16-50 which is such an all round affordable portable performer with nothing lacking.

Mel Snyder wrote:

Greynerd wrote:

I would rather they concentrated on improving firmware on the current models.

Being able to have the level indicator and the histogram on the screen at the same time in my Nex 6 would be a nice start.

larrytusaz wrote:

I have the Sony NEX-F3 (and Nikon J1). Maybe it's me, but it seems like forever since new models have been announced other than the A3000 and A7/r--the former isn't really what I think of in terms of NEX, the latter are full-frame & as great as smaller full-frame models are, I think I'm one of many that appreciate what APS-C NEX models like the F3, 6 and 7 etc bring in terms of high image quality in a smaller package.

Is it just my imagination? I'm not dis-satisfied with my F3 (other than I wish you could use the command dial to more quickly choose AF points, not just the 4-way part of it) but the lack of new models can sort of send a "vibe" that the system is not likely to still be around in 3-odd years or so, or that it may end up being more like the A3000 which is NOT what I am looking for.

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LRH

Might be a nice idea, but one always needs to put oneself in Sony's shoes - they would concentrate first on a firmware update that would "fix" perceived AF issues with the A& series, for their new flagship. Those of us with NEX-6s need to understand your recommended "fix" would please a very tiny number of people owning a camera that may not get a refresh.

They may unveil a surprise this week at CES.

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