MarcMedios: Essentially a full frame point & shoot for $2,800. No viewfinder. One non-interchangeable lens. As a professional, I am not buying all these limitations. If you are in need of a Leica look-alike to feel good about yourself, spend the dough. But, if you are serious about good photography you need a camera that expands your capabilities, not limits them. The NEX6 looks like a much better alternative for the money
- "the father of modern photojournalism" - founded Magnum- used a 50mm prime for pretty much everything- the definition of 'a serious photographer'
Carlos Henrique: It's a great camera that certainly will meet the demand of some people and will be a landmark on camera concepts. Maybe in a near future some company launches one of this with viewfinder and interchangeable lenses but more affordable than Leica.
Probably not without making the body a lot thicker, creating a totally new mount system or adapting an existing mount system. The NEX E-mount is not wide enough for full-frame and A-mount lenses have a 45mm lens to sensor distance. That's likely why Sony choose to use a fixed lens.
Nishi Drew: And just today I was in town searching for a nFD 35 f2 for my AE-1 and looky here a compact digital FF.... naw film is so much more fun and looks so good :)
Funny, I just bought a Yashica GSN 35mm full-frame rangefinder with a 45mm f/1.7.
It was $10.
maniax: Why full frame is still so expensive is a mystery to me.7 years ago Canon came with the 5d and the prices are still very high for a 35mm sensor. The world was photographing with 35mm for near a century already before
It's somewhat due to the yield when making the sensor. The best fabs currently make 300mm diameter silicon wafers, which are then sliced up into sensor-sized chips. Full-frame sensors are 36mm x 24mm, whereas APS-C sensors are 23mm x 15mm.
Obviously, the larger the sensor, the lower the amount of sensors you can make on any one wafer, and it's made worse by the fact that a certain percentage of the chips have defects. Since the cost of producing each wafer is roughly the same, the cost per sensor goes up pretty dramatically as sensor size grows.
Then there is the whole business of building electronics to process the huge amount of data coming from the sensor, which means more powerful and more expensive processing engines.
Finally, as others have pointed out, if you separate the lens, it would be $1500 on it's own, so the camera is in fact $1200, which is pretty cheap for a full-frame...
Geir Ove: Again, interesting, but as I said in a comment about the NEX5-R:
I bought a Nokia 808 with GPS, and the convenience of GPS tagging has really sold me on this feature: No more "Where was this picture taken".... And, displaying the pictures on a Map adds a new dimension to the joy of photography
Thus, I am amazed at all the new gear with all kinds of bells and whistles, but NO GPS ???
I will NOT buy any camera in the future that does NOT include a GPS !
I'm the opposite - a camera is a tool for taking pictures. Less features is a plus.
Besides if you can't remember where you took a picture, perhaps you should spend more time composing and less time just snapping whatever comes into your field of view....
Geir Ove: Interesting, as I am looking to replace my oversized Canon Gear.
However, I bought a Nokia 808 with GPS, and the convenience of GPS tagging has really sold me on this feature: No more "Where was this picture taken".... And, displaying the pictures on a Map adds a new dimension to the joy of photography
You can get an Eye-Fi card for less than $100 that will mostly do the same thing and work in a variety of cameras. Personally, I'd rather not have WiFi, apps or GPS in my camera - I'd rather Sony focus on releasing new lenses, particular on a very good (Zeiss?) wide fast prime.
I can already take geo-tagged photos through a crappy lens with my phone, as well as upload them and 'app' them... I don't need another expensive device to do these things.
Personally, I'd also like to see Sony release a cheaper rangefinder format NEX, a $500 (body) competitor to the new Fuji X-E1 with some great new prime lenses....