Speculation on the A6000 vs the NEX-7

Started Feb 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP 1prime Senior Member • Posts: 1,108
Re: Speculation on the A6000 vs the NEX-7

blue_skies wrote:

1prime wrote:

I realize the upcoming A6000 will be a NEX-6 extension, but with the BIONZ processer and a newer but similar to NEX-7 size 24.3MP sensor.

I wonder if any reviewers who have checked out the A6000 would have comparisons of the 7 & 60000. I'm sure the 6000 will have a 6-like composite body. Will the 6000 come close to or surpass the 7? And, if so, in which ways?

The A6000 is an upgrade of the Nex-6. Litterally, it adds the 24Mp processor and the fast(er) hybrid PDAF focusing to the Nex-6.

The Nex-6 already was feature-rich over the Nex-7, but it had to make do with Dual Navi, No Mic input, AEL only (no AF/MF lock), and the composite body.

If an A7000 emerged, as a Nex-7 upgrade, it would add these three features, but it would need something else for jazz: Better EVF? Perhaps. Metal body? Perhaps. Higher resolution? Perhaps. Tri Navi? Perhaps.

Do you see where I am going? They need a way to spruce up the A7000 to justify a $500 differential against the A6000.

It they up the resolution, I expect no less than 32Mp, but this may put pressure on certain lenses. So a new lens may be in order then as well. Who knows?

As is, the A6000 is neither an upgrade of the Nex-6, nor an upgrade of the Nex-7. It is a blend of the two. If you use the Nex-6 with WA RF lenses, you have great performance. On the A6000 this is still to be seen. If you use the Nex-7 with Tri-Navi, AF/MF-lock you have to change your shooting style with the A6000. It will feel like a different camera.

The other speculation that remains is that the A7000 will not be a Nex-7 RF-style body, but will get the A7 drape with an APS-C sensor inside. That would justify its $1,200 price point better. But perhaps it will be called A6, and that would be very confusing.

Would there be room for both an A7000 (Nex-7) and A6 (APS-C)? I think perhaps so, but I am not sure about the volumes. Nex-7 sales had dropped off significantly last year, and the competition around $1,200 MILC camera bodies is pretty fierce. Putting up an A6 body may simply sell better.

But why not a $800 (body only) A7000? It would fly off the shelves as you would get 'enough' for the extra $150 price delta (A6000 + extra features).

Thanks for your reply Henry. You've expressed my mere hunches. Your idea of an $800 (body only) A7000 excites me enough to eventually make a NEX-7 trade-in! It seems Sony has finally figured out, in addition to perceptive innovation, price does matter. And that kernel of knowledge just might push them into a leadership role.  Good sailing, Don

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