It was bound to happen. The Sony A5200, or the Sony A5300, depending on what the name will be, was going to arrive this year, 2016. There were rumors, but Sony hadn’t threatened to launch a camera of this sort. Now, however, the Sony A5100 has been discontinued, which clearly indicates that a successor will arrive very soon.
Sony A5100, discontinued
The Sony A5100 is a great option for users who are looking for a good camera, small, capable shooting in RAW, and with a folding screen. All of this with the option of utilizing any lens with an E mount from Sony and other brands. Without a doubt, the Sony A5100 is a unique camera. That is why its reveal is highly anticipated, now more than ever, since we waited for it a few months ago, and it still hasn’t arrived. The problems at the factories where Sony makes their sensors have delayed the launches of several of the company’s cameras. They have only presented a Sony A99 II in Photokina 2016. And it wasn’t the camera we expected, so there should be more launches before this year (2016) ends. Of of them would be this Sony A5200.
Sony A5200, the new compact camera with interchangeable lenses.
A mirror-less camera doesn’t have to be compact. That is the case of the Sony A7 for example. However, if there is a camera that can truly claim to be compact, it’s the 5000 series from Sony. Specifically, the one that’s about to arrive would be the Sony A5300, or the Sony A5200, depending on the final name of the camera. This last name would be the logic one according to the numbering, but A5300 would also make a lot of sense if we consider that the camera will be very similar to the Sony A6300, which also skipped several numberings. Either way, if we have to bet on a name, I would say it will be called Sony A5200. The arrival of the A6300 didn’t cause the discontinuation of the A6000, but this will occur with the last version.
Anyhow, it seems that this new camera from Sony will stand out for having some features similar to the Sony A6300, like the same sensor and same processor. Thus, we will see an APS-C 24-megapixel sensor. The camera will probably also stand out for introducing 4K recording, a key feature for competing with some models Panasonic launched this year. All of that without forgetting something that’s unique to this camera, its 180 degree foldable screen which will allow us to record or photograph ourselves. All of this without forgetting about an improvement on the focus, which, while it won’t be as good as the focus on the A6300, the fastest and most precise of its class, it will be an improvement over the A5100.
Its launch though, is still unknown. We are expecting a lot more cameras from Sony this year, from the renovation of the A7 series, as well as the arrival of the new A9s, and this A5200. We’ll see when they decide to present one, or all of these developments.