Sony A7000: Everything There Is to Know About the Newest Model

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The Sony A7000 is a long-awaited high-end camera that could become a flagship product for Sony’s alpha series. Here is what we know so far about the A7000, and some alternatives to consider.

Photography enthusiasts expected Sony to reveal its new A7000 model during CES 2019. Sony revealed some exciting products at CES and showcased some cameras from its alpha product line, but we didn’t see the A7000 model.

It’s unclear when Sony plans on releasing that camera, but we think it could redefine what high-performance means for the alpha product line.

What We Know About the Sony A7000

Sony hasn’t made any official announcements about the A7000 camera so far. We think it will be a new flagship camera that will take its place among Sony’s high-end products.

There are rumors about a 32-megapixel APS-C sensor. If these rumors are true, the Sony A7000 would set a new standard for resolution and image quality. That camera could come with smart features that automatically eliminate noise and correct colors, brightness, contrast, and other settings.

We think the A7000 will be a mirrorless camera like other entries in the alpha product line. We expect to find some key features from that product line, including 4k video. Based on what the latest Sony cameras can do, we think the A7000 model will have an autofocus mode with more than 900 points. We think the camera will have an electronic shutter and a wide ISO range that could reach or exceed 64000.

We think the A7000 will be a mirrorless camera like other entries in the alpha product line. We expect to find some key features from that product line, including 4k video. Based on what the latest Sony cameras can do, we think the A7000 model will have an autofocus mode with more than 900 points. We think the camera will have an electronic shutter and a wide ISO range that could reach or exceed 64000.

Some photography enthusiasts believe that Sony will introduce a continuous shooting mode with the A7000 model. A continuous shooting mode is something that a new generation of sensor and processor would make possible. The camera would need s significant buffer capacity to accommodate a continuous shooting mode. The Sony A6500 model has a high shooting speed mode, and we think the A7000 could come with a similar buffer capacity.

Camera manufacturers have started to introduce smart stabilization and autofocus features. We think the A7000 could rely on advanced algorithms to stabilize the image, correct colors, and track movements. Again, these are features that a new generation of processor and sensor would make possible.

Sony didn’t reveal anything about this new camera during CES 2019, but CES 2020 could be the perfect opportunity to reveal the A7000 model! We hope Sony will introduce a new collection of full-frame lenses along with this high-end camera.

Alternatives to Consider While We Wait for the Sony A7000

We still don’t know when Sony plans on releasing the A7000. If you want to purchase a performing camera, there are different alternatives to consider.

Sony A6500 


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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ 2.95" LCD (Body Only)
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200
  • Wide 425 phase detection AF points, Fast 0.05 sec. AF acquisition
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization steadies every lens. Silent Shooting. Noise Reduction :Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
  • 11fps continuous shooting to 269 frames at 24.2MP w/ AE/AF tracking
  • 4K movie w/ 2.4x oversampling4, full pixel readout, no pixel binning

We like the Sony A6500 because of its compact design and impressive performance. It comes with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor.The autofocus is one of the standout features. There are 425 points that deliver fast autofocus and accurately track movements. 

We think the A7000 model could feature an improved version of this autofocus system with more tracking points and a smarter algorithm. You can use the continuous shooting mode to capture 11fps. The camera has an impressive buffer that can handle the 11fps shooting mode.There is a smart image stabilization feature that works on five axes. We think Sony will use this feature for the A7000 model!

The A6500 model uses the BIONZ X image processing engine. It’s a performing processor that delivers an excellent image quality, and you will find this same processor in most of the alpha series cameras. We think Sony could use this processor again for the A7000.

The ISO range of the A6500 goes from 100 to 6400. It’s suitable for what most photographers need, but we would like to see a higher range for the A7000.

Sony A7 III


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Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical with 3-Inch LCD, Black (ILCE7M3/B)
  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back Illuminated 35 millimeter Full frame Image Sensor * Sony test conditions. Compare to the ?7 II
  • 15 stop dynamic range, 14 bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800. Compatible with Sony E mount lenses
  • Up to 10fps Silent or Mechanical Shutter with AE/AF tracking. Battery Life (Still Images): Approx. 610 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 710 shots (LCD monitor), Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording): Approx. 200 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 210 min (LCD monitor)
  • 693 phase detection / 425 contrast AF points w/ 93 percent image coverage. Focus Sensor: Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • In the box: Rechargeable Battery (NP FZ100), AC Adaptor (AC UUD12), Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable.Metering Type:1200 zone evaluative metering

The Sony A7 III is one of the highest-performing cameras on the market at the moment. We think the Sony A7000 will be somewhere between the performance of the A6500 and A7 III models. We expect it to share some of the features of the A7 III, but Sony will probably release a camera that is an upgraded version of the A6500 to follow the logic of the numbering system.


The Sony A7 III uses a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Combined with the BIONZ X processor, the sensor delivers impressive data processing capabilities and image quality. It effectively reduces noise and improves the speed of the camera.

The processor gives you more control over the image settings and formats. You can use the JPEG or RAW format. It makes the camera more versatile, and you can correct brightness or edit colors more easily with the RAW format.The ISO range is 100 to 204800. The range is optimal up to 51200, which is impressive. The extended range goes extremely high, and there isn’t a significant drop in image quality when you increase it. The low light performance of this camera is probably one of the best on the market.

There is a noise reduction feature that improves image quality and detail reproduction. This feature improves image quality when using a high ISO sensitivity. We hope to find this feature in the A7000 model.


 The autofocus feature is one of the most impressive recent innovations from Sony. It works in 4D space and covers 90% of your shot. There are almost 700 points that detect movements and contrast. It’s one of the best autofocus on the market, and this feature justifies the price tag of the A7 III by itself.

Panasonic GX8


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PANASONIC LUMIX GX8 Body Mirrorless 4K Camera Body, Dual I.S. 1.0, 20.3 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-GX8KBODY (USA BLACK)
  • Capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO
  • Unique, in-body stabilization in combination with select optically stabilized lenses work together for class-leading Dual Image Stabilization results
  • Worry-free splash proof / dustproof rugged body. Fast and precise auto focusing tracks the subject
  • New 20.3-megapixel sensor achieves Panasonic's highest image quality
  • Over 20 Interchangeable lens options available

The Panasonic GX8 is a good buy if you are looking for value. The performance is inferior to what you will get with the Sony cameras listed above, and we expect the A7000 to surpass the Panasonic GX8. We think it’s an interesting alternative if you don’t need a camera with advanced features.

The Panasonic GX8 is a great choice for travel and street photography thanks to its compact design. It uses a 20.3-megapixel MOS sensor. There is a slight difference in resolution compared to the Sony cameras listed above.

The sensor and Venus Engine image processor do a great job of reducing noise and improving image quality. These components process hue, saturation, and luminosity separately to achieve a more precise result.

There is a 4x zoom, and the camera supports 4k video. There is a dual-axis stabilization mode. It’s less performing than the 5-axis mode you will find on Sony cameras, but it remains a useful feature. We like this camera because it has an aperture filter feature. It’s a filter that creates a more natural render for colors and lights.The processor can also reduce sharpness when you shoot with a small aperture setting. We hope Sony will learn from these features and introduce something similar for the A7000.

The autofocus mode has 49 focus points. There is a smart feature that recognizes faces. The autofocus mode is nowhere near what high-end Sony cameras can do, but it should be more than enough if you’re an amateur photographer. The ISO range is 100 to 25600 if you use the extended settings. 

Olympus PEN-F


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PANASONIC LUMIX GX8 Body Mirrorless 4K Camera Body, Dual I.S. 1.0, 20.3 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-GX8KBODY (USA BLACK)
  • Capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO
  • Unique, in-body stabilization in combination with select optically stabilized lenses work together for class-leading Dual Image Stabilization results
  • Worry-free splash proof / dustproof rugged body. Fast and precise auto focusing tracks the subject
  • New 20.3-megapixel sensor achieves Panasonic's highest image quality
  • Over 20 Interchangeable lens options available

The Olympus PEN-F uses a 20.3-megapixel sensor that is similar to what you will find in the Panasonic GX8. It’s an older camera from 2016, but we think this product is still worth considering.


The ISO range is 200 to 25600, and you can extend it from 80 to 25600. We like the retro design of the camera and think it’s fun to use.

The camera is a great buy because of the 4/3 sensor and its amazing resolution. There are some filter options that help you explore different effects. The filters are fun, and they are a great way to explore different styles even if you are new to photography.

You can customize up to four of the controls on the camera. The menu is intuitive, and the camera is a good option if you are just starting to explore manual settings.


There is an electronic viewfinder with a crisp image, a five-axis stabilization feature, and the shutter speed goes up to 1/16,000 if you use the electronic shutter mode.

There is a burst mode with 20fps and a continuous mode with 10fps. The buffer of the camera can store up to 45 frames if you use the JPEG format, which is impressive for a product from 2016.

The lack of 4k video recording capability and the lack of phase detection for the autofocus mode are slight drawbacks to consider.

Pros and Cons of Waiting for the Sony A7000


Should you wait for Sony to release the long-awaited A7000 or purchase a new camera right now? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of waiting.

Pros

  • Sony could introduce a 32-megapixel sensor
  • The autofocus mode could be similar to the A7 III
  • We could get a better battery life
  • We expect to see a continuous shooting mode with matching buffer capability
  • Smart features and algorithms would improve image correction and performance in low light settings

Cons

  • Unclear when Sony plans on releasing the A7000
  • We don’t know what the price range will be
  • The A7000 might not perform  better than the A7 III

Conclusion

It looks like we will have to wait until CES 2020 to get more information about the A7000 and its specs. We think waiting until January is a good strategy for two reasons.

The A7000 model will probably feature a brand new generation of sensors with a resolution of 32 megapixels. This feature alone would cause the Sony A7000 to outperform every other camera on the market.

Waiting for this generation of sensor is a smart move because having a 32-megapixel camera on the market means that cameras with 24.2-megapixel sensors would become more affordable. Sony might drop the price of the performing A7 III model once the A7000 camera comes out. You could also get interesting deals from other manufacturers.

If you want to purchase a camera now instead of waiting for an official announcement, the A6500 and A7 III from Sony are excellent alternatives to the A7000 model in terms of quality and performance. You should consider the Olympus and Panasonic models we reviewed above if you want to invest in a good mid-range camera to familiarize yourself with different settings and switch to a professional model once Sony releases the A7000.

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