Sony E-mount: review of the highlights of 2014 and hopes for 2015

As another year draws to a close, I would say that it has been a great year for Sony E-mount users. In this article, I will reminisce about what Sony has brought to the camera industry in their E-mount system over the last year and look with anticipation to what could come out in the year ahead.

To say the least, a lot has happened in the Sony E-mount camp in this year, with many of these releases seemingly to answer the criticism of users directed against Sony. I have used the word ‘Myth’ below, as its definition is: a widely held but false belief or idea. What better way for Sony to answer and dispel criticisms (to become myths), than to give users what they want or have asked for – it seems that Sony are now listening to users.

New grip and placement of shutter button
New Sony A7II

I have divided this article into three sections:

– Top 5 myths about Sony

– Top 5 Sony E-mount achievements in 2014

– Top 5 things Sony should bring out in 2015.

I would encourage more people to voice their opinions to Sony of what they would like to see in future firmware, lenses, camera bodies, to ultimately improve the final user experience with their cameras i.e. improve the fine details within the Sony E-mount system to make it truly great.

Below are arguments against Sony which I have read on various internet forums over the years. They were true concerns, which have since been dispelled by Sony as Myths.

Top 5 Myths about Sony:

1) The 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) introduced by Olympus was a game changer. But it is not possible for Sony to squeeze the 5-axis IBIS into the E-mount camera body (especially for full-frame).

2) Sony does not come out with useful firmware updates, unlike Fuji which support their customers with regular firmware updates which improve functionality of their existing cameras.

Latest Firmware for Sony A7R
Latest Firmware for Sony A7R

3) Sony are more preoccupied with selling cameras at every price point, rather than developing very good cameras which meet the needs of users (e.g. better faster autofocusing, fast continuous autofocus for moving subjects, 4K video, low-light capabilities).

4) Sony are more preoccupied with releasing more camera bodies than improve their line of high quality E-mount lenses (and counter the lens envy of E-mount users for the Micro 4/3rds system, or even Canon and Nikon). The range particularly for their full-frame is very limited.

5) Sony E-mount autofocus speed is too slow compared to other mirrorless camera systems, and it takes too long for the camera to start-up.

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