So what would be your ultimate mirrorless camera?? What if you were to design it yourself?? After taking apart the Sony Nex-7 completely, I saw opportunities for improvement in the design and learned a ton in the process. Since then I’ve been fixated on how the to improve on the camera and make it Pro quality!! So, I decided to bit the bullet and try to design the camera myself from scratch using a 3D Modeling Program to insure accuracy, and it also have allows for easy changes in design and sharing of the model etc. It can also be highly detailed with several different variations based on your requests!!
The first thing I had to do was downloaded Google Sketch-up which is a Free 3D Modeling program. It’s an amazingly powerful program, and I was able to ruffly start designing a Prototype Full Frame mirrorless camera.
I didn’t have the time to model it to 100% to scale, but it’s really close, whiten mm’s However, I think the model is still good enough to get a good idea of what I’m trying to portray. I’m sure you all will let me know if the design totally sucks. Which is cool, because I can just modify it based on your recommendations etc..
When it comes to Cameras I’ve used a decent amount of them in a wide variety of styles. I honestly love the SLR style for ease of use, ergonomics, and beefy build quality, but the super lightweight and well designed Nex Camera systems are also incredible. I personally don’t like the ergonomics as much as the SLR though and I see huge room for improvement here and in other areas. It’s a compromise really with size and weight vs ergonomics. I decided to go with a large dslr style grip which will make the camera overall larger. Not quite pocket-size anymore.
Their have been rumors of a Hybrid A-mount to E-Mount camera going around for some time, and I was thinking that is a perfect base-line to start my design. I personally want a Camera that can be a Full Frame Studio camera and a somewhat portable Mirrorless camera for Landscape photography. How can this be done? Pretty simple really if you think about it. Make a full frame version of the Nex-7 heavily modified, and make an optional LA-EA3(proto-type) adapter of sorts, to it pretty much. The thing is, I want much better build quality and other goodies also. See below for my full specs wish list!
My Sony NEX-X – Specs Wish List
When it comes to Cameras I’ve used a decent amount of them in a wide variety of styles. I honestly love the SLR style for ease of use, ergonomics, and beefy build quality, but the super lightweight and well designed Nex Camera systems are also incredible. I personally don’t like the ergonomics as much as the SLR though and I see huge room for improvement here!! Hardware Specs:
I want a a Full Frame camera with a low enough resolution that High ISO shooting is a strong point of the camera. Whatever the megapixeles turns out to be is fine by me honestly, but 24mp sounds about right 😉
I would like to see a fully usable ISO 6400 photos, and I think it’s totally possible with today’s technology, never mind what the R&D Engineers are working on (organic sensors)
I want a large Vertical Grip at least the size of the about 1/4 inch wider than the A57, and an optional Horizontal Battery Grip for vertical shooting with buttons that can hold at least 2 – batteries if not 3!!
100% Coverage EVF or OLED viewfinder in the center of the camera
A ballistics’ grade textured plastic material for a shell or possible metal, and a full metal or equivalent rigid frame/ chassis.
Beefed up frame for the tri-pod mount in particular and the sensor heat sink housing assembly
Full Weather Sealing!!
multiple Memory card slots (SD, and XQD format) With simultaneous writing/saving for bk-up
The A77 NP-FM500H battery will fit in the grip
Hot shoe mount
built-in powerful flash
lcd articulating screen with 180 degree flip option for storing/ use in “armored mode”
USB ports for tethering and downloading
Ethernet Port for high-speed transfers
Flash Sync Port
audio and video ports
wi-fi and gps optional
I’m sure I forgot stuff
Features and Software:
full frame Sensor
Rock Solid Build Quality
Full weather sealing
great battery life
optional battery grip
Adapters for both Full Frame A-Mount Mirrorless and SLT use!!
LA-EA3’s – Prototype’s
Needs to be weather sealed
can be APS-C format, but full frame support would be preferred!!
Improved Phase Detection AF and Translucent Mirror Built In
Specs – LA-EA3
Fully weather sealed
Full AF Support
beefy optional tr-pod mount
Photos of what I got so far:
This is the New version I’m currently working on. The sensor a Full Frame Sensor (36 x 24mm), and the it’s an E-Mount with a Flange to sensor distance of 18mm which is exactly the same as the Nex cameras.
Continued work on the battery compartment and memory card slots!!
I made a little progress today on the Grip design refinement and the mode dial, as well as an LCD screen for critical info.
Would love to hear what you think??
I obviously have a lot more design work to do, but I want to make sure I get the body ruffly where I want it before going nuts with the buttons and stuff. Once I get the body nailed down, I can also work on the internal chassis and sensor housing area with a much improved heat sink design!! I also need figure out the battery and ports areas etc.. I have an idea of where I’m headed though 😉
I also have the plan to design a killer battery rip for this guy that will match perfectly of course and have all the features and build quality a Pro would expect!!
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