The new camera will be the first to feature Sony's 5-axis in-body stabilization, which allows it to reduce shake on photographs and video regardless of the lens in use. Even lenses with no stablization benefit from the sensor being shifted in pitch, roll, yaw, X and Y axis. Fancier lenses can be used of course, and then the body just compensates for whatever the lens can't do.
Elsewhere, the camera's autofocus system gets an overhaul, using 117 phase and 25 contrast points to make it 30 percent faster. The camera also detects motion 50 percent faster, too—which should make snapping objects on the move much easier.
It seems the sensor remains unchanged at 24.3-megapixels, and the body is largely similar, too. Other specs are also the same as before: an identical BIONZ X image processor with 14-bit RAW support, max 1/8000 shutter speed, 2.4 million dot finder and a 3-inch 1.2 million pixel display.
Not a huge upgrade then, but some neat new features if you haven't already bought one. The new camera will initially go on sale in Japan for ¥190,000—that's about $1,600. There's no confirmed date for its arrival in America. [Engadget]