updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu March 17, 2011
Sony rumored readying NEX-7 camera
A rumor source has asserted that Sony has a new, high end version of the NEX in development that may recall one of Minolta's better-known digital cameras. The NEX-7 would be a superset of the existing NEX-3 and NEX-5 and would look more like a professional camera than before. The Photo Rumors tip suggested it would look like a "twin" of the Konica-Minolta Dimage A2 (pictured), a roughly 2004-era camera from just a few years before Sony bought Minolta to get into DSLRs.
Few clues have been given out, but Sony may be keen to build on the existing formula with better basic image quality and better controls. While generally well-received, the NEX-3 and NEX-5 have been criticized for catering too much to beginners and making it hard to quickly access common settings used by more experience photographers.
Timing for the camera wasn't given out, but Sony recently phased out the NEX-3 in Japan. If called the NEX-7, it could end up as the new high-end version of the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera where the NEX-5 becomes the budget model.