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    Sony Announces two new DSLRs, the NEX-5 and NEX-3

    Sony has announced two diminutive additions to its Alpha line of digital SLRs with interchangeable lenses- the NEX-5 and NEX-3.

    While the NEX-5 is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera, both units feature impressive credentials including a newly-developed 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-speed burst shooting of up to 7fps at full-resolution, high-resolution tilt screens and, in a first for the Alpha line, a Sweep Panorama mode with 3D compatibility and HD video recording.

    Excluding grip and mount, the NEX-5 measures 24.2mm at its slimmest point and the NEX-3 is just over 1 mm wider at 25.4mm. The NEX-5 also features a magnesium body which keeps the weight down while still providing protection against the bumps and scrapes of field photography.

    Sony Announces two new DSLRs, the NEX-5 and NEX-3

    TheBIONZ processor delivers precise autofocus and minimal shutter lag and the newly-developed Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor produces extremely low image noise and creative defocus effects that are familiar to DSLR users.

    On-camera playback is via a 3-inch, 16:9 widescreen LCD display (920,000 dot resolution) with an auto-brightness function and “TruBlack” technology for greater contrast. The screen that tilts up 80-degrees or down 45-degrees to cater for awkward shooting positions. Both cameras have dual memory card slots for both Memory Stick and SD media plus HDMI out.

    The NEX-5 shoots full HD (1920 x 1080i) in AVCHD format while the NEX-3 shoots 1280 x 720 p in MPEG4. Both cameras have a dedicated Movie REC button and are compatible with the ECM-SST1 Microphone for stereo sound capture.

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    In Sweep Panorama mode, the cameras shoot a high-speed burst of frames while being moved horizontally or vertically with the shutter button held down. The images are then stitched into a 23 megapixel panorama covering a maximum of 226 degrees. Sony has also promised a firmware upgrade later this year, which will enable panorama shots to be viewed in 3D.

    Both cameras also feature updated in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) capability. First introduced by Sony on the DSLR-A550, this function combines three shots taken at different exposures into a single image. Additional shooting modes include Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Anti Motion Blur Mode and Hand-held Night Shot.

    Three E-mount lenses have also been announced – a low-profile 16mm F/2.8 “pancake” lens, an 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom and an 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 zoom. Both zoom lenses have in-lens Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and the pancake lens can be used with the an Ultra Wide or Fisheye Converter to increase field of view. There’s also an optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor which extends compatibility to the Alpha family of 30 lenses along with other legacy A-mount manual focus lenses.

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    A control wheel and two soft keys provide access to camera settings on what Sony describes as a “never get lost” menu. The interface includes on-screen shooting tips and a help guide and when using an E-mount lens, the control dial allows users to preview depth of focus changes on the LCD.

    The Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras will hit shelves mid-year. Pricing to be announced.

    Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 Key specs:

    • Resolution – 14.2 effective megapixels (approx.)
    • Image sensor – Exmor APS HD CMOS (23.4×15.6mm)
    • Processor – BIONZ™ image processor
    • Lens compatibility – E-mount; (with adaptor, MF only, exclude power zoom lenses) Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
    • ISO Range – ISO 200 – 12800
    • Continuous advance shooting – Up to 2.3 fps / 7 fps in speed priority mode (AF/AE fixed)
    • Precision digital zoom – 10x
    • Autofocus system – Contrast AF (25 multi-point /Centre-weighted/Flexible Spot)
    • Metering system – Metering by main image sensor (49-segment Multi light metering, Centre-weighted, Spot)
    • Shooting functions – Face Detection; Smile Shutter; Sweep Panorama (3D ready); iAUTO; Auto HDR; Anti Motion Blur Mode; Hand-held Night Shot
    • Creative styles – Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
    • Display – 7.5cm (3”) Wide type XtraFine TruBlack LCD (921k dot resolution), angle adjustable 80◦ up/45◦ down
    • Anti-dust system – Coating on low pass filter, plus image-sensor shift
    • Interfaces – HDMI out (with PhotoTV HD and BRAVIA Sync); USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
    • Shooting stamina – 330 shots approx. (CIPA standard)
    • Media – Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo; SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
    • Supplied accessories – Shoulder strap; Battery; Charger; USB cable; CD‑ROM; Flash
    • Colors – Black, silver

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    Video shooting

    • NEX- 5 – AVCHD: max. 1920 x 1080i, 17Mbps
    • NEX-3 – MP4: max. 1440 x 1080i, 12Mbps (NEX-3)

    Weight & size

    • NEX-5 – 287g (10.1oz) with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo; 110.8×58.8×38.2mm (WxHxD) – Min. Depth 24.2mm (without grip & mount)
    • NEX-3 – 297g with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo; 117.2×62.6×33.4mm (WxHxD) – Min. Depth 25.4mm (without grip & mount)

    Published on May 13, 2010

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