Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sony Mirrorless Camera to be released in late May

Hello everyone!

Just read some great news from Sony Alpha Rumors  that the new mirrorless cameras from Sony will be announced on May 11 and will be released late May just before FIFA begins. Its a great opportunity for Sony to release new products just in time for this major event. However, in my opinion I think it would have been more suited to announce and release the a7xx successor along with the 500mm f4 G series lens (that has been in the works for years) instead of the new mirrorless compact cameras but I guess it would make sense for Sony to release this new type of camera as soon as they can to gain more market share .

As far as I know there will be two cameras, the NEX 5 and NEX 3 and will have the following:

- 14 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensors
- In body stabilization (some claim it will have optical stabilization but I think otherwise for various reasons)
- In camera flash (again I think this for various reasons)
- 1920x1080 AVCHD recording (NEX5) 1280x720 AVCHD recording (NEX3)
- 3.0" 920,000k dot resolution screen
- Face detection, smile detection
- Sweep panorama and HDR (which will look great compared to point and shoot cameras)
- Support RAW
- Accepts SDHC and most likely Memory Stick Duo
- 11 point autofocus
- iso 200-12800
- Intelligent auto mode, aperture and shutter priority, manual and program mode, scene recognition

        At least three lenses will be announced with this camera:

        - 16mm f/2.8 (pancake lens)
        - 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
        - Not sure what this lens will be - possibly a telephoto lens

          Apparently these lenses will be made out of chromium which means the build quality will be great but a bit larger than micro 4/3s. I remember reading somewhere that Carl Zeiss will be making lenses for this camera system as well so that should be interesting to see. There will also be an adapter to use Sony Alpha lenses on this camera.

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