Sony has announced their new hybrid compact cameras with interchangeable-lens to compete with the Micro Four Thirds cameras. Come in the form of NEX-3 and NEX-5, both cameras are scheduled to be in stores this coming July.
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Sony has announced the NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras that claim to be the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens cameras. Both mirrorless models are equipped with Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensors which are 60 percent larger than those used on Micro Four Thirds cameras and capable of 14.2-megapixel still image and High Definition (HD) video resolutions.
The Sony NEX-5 can record in Full HD 1080 in AVCHD with continuous Auto Focus, while the NEX-3 can do up to 720p HD resolution. Both cameras come with HDMI connector for you to output your image and video on LCD and LED displays.
Other features include magnesium-alloy body, 3-inch wide format tilting LCD viewscreens, supports Memory Stick and SD memory cards, including the new SDXC format, and the two cameras are half the size and weight compared to Sony’s smallest d-SLR model.
The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 will be retailing this July with choice of either an E-mount 16mm/f2.8 lens (NEX-5 – US$650 ; NEX-3 – US$550) or an E-mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens (NEX-5 – US$700, and NEX-3 – US$600).