After teasing us (a lot) at the PMA last February Sony is finally unveiling their ultra-hot ultra-slim interchangeable-lens cameras from their Alpha family which will be competing with the famous Micro-four-thirds format popularized by Panasonic & Olympus…
The first two models of these NEX series will be the NEX-3 and NEX-5 both offering a 14.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor … the same size sensor found in Samsung’s NX10 and in several full-size DSLRs, and btw significantly bigger than the Micro Four-Thirds sensor in cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.
On the video capabilities… the Alpha NEX-5 will shoot 1080i high-definition video in either AVCHD or MPEG-4 format, however the lower-end NEX-3 will only get 720p MPEG-4 video.
They’ll be accepting SD, SDHC, and SDXC card formats as well as (of course) Sony’s Memory Sticks, what about the lenses?
Two choices for two initial kit configurations: the 18mm-35mm f3.5/f5.6 zoom lens, as well as a 16mm f2.8 pancake lens. Then a third optically stabilized, 18mm-200mm f3.5/f5.6 zoom lens will be available separately in the fall.
Basic kits with the 16 mm f/2.8 lens will be around 500€ for the NEX-3 model and 600€ for the NEX-5 model. Tempted?
Here’s a video from CNET, a first hands-on