Sony Announces NEX-5N and NEX-7

Sony has just announced the latest models in its

interchangeable lens camera range, the slimmed-down NEX-5N and the premium



Let’s look at the NEX-5N first. It is set to replace the NEX-5 and comes in a much slimmed-down magnesium alloy body being only 23.3mm

at its slimmest point but despite the reduction in size, Sony has manages to

improve almost all aspects of the new camera.

The Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor has been boosted from 14

megapixels to 16.1 and is partnered by a specially-optimised version of the BIONZ image processor to help with low-noise images.


Sony has also managed to reduce the shutter lag to just 0.02

seconds which it claims is “the fastest of any interchangeable lens digital

camera in the world.” Combined with an improved AF algorithm, Sony says it

results in an AF that is

“significantly faster” than the current NEX-5

The NEX-5N can shoot AVCHD video at 60fps, has a 10fps

continuous burst shooting mode, a 3in LCD touchscreen and a maximum ISO level

of 25,600.

Sony NEX-5N

If you feel like really splashing out, the NEX-5N can also

be coupled with an OLED electronic viewfinder, which you can see in the picture

above. While the accessory port on the NEX-5N looks like the one on previous NEX

bodies, the viewfinder is only compatible with the NEX-5N.

The NEX-5N will come bundled with a 18-55mm kit lens when it

arrives next month and will cost £600


Sony NEX-7

While the NEX-5N is certainly an impressive new addition to

its interchangeable lens range, it’s not the star of the show. The NEX-7 does

everything the NEX-5N does and more.

The NEX-7 has a 24.3 effective megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS

making it not only the first mirrorless camera system to break this barrier,

but the first APS-C camera of any type to break this barrier.

Sony NEX-7

The NEX-7 also includes an integrated XGA OLED viewfinder,

another first for interchangeable lens cameras, and is complimented by a

tiltable 3in LCD touchscreen.

The additions to the NEX-7 means it won’t be cheap when it arrives next month costing a tasty £1,000 again with the 18-55mm kit lens – making it more expensive that the A65 DSLR.

Sony NEX-5N NEX-7

We’ll hopefully be getting up close and personal with the

new NEX models at IFA in Berlin

in a couple of weeks so keep you eyes peeled for some hands-on action.