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 model.
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
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
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.
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.
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.