Sony has recently launched NEX-3 and NEX-5 compact models of interchangeable lens digital cameras.
These cameras offer digital SLR quality within a compact body that can be carried in a jacket pocket or purse for portability.
Consumers prefer improved quality of pictures within a smaller form factor. These cameras will emerge as game changers as it will enhance user experience by providing excellent picture quality in a pocket size version.
Backed by a breakthrough video performance, these cameras have emerged as the first interchangeable lens cameras in the world having an APS-C sensor for adjusting focus and exposure continuously when the video is being recorded. The NEX-5 camera model provides full HD movie capture, namely, 720p MP4 and 1080i AVCHD and Full HD 60i recording.
These models are ideal for point-and-shoot users who want to progress to creative photography from snapshots and also current DSLR users looking for no-compromising compact camera alternatives.
Unlike conventional DSLR cameras, the mirrorless build of these models lowers the camera’s body thickness to an inch at their thinnest points excluding the mount and grip options. The magnesium alloy used to create the NEX-5 and the polycarbonate casing used to construct the NEX-3, provide a newly created Exmor"! APS HD CMOS based sensor with 14.2 megapixel. This sensor plays a major role in providing the excellent quality of the image and is nearly 60% bigger when compared to the micro four thirds cameras’ sensors. The sensor is also responsible for creative defocus background effects and very low image noise.
These cameras are the first to provide the added convenience for recording high definition video. The NEX-5 camera, besides 720p HD recording, also captures Full HD of 1920 x 10800 video in high quality AVCHD files. These files can be viewed on a compatible HD TV through the in-built HDMI terminal. The 720p HD video is shot by the NEX-3 in the form of compact MP4 files. In-built stereo microphones are provided in both cameras for audio recording in high quality.
The powerful BIONZ processor from Sony helps to refine the quality of the video and still images further for ensuring fast DSLR type of shooting response with precise, fast and minimal lag of shutter. Both the models are capable of capturing fast moving scenes with a very high speed explosion of total resolution images up to a maximum of 7fps.
Both models are the first ones to feature the Sweep Panorama. They can easily capture large group shots through an easy press and sweep process. The Sweep Panaroma mode permits users to shoot breathtaking photos up to 151-degree vertical shots or 226-degree horizontal shots.
Both cameras will be 3D Sweep Panorama ready this July through an update of firmware. In the 3D Sweep Panorama mode it will be possible for these cameras to shoot 3D panoramic still pictures using a single lens. It is possible to stitch together the high speed frames bursts through innovative processing methods that develop detail packed 3D panoramas automatically. These files can be viewed and enjoyed in 3D using compatible 3D TVs.
These models offer the benefits of multi-frame capture features like Cyber-shot cameras, including anti-motion blur and hand-held twilight modes for providing excellent low light performance. These cameras are easy to use. Sony is introducing three new E-mount lenses that result in compactness and improve the camera performance for auto exposure in HD video capture and continuous auto focus.