Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Large sensor, small camera

Large sensor, small camera.

That seems to be the way things are going.

Sony has just launched their new NEX camera system (New E-mount eXperience). An APS-C size sensor in a mirror-less point and shoot size camera body. They showed two models in Toronto today, the NEX-3 and the NEX-5. These pictures were done with the new camera.
The lenses use the new "E mount", which is called that because the Flange distance to the back is Eighteen mm.

They showed three lenses the 18-200, 18-55 and the pancake 16mm F2.8 prime. They also had the adapter so you could use the Alpha DSLR lenses on the new system.
There was an optical viewfinder for the 16mm as well. It sits on top of the camera. It's not an electronic viewfinder but an optical one like I use on my Zeiss rangefinder with the wider lenses. I'm looking forward to shooting with this combo the most. This viewfinder has a 5-element all glass design.
The flash pops on top of the camera when needed. Very small and it runs off the camera battery.

You can tell it's set up for great video as well, there is a mic that goes on the top when needed.
Rob Skeoch

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