Full Review posted for Sony NEX-5!|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 08:57 EDT)
The SLD camera the US has been waiting for? Introducing the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3!
SLD (Single-Lens Direct view, aka "Mirrorless") cameras have been big in Japan and Europe for a while now, but have gotten off to a slow start with US consumers. We suspect this may be about to change. With the announcement of the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 cameras, the game has changed significantly. These new models are not only the most compact interchangeable-lens cameras on the market but also bring features like Sweep Panorama and Hand-Held Twilight shooting modes up from Sony's digicam line, combining them with the dramatically higher image quality that large SLD-size pixels provide. In fact, the image quality from these new cameras is by far the best we've seen to date from the Sony Alpha line at the APS-C sensor size. But wait, there's more: Sony also addresses the autofocus bugaboo many consumers encounter when they first try to record a movie with their SLR or SLD camera. Unlike most of their competition, the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 both offer truly effective live autofocus during movie recording. The Sony NEX-5 can record 1,080i at 60 fps in the AVCHD format (plus options for MPEG-4 recording), while the Sony NEX-3 offers 1,280 x 720p recording in MP4 only. Oh - and they'll be selling as cheaply as $549 and $649 with a 16mm kit lens, or $50 more with a slick-feeling 18-55mm! Read our full Sony NEX-5 review and our Sony NEX-3 hands-on preview for all the juicy details!