20 things you have to know about the Sony Alpha NEX

1. Strictly speaking, the Amazon ÖsterreichAmazon DeutschlandSony NEX is not an EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens) camera since it does not have an EVF.
2. NEX stands for New E-mount eXperience.
3. “E” is chosen because of the flange focal distance (mount-to-sensor distance) of eighteen (18) mm.
4. With E-mount lenses, Intelligent AF (where the scene is continuously monitored for changes to ensure fast contrast detection AF) will kick in. This works in both still photo and movie shooting.
5. The E-mount lenses feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
6. During MF or DMF mode, you can rotate the focus ring to enlarge the image on the LCD by 7 or 14x.
7. NEX-5 can record HD movies in either AVCHD (1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i / 50i) or MP4 (1440 x 1080 @ 29.97 / 25 fps). 60i or 50i / NTSC or PAL depends on where you bought the camera.
8. NEX-3 records HD movies in MP4 (1280 x 720 @ 29.97 fps).
9. The 3D Sweep Panorama photo is created by generating two shots – 1 for each eye – thus there’s no need for 2 lenses.
10. The 3D photo uses the Multi-Picture Format. On a non 3D-capable TV, the JPEG file is displayed instead.
11. The firmware to enable 3D Sweep Panorama function will come in July, downloadable via Sony’s website.
12. The Auto HDR function now captures and combines 3 photos into 1 for a maximum of 6 EV between exposures.
13. Other than the final HDR photo, an additional photo (the 2nd of the 3 shots) is saved.
14. The NEX works with Apple’s iMovie.
15. The NEX has only a single card slot, but it’s compatible with both Memory Stick and SD cards. SDXC is supported.
16. The NEX is compatible with Eye-Fi cards, including the latest Pro X2 card.
17. An optional optical viewfinder attachment (FDA-SV1) is available.
18. An optional mount adapter (LA-EA1) lets you use your A-mount lenses (manual focus) on the NEX. But not with the 2 A-mount teleconverters.
19. The new E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens has an additional Active mode that also exists in some of Sony’s latest Handycam camcorders. Active mode allows the lens to shift over a greater range of motion, thus enabling even greater camera shake compensation.
20. 2 converters are available for use on the E-mount 16mm F2.8 wide-angle lens. The VCL-ECU1 is an ultra wide converter (~12mm effective focal length). The VCL-ECF1 is a fisheye converter (~10mm effective focal length).

Very cool list!
Source: http://hasht.ag/20-things-about-the-sony-alpha-nex

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Sony press release:
Sony Japan
Sony dedicated NEX website
Download the specifications (.pdf)

Sony presentation report on quesabesde
Sony Alpha NEX-5 Review at Imaging Resource

European price and more details at Photoscala.de (german)
Luminous Landscape
Some sample images NEX-5 with 18-55 and 16/2,8 at Lenstip
Hands-on at pocket-link
20 things about the Sony Alpha NEX (cool!)
Sony NEX5 preview at dpreview
Sony NEX3 preview at dpreview
First Take on CNET Asia
First pictures of the optical viewfinder and external microphone at DCresource
Preview at Digitalcamerareview
Hands-on: Sony Alpha NEX-5 interchangeable-lens camera at CNET
Quesabesde (and here) -> google english translation (and here)
Digital Photography school (Now removed!!!) -> a “copy” of the website is available here: http://phototwist.com/sony-nex-3-review/

Image/video samples:
First youtube video taken with the NEX5 http://www.youtube.com/user/Sony#p/u/0/1CSjdobj0IQ
Click here to see a ISO 12.800 image sample!

Still no Sony NEX on Amazon (Should be available soon!)

SONY NEX-3 Specifications

Image Sensor: 14.2 million effective pixels.
Metering: Multi pattern, centre-weighted and spot.
Sensor Size: APS-C-sized CMOS (23.4×15.6mm).
Lens: Sony E Series mount.
Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 second. Flash sync: 1/160 sec.
Continuous Shooting: seven fps.
Memory: Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): 4592×3056, 4592×2576, 3344×2224, 3344×1872, 2288×1520, 2288×1280.
Movies: 1280×720, 848×480, 640×480 at 30 fps.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
LCD Screen: 7.5cm LCD (921,600 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 200 to 12,800.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMNI, AV.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 117.2×62.6×33.4mm WHDmm.
Weight: 297 g (inc battery and card).
Price: Around AUD1000 for body and kit lens.

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Sony develops an Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

Sony press release:

Sony announced today that it is developing a new type of AVCHD high definition camcorder which features key technologies powering the newly announced interchangeable lens digital camera, “NEX-5” and “NEX-3”.

The new camcorder will be equipped with the same “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor to be used in “NEX-5” and “NEX-3.” In addition, the camcorder will be compatible with “E Mount” interchangeable lenses developed for “NEX-5” and “NEX-3”, and also the wealth of “A Mount” interchangeable lenses from the existing “α” DSLR camera lineup via a mount adapter. By combining these features, Sony aims to market a camcorder capable of generating a variety of creative expressions in HD quality.

Sony plans to commercialize the new HD camcorder in fall 2010.

via noisycamera

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0:45 New York time
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