Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3, DSLR Lens on Compact Camera
In the past, compact consumer cameras and professional DSLR cameras were differentiated by size, demographics, image quality and the skill level required to operate them. Now Sony has announced two new cameras that completely blur the lines between them.
The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 have a compact body, much like the skinny cameras on sale in most major retailers. However, these small camera bodies have been packed with DSLR-quality image sensors and interchangeable lenses, just like their larger DSLR cousins .
Both Sony cameras have 14.2 megapixel resolution, Exmor APS HD SMOS sensors, ISO range of 200 to 12800 and are compatible with any E-mount lens.
This gives the NEX-3 and NEX-5 more professional-grade imaging while keeping a much smaller profile than other DSLR cameras.
Sony's new cameras can capture video , too. The NEX-5 can shoot 1080i resolution high definition video, while the NEX-3 can only capture video at 720p resolution.
The cameras can also connect directly to a TV via HDMI port or to a computer through a USB 2.0 port. Both will accept several kinds of meemory cards as well, including SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo and Pro-HG Duo.
Sony will release the NEX-3 and NEX-5 in June.