Sony has pushed out a new firmware update for its NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens cameras, v.03, which among other things adds autofocus support for the company's A-mount lenses. That allows NEX owners to use 14 different A-mount models, though they'll also need the LA-EA1 adapter. Meanwhile there's also aperture priority when shooting in HD video mode.
Sony has announced its latest high-end DSLRs, the 16.2-megapixel A580 and 14.2-megapixel A560, each capable of Full HD video recording and up to 7fps stills. Both models get a new, 15-point phase-detection autofocus system, the 3D sweep panorama we've seen from the NEX-5 and SteadyShot INSIDE in-body sensor shift image stabilisation.
Having teased us with a concept of their ideas for a camcorder version of their interchangeable-lens NEX cameras, Sony has now unveiled the production version of that dream. The Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder is, the company reckons, the first consumer model to support switchable optics of this sort, sharing the same E-mount lens interface together with support for regular A-mount lenses with a suitable adapter. Thanks to the comapny's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, the NEX-VG10 can shoot Full HD video at 24Mbps or 14.2-megapixel stills.
Sony has outed its latest Cybershot digital cameras, the 12.2-megapixel 3D-capable DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9, and the 14.1-megapixel DSC-T99. Both the WX5 and the TX9 support Full HD 1080i video recording, along with 2D/3D sweep panorama like the NEX-5, with the TX9 also throwing in an underwater-panorama mode when paired with a marine housing.
Options never hurt. That's why we're happy to hear that the Sony NEX line of mirrorless cameras is going to get a few options for themselves here shortly. Thanks to Rayqual, a manufacturer out of Japan, the pair of cameras is primed and ready to get Leica, Nikon, and Canon lenses attached to their faces. Something as simple as a lens adapter is the catalyst, making it possible for us to take even better shots than we could before.
Sony's NEX-3 and NEX-5 are all well and good, but with high definition recording topping out at 1080/60i there's a distinct lack of 1080p HD goodness in the range. According to EOSHD's sources - previously accurate in their NEX predictions - that'll be taken care of with the Sony NEX-7 later in the year. That camera will use an APS-C chip, though a different one to what's found in the NEX-3/5, capable of 1080p@60, 1080p@24 and 720p@120/60 for super slow-motion.
It's not all new cameras and camcorders from Sony today; the company has also been doing some tidying up of their product range, and it seems the Sony Alpha A900 is the most notable casualty. Now listed as "Discontinued Product" on the Sony Hong Kong site, it's unclear what will replace the 24.6-megapixel DSLR.
It's not just Sony's α-series NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras that the company envisages having interchangeable lenses; they've also revealed a concept AVCHD HD camcorder which would use the same E Mount lenses (or the A Mount adapter for regular DSLR lenses from the company's range). According to the Sony blog, the so-far unnamed camcorder will arrive in the fall 2010; however AV Watch caught some live shots of what's presumably a non-functional mock-up over in Japan.
Video demo after the cut
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