Sony's next-gen interchangeable lens cameras, the NEX-5R and NEX-6, will include WiFi connectivity a listing at an Indonesian test agency has revealed. The detail spill came courtesy of POSTEL and was swiftly yanked, but not before Sony Alpha Rumors could snatch a screenshot. Although there was no further detail in either filing, the WiFi tech is expected to be used for wirelessly transferring shots from the camera to nearby computers and cloud galleries, among other things.
That could mean no longer having to plug in a USB cable or pull out the memory card to offload photos and video from your camera, as well as automatically uploading one or more shots to Flick, Facebook or other gallery services. However, it's possible that Sony could also enable remote control of the new NEX cameras.
For instance, Samsung offers a free Android app for its NX1000 camera, itself WiFi-enabled, that allows the phone to be used as a wireless preview display. Sony could opt to do the same; meanwhile, the WiFi link could also be used to geotag photos using the handset's own location services.
Other specifications are similarly the source of rumor. The NEX-5R is tipped to have a 180-degree flip screen along with a 16-megapixel sensor, while the NEX-6 has been said to have an integrated electronic viewfinder (though lower resolution than on the more expensive NEX-7).
Both cameras are believed to be headed to Photokina in September, along with a trio of new lenses including a prime, an 11-18mm pancake, and a 16-50mm pancake.