You might recall that a few weeks back the Sony NEX-5 camera was spied in a bar and the photos turned up online. The camera along with the NEX-3 has now gone official with Sony debuting the snappers today. The cameras offer the interchangeable lenses that DSLRs are known for in a smaller design that can fit in a purse or jacket for portability.
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The NEX-5 is the first interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust auto focus and exposure while recording 720p MP4 video. Both of the cameras are only about an inch thick at the thinnest point, which doesn’t count grip and mount areas. The body of the NEX-5 is magnesium and the NEX-3 uses polycarbonate casing. Both use a new 14.2MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.
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The sensor is about 60% larger than micro four thirds cameras on the market. Both cams have the Sony Sweep Panorama feature that lets the user make panorama shots with press and sweep motions. The rear LCDs on the camera are 3-inches wide and the LCD tilts up and down for ideal viewing. The NEX-5A and NEX-3A cameras that ship with the SEL 16F28 lens will sell for $650 and $550. The NEX-5K and NEX-3K will ship with the SEL1855 lens and sell for $700 and $600 each. The SEL 16F28 lens will go for $250 alone and the SEL 1855 lens will go for $300 alone with another lens called the SEL 18200 zoom landing in the fall for $800.