Sony announces NEX-7 and NEX-5N compact system cameras

by , Technology Researcher IFA 2011 30/08/2011
Sony NEX-5N with 1855 lens

Sony has announced two new compact system cameras, including the NEX-5N which it claims has the world’s fastest shutter release time lag.

Sony NEX-5N with electronic viewfinder - purchased separately

Sony NEX-5N

Style-wise there’s not a lot of difference between the previous NEX-5 and NEX-5N, except that the latter is even slimmer that its predecessor.

Under its magnesium alloy exterior, the Sony NEX-5N’s Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor has a 16.1 megapixel resolution.

The shutter release time lag is claimed to be approximately 0.02 seconds – the fastest of any interchangeable lens camera around, according to Sony - but we’ll have to wait until we get it to our Which? lab to put it this brag to the test.

There are a host of manual modes to give photographers control over exposure, and there are aperture and shutter priority modes too.

Like the NEX-5, this model doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder – you’re limited to using the LCD to line up shots – but there is the option to fit an electronic viewfinder.

The NEX-5N sports  Sony’s new ‘Photo Creativity Touch interface’ for previewing visual effects on the camera’s LCD touch panel.

It’s due to be available from September 2011.

Find out how the Sony NEX-5 performed in our test lab in our DSLR reviews

Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens

Sony NEX-7

The second offering from Sony is the high-performance, and much larger NEX-7. Weighing in at 291g – without a lens attached –  it has a 24.3 megapixel resolution, built-in flash and integrated OLED electronic viewfinder.

It has an ISO range of 100-16000 and full manual modes including shutter and aperture priority.

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert said: ‘This camera is a game-changer. We’ve been waiting to see which manufacturer could fit an electronicc viewfinder into a camera body this small, and Sony has cracked it. This high-spec model won’t come cheap, but given time technology like this tends to filter down into more affordable cameras. It’ll be one of the first products I track down at the IFA technology show in Berlin next week, so keep an eye out for a hands on video coming soon’.

Sony’s ‘object tracking’ is designed to help keep moving objects in the camera’s frame and the ‘Trinavi control’ – made up of two dials on the top of the camera and separate control wheel – is designed to speed up the process of navigating through shooting modes and adjusting custom settings.

The Sony NEX-7 should be available in store from November 2011.

Considering buying a DSLR – see our advice guide on how to buy the best digital SLR.

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Damon Hazell

nevermind about the shutter speed what would stop me even picking the camera up from the shop counter is the simple fact that it’s so ugly…sorry Sony I much prefer the Alpha which in my humble opinion is one of the best on the market

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