Sony’s New DSLR Cameras with HD Video, Interchangeable Lenses

Sony DSLR Cameras

Today, Sony announced the release of two new additions to their family of DSLR cameras: the Nex-5 and the Nex-3. The Nex-5, they assure us, is the world’s lightest and smallest camera with interchangeable lenses. Typically such lenses are associated with large cameras, while the Nex-5 is only 24.2mm thick, making it truly a pocketbook DSLR.

Despite its slim appearance, it still boasts 14.2 megapixel photo capabilities and 1080i HD movie recording with stereo sound and autofocus. From the pictures on Sony’s site, the camera looks to be all lens. In fact, some lenses will be bigger than the entire rest of the camera. The Nex-3 is slightly bigger at 25.4mm, which is still smaller than most in its class.

Among its features is a BIONZ process that Sony says reduces shutter lag and makes and provides precise autofocus. They can also capture fast-motion shots at 7fps. One very appealing feature to beginners is the help interface, which offers guided help and on-screen shooting tips, presented on its 3″ Xtra Fine LCD screen.

The two cameras can support a variety of lenses and can add even more support with the lens mount kit. They include panorama capturing up to 23 megapixels and 226 degrees. Both cameras also come with a light-weight clip-on flash.

Sony expects the new cameras to be released in Summer of 2010.  Images, specifications, and videos are available on Sony’s website.

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