Sony has been releasing new, tweaked versions of its NEX cameras every year to impressive results. Today we get our first look at the Sony NEX-5R — the follow-up to last year's NEX-5N, which is one beast of a mirrorless camera. The new shooter introduces a new "Fast Hybrid" autofocus system, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a new programmable dial and multi-function button. Giz can bring you exclusive Australian pricing details.
The new sensor-based 99-point autofocus system uses both contrast and phase detection to quickly zero in on a subject as quickly as possible.
Wi-Fi connectivity has been added, so you'll be able to transfer photos directly to your smartphone or tablet using Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app available for both iOS and Android. Sony is also introducing PlayMemories Camera Apps, which are new functions that you'll be able to download and install onto your camera. From the sound of names like "Picture Effect+" and "Bracket Pro", the apps will fall somewhere between your favourite smartphone camera app and the gimmicky functions that come pre-installed on all cameras these days.
The new programmable inputs add to the camera's flexibility — that makes the cameras more like the button-packed DSLRs that mirrorless cameras aim to replace.
Otherwise, the specs of the NEX-5N are identical to those of last year's NEX-5N: a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor, and HD video recording at up to 1080x1080 at 60 frames per second. And, of course, a lovely touchscreen that makes navigating menues and changing settings a piece of cake.
The NEX-5R will come in three kits: the body-only kit will cost $799, a single-lens kit (with an 18-55mm lens) will cost $999, while the twin-lens kit (18-55mm and 55-210mm) will cost you $1299. [Sony and Sony]