Mirrorless cameras are getting better and eventually they would replace the bulky dSLRs most professionals carry. While Sony’s NEX 7 does pretty much everything a High-end dSLR would dream of – 24MP, 12FPS, All shooting modes, APS-C 1.5x crop factor, 24Megapixels, high resolution eVF – Its still a compact camera that fits in the pocket.
Deal with Mirrorless Cameras & NEX series
Mirrorless cameras are not dSLRs u that doesn’t mean they are inferior either. They are really good at few things, infact better than dSLRs. Sony’s a77 (alpha 77) is a SLT camera which uses the same sensor as the Sony NEX 7, in a more pro body. The major difference is Sony a77 could do Phase-detection focus, which NEX cameras (NEX 5, 7) simply couldn’t. Phase detection focus is the way to go since its extremely fast at catching the focus. The conventional contrast AF used in NEX cameras is simply not good for professionals.
NEX-5 was my first professional camera, although I later upgrade to amore professional body Nikon, Is till love this camera for the potential it has, considering that its pocketable. I still carry NEX5 as my second camera when I go on photography walks.
What’s New in NEX-5R
Early Review & Impressions of what’s new in Sony NEX 5R.
1. Faster Hybrid Focus
NEX 5R brings Fast Phase detection AF and contrast detection hybrid to the NEX mirrorless cameras. This would largely improve the performance of this camera. It happily integrates 99 phase-detection AF points.
The NEX-5R uses those points to quickly acquire a focus point, and then uses contrast detection to refine the focus point (or “confirm extremely fine, precise details,” according to Sony). Phase detection is also used during high-speed continuous shooting in order to achieve continuous AF at 10 frames per second.
The Fast Hybrid AF system will only work with a limited number of newer lenses at launch, including the E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, E 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS, E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, and E 24mm F1.8ZA Sonnar T*. Firmware updates will “steadily expand” Fast Hybrid AF with additional lenses
2. Better Sensor
NEX 5R, uses the same Exmor 16.1MP sensor from NEX 5N world, with better focussing and low light ISO performance. The new ISO range goes from 100 – 25600.
3. Apps, Wifi
NEX 5R adds the ability to download and run apps. However, it doesnot run Android like Galaxy Camera or Nikon s800c. However, it does have a Wifi connectivity to share your photos in both JPEG and RAW formats.
If you connect this device to Wifi hotspot, you can also backup the photos to the cloud, or to a computer, smartphone.
From Sony’s app store, you will be able to download “Camera Apps.” These apps allow users to add a variety of “custom” features to compatible NEX system cameras. The first included app is “Direct Upload,” which will automatically post photos to Facebook when in range of a WiFi network. Other apps available at launch will include “Picture Effect+,” “Bracket Pro,” “Multi Frame NR,” “Photo Retouch,” and “Smart Remote Control.” “Time-Lapse,” “Cinematic Photo,” and other apps are promised to be released at a future date.
4. Remote ViewFinder (via smartphones)
Another interesting feature of this camera would be ability to take control wirelessly from a smartphone (Android). Not only would you be able to trigger the shutter from the smartphone, you can also frame via a wireless viewfinder, right on your phone.
While the screen is as great as other NEX cameras, it gets more tilty and swivly than before. You can swivel the screen to take self portraits easily. The touch screen is pretty reponsive too. You can use Touchscreen to trigger the shutter instead of the camera button.
The NEX-5R will come in black, white, and silver, shipping in October for $750 with an 18-55mm kit lens or $650 body-only.