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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sony NEX-7 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex7/

"Now, with the NEX-7, Sony is specifically targeting those advanced users with a camera whose key spec reads like it's come straight off an enthusiast's wishlist. First up is the 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, shared with the SLT-A77, that enables true 1080p60 video recording."

The Sony NEX-7 has been one anticipated camera, and the delay caused by the floods in Thailand have probably made the anticipation even higher. Luckily it does not seem to disappoint, with DPReview giving it a pretty good review. I personally do like the design of the camera, but I still have some concerns with the sensor, and I also think the lenses are too big and too few - the NEX system currently is just too tiny to support enthusiasts. Now if Panasonic and Olympus do try something like this for their Micro Four Thirds, that would be something really worth getting.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sony Announces NEX-7 and NEX-5N Digital Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:51 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4362

Sony also announced the NEX-5N and NEX-7, and I will talk about the NEX-7 first. The NEX-7 is Sony's attempt to create an NEX camera catered towards the enthusiasts, and boy did they pull no punches. Firstly the NEX-7 takes a few features from the new SLT cameras: The 24 megapixel sensor and the XGA OLED EVF. That is right, a camera this small comes with a built-in EVF. To top it off, Sony has managed to squeeze THREE command dials (you can see two of them behind the shutter release in the photo above), a hot shoe, AND a pop-up flash.

That is it. I think the other camera makes have no excuse for not including all the above in their flagship mirrorless cameras. Three dials in particular is awesome, with the third dial controlling ISO in shooting mode. I have been wishing for this for the longest time, and it took an outsider (Sony) to implement this. Shame on you, Nikon and Canon.

The rest of the camera is pretty nice, with a magnesium alloy body, 3" VGA tilting LCD, 1080p videos at 60 FPS in AVCHD (again, like the SLTs), ISO range of 100-16,000, and a new UI that is hopefully a lot less annoying to use than the NEX-3 and NEX-5. All that is not going to come cheap, with the NEX-7 going for US$1,200 body only, and US$1,350 with the 18-55 kit lens.

The NEX-5N is basically an upgrade of the NEX-5, with a new 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, upgraded AF, and 1080p videos at 60 FPS in AVCHD. The UI has also been revamped, but is aimed towards beginners and those not familiar with photography terminology. As with the NEX-5, the flash unit is a small external unit, and there will be a snap-on EVF similar to that of the NEX-7's built-in EVF, with a XGA EVF. Available in September for US$600 body only, and US$700 with the 18-55 kit lens.

Photo of the NEX-5n after the break.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New York Times Takes a Look at the Sony NEX-C3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com...ove-its-weight/

"You probably know all of the advantages of digital SLR cameras: interchangeable lenses; large sensors for better image quality and better low light shots; and no shutter lag. But you might not realize that you can get almost all of those features in a much smaller (though no less expensive) package."

The New York Times takes a look at the Sony NEX-C3, but the article serves as a simple introduction for those who are unfamiliar with this relatively new breed of cameras. The next few months should see a few more introductions, including Nikon's entry to the game. Anyone still sitting on the fence for these cameras?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Engadget... "Reviews" the Sony NEX-C3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:11 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/20/...-nex-c3-review/

"Traditionally known as DSLRs, interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) have always promised excellent image quality, speed, and versatility."

Umm. So the Engadget review opens with one of the least accurate (or poorly written) statements I have seen in a review for some time. The scary thing is that with Engadget's influence, many are going to look for it as a source. Still, the review does have some real sample photos, so if you're interested in the Sony, you might want to give it a look. The sample photos are shrunken down for the web, so they are essentially useless. Umm, read the review for a user's impressions?


Monday, July 18, 2011

Lifehacker's Guide to Choosing Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5822098/how-t...-for-your-needs

"Choosing a digital camera used to be a simple process that was heavily dictated by the amount of money in your pocket. Now the same money can buy you different benefits and compromises, making the decision much more complex. Here's a look at your camera-buying options, the pros and cons of each, and some specific suggestions to help you pick the perfect camera for your needs."

Lifehacker has a long article on how to choose a camera (and it even includes a guide on cameras in phones), but I recommended not going through the recommended picks just because they are there. Seriously, a Sony NEX-3?


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sony Announces NEX-C3, SLT-A35 and E-mount 30mm f/3.5 Macro

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:18 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1106/1...exc3preview.asp

"Sony has added the NEX-C3 to its range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The C3 features the same 16.2MP seen in the SLT A35, again promising improved battery life. The latest model is directly aimed at offering a compact-camera-like experience to users looking to upgrade to a large-sensor camera."

Sony has announced its latest NEX camera, the NEX-C3, which is even smaller than the NEX-3 and NEX-5 before it. I am not sure if such an aggressive reduction in size is needed, since the NEX cameras have to use fairly large zoom lenses to cover the APS-C sensor. The NEX-C3 now also comes with a 16 megapixel sensor, while retaining most of the features found in the NEX-3, including 720p videos and a 3" VGA LCD (which can flip up and down). The NEX-C3 will be available in August for about US$650 with the 18-55/3.5-5.6 kit, or US$600 with the 16/2.8 pancake.

To go with the NEX-C3 announcement, the 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens for E-mount was also introduced. This gives a 45mm focal length equivalent macro lens, which seems a bit short, even for a normal macro lens. I guess it is good for food bloggers? The lens will be available for US$250 in October. Hmm, sounds a bit too cheap for a macro lens.

Also introduced is the SLT-A35, the follow-up to the SLT-A33. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, but as far as I can tell, it is pretty much similar to the A33. It does have a nifty new feature that allows 7 FPS at 8.4 megapixels via a 1.4x crop, making an overall crop of 2.1 compared to 35mm film. Not too different from what the D2X did way back, and can be quite useful when shooting sports with a shorter telephoto lens. The camera also does 1080i video at 60 FPS. The SLT-A35 will be available in August for US$600, or $700 with the 18-55/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Photo of the SLT-A35 after the break.

More Coverage

DPReview.com NEX-C3 Preview

DPReview.com SLT-A35 Preview

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Four-way Mirrorless Camera Shootout

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

http://bythom.com/compactmirrorless.htm

"In this review, I'm going to stick to one camera from each maker. I'm ignoring the more DSLR-like cameras with optical (EVF) viewfinders, such as the G and GH series from Panasonic and the NX5 and NX10 from Samsung. What I'm looking to cover here is the cameras most likely to act as a competent compact replacement for a typical DSLR user. To that end I've narrowed things down to these four:"

Continuing from his earlier compact camera review, Thom Hogan looks at four mirrorless cameras (I can't quite call them EVIL, can I?) and not surprisingly finds them all capable of producing good photos; just a matter of what one's preferences are. Personally, I can't give up a viewfinder, so all of them are out for me. If you're looking for such a camera though, check out the article for a experienced photographer's viewpoint.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mirrorless Cameras Round Up

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.seriouscompacts.com/f41/...pl1-gf1-g2-295/

"Having compared the size of several different mirrorless interchangeable lens systems, we'll now take a look at how much detail relative to noise is captured at any given ISO by each of these systems. "

Serious Compacts has done a really nice comparison of the various mirrorless cameras on the market, comparing them based on their size, as well as doing an ISO test. The comparison is split into two parts, so be sure to check them out.

Part 1: Mirrorless Camera Size Comparison: NEX5, NX10, E-P2, E-PL1, GF1, G2

Part 2: Mirrorless Camera ISO Signal/Noise Shootout: NEX5, NX10, E-P2, E-PL1, GF1, G2, GH1


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:45 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/SonyNex5Nex3/

"The waiting is now over as, following the showing of some mock-ups at PMA and a torrent of teasers and leaks, Sony finally officially announced its NEX system last month. The details are exactly what you'd expect - HD video capable APS-C sensors in small bodies. What might take you by surprise is just how small the bodies are - the NEX-5 in particular being tiny. In fact the cameras are too small to include in-body image stabilization units, as found in Sony's SLRs, and instead use lens-based 'Optical SteadyShot'. These NEX cameras will come under the Alpha brand but do not make use of the Alpha lens mount, instead using the completely new all-electronic E-mount."

dpreview must've had the review for the NEX cameras on full tilt because it didn't seem so long ago that the NEX cameras were announced. As expected, the latest generation of Sony APS-C sensors do well, but are let down by a control system that is geared towards point-and-shoot users.

As I said before in my post in reaction to the NEX announcement, "For the enthusiast, proprietary connector, lack of viewfinder, and modal buttons are just bad bad bad." As expected, a lack of controls, together with a modal control system and menu-driven UI, just means the camera is not one for those who want to fiddle with the camera settings, or have a greater interest in the technical aspects of photography. Less buttons aren't necessary better.

I'm also not a fan of its styling - all the lengths gone to keep the body size down is negated with the larger lenses the APS-C sensor will require. Indeed, the E mount is actually taller than the cameras, hence the protrusions at the top and the bottom (very noticeable on the smaller NEX-5).

I'm sure Sony will sell plenty of NEX units, but I suspect they will go mostly to well-heeled style-conscious point-and-shoot upgraders rather than the enthusiast crowd. Given that the mainstream crowd is always bigger, will this mean Sony might have a hit on their hands regardless of the lukewarm rating given?


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