Sony unveils game-changing high-end cameras
Sony has gone on a bit of a camera-announcing binge today – and all four of the products revealed are likely to get digital photography enthusiasts all hot and bothered.
First – and possibly least interesting – of the bunch is the NEX-6 (pictured above), a compact system camera that slots into Sony’s range between the NEX-5 and NEX-7 (funny, that). There’s a 16.1-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, app support, ISO 100 to 25,600 and a hugely hi-res electronic viewfinder with 100 percent coverage. It’s definitely aimed at the enthusiast rather than the greenhorn, with dials and buttons aplenty and a new hotshoe that supports generic accessories as well as the existing range of NEX flashes and the like. It’s expected in November and will cost around £700 body only, £830 with a 16-50mm zoom lens.
Next up is Sony’s new flagship SLT (the company’s translucent mirror answer to a DSLR), the A99. The replacement for the aging A900, it boasts a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, HD video (at 1080p at 60fps, a first for full-frame), an OLED electronic viewfinder and super-fast, super-accurate hybrid autofocus. Sony claims that it’s the lightest full-frame DSLR-type camera in the world. The US price for the A99 will be $2,799 (£1,740 at current exchange rates), and again a November on-sale date is looking likely.
The Sony RX1 is truly the first product of its type: a point-and-shoot with a full-frame sensor. In the past full-frame snappers have been hefty, hulking things, but here is something that weighs just 482g. It sports the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the A99, as well as a 35mm F2.0 Carl Zeiss lens. There’s no zoom, yes, but this focal length has long been considered a classic for reportage and street shooting. You can also shoot 1080p video. We can’t wait to get our mitts on one of these. Oh, and it’s going to cost £2,600.
Nearly done. Last but by no means least is the Sony VG900, a camcorder with a full-frame sensor (the same as that in the A99 again) and support for Sony’s E-mount and (through a bundled adapter) A-mount lenses. It also records 5.1 surround sound. It’ll be £3,000 for the body. Again, this is the first real product of its type.