Sony unveils Alpha A35 and NEX-C3 lens-swap cameras

A brace of new cams appear for Sony's NEX and Alpha lines. Smile!

Sony has pulled the wrappers off a pair of new interchangeable lens cameras: the NEX-C3, which it claims is the smallest and lightest swappable lens snapper on the planet; and the Alpha A35, a DSLR-style SLT translucent mirror camera.

The Sony NEX-C3 packs a DSLR-sized 16.2MP Exmor sensor, range of Picture Effects (high contrast black and white, toy camera and the like) and the now customary Sony Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR and Handheld Twilight modes.

There's a new lens for the C3 and other NEX cameras too: a 30mm F3.5 macro, perfect for shooting ultra-detailed close-ups. Oh, and it's the lightest 1:1 macro lens on the market too.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A35 has the same sensor but in a larger body with the larger A-mount lens system. The translucent mirror means it can shoot at a speedy 7fps, and there's a huge max ISO of 12800 for faster shutter speeds in murky conditions. There are the same Picture Effects as on the NEX-C3 too, as well as continuous through-the-lens autofocus when you're using the Live View mode – something no traditional DSLR can manage.