Feeds

Sony to ship micro four-thirds rival next month

Alpha Nex performance compacts

High performance access to file storage

In February Sony declared it was developing a compact camera line with interchangeable lenses, and now the company has revealed it will go on sale next month as the Alpha Nex.

The Nex-3 and Nex-5 sport DSLR-quality 23.4 x 15.6mm, 14.2Mp APS image sensors. But the cameras lack a mirror system, so they're rather smaller than your average digital SLR: 117 x 63 x 33mm in the case of the Nex-3, the (slightly) larger of the two.

Sony Alpha Nex-5

Sony's Alpha Nex: a compact a DLSR sensor

Sony will have a 18-55mm zoom lens and a 16mm 'pancake' lens available to clip onto the Nex, and there will be an adaptor for existing Alpha lenses.

Both cameras feature 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screens mounted on a horizontal pivot so they can be angled up or down. There's no optical viewfinder, but Sony will offer one as a plug-on optional extra. The cameras do come with a "super-compact" clip-on flash.

The Nex-3 shoots 720p video, but the Nex-5 can reach 1080i. Both record in AVCHD format and can transmit content to a telly through an HDMI port. Pictures and video can be stored on SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and a variety of MemorySticks.

As we say, both Alpha Nex models will be available in June, but Sony has yet to reveal the prices of cameras or lenses. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT
Especially if you are bad at them and keep losing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.