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Sony Announces NEX-C3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera


Sony has just announced the NEX-C3 digital camera—the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on the market, according to the manufacturer. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel EXMOR sensor (24mm APS-C size) and “press and rotate” operating with real time preview of different effects, the NEX-C3 comes on the heels of last year’s ground-breaking NEX-5 and NEX-3, which were “the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust focus and exposure while recording video.” A new feature for this generation of the NEX lineup is called Picture Effects (essentially, art filters), which includes a Background Defocus effect to create the look of shallow depth of field in a photograph. A bonus to Sony’s new Picture Effects is that multiple effects can be applied to one shot and previewed simultaneously.

The NEX-C3 will be available in August for $599.99 (16mm f/2.8 kit) and $649.99 (18-55mm kit). Ten new lenses will be available by 2012 in addition to the three existing E-Mount lenses that are now available, turning the system into a lasting investment for those photographers who find the NEX system preferable to the DSLR format. More images and Sony’s official press release below.

 

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Sony NEX-VG10: High Definition Camcorder with Interchangeable Lenses

Sony NEX-VG10: High Definition Consumer Camcorder with Interchangeable Lenses
Text and Images by Tony Gomez

With the NEX-VG10, Sony has at last answered the call for a consumer-based High Definition camcorder with interchangeable lenses. My expanded review package included not only the kit 18-200 mm zoom, but also the following E-mount interchangeable lenses: 18-55 zoom ($300) and 16mm/f2.8 ($250). Also the following Alpha lenses were provided via the Alpha/E-mount adapter ($300): 16mm/f2.8 ($250), 30mm/f2.8 Macro ($200), 35mm/f1.8 ($200), 50mm/f1.8 ($150), and the Zeiss 85mm/f1.8 ($1,400).

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Hands-on with Sony HX7V and TX100V

Sony DSC-HX7V and DSC-TX100V

CES 2011, Las VegasSony‘s latest Cyber-shot announcements stood out this week at CES because they are the world’s first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode using only one lens and imager, wherein the camera takes “two shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths, and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect.” I was excited to check out two of these compact 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor cameras in particular on the show floor—the HX7V and the TX100V. The HX7V follows last year’s HX5V, and carries over many of its features, including Sony’s “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS sensor technology, but it also has upgrades such as 3D image capture using 3D Sweep Panorama mode or the new 3D Still Image mode. I really like the way this slim camera feels in-hand because it has a little weight to it and a textured rubber grip on the front. It feels solid and expensive (and, well, you can make the call about the latter claim; it’s priced at $300 as of now). The TX100V is the first Cyber-shot to have a 3.5-inch OLED with touch screen, which Sony claims provides more vibrancy and a faster response time than an LCD. The touch screen was very responsive when I tested it out. It’s a gorgeous little camera that packs a lot of features—actual fun, useful features—into its sleek little body, and I’d love to spend even more time with it soon.

Sony DSC-HX7V (image 1) and Sony DSC-TX100V (images 2-4)
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Sony Announces World’s First Digital Still Cameras with Full HD Video Capability and 3D Still Image Capture

CES 2011, Las Vegas—Sony has just announced the world’s first compact digital still cameras with full 1920 x 1080 at 60p High Definition video capability and 3D still image capture. The five new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor Cyber-shot models—DSC-TX100V (image above), DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9—will range from about $220 to $380 in price and will be available in March. See the full press release, and more images, from Sony below.

Sony DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9
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Sony Announces Two Bloggie Touch Pocket Camcorders

Sony has announced two new additions to their pocket camcorder lineup—the sleek-looking MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch cameras. The Bloggie Touch camcorders offer full 1920×1080 high definition MP4 video recording, 12.8MP photos and a 3-inch capacitive touch screen. The Bloggie Touch cameras also come with an Exmor CMOS sensor and an F2.8 wide angle lens. The MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10 offer 8GB and 4GB of embedded memory, which amounts to about four hours of high definition movie recording. They will be available for $200 (8GB) and $180 (4GB) in October. More images and info from Sony below.

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