UK photographic retailer Jessops have now got the new Sony compact system camera (CSC) in stock and ready for sale.

The NEX-5 is the smallest and lightest CSC in the world and it features:

* Impressive 14.2 MP EXMOR APS-HD CMOS (DSLR sized image sensor)
* Tilting 3” Tru black LCD screen for crystal clear framing at any angle
* Magnesium metal body
* E-Mount interchangeable lenses/ Alpha mount VIA adapter (sold separately)
* Full HD Movie mode 1080i AVCHD
* High Resolution Sweep Panorama mode for stunning landscapes
* High ISO performance for superior results in low light
* High Speed Shooting up to 7fps
* Background de-focus control for perfect portraits
* Auto HDR for creative exposure control options
* 3D panorama for playback on Sony’s 3D TVs (to follow via firmware upgrade)

Jessops are selling the NEX-5 ahead of other retailers who expect to have the camera in stock from tomorrow, with a 16mm pancake lens at £549 or with a 18-55mm zoom lens at £589. The NEX-5 with both of those lenses is available as a package at £679.

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Accessories for NEX

Sony has launched a wide range of accessories for the NEX (E-mount) interchangeable lens cameras including stylish body cases, external optical viewfinder for easier subject framing, stereo microphone for video shooting, and rechargeable battery packs.

An all encompassing Accessory Kit (ACC-FWCA) allows you to carry your camera along with a battery, wrapping cloth, cross-body style shoulder strap and lens cap holder.

The wide range of accessories includes an AC Adapter (AC-PW20) which provides your camera with an uninterrupted power, and it can be used worldwide (100-240V, 50/60Hz). There are also additional rechargeable batteries (W series, NP-FW50, 1080mAh) which are compact and lightweight.

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Soon after the new NEX cameras were announced, Sony the technological trend setter revealed that it is currently working on developing a HD camcorder which features ‘Interchangeable Lens system’. The camcorder has not been provided a name, but Sony assures that it will be equipped with the same component as used in its NEX-5 & NEX-3, the ‘Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.

It will also feature the ‘E-mount’ and ‘A-mount’ interchangeable lenses, where prior developed for the ‘NEX’ and the latter for alpha DSLR camera lineup.

With this, Sony aims to market a camcorder that is capable of inducing a variety of creativeness in the HD quality.

Watch the video here – Interchangeable HD camcorder

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Sony have unveiled its two latest models of performance compact cameras, the NEX-3 and NEX-5.  The NEX-3 and NEX-5 are the world’s first cameras with an interchangeable lens and they come with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust focus and exposure while recording video. The two models differ from each other in video recording, price and material of construction.

The NEX series of cameras are smaller and lighter when compared to Sony’s lightest and smallest D-SLR, the Sony A230. The NEX-5 is just 1.56 inches thick while the NEX-3 is 1.38 inches thick.

The NEX-3, with a polycarbonate casing, shoots 720p HD videos using the MP4 codec which enables sharing in HD on You Tube. On the other hand, the NEX-5 which is constructed from Magnesium alloy offers much larger 1080i video capture with the higher quality AVCHD codec.

The NEX-3 and NEX-5 are expected to release in the market sometime in July. The NEX-5 comes in silver and black colors while the NEX-3 will also be available in Red color. The price of  the NEX series is expected to range between  $549 – $699.

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Sony are holding a competition where the prize, will not only be a chance to blog for Sony but, to also win the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handset. The winner will also receive a PSP GO, Sony Reader Pocket Edition, α330 DSLR Camera and a trip to see the FIFA 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, covering the event.

The contest is open to US residents aged 18+, who also have their own blog. You’ll need to enter by 11:59 PT May 7th. Ten finalists will be selected by three judges, to win an X10, PSP GO, with Fifa 2010 and to blog for ten days beginning May 17th. The judges will then select one winner to take the grand price, of the α330 DSLR Camera, Sony Reader and of course, the trip to the World Cup finals. You can enter the competition here.

Sony Style USA

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Sony have announced two new Cyber shot cameras, the TX5 and the H55. The TX5 is a waterproof camera, with the ability to survive up to 10 feet underwater. Not only that but, it’s dubbed as the thinnest underwater camera. Measuring less than 1 inch thick it sure could be. As well as being able to survive underwater for up to 10 feet, it also can withstand temperatures as low as 14F and an exterior that can withstand a drop from up to 5 feet (although not recommended of course). Feature wise, it has a 10 mega pixel camera, a 4x wide angle piece, back illuminated CMOS sensor and 720p video recording. UberGizmo have been lucky enough to get their hands on one at PMA and you can see the video after the jump.

The H55 on the other hand, is much thicker but features 10X, 25-250mm film equivalent lens with high-grade image stabilization. Again, the H55 will be able to record video in 720p.

Both cameras feature Memory Stick and SDHC support and will ship from April. The TX5 will retail for $350, while the H55 will be $250.

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