Sony has unveiled the α390 (DSLR-A390) and α290 (DSLR-A290) which are the latest additions to it’s α range of cameras. Both these cameras are designed to be light, compact and stylish unlike the usual DSLR cameras which are bulky and difficult to carry around.

Both cameras sport a 2.7 inch LCD display and have a 14.2 megapixel CCD image sensor and BIONZ image processing engine. They have an on-screen help guide, Graphic User Interface and user-friendly navigation menus which are similar to their predecessors. In addition to this they also feature an ergonomic grip, which makes it easier for users to hold.


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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)


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Sony seem to be busy with the OLED scene lately. We recently saw the rollable OLED panel from the company and have in the past, seen 11 inch TVs from Sony, which made use of the OLED technology. We’re still awaiting a larger screen but, we’re getting there. This time the OLED panel measures 11.7 inches, an improvement over the XEL-1.


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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.


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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.


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