What’s NEX?

4th June 2010 – So what’s NEX? It’s none other than the compact V-DSLR or mirrorless camera by Sony which was unveiled sometime last month. Without much introduction required, many photo enthusiast would have already heard of the NEX System. I was pretty excited when Sony extend the invitation to end users like me to check out the NEX Launch Event held at Teeq Brasserie, Lot 10. Obviously there are many photo enthusiast were invited besides the Press.

DSLR Quality in your hands

The tag line for the launch “Creativity changes the Everyday”. NEX stands for New E-mount eXperience. Here are some pics of the NEX taken at the event itself. I didn’t manage to bring an SD Card to snap several sample pics produce by the NEX for personal use, but scouring the Internet for samples is not difficult if you ever needed one :)

Here’s the dismantled version of the NEX-5

The skeleton of NEX-5

The Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor which brings DSLR Image Quality photos.

Structure of the NEX-5

The brain of the camera, powered by with Bionz processor.

The NEX-5

The mock up of E-mount Handycam

This is the mock up of Sony’s future Handycam products which will allow you to utilize all the E-mount lenses which is currently build for the NEX system.

Mock up of the E-mount 18-200 Lens. It’s larger than SAL 18-250.

E-mount 16mm Pancake Lens with Ultra Wide Angle to Fish-eye Converter.

The NEX-5 in Silver.

The NEX-3 in Red for the ladies.

The NEX-5 with E-mount to A-mount converter with SAL 70-400G SSM attached.

Currently Sony has a promotion for the Sony NEX-5 Body + 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens priced at RM 2699. For the first 150 customer would get a free 8GB Card, 2 years extended warranty and workshop classes. The combo of NEX-5 + 16mm F2.8 Pancake would cost lesser, and the NEX-3 would cost even lower!

Personally, I would go for the combo Sony NEX-3 Body + 16mm F2.8 Pancake lens. Not only this combination cost the least in price, but having a wide range of 16mm is a comfortable range for group shots, street shooting and the size of the lens which comfortably allow me to slip the camera with lens attached into my pocket compared to the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens; and lowest aperture value of F2.8 helps a lot in low light condition despite the NEX having great ISO performance.

Besides, I do not need the Full 1080p HD video produced by the NEX-5, 720p HD video would suffice my needs. Click here for more pics of the NEX system.

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