Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sony announces NEX-3N, A58 and three point and shoot cameras

Sony has just dropped five new cameras upon us that cover various categories, from the basic point and shoot to their higher end SLT cameras and even a new NEX camera.

Let’s start with the new NEX-3N, which is Sony’s new entry-level mirrorless camera. It has a 16.1 megapixel APS CMOS sensor that goes up to ISO 16,000 and records 1080p video. There’s also a 3.0-inch LCD that flips 180ยบ and a zoom lever on the body that works with certain Sony powered lenses.Best of all, the NEX-3N will come bundled with the newer and more expensive 16-50mm kit lens. Thanks to the clever in-camera geometric correction, this lens delivers an equally good image quality to the standard issue 18-55, but it’s half the size in collapsed state, it’s got a wider field of view and it offers a motorized smooth zooming, which is great for shooting video. The NEX-3N will go on sale in Europe starting March.

Next is the Sony A58 SLT camera – pictured above. As we have mentioned before, Sony SLT cameras may look like traditional DSLRs but they differ in their functionality. SLT cameras have translucent mirrors that don’t move. They simultaneously allow most of the light to pass through to the sensor and reflect the remaining to the viewfinder above, which is always electronic.
The A58 has a 20.1 megapixel APS CMOS sensor that can shoot up to ISO 16,000 and 1080i50 videos, 2.7-inch, 460k dot articulating LCD and an electronic OLED viewfinder. The A58 will go on sale in Europe starting April.

Then we have the point and shoot cameras, the WX300, HX300 and TX30.The WX300 has 18.2 megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom, 3.0-inch 460k dot LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.

The HX300 has an 18.2 megapixel sensor, 50x (!!!) optical zoom, 3.0-inch, 920k dot LCD and 1080p video recording.The TX30 is an ultracompact camera which Sony claims is the world’s slimmest digital camera that also happens to be water, dust and shock proof. It has a 18.2 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 3.3-inch, 1,229k dot OLED touchscreen and shoots 1080p videos.

The WX300, HX300 and TX30 are priced at $329, $499 and $349 respectively. They are available for pre-order today and will go on sale in Europe in March.

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