In what was seemingly lost in the commotion related to another big camera announcement, the C100 (from a small company called Canon), Sony is replacing its NEX-5N mirrorless camera with a brand new model and another confusing name, the NEX-5R. The new camera is mostly unchanged from the NEX-5N, except for a few notable additions, including better autofocus and built-in WiFi capabilities. The only question is what, if anything, has been done for video quality?
The launch video from Sony plus another few videos showing off the camera:
Obviously everything seems to be focused on the photo features, and that's because the video features are mostly unchanged from the last version. The LCD is far more versatile, and the new external buttons can make shooting easier. Video bitrate looks to be the same from the previous version, but the camera still features 1080p 60fps, something we still don't have on any Canon camera at 1080 regardless of price. While it looks like already stellar low-light performance has been improved slightly, it will be interesting to see if Sony has improved the overheating issues from the NEX-5N. If they have, this will be one of the more interesting options to use as an incognito A or B cam with interchangeable lenses.
The NEX-5R is going to run $650 for the body only and $750 for an included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount lens, and should be shipping in October. What this also means is that the NEX-5N is $600 and $500 for the body and lens package respectively. So if you're looking for an inexpensive mirrorless camera, Sony has lots of options. You can see more information at the Sony site and also pre-order the camera using the links below.
[via The Verge]