Sony NEX-5R

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Sony’s latest interchangeable lenses mirrorless camera with large-sensor, the NEX-5R, introduces Wi-Fi capability to the line.

The camera features a newly-developed 16.1-megapixel (effective) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. This is identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLRs. Combined with Sony’s BIONZ processor, you get richly detailed still images and crisp Full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions, says the company.

In a first for Sony’s line, the 5R features “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus technology, combining phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation, Sony contends.

The new AF technology utilizes 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject’s distance and quickly lock focus on it, and then utilizes contrast-detection AF to confirm extremely fine, precise details.

In Speed Priority Continuous shooting mode, the camera will switch automatically to phase detection tracking AF and can track fast-moving action accurately in each frame up to 10 frames per second.

This is also Sony’s first interchangeable lens camera with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities for easy image sharing, saving and viewing, and introduces the concept of downloadable camera apps for adding creative, fun features that can be personalized to fit a photographer’s needs.

Photos and videos can be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app, available on both Android and Apple iOS platforms.

Additionally, content can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook using a Wi-Fi connection and the new “Direct Upload” application, part of Sony’s new PlayMemories Camera Apps platform.

This apps idea is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit their personal shooting needs. The service can be accessed over Wi-Fi or when the camera is connected directly to a PC via USB.

Available apps at launch, outside of “Direct Upload,” will include “Picture Effect+”; “Bracket Pro”; “Multi Frame NR”; “Photo Retouch”; and “Smart Remote Control. A variety of other apps including “Time-Lapse” and “Cinematic Photo” are also planned for release.

Shooters can also utilize the family of PlayMemories applications to transfer content directly to a networked PC, streamlining the image back-up process and avoiding the need to connect cables or transfer memory cards between devices.

Additionally, they can transfer photos to any DLNA-compatible TV either through a wireless access point or any TV supporting Wi-Fi.

The NEX-5R features a new, fully programmable control dial and function button. It also has a switchable on-screen digital level gauge that helps keep horizons level with landscapes and architectural shots.

Additionally, the camera features an intuitive touch-screen LCD with a Touch Shutter function. The touchscreen can also flip upwards 180 degrees for easy arm’s length self-portraits.

Full HD (1920×1080 at 60p) movie shooting is enhanced with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature, adding extra detail to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors and night scenes, automatically switching to a slower shutter speed to brighten footage.

Sony says the NEX-5R will be available in October in silver, black and white.

No details, as yet, on Canadian pricing.

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