Touted by Sony as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, the Alpha NEX5 was launched today in the Philippines.
The Sony NEX-5 sits between Sony’s Cybershot and Alpha dSLR line of cameras. It’s got a small and lightweight body but has an interchangeable lens system so you get SLR-like images with its 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor .
Magnesium Alloy body
3.0″ LCD (angle adjustable 80 degrees up and 45 degrees down)
14.2MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor (23.4×15.6 mm)
ISO 200 – 12800
1080i Video Recording (AVCHD, MP4)
25 multi-point Auto Focus
RAW + JPEG
30 secs to 1/4000 sec shutter speed (+ Bulb)
External flash (supplied)
2.3fps continuous shooting (max 7fps @ speed-priority)
HDMI/Video out, USB 2.0
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo
Although the NEX-5 uses E-mount lenses, it is capable of using A-mount lenses with the LA-Ea1 adaptor so you can use all the available lenses in the Alpha dSLR line (including Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses). You can see the Sony NEX-5 here mounted with a large telephoto lens (300mm SAL-300F28G).
There are dual memory card slots so you can use SD/SDHC cards on top of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick Pro Duo and supports capacity of up to 32GB so you can store a lot of those 1080i Full HD videos the camera can record.
Suggested retail price of the Sony NEX-5 is Php37,999 that includes the standard zoom lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6).