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Sony Announces Alpha NEX-5R with Wi-Fi & Hybrid AF

Sony Announces Alpha NEX-5R with Wi-Fi & Hybrid AF

Sony has announced the Alpha NEX-5R, successor to the NEX-5N. The 5R brings with it new Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as a hybrid AF system combining the AF methods used in DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Similar to what Nikon has done with its Nikon 1 mirrorless series and Canon with the 650D and EOS M mirrorless cameras, the 5R's hybrid AF combines phase and contrast-detection auto-focus to (theoretically) increase AF speeds and accuracy. On the 5R, phase-detection AF, which is used in DSLR cameras for quick AF speeds, first detects subject distance. Contrast-detection then confirms precise focus.

In Continuous AF mode, the NEX-5R switches to phase-detection tracking AF, which should overcome the limitation of mirrorless cameras to lock on to fast-moving subjects in-between frames. You'll need quick AF, as the 5R can shoot up to 10 frames per second.

From launch, Fast Hybrid AF is supported with these lenses: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; E 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS; Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA. Firmware upgrades will steadily expand the range of lenses offering Fast Hybrid AF support.

The NEX-5R is also the first Sony interchangeable-lens camera with Wi-Fi for easy image sharing. The NEX-5R can run apps, but only those made by Sony. The PlayMemories Cameras Apps is a download service which lets you install new functions over Wi-Fi. The 5R is also DLNA-compatible.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

PlayMemories from Sony keeps growing with a series of exciting new possibilities to enhance your digital imaging experience with the launch of PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets you install new functions to boost the capabilities of your camera.

The NEX-5R will be available in Asia Pacific from November 2012 with prices to be announced.

The press release follows with more details.

NEX-5R Compact System Camera from Sony Offers More Imaging Power in a Sleeker Body

New functions include “Fast Hybrid AF”, Wi-Fi and PlayMemories Camera Apps

• DLSR-quality images and Full HD video from newly-developed, large 16.1 effective megapixel APS-C image sensor
• New Fast Hybrid AF for optimal fast and precise autofocus in any situation; DSLR-like AF tracking for shooting at up to 10 fps
• 180° tiltable LCD screen for self-portraits with ultra-compact body
• Intuitive touch screen including Touch Shutter function plus intuitive operation with control dial and Fn (function) button
• Easy image sharing through Wi-Fi
• Download new features with PlayMemories Camera AppsTM, the world’s first application download service

(ASIA PACIFIC, 29 AUGUST 2012) – Serious picture performance, style and portability are blended beautifully in the new NEX-5R compact system camera from Sony.

Combining big-sensor image quality with the freedom of interchangeable lenses, the hybrid mirrorless camera offers all the benefits of DSLR-style imaging with less to carry. A power-packed step-up from your point-and-shoot compact, it is also a perfect second camera for photo enthusiasts who won’t compromise on image quality or control when they’re travelling light.

With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the DSLR-sized sensor assures richly detailed still photos and crisp Full HD video. Teamed with the powerful BIONZ image processor, the NEX-5R ensures flawless, low-noise images – even when you’re shooting dimly-lit interiors at sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600.

In a first for interchangeable lens cameras by Sony, Fast Hybrid AF combines phase- and contrast-detection autofocus methods to suit the demands of any shooting situation. First, phase-detection AF quickly detects subject distance; then contrast-detection activates to confirm extremely fine, precise focus. In Speed Priority Continuous mode, the NEX-5R switches automatically to phase detection tracking AF. You’ll enjoy DSLR-like focusing responses when you’re capturing fast-moving action with high-speed burst shooting at up to 10 frames per second.

From launch, Fast Hybrid AF is supported with these lenses: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; E 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS; Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA. Firmware upgrades will steadily expand the range of lenses offering Fast Hybrid AF support.

Framing, adjusting, shooting and viewing images is a pleasure on the intuitive touch-screen LCD. It’s complemented by a fully-featured control dial and Function button: a versatile combination for any photographer who’s accustomed to the flexibility of their DSLR camera. There’s also a new Touch Shutter function that makes it easier than ever to pick your perfect moment.

The clear, bright touchscreen flips through 180 degrees for easy arm’s length self-portraits. Enthusiasts will also welcome the switchable on-screen digital level gauge that helps keep horizons level with landscapes and architectural shots.

Full HD movie shooting has also been enhanced with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature that adds extra sparkle to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors ¬¬and night scenes, automatically switching to a slower shutter speed to brighten up your footage.

The NEX-5R is the first interchangeable-lens digital cameras by Sony with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities for easy image sharing, saving and viewing. Photos and videos can be transferred wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet that’s running the free PlayMemories Mobile app.

Alternatively, transfer all those memories directly to a networked PC, simplifying image back-ups without having to fiddle with memory cards or connecting cables. Photos stored on the NEX-5R can also be enjoyed directly on any DLNA-compatible TV, with no HDMI cable needed. Share via your wireless access point, or bypass your router and send pictures straight from the camera to TVs supporting Wi-Fi Direct.

The NEX-5R even lets you upgrade the camera’s capabilities any time to suit your shooting needs. Brand-new PlayMemories Camera Apps is the world’s first download service that lets you install new functions on demand. You just need to connect the camera to your PC via USB or directly over Wi-Fi to do this.

From launch, available apps include “Picture Effect+”; “Bracket Pro”; “Multi Frame NR”; “Smart Remote Control” and “Direct Upload”. Sony also plans to provide more new apps, such as “Photo Retouch”; followed by “Time-lapse” and “Cinematic Photo”.

New accessories include the Screen Protect Semi Hard Sheet PCK-LM13 with anti-fingerprint coating beautifully protects your LCD screen.

The NEX-5R will be available in Asia Pacific from November 2012.

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