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Sony rolls out NEX-5R with flip-up LCD, Wi-Fi, and Camera App Store

Date posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sony has announced their new Alpha NEX-5R mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which is the replacement to last year's NEX-5N. The big changes here include a new "Fast Hybrid" AF system, an LCD that flips upward 180 degrees (like on the NEX-F3), Wi-Fi, and yes, an App Store. The NEX-5R is the first camera to allow you to download additional features right from your LCD screen. Here are all the details:

Alpha NEX-5R [specs]

  • Newly designed 16.1 effective Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Fast Hybrid AF system puts 99 phase-detection sites on the sensor itself that work hand-in-hand with the 25-point contrast detect AF system
    • Lenses will require a firmware update to take advantage of this new AF system; the 18-55, 55-210, and 18-200 Sony lenses, plus the 24mm Zeiss lens will be ready at launch
  • Supports all Sony E-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
    • Classic Minolta/Sony A-mount lenses supported via optional adapter
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD flips upward 180 degrees (for self-portraits) and downward 50 degrees (a big improvement over the NEX-F3), has 921k pixels
  • Full manual controls, with RAW support
    • ISO range of 100 - 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec
    • More enthusiast friendly with the addition of the customizable Function button and control dial from the NEX-F3
  • Point-and-shoot users have Intelligent and Superior Auto modes to select a scene mode, and more
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to send photos to your PC, a smartphone, or directly to Facebook and PlayMemories Online
    • "Camera Apps" available for download at launch include Picture Effect+, Bracket Pro, Multi Frame NR, Photo Retouch, and Smart Remote Control
    • Future apps include Time Lapse and Cinematic Photo (more details on all the apps after the link)
    • Sony told me that some apps will be free, while others may cost a few dollars (sound off about paying for camera features on our Facebook page)
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting with tracking AF
  • Always handy electronic level
  • Usual Sony bells and whistles: Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Anti Motion Blur,
  • No built-in flash; small external flash included
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/60p with stereo sound, manual controls
  • Memory card slot handles both SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo media
  • Uses NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery, 330 shots per charge
  • Optional wireless remote, stereo mic, electronic viewfinder
  • Available in silver, black, and white
  • Ships in October for $650 body only or $750 with an 18 - 55 mm lens



New Sony NEX-5R Camera Delivers Professional Imaging Power and Wi-Fi® Convenience in Lightweight, Stylish Package

New Compact System Camera Introduces Fast Hybrid AF and Downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™

SAN DIEGO, August 29, 2012 – Combining a stylish, lightweight design and the freedom of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy AF and the introduction of Wi-Fi capability, the new Sony α NEX-5R compact system camera offers all the benefits of DSLR-style imaging in a more convenient, portable package with added connectivity.    

The NEX-5R camera features a newly-developed 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor - identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras - combined with a powerful BIONZ® processor to assure richly detailed still images and crisp Full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions. 
In a first for Sony’s line of interchangeable lens cameras, the new NEX-5R model features “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus technology, combining phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation.  It is also Sony’s first interchangeable lens camera with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities for easy image sharing, saving and viewing, and introduces the new concept of downloadable Camera Apps for adding creative, fun features that can be personalized to fit a photographer’s needs.

“With the NEX-5R camera, Sony brings the core strength of our consumer electronics business into play to fully support our digital imaging business.  This unique combination of technology and style results in a compelling new product that strikes the ultimate balance between size and performance.” said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera business group at Sony Electronics. “With a host of exciting, innovative new features and the same outstanding image and HD video quality that our E-mount line has become known for, the NEX-5R is an ideal choice for step-up point-and-shoot users or more serious photo enthusiasts who don’t want to compromise on image quality and connectivity while traveling light.”

Fast Hybrid AF

The intuitive new “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus 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.

Wi-Fi Sharing and New Camera Apps

The added connectivity of the NEX-5R camera allows photos and videos to 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 new concept of PlayMemories Camera Apps 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” as mentioned earlier, 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.

Added Flexibility and Functionality

Aesthetically, the new NEX-5R features a new fully programmable control dial and function button, a versatile combination for photographers accustomed to the flexibility and direct control of a DSLR camera.  It also has a switchable on-screen digital level gauge that helps keep horizons level with landscapes and architectural shots.

Additionally, the new α NEX-5R model features an intuitive touch-screen LCD with a Touch Shutter function for added convenience.  The clear, bright touchscreen can also flip upwards 180 degrees for easy arm’s length self-portraits.

Full HD (1920x1080@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. 

New Sony α Accessories

On the α accessories front, the stylish new LCS-SL20/B soft carrying case will be compatible with the new Sony NEX-5R model as well as other E-mount camera bodies.  It features four internal dividers for easy storage of camera bodies and lenses, as well as a dedicated space for a tablet.  The new LCS-SL10/B soft carrying case offers two internal dividers and multiple storage pockets in a compact size.

Also designed for Sony’s E-mount line is the new LCS-EME/BL, a modern, innovative sling bag.  With space to accommodate an NEX and two additional lenses, the LCS-EME/BI is a perfect accessory for active photographers.   Additionally, a new Screen Protect Semi-Hard sheet (model PCK-LM13) will be available that will help protect both the camera and lens of the new NEX-5R camera.

Pricing and Availability

The NEX-5R compact system camera will be available this October in silver, black and white for about $750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens as well as body-only for about $650.   

The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please visit www.blog.sony.com/nex5r  for a full video preview of the new NEX-5R compact system camera and follow #SonyNEX on twitter for the latest α NEX camera news.


Sony Launches Exciting New Developments for PlayMemories Family of Digital Imaging Apps and Services

Camera Apps offer new, creative ways to create and share memories across multiple devices

SAN DIEGO, August 29, 2012 – Sony is expanding its PlayMemories family of digital imaging services and applications with the introduction of PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that allows for on-demand install of camera functions and features to boost the overall imaging experience.  

Sony is also adding several new enhancements to increase the connectivity and compatibility of PlayMemories, allowing users to more easily share, edit and enjoy digital photos and videos across a range of products from cameras, smartphones and tablets to Sony PlayStation®3 and compatible BRAVIA TVs.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Initially supported by the Wi-Fi enabled NEX-5R interchangeable lens camera, the PlayMemories Camera Apps service offers a variety of applications that expand camera functionality, allowing users to personalize their photographic experience and enhance their network connectivity.  These include:

  • “Picture Effect+” -- expands the range of artistic treatments available in the camera’s standard Picture Effect mode.
  • “Bracket Pro” -- automatically shoots a rapid burst of two to three images at different ‘bracketed’ settings – for shutter speed, aperture or focus or flash (flash bracket includes two frames).  Users can see the effect of setting changes on the three shots and choose the one that best fits their needs.
  • “Multi Frame NR” -- captures a series of images in rapid succession and stitches them together to create one low-noise photo at selected ISO speed.  It’s ideal for capturing atmospheric night-time scenes, or shooting in dark conditions without using flash. 
  • “Photo Retouch” -- adds a generous palette of adjustments like brightness, saturation and contrast plus Soft Skin, re-size and other post-shooting effects.  Also available is the Auto Portrait Framing feature which detects the faces in images captured and intelligently applies the recommended composition afterwards.

Sony also plans to introduce several other new apps including:

  • “Time-lapse”” -- automatically captures a series of still pictures at adjustable intervals. These images are automatically combined by the camera, and can be replayed like a video clip.
  • “Cinematic Photo” captures a series of frames and stitches them together into a fun, animated picture effect where parts of a static image appear to move while others remain static.

Additionally, directly downloadable utilities include:

  • “Smart Remote Control” -- tethers the NEX-5R camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet, allowing users to see a live view image on the screen of their connected device, adjust exposure if necessary and release the shutter of the camera.  Captured pictures are also sent automatically to the connected device. 
  • “Direct Upload” -- enables images to be directly uploaded from the connected camera to PlayMemories Online and Facebook™ using Wi-Fi connectivity.

New PlayMemories Camera Apps will be available beginning in October 2012.

PlayMemories Online

Sony’s compatible BRAVIA TVs are now able to view photos and video posted on PlayMemories Online directly, expanding the breadth of devices capable of using the service.

PlayMemories Mobile

This Android/iOS app simplifies video and photo transfers to smartphones or tablet devices from Wi-Fi enabled cameras such as the NEX-5R model.  Additionally, while using the PlayMemories Mobile application in tandem with the “Smart Remote Control” camera app (as referenced earlier), consumers have the ability to remotely control the NEX-5R camera and new HDR-AS15 Action Cam (comes pre-installed with Smart Remote Control App) using their smartphone.
PlayMemories Studio

PlayMemories Studio makes organizing, editing and viewing videos and photos on PlayStation®3 as fun and intuitive as playing a game.
This application evolves with the brand-new ability to output images on Sony’s 4K televisions, which contain about four times more detail than full high-definition.  Consumers can enjoy high resolution images taken by current digital cameras on Sony’s new BRAVIA  XBR-84X900 4K LED TV.
Additional enhancements to PlayMemories Studio include easy content uploads to YouTube and PlayMemories Online.