Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 Reviewed

A few weeks back, Sony announced a couple of new cameras called the Sony NEX-3 and the Sony NEX-5. Both cameras looked very impressive. Each uses the Micro Four Thirds format making both cameras very compact.

The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 concept was first displayed a few months ago. At that point we saw a very small bodied camera with a DSLR lens on the front. We didn’t expect them to arrive this quick though.

Each camera falls in to the Alpha range of digital SLR cameras although the lens mount differs in that a new E-mount is used on the NEX-3 and NEX-5.

The company told us that it felt its competitors had merely miniaturized, rather than revolutionized, so it’s no surprise that the NEXs are more than just the company’s SLRs with the mirrors removed. Instead you get a wholly new system with metal-bodied kit lenses (something we didn’t expect to see again in a mainstream product), and an accessory port instead of a conventional flash hot shoe.

The full NEX-3 and NEX-5 review can be found over here which goes through a good number of pages worth showing image quality, video quality, build quality and so forth. However, the conclusion is quite disappointing in that it scores just 63% and has quite a long list of cons. We were hoping for so much more from Sony with these cameras, but it seems a lot of it is about shrinking down what is already available rather than innovating.

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