New DSLR, CSC and compact flagships from Sony

Sony has dramatically boosted its offer at the premium end of the three key digital camera formats with the full-frame Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR, the NEX-6 mirrorless interchangeable and a full-frame digital compact, the Cyber-Shot RX1.

Sony also announced a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 PZ OSS lens for NEX-series cameras.

The A99 is the first ‘full frame’ camera to use Sony’s Translucent Mirror technology and features a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a base sensitivity of ISO 100-25600, which can be expanded to ISO 50 and ISO 102400.

Our good friends at Photo Review have reviewed the new camera in a detailed ‘First Look’ from technical editor Margaret Brown. To view the review, click here.

To access the Sony A99 press release, click here.

The A99 will be available at the end of October at a body-only RRP of $2999 (US online  price, $2798).

Following the announcement of the Wi-Fi-equipped NEX-5R a couple of weeks ago, the new NEX-6 is the second model with Wi-Fi and comes with a user interface that will be ‘more attractive to photo enthusiasts’ according to Ms Brown.

It has the same 16MP APS-C sensor as the NEX-5R but includes a conventional mode dial and XGA-OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder as well as a built-in flash.

Once again, Photo Review has had a pre-production model of the NEX-6 for a couple of weeks, enabling Margaret Brown to evaluate it, but without any technical tests. A detailed ‘First Look’ with sample images can be accessed here.

The NEX-6 will be available with in single lens kit in early November with an RRP of $1299 (US online price, US$998.)

To access the Sony NEX-6 press release, click here.

The new Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 features the same full-frame 24-megapixel sensor as the A99, and  has a wide aperture f2 35mm fixed-focal lens. Macro is down to 20cm. The camera weighs under 500g with battery and memory card, making it far and away the lightest full-frame camera in the world to date.

It features a ‘multi interface’ hotshoe compatible with optional flash, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder or clip-on LCD monitor.

RRP is $2999 (US online: US$2798) and local availability is slated for November.

To access the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 press release, click here.

 

 

 

 


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