Showing posts with label Viewfinder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Viewfinder. Show all posts

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sony NEX-F3 3rd Generation Mirrorless Camera

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Sony NEX-F3 with 16mm Lens

It's hard to believe that a 3rd generation NEX body is available. The 16.1 mp Sony NEX-F3 continues the lineage from the NEX-3 to the NEX-C3 as an entry level interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. F can either stand for "flip" for the LCD screen, which is a first for the NEX system. F can also stand for "flash", which is now built-in similar to the flagship, Sony NEX-7.

The NEX-F3 introduces USB charging for the NEX cameras. This will make your travel kit smaller since the battery charger is not necessary. A wall socket to USB adapter can be shared with other electronic devices.

The NEX-F3 also introduces Auto Portrait Framing which identifies the model's position and trims the scene to produce a pleasing portrait composition. Self portraits are easy with the new flip screen.

Clear Image Zoom doubles the effective magnification of the lens using Sony's Pixel Super Resolution Technology. Another new feature for NEX cameras.

Video resolution is now 1080p/60i or 24p, up from the NEX-C3's 720p resolution.

The NEX-F3 is compatible with the FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder for the NEX-5N.

The Sony NEX-F3 Kit with 18-55mm lens is $600 and is available for pre-order for a June 2012 delivery.

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Sony NEX-F3 180 Degree Flip LCD

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USB Rechargeable Sony NEX-F3

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Sony NEX-F3 Built in Flash

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Sony NEX-F3 with Black 18-200mm OSS Lens

Monday, January 30, 2012

White Sony NEX-5N with Electronic Viewfinder

Here is Conrad A-B's NEX-5N in White livery with the FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder. Are these the first white bodied NEX-5Ns to the the Americas? It's good looking kit.

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sony nex-5n white evf

Sony NEX-5N in White by Conrad A-B

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Stock Image of NEX-5N in White

Thanks Conrad!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Download Sony NEX-5N Handbook in PDF

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Parts of the Sony NEX-5N

Above is a page from the extensive Sony NEX-5N Handbook / User Manual. It explains many of the new features and capabilities of the new NEX-5N including its new lenses and accessories.

Click here to download the Sony NEX-5N Handbook / User Manual in Adobe PDF format.

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NEX-5N EVF from the Sales Brochure

As a bonus we found the Sony NEX-5N Sales Brochure. The snippet above shows the features of the new XGA OLED TruFinder for the NEX-5n. It contains plenty of information on the new NEX-5N, E-mount lenses, and accessories.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Preview of NEX-7 TriNavi and EVF

Sony NEX-7 TriNavi Demo

The video above shows the Sony NEX-7 TriNavi or Tri-Dial Navi Controls. The new user interface allows for quick and easy adjustments without going into too many menus. Once you have customized and familiarized yourself with the NEX-7 TriNavi adjustments will become second nature. We have never found the NEX-5 controls fuzzy especially after the Firmware 3.0 update which allowed for Customized Softkeys but the TriNavi is definitely an improvement.

The NEX-7 in the video is in Aperture Priority mode and the TriNavi was used to adjust the following:
  • Aperture/Exposure Compensation/ISO
  • Focus Points
  • White Balance
  • Dynamic Range/HDR Adjustments
  • Creative Styles and Adjustments
The NEX-7 is then switched to Picture Effect mode and the TriNavi is used to go through the options.

The video below shows the Sony Alpha SLT-a77's electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is the same XGA 2.35 Million dot OLED EVF used on the Sony NEX-7. The video shows a horizon / level indicator and the data overlays available in the EVF. We cannot confirm if this will be exactly the same as the NEX-7's EVF but it should be fairly close.

Sony SLT-A77 EVF Demo

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Sony NEX-7 TriNavi Tri-Dial Controls

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sony NEX-5N vs NEX-5 Spec Comparison

Sony NEX-5N vs NEX-5 Spec Comparison

Let's compare the specs of the new Sony NEX-5N to the one that started it all, the NEX-5. The form is slightly slimmer but Sony kept the shape very familiar. Now let's see what the new functions are of the NEX-5N.

Effective Picture Resolution
  • NEX-5N: Approx. 16.1 megapixels
  • NEX-5: Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Imaging Sensor
  • NEX-5N: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • NEX-5: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Shutter Lag
  • NEX-5N: 0.02 seconds
  • NEX-5: 0.44 seconds
ISO Performance
  • NEX-5N: 100 to 25600
  • NEX-5: 200 to 12800
Video Controls
  • NEX-5N: Full Manual Control P, A, S, and M Modes Available
  • NEX-5: Exposure lock with half press of Shutter Button
Video Recording
  • NEX-5N: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
  • NEX-5: AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p
Still Image Size 3:2
  • NEX-5N: L (16M): 4912 X 3264 M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368 S (4M): 2448 X 1624
  • NEX-5: L (14M): 4592 X 3056 M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224 S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
Still Image Size 16:9
  • NEX-5N: L (14M): 4912 X 2760 M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000 S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376
  • NEX-5: L (12M): 4592 X 2576 M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872 S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
Burst Buffer
  • NEX-5N: JPEG (Fine: 10 shots, Standard: 10 shots), RAW (6 shots), RAW+JPEG (4 shots)
  • NEX-5: JPEG (unlimited to card capacity) RAW (8 shots) RAW+JPEG (5 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed
  • NEX-5N: Continuous (up to 3fps) Speed Priority (up to 10fps)
  • NEX-5: Continuous (2.3fps) Speed Priority (7fps)
Exposure Compensation
  • NEX-5N: ±3.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
  • NEX-5: ±2.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)

Sony NEX-5N LCD Touchscreen In Action

LCD Touchscreen
  • NEX-5N: Yes
  • NEX-5: No
LCD Brightness Control
  • NEX-5N: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather
  • NEX-5: Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)

Sony NEX-5N with FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder

Optional Viewfinder
Battery Life
  • NEX-5N: Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)
  • NEX-5: Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
Weight (Approx.)
  • NEX-5N: Approx. 7.4 oz (210g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 9.5 oz (269g) (w/battery & media)
  • NEX-5: Approx. 8.1 oz (229g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 10.1 oz (287g) (w/battery & media)

Click here for full Sony NEX-5N Specs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Amazon Reveals Sony NEX-5 Specs

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Sony NEX-5N with new 16.1 MP Sensor

The Sony NEX-5N on Amazon reveals the much awaited specs for the new camera. Here are the highlights:
  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor
  • Maximum 25600 ISO for extreme low light images.
  • Full 1080p HD movie shooting 60p/24p - 24 frames per second for film like motion capture
  • Photo Creativity Touch - touchscreen lcd.
  • Object Tracking Autofocus (AF) via Touch LCD - lock onto an object using the touchscreen and the NEX-5N will maintain focus as it moves.
  • 20 millisecond shutter lag - fastest interchangeable lens digital camera.
  • Optional XGA OLED Viewfinder - part number FDA-EV1S - 2,395K dot viewfinder. The Olympus VF3 for the Olympus E-P3 is 920k.
  • New LA-EA2 Phase Detect AF Lens Adapter with a translucent mirror. Super fast AF with Sony Alpha lenses including Carl Zeiss AF lenses.
  • 25 point autofocus sensors
  • 430 shot battery life - we were getting around 300 shots with the Sony NEX-5.
  • Projected price of $699 with 18-55mm OSS Lens.

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Sony NEX-5N FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder

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Sony NEX LA-EA2 Phase Detect AF Lens Adapter with Translucent Mirror

Sony NEX-5N Rear Touchscreen LCD

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It looks like Amazon took down the page for now. We will update this post when the NEX-5N shows up again on Amazon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sony NEX-5N with Electronic Viewfinder

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Sony NEX-5N Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

Here is the first image of the new electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the upcoming Sony NEX-5N camera. Press the button on the NEX-5N EVF and choose between the EVF or the rear LCD for shooting. The battery life should last longer by using the EVF instead of the rear LCD. The NEX-5N EVF reportedly can be tilted for different shooting angles.

We are hoping that this is backwards compatible for the NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras. We also have no information if this will work on the NEX-C3.

What are your thoughts on the NEX-5N EVF?

Here was our first NEX-5N post.

Thanks eddieaus!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sony NEX Arca Swiss Cold Shoe and L-Bracket

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Here are some pictures by Terry of new Arca Swiss accessories for the Sony NEX. The cold shoe adapter uses the same interface as the standard flash. Screw it in and now you have a place for an accessory viewfinder, similar to the Sony FDA-SV1.

sony nex arca swiss cold shoe

The Arca Swiss L-bracket provides a solid platform for attaching the NEX to a tripod. The camera can easily be changed from landscape to portrait orientation without moving the tripod head.

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The Arca Swiss NEX Cold Shoe and NEX L-Bracket will be released next month. The pricing has not been announced.

Thanks Terry!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sony NEX Viewfinder with Magnifier

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Doug F sent us an email showing his NEX-5 viewfinder. It's reminiscent of the Hasselblad Waist Level Finder where you focus using the lcd surrounded by a hood and if needed you can flip up a magnifier.
hasselblad waist level finder

The components to make this viewfinder are a hacked clearviewer, the magnifying element, and a Sony NEX LCD hood. The whole unit folds up neatly and doesn't add bulk to the svelt NEX body.

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sony nex clearviewer hood viewfinder
sony nex clearviewer hood viewfinder
If you're using manual focus lenses, shooting should be a bit faster since you don't have to magnify the image 7x or 14x.

sony nex clearviewer hood viewfinder
The Doug F viewfinder is also easily detachable from the NEX-5 since it is only mounted using the LCD hood connections.

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Sony NEX LCD hood.

Click here for more information on the Clearviewer.

Thanks Doug F!

Monday, January 31, 2011

DIY Lego Viewfinder for the NEX

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cubie created a viewfinder for the NEX using legos and a one time use film camera. if you don't have legos, sony has the FDA-SV1 optical viewfinder for you. The FDA-SV1 can be modified to accept 3rd party viewfinders.

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sony nex lego viewfinder diy
sony nex lego viewfinder diy
sony nex lego viewfinder diy
sony nex lego viewfinder diy
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sony nex lego viewfinder diy

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Thanks cubie!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sony NEX Cold Shoe Mount from JTec

We posted about using the NEX FDA-SV1 viewfinder with third party viewfinders back in October. Now a company in Connecticut created a cold shoe mount for the NEX cameras for use with any external optical viewfinder. JTec's NEX cold shoe mount is made out of 6061 aluminum and has a spring loaded screw which mates to the NEX's flash mount thread. JTec will even anodize it in black or silver to match your NEX. The suggested retail price is $59.95.

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JTec NEX Cold Shoe Mount

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Sony FDA-SV1 Viewfinder for the 16mm Pancake

Find out more at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

NEX FDA-SV1 and 3rd Party Viewfinders

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Sony NEX-5 with a Cosina Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide-Heliar and matching Viewfinder

We learned a nice trick today from AONO2009 about the Sony NEX FDA-SV1 Optical Viewfinder - the eyepiece can be separated from the base. Now we have a cold shoe that we can mount any 3rd party viewfinders on. Make sure to account for the 1.5x crop factor when buying one, a 24mm lens means you will need a 36mm viewfinder.

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Sony NEX FDA-SV1 Viewfinder Separated

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