Tuesday, February 7, 2012
All About Mirrorless
What to know about the hottest category of digital cameras
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The Samsung NX series features a large, APS-C-format sensor and eight lenses, ranging from 27mm on the wide end to 305mm on the telephoto end (35mm equivalent). Samsung also offers an adapter to allow use of Pentax K-mount lenses.
Currently, Samsung offers three lenses for the NX cameras: the 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 portrait lens, ultracompact 20-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 zoom and 30mm ƒ/2 pancake lens. More lenses are in the works, and adapters allow use of a wide variety of third-party lenses. Samsung offers an adapter that permits use of Pentax K-mount lenses.
Samsung accessories include a GPS unit and two flash units.
The NEX-5N is even tinier than the original NEX-5 and improves on it with a 16.1-megapixel Sony sensor, quicker operation and a tilting 3.0-inch, touch-screen LCD. There's no built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder, but one with the same OLED technology as the NEX-7's is available as an accessory. Video capabilities are similar to the NEX-7's.
The NEX-C3 is the smallest and simplest-to-use NEX, with a new 16.2-megapixel Sony sensor and 1280x720 at 30p video in MP4 format.
Sony's current E-mount lens lineup for the NEX cameras includes nine lenses. Sony also offers two adapters that permit use of Sony A-mount DSLR lenses (and legacy Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses), and the aforementioned LA-EA2 adapter with its own translucent-mirror phase-detection AF system built-in.
Sony accessories include a compact stereo microphone, optical and OLED eye-level viewfinders, remote controls and flash.
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