Sony has announced its own mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system, with two new models, the Sony NEX-3 and Sony NEX-5. The cameras are the first models in a series which is designed to rival the Micro Four Thirds system from Olympus and Panasonic, and the Hybrid system from Samsung.

Like those systems, the Sony NEX cameras feature a DSLR-size sensor (in this case a 14.2MP Exmor CMOS) and interchangeable lenses (via a new E-mount)  but by dispensing with the mirror assembly of DSLRs enable the cameras to be little bigger than compacts.

Key features of the flagship Sony NEX-5, which is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, include full 1080i HD movie recording, tilt-and swivel LCD screen, Sweep Panorama with 3D capability, and a 7 frame per second burst mode.

Three E mount lenses have been announced for the NEX cameras, including  the E18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom, the E18-200 F/3.5-6.3 zoom and the low-profile E16mm F/2.8 ‘pancake’ lens. In addition, the LA-EA1 mount adaptor enables Sony’s Alpha lenses and converters to be fitted.

The cameras will be available this summer. Prices are yet to be announced.

See full announcement from Sony

Watch the video of the Press Conference

Sony NEX images:

 Sony NEX-3Sony NEX-3

 Sony NEX-5Sony NEX-5

Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-5

Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-5

Watch the Video of the Press Conference

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  • Mike Salt

    Graham these idiots wont understand till they use it, i think its excellent and i am with you mate

  • dvuk

    There’s a hands-on of what it actually feels like to use here:

  • Graham Austin

    So this high spec camera looks like a cheap toy and your cheap toy looks like a real camera? LOL
    I’ll reserve judgment till I’ve seen the reviews based on performance – not aethetics

  • H.Tongue

    It’s attributes may be good but it looks like a box from the ’50’s, cheap toy looking.
    I have two Sony cameras, the latest being DSC-H50… this looks like a camera should!

  • Graham Austin

    So it’s all about looks then is it?

  • Colm Gallagher

    They may be small but they are horrible! No style at all,compared to the Pen EP2 which I own and love.

  • sally

    What is the ISO range and quality at high end