New Sony NEX series
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11-05-10, 03:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I think Sony have shot themselves in the foot to an extent with the E-mount.
They're going to sell an adaptor to the alpha mount but it won't have any AF function. I suppose that it really depends on who buys the cameras - a newcomer to the SLR/hybrid market won't really care but any Sony/Konica-Minolta users who want one as a back-up or more portable alternative will loose all auto focus. It does maintain aperture control but I imagine that (as it's all electronically driven because there are no actuators in the lens mount) the adaptor might be rather pricey.
It is interesting that there will be an 18-200mm lens to go with it (along with the 18-55 and 16mm pancake options). I wonder how many people will buy this combination and treat it like a superzoom compact? It's obviously aimed more at the compact market than the SLR market (less external controls, compact styling etc).
Match14 has mentioned the minimal external controls but I don't think it'll make much difference. When it comes to PSAM modes it'll be fiddly but I would expect that 7 out of 10 NEX owners won't take it out of auto and, of the remaining 3 out of 10, 2 of them might use some preset scene modes.
I'll be honest though - I think it's the most interesting hybrid camera to date. The PENs are OK but I'm not impressed with the handling of them (the Panasonics are much better) and the NX10 is a little to conservative for me (in this market).
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