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Sony has announced the A5000, which it claims is currently the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital Wi-Fi camera, updating the Sony NEX-3N.
The camera features a 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, along with a BIONZ X processor, which is the same processor the a7 and a7R full frame cameras use. It also has a 180 degree tiltable screen, and NFC and Wi-Fi enable one touch sharing or remote control abilities with tablets or smartphones. ISO sensitivity is also manually adjustable up to ISO 16,000.
The camera is set to be available from March 2014, and is available to pre-order on the Sony website now.
From Sony: Packing a large 20.1 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, the A5000 produces exquisite images that belie its small size.
A serious step up from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras, the new A5000 puts pro-style picture quality in a beautifully designed body that fits easily in your pocket. While weighing just 210g, its compact body accommodates a built-in flash, and the camera’s handgrip is also re-styled for sure, steady handling with any E-mount lens attached.
Picture quality is boosted with a DSLR-sized 20.1 effective-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor that captures huge amounts of fine picture information. Images are further enhanced by the new-generation BIONZ X processor shared with the acclaimed α7 and α7R full-frame cameras. Detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies ensure even finer textures and lower noise, whatever you’re shooting. What’s more, sensitivity is now adjustable manually right up to ISO 16000 for impressive pictures in fading light.
On-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection with your Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. It’s easy sharing photos wirelessly on your mobile. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, and fire the shutter from a distance.
Accessories for the A5000 include the new LCS-EBB Body Case that’s exclusively styled for a sleek, elegant fit. Add the LCS-BBN Soft Carrying Case and STP-XSR1 Shoulder Strap that offer a stylish, colour-coordinated match. The LCS-BBN is a ‘bag-in-bag’ style soft case that stows neatly inside a rucksack or suitcase. Also available, the ACC-TRW is a value Accessory Kit that includes the BC-TRW Battery Charger and NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery Pack.
Co-ordinating beautifully with the A5000, the versatile SEL55210 (E55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS) telephoto zoom lens is now available in a matching black finish.