Sony has announced the new NEX-3 and NEX-5 as part of the new ilc e-series – both cameras feature a 14.2 megapixel Exmore APS CMOS sensor, new “E-Mount” interchangeable lenses, 7fps shooting, World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (NEX-5), 1080i HD movie recording (NEX-5) with stereo sound (720p on the NEX-3), fast and silent autofocus, Intuitive new interface with Help Guide and Shooting Tips, E-mount lens system compatible with Alpha DSLR lenses (with optional Mount Adaptor), Sweep Panorama with 3D capability, 3″ swivel screen, and ISO200-12800. They will be available in black, silver and red (NEX-3), and the NEX-5 features a Magnesium body. Flash is an optional extra. The NEX-5 will cost £550-£600, while the NEX-3 will cost £450-£500, both with 18-55mm kit lens (Source: AP).
“Joining the α (Alpha) family, the NEX-5 and NEX-3 team DSLR-quality imaging with the convenience of interchangeable lenses in a sleek new design that slips easily into a jacket pocket or bag. In contrast with conventional DSLR models, the ‘mirrorless’ construction shrinks the thickness of both cameras to just 24.2mm (NEX-5 excluding grip and mount) and 25.4mm (NEX-3, excluding grip and mount) at their slimmest point. As a luxurious extra refinement, the NEX-5 features a tough yet light-weight magnesium body, making it the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera.”