updated 12:15 am EDT, Tue August 27, 2013
New slim device uses E-series lenses, available next month
Today, Sony has introduced the NEX-5T Compact System Camera, integrating Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications (NFC) with a fast hybrid auto-focus system. The new camera has a 16.1MP sensor, allowing the camera to take in more light during image capture -- a feature the company claims approximates that of a DSLR experience in a point-and-shoot device.
A SELP1650 motorized zoom lens is included with the new camera, which measures 1.2 inches thick when fully retracted. The lens contains built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
The new NEX-5T camera is the first Sony interchangeable lens camera to feature NFC, giving the extra convenience of one-touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets. A connection is activated automatically as soon as the mobile device touches the camera, allowing for immediate image and video sharing between devices.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos between compatible devices through use of Wi-Fi and Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application, available for both the iOS and Android platforms. The new camera is compatible with Sony's assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses. In total, 16 different lenses are now available, including several premium models from Carl Zeiss and G Lenses.
The NEX-5T compact system camera will be offered in silver, black and white for about $700 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650). It will be available for purchase in early September.