Whilst DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses may produce high-quality images and look the business, owners of these top-notch devices nearly always seem to admit to also possessing another, albeit smaller camera, which they can conveniently place into a bag or pocket and leave their DSLR safe at home for those more ‘special’ photo opportunities.
The reason for this is twofold: One these types of cameras are pretty pricey so people don’t want to run the risk of having it stolen down their local pub, and two SLR cameras are usually big and bulky and therefore not practical to be a permanent feature in a handbag. That was until Sony produced the NEX-3 and NEX-5, which by being the ‘world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera’, has generated a revolutionary approach to DSLR cameras.
New to the Alpha family, the NEX-3 and NEX-5 are sleek, slim, subtle, the former being just 25.4mm at its slimmest point and the latter being 24.2mm, and easy to use, but do not compromise the high picture quality associated with ‘conventional’ DSLR digital cameras, meaning professional photography is now available to the less professional of photographers.
The real beauty of Alpha’s latest additions is the fact that they are compatible with a wide range of interchangeable lenses, which significantly enhances photographic capabilities and smashes the limitations standard lens digital cameras frustratingly adhere to. Perhaps the greatest of these frustrations is the inability to capture an image with a wide field of view, an irritation which can be resolved by boosting field of view by using the VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Converter or the VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter. But Sony have taken panoramic vision a step further as the NEX-3 and NEX-5 are Alpha’s first cameras which feature Sweep Panorama with 3D capability. By sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically, whilst the shutter button is pressed down, the camera will burst into a series of high-speed frames, creating 23 megapixel panoramas with a 226 degree angle of view.
Although still images are not the only aspect of modern shooting to reach ground-breaking new depths with Sony’s latest cameras, as the NEX-3 and the NEX-5 are the first Alpha cameras to offer HD video recording. This full HD (1920 – 1080) video recording can be connected to a HD television and together provide for the upmost of quality in home recording.
Instead of DSLR cameras gathering dust in the cupboard until a wedding or christening takes place, enthusiasts will be able take advantage of the indisputable rewards DSLA cameras provide on a more daily level from June when the NEX-3 and NEX-5 will be available in the UK.