Sony Full Frame Mirrorless NEX Coming in a Year’s Time

December 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony has been in the image capturing industry for so long. They can undoubtedly be called the pioneer in innovation. The latest news that supports this fact is related to a new interchangeable lens camera that has already reached the ”final stage of development”.

The rumored gadget is all set to release within 12 months. There has been some light shed on this project as it has been revealed that the Sony’s secret project would be slightly larger in form than the NEX-7.

Checking out the NEX-7 once again, it is a high-end mirrorless camera that has a full-size, 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor and a built-in electronic XGA resolution OLED viewfinder in its small form factor.


When combined with the optional LA-EA2 Alpha mount adapter, the NEX-7 can shoot and autofocus with the full range of Sony Alpha mount lenses. The camera is the first NEX to use Sony’s Tri-Navi interface, which allows faster and simpler manual control of shooting functions.

The upcoming model has two prototypes that are said to be in the experimental phase. The first one is equipped with a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and the other is somewhere in the 30 / 32-megapixel range. Going through the current Sony trends, it is safe to expect that the camera will be of the E-mount variety, but there are sources that say that these devices will support A-mount lenses too.

For those who are not in the know of things, DSLR cameras are cameras that are equipped with relatively large sensors. These are defined by having a through-the-lens (TTL) optical viewfinder. It means that the light enters through the lens into a light box.

Then it is reflected off a mirror into a pentaprism (or pentamirror). This gets out through an optical viewfinder. When a picture is taken, the mirror flips out of the way and the light gets hit on the imaging surface (film or digital sensor).

Mirrorless cameras are a new category in between a regular digital camera and a full-fledged DSLR. They have interchangeable lenses like a DSLR but lack the optical viewfinder, they are typically smaller than DSLRs.

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