Sony Alpha 99, NEX-6 mirror-less and more launched in India


Apart from the ground breaking RX1 full-frame camera, Sony has come to CEIF in full force and has launched a number of other high-end cameras that include the Alpha 99 DSLR, the NEX-6 and NEX-5R mirrorless cameras and the first 35mm full-frame Handycam, the NEX-VG900E.

The Alpha 99 is the world’s first translucent mirror full-frame 35mm camera with a dual auto-focus system with 19 sensors that also include 11 cross sensors plus a 102 auto-focus point system. It also features a new EXMOR CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24.3-megapixels that works in tandem with Sony’s BIONZ image processing engine. It comes armed with an array of professional style video features that aim to take on the likes of the Canon 5D Mark III.

It can shoot full HD 50p progressive movies with a non-stop continuous auto-focus and also has pro-audio features. This particular feature is a big deal because the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800 don’t have this capability. Additionally, it has a XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 100 percent frame coverage. This basically means the electronic viewfinder is as capable as an optical viewfinder and the user can also adjust the white balance.

Lastly, it has an ISO range of 50-25600 with a range of 9 stops and it can shoot a burst of full-resolution at 6fps or 10fps in tele-zoom high speed shooting modes. The Alpha 99 costs Rs 1,79,990 for body only.

The NEX-6 is Sony’s flagship mirror-less camera and it has been launched for Rs 49,990. Sony touts DSLR quality images and Full HD video from the 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and has an ISO range going up to 25600. It also has a DSLR like auto-focus tracking system for shooting up to 10fps and features Sony’s XGA Tru-Finder, and a built-in flash. The NEX-6 also allows users to share images over Wi-Fi and users can download new features with Play memory apps. The NEX-6 is compatible with e-mount of interchangeable lenses.

The NEX-5R, on the other hand, costs Rs 39,990, but shares a ton of features with the NEX-6. It shares the same 16.1 megapixel sensor, fast hybrid AF sensor and DSLR like auto-focus tracking and throws in some bells and whistles of its own like a 180 degree tilt-able LCD, but it drops the flash and the XGA Tru-finder.

In addition to this, Sony also launched the NEX-VG900E which becomes the first 35mm full-frame handycam with a 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor. The great thing about the NEX-VG900E is that film makers can opt for this instead of a DSLR camera like an Alpha 99 or a Canon 5D Mark III because it marries many DSLR-like properties inside a body of a handycam. It also has interchangeable lenses so users can opt for a wide variety lenses that include full-frame A-mount lenses that work via adaptors and E-mount lenses.

Apart from being able to shoot Full HD progressive video in 50p, 24p, 25p it has a extensive manual controls, a seesaw zoom lever and a high-end dynamic quad capsule spatial array microphone that can record high quality stereo as well as 5.1 surround sound. Other frills include a high-contrast XGA OLED tru-finder and a 3.0-inch touch panel LCD. The NEX-VG900 also costs Rs 179,990.

Photo Credits: Rohit Sharma

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