Sony didn’t debut the A3000 in splendid isolation today. It also unveiled the new NEX-5T, two new lenses, the 50mm ƒ/1.8 in black, and some new PlayMemories apps.
If you’re familiar with Sony’s NEX-5R then you’ll be familar with the NEX-5T, too. You’re looking at the same APS-C 16 megapixel sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25,600; 99 phase-detection auto-focus points; touchscreen for focusing and shutter release; and wi-fi. So where’s the update, then? The NEX-5T comes with Near Field Communication (NFC). This enables a one-touch wireless connection with Android smartphones and tablets that should make image sharing and remote camera control even easier, particularly with the embedded smart remote control that allows you to release your shutter from your smartphone.
The NEX-5T will be available from next month, coming in black, white, or silver, and will cost in the region of £600 ($700 with a 16-50mm pancake lens, $550 body-only).
New PlayMemories Apps
Sony is steadily expanding its range of PlayMemories camera apps, some of them free, some of them paid-for. This round sees a lens compensation app that applies corrections for peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, and barrel and pincushion distortion.
Smart remote control has been updated to version 2.0; it now allows auto-focus control directly your connected smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen, and adjustments to EV compensation, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. MF Assist lets you check the focus of your shots on your phone or tablet’s large screen.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1670Z): equivalent to 24-105mm on a 35mm camera, with advanced aspherical lens (AA lens) technology that combines one AA lens element and three normal aspherical elements to reduce lens size but shouldn’t sacrifice image quality. There’s also the Carl Zeiss T* coating to reduce glare and ghosting.
E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS (SELP18105G) is a 27 to 157.5mm full-frame equivalent. It has a zoom lever on the lens barrel that means easy-to-operate fixed or variable-speed power zooming.
And don’t forget the E 50mm F1.8 (SEL50F18) that’s now in black!