Bob did a show & tell with respect to a new, fast-growing segment of the camera market, featuring reduced size, weight, and inconvenience of gear, but without sacrificing lens interchangeability and image quality.
He described the recently celebrated Sony NEX-7 which manages to keep a full-size APS-C sensor and is only now starting to appear on store shelves in Canada. This follows a devastating blow to camera production facilities in Thailand due to a major flood last summer/fall.
Rather than repeat what was said at our meeting there follows a brief spec sheet and picture from http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex7. Please read the full review at that source if you are interested.
It is Bob’s belief that this type of camera represents a significant change of direction for camera manufacturers, and that we will see more and more of a drive toward reduced size coupled with increasing image and movie capabilities. Ironically, Canon, which pioneered a through-the-mirror technology for a brief period some years ago, has absolutely no entry thus far in this new, emerging market; while Nikon has introduced a camera with the second smallest sensor currently available. It seems that the electronics firms, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, etc. are leading the new path. It will be interesting to see how the market plays out among this wider field of players.
Sony NEX-7 specification highlights:
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor (shared with the SLT A-77 and A-65)
- ISO 100-16000 (100-1600 in Auto)
- Built-in 2.4M dot OLED EVF with eye sensor
- Electronic first-curtain shutter (cuts response time from 100ms to 20ms)
- ‘AVCHD Progressive’ 1080p60 HD movie recording with built-in stereo mic
- Tilting rear screen
- Three-dial user interface
- Built in flash and Alpha hotshoe
- Infra-red remote control receiver
- Microphone input socket