Sony EVIL camera specs

Sony has expressed their interest in releasing an EVIL camera before. Here ere are some detailed specs of the upcoming mirrorless camera from Sony:

  • 14mp APS-C CMOS
  • brand new Sony E mount
  • used SDHC or MS
  • RAW supported
  • 3.0 LCD 920K color
  • 11 AF point
  • ISO 200-12800
  • video recording (model NEX5: 1080  NEX3:720p) format Mp4 or AVCHD
  • built-in flash and AF Assistance light
  • new FW50 batteries
  • body: NEX5-D/K/A  NEX3-D/K/A
  • lens: 18-55/F3.5-5.6 , 16mm/2.8

The new mount will be called E-mount (an adapter will be available for Alpha mount lenses) and the expected camera names are NEX3 and NEX5.

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  • http://www.shinkadesign.com/ Kyle

    Not bad, I guess. Will have to see what size the sensor is before getting excited. Would like to see faster glass, though. Would much prefer 20/1.7 like Panasonic vs 17/2.8 like Olympus.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/michalrosa/ Michal

      “Will have to see what size the sensor is before getting excited.”

      The specs above are quite clear about the sensor size.

      • Sky

        Yep… it’s APS-C sensor from Alpha 550.

        • http://www.shinkadesign.com/ Kyle

          Dear me. Sorry for overlooking the obvious…

  • Anonymous

    sensor size please.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/michalrosa/ Michal

    Google what “APS-C” means.

  • tibor

    this is outstanding. hope the video is good as well.

  • jehanon

    200 ISO , APS-C
    interest= 0

  • fiatlux

    Interesting. On an APS-C sensor, a 16mm would be equivalent to a 24mm!

  • Lorenzo

    It sounds interesting. Now, before facing another Samsung-EVIL fiasco, let’s see the actual dimensions of the camera, and the lens roadmap….

    • Sky

      You will get all Alpha mount lenses through an adaptor without optical element – this means over 100 lenses in shops available during premier date.

      • Jeremy

        May I use my nikons?

        • Adam Maas

          Yeah, Nikon’s with aperture rings won’t be an issue although knowing Sony you’ll need a chipped adapter to get IS. A third-party adapter will be needed though.

          It’s M mount which is the real question (and one place where Samsung blew it). If you can adapt M mount, there’s a huge ready-made market, if not m43 will continue to dominate for adaptation.

      • Lorenzo

        I can use Sony or Nikon lenses also on the m43 cameras. The point is different: Mirrorless camera are mirrorless not only because this way they are smaller, but also because this way dedicated lenses can be smaller but as good as lenses for mirror cameras.
        Using bulky lenses on small cameras is counterproductive: it is not a small “package”, and its weight is far unbalanced toward the lens (which is bad, especially if you use a tripod).
        So, where was I… ah yes, DEDICATED lens roadmap… where is it?

        • LGo

          … but by being able to use existing lenses (specially smaller prime lenses as well as lenses designed for APS-C sensor bodies), one will not need to spend a fortune to amass a collection of lenses for the EV-IL camera.

          Besides, some of the zoom lens made for m4/3 body are anything but small.

          • Adam Maas

            Actually, all of the m4/3rds zooms are exceedingly compact, it’s just that the available size optimizations are much smaller for longer lenses. So the 45-200′s not all that much smaller than your average 50-200 APS-C lens but you can lose the 7-14/4 inside the lens cap of Nikon’s 14-24.

            The reason is the compromises inherent to lens design. With lenses longer than the camera’s register, you can use symmetrical or telephoto lens designs. Symmetrical designs have the optical group’s centre at infinity focus located the focal length from the film/centre plane. Telephoto lenses have the lens group located closer to the film plane than the focal length. This results in a certain lower limit to lens size for a given focal length and as these designs typically have much more coverage than needed (most 35mm SLR designs for 300mm lenses will cover MF if the appropriate mount were attatched) so you don’t get a size advantage from reducing coverage.

            With lenses shorter than the register, with SLR’s you need to use retrofocal designs, which result in lenses which are physically longer than the focal length, and the lenses tend to grow as focal length gets shorter. With mirrorless designs you don’t need to do this and the lenses can stay very compact unless other considerations (usually the combination of large apertures and small diameter mounts) force you to use retrofocal designs. Also coverage is much harder to achieve so smaller formats allow less complex designs at a given focal length. This means that the wider the lens, the larger the size advantage for m43 cameras.

          • Sky

            Thanks for pointing this out Adam! :)

  • disco

    It has begun!

    (ooops, wrong site)

  • Pipe dreaming

    Hehe,
    What would a rumour site be without rumours.
    Here someone is just pipe dreaming.
    Where’s the meat?

  • Alan

    As Sony is clearly struggling to make the desired inroads into the DSLR market it makes good sense to widen their base in this way. These cameras are as yet only a relatively small [yet growing] segment of the camera market, but a number of manufacturers must look enviously at them selling at such inflated prices. How much better for the consumer though if there was a common lens mount standard for this class.

  • Alan

    As Sony is clearly struggling to make the desired inroads into the DSLR market it makes good sense to widen their base in this way. These cameras are as yet only a relatively small [yet growing] segment of the camera market, but a number of manufacturers must look enviously at them selling at such inflated prices. How much better for the consumer though if there was a common lens mount standard for this class. Thank goodness for the independent adapter manufacturers.

  • Anonymous

    Come on! Anyone thought an EVIL camera with full frame sensor? That would be revolutionary!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/michalrosa/ Michal

      Yeah, and so expensive it would be beyond 99.99% of the potential market.

      • Anonymous

        It could be cheaper than the A850 and of course than the silly priced M9! A system capable of both FF and APS-C would be the best solution.

        • Sky

          One billion dollar toy?

    • http://www.josephferrari.com Joseph

      It would be great in a full-sensor—and Sony may eventually be first in full-frame mirroless system.

      C-frame is a good beginning, I hope they create a true hybrid—like the Panasonic GH1.

  • Kampela

    Now I see why big boys (Nikon and Canon) have not get into 4/3 game. They are making their own evil “standard” mount which can only use their own lenses. Just like Sony is doing.

  • Jeremy

    May I use nikon’s lenses on it?

    • Sky

      if someone will make an adapter – sure. And making Nikon mount adapter for mirrorless camera shouldn’t be difficult… something like “make it in your backyard” as it won’t require lens.

    • Mistral75

      If there is an adapter, which will be easy since the flange/register of such camera will be shorter than the Nikon F one, you can use Nikkors on it, but not G lenses: you need a diaphragm ring otherwise you will only be able to shot at full aperture for the adapter will be purely mechanical with no electronic coupling whatsoever.

      • Richard

        It would be interesting to see if someone could come up with an electronic adapter which would enable auto-focus and such on at least some lenses. Some clever engineer may already be at work on the concept, if not the actual piece (as the specifics are not yet known). The posting implies that this will be the way the alpha lenses work.

  • http://kokorolibrary.net Kokoro

    Does the world really need yet another lens mount?

  • vincent

    iso 102,400 please.

    • Sky

      lol?! What for? It’s totally useless in every single DSLR that allows that high iso.
      Equally good they could go with ISOkazillion – noone would use it anyway.

      • Adam Maas

        Go look at the results at ISO 102,000 from the D3s. It wasn’t so long ago that ISO3200 on most DSLR’s was giving similar results.

        Quite usable under the right circumstances. Give it a couple years and it will be completely usable.

        • Sky

          in early ’2000 photos from DSLRs at ISO 200 looked worse than current ISO 6400 not saying about resolution advantage we have now (so if you’ll scale 24MPx photo down to 6MPx you get waaay better picture), so yes, it’s true that in few years we gonna have usable ISO 102,000.

          I just hope it won’t be made by stopping the progress with ISO 100 quality. Honestly I’d prefer ISO 64 or lower camera with uber-details over usable ISO 102,000.

  • Mario

    I need viewfinder in this EVIL

    • Sky

      “I need HD viewfinder in this EVIL”
      fixed.

      • LGo

        :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/ Daniel*1977

    I got NX10 am very positively surprised!
    I wonder what will sony. Well, that would be competition in the market – the customer will enjoy.
    If You are interested, here is my stream with pictures taken with NX10:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/sets/72157623212388171/

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