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October 22, 2012

Updates on Sony's Next Generation: RX1, A99, NEX-6, NEX-5R, new E-lenses

Sony, in some ways has been trying to break out in the interchangeable lens camera market in similar fashion that Samsung has been trying to break out in the smartphone and tablet market: flood the market with a vast variety of different models. The Sony flood the market strategy started rather miserably at CES 2009 with the "Alpha CCD Sister Wives", a handful of very similar Alpha DSLRs using CCD sensors. Since then, thankfully, Sony has been making steady progress, and their Photokina 2012 announcement managed to make a big splash with the 35mm full frame Sony RX1 fixed-lens camera, the Alpha A99 SLT dSLR, along with the NEX-6 and NEX-5R mirrorless cameras. This is a round-up of the latest happenings in the world of the Sony Next Generation cameras...

Sony RX1
+ first impressions at The/Pho/Blo/Grapher
+ availability: pre-order state for $2800

Sony Alpha A99
+ A99 vs Nikon D600 test-scene comparison (including one RAW) with the intent to compare sensors at Quesabesde
+ 33 full-size JPEG samples at
+ ISO-range color-charts comparison at SLR Lounge
+ availability: pre-order state for $2800

Sony NEX-6
+ 14 full-size JPEG gallery shot with the 16-50mm lens at Pop Photo (web slideshow format)
+ 21 full-size JPEG samples with the 10-18mm f4 OSS at
+ 21 full-size JPEG samples with the 35mm f1.8 OSS lens at
+ availability: pre-order state for $850 (body) and $1000 (w/16-50)

Sony NEX-5R
+ review at What Digital Camera?
+ 24 JPEG samples with the 24mm f1.8 ZA lens at
+ availability: body only and with 18-55mm are in-stock and shipping for $650 (body only) and $750 (w/18-55). Perhaps the more interesting kit for existing NEX photographers, the one with the new 16-50mm lens remains in pre-order state for $800

Samples with the Sony NEX lenses
+ samples with the 10-18mm f4 OSS, 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS, 35mm f1.8 OSS, 30mm f3.5 macro at
+ NEX lenses remain in pre-order state: 16-50mm ($350) and 35mm f1.8 OSS ($450) and 10-18mm f4 OSS ($850)

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