The Sony NEX-5 is a 14.2MP interchangeable lens camera with a mirrorless design. What makes the NEX-5 so special is that image sensor is the same physical size of those found in DSLRs like the Nikon D300s or Canon 7D. This sensor format is often referred to as APS-C format, which results from the sensor being roughly the same size and aspect ratio as the old (as in “1996 old”) Advanced Photo System type-C film.
Canon’s head of the Image Communication Products division, Masaya Maeda, recently confirmed in an interview with Reuters that it is aiming to compete directly with Sony, Panasonic and Olympus in the mirrorless camera market. [Read more…]
The Samsung NX10 is 14.6-megapixel camera offering an interchangeable lens design. The NX10 follows the Micro Four Thirds system from Olympus and Panasonic as a DSLR-like design without a bulky mirror and optical viewfinder. The NX10 uses a larger APS-C format sensor (with a 1.6x crop factor) as opposed to the Micro Four Thirds cameras (with smaller, 2x crop factor sensors).
The Samsung NX10 does a lot of things right in both form and function. To see how it stacks up against the competition, read on. [Read more…]
Update: After this post was published, Samsung contacted me and requested the addition of the following statement: This information was not supplied by Samsung and does not represent an official announcement of the NX10. Final technical specifications and details regarding the camera system will be made available by authorized Samsung representatives at a later date, with the official launch of the product.
It looks like some images of a production model of the Samsung NX10 have leaked out onto the web via DPR forums. The above image shows the smaller body design with no mirror in between the lens mount and the 14.6-megapixel sensor.
You can also see the video setting on the mode dial in the other images in the DPR forum. It looks like a pretty nice design; however, not quite as small as you might expect from a mirrorless body.
We’ve been waiting a long time to get hands on a production model from the Samsung NX series. It looks like we may be getting close to that actually happening. Hopefully, we’ll see a release by the time CES 2010 rolls around and get to play with this new camera.
[via DPR forum]