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Sony debuts NEX-5T camera with 16.1MP, Wi-Fi, NFC

updated 12:15 am EDT, Tue August 27, 2013

New slim device uses E-series lenses, available next month

Today, Sony has introduced the NEX-5T Compact System Camera, integrating Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications (NFC) with a fast hybrid auto-focus system. The new camera has a 16.1MP sensor, allowing the camera to take in more light during image capture -- a feature the company claims approximates that of a DSLR experience in a point-and-shoot device.

A SELP1650 motorized zoom lens is included with the new camera, which measures 1.2 inches thick when fully retracted. The lens contains built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

The new NEX-5T camera is the first Sony interchangeable lens camera to feature NFC, giving the extra convenience of one-touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets. A connection is activated automatically as soon as the mobile device touches the camera, allowing for immediate image and video sharing between devices.

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos between compatible devices through use of Wi-Fi and Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application, available for both the iOS and Android platforms. The new camera is compatible with Sony's assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses. In total, 16 different lenses are now available, including several premium models from Carl Zeiss and G Lenses.

The NEX-5T compact system camera will be offered in silver, black and white for about $700 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650). It will be available for purchase in early September.

by MacNN Staff



  1. machobbes

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    Joined: 02-13-09

    "The new camera has a 16.1MP sensor, allowing the camera to take in more light during image capture"

    What kind of weird physics is that?

  1. azrich

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    Joined: 04-19-10

    Maybe the sensels are larger than usual on a 16MP camera? I dunno how a new sensor could take in more light otherwise.

    That's just speculation. I thought there were micro-lenses in front of sensors that collected more light for each sensel, maybe that's just on Nikons...

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Here's my take on what this is: typical marketing BS. Megapixel have nothing to do with (physical) sensor size. And sensor size has nothing to do with light sensitivity.

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