Sony's NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 Cameras with New Macro Lens - Cool New Gadgets and Gizmos Blog
Sony plans to replace its Alpha NEX-3 interchangeable-lens camera with the smaller, but not tremendously different, NEX-C3. And uses the same format APS-C image sensor as its predecessor, including multishot modes like Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight, and Sweep panorama, bumping resolution is from 14 megapixels to 16 megapixels. Sony says the new entry-level cam is designed to fill the gap between point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, and is the smallest body to pack in offering DSLR-level image quality -- the same 16.2 MP chip is also included in its new full-size Alpha A35, which replaces the A33. Both cameras can shoot at up to 5.5 fps (the A35 adds a 7 fps mode at 8.4 megapixels), and include 3-inch LCDs, with the NEX keeping its hallmark tilt display, and the A35 adding Sony's Translucent Mirror live-view mode, and an electronic viewfinder.

Sony delayed shipping the C3 for a few months until it's ready to announce a replacement for that model. In line with Sony's goal of improving the user experience for beginners, the NEX-C3's Photo Creativity interface simplifies the process of adjusting advanced settings, to help grow the skills of those new to DSLR shooting. The NEX-C3 ships in late July or August, and will be offered with those familiar 18-55mm and 16mm kit lenses for $649 and $599, respectively. Bodies paired with the zoom will be available in black, pink, and silver, while the camera in the fixed-lens kit will only ship in black. The A35 will hit stores in August for $699 with an 18-55mm kit lens, or $599 for the body.

On the other hand, unless you really want the thinner body or 1080/60i video, there's no real reason to wait for it to ship either. Sony also announced a 30mm f3.5 E-mount macro lens that can focus down to just under an inch and a higher-powered, but still camera-powered, bounce-capable add-on flash than the one that ships with it (GN20 as opposed to GN7). The lens is scheduled to ship in October for $249.99 and the flash in August for $149.99.

We personally really liked the both cameras, looking for your feedback....
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  1. Frank Zweegers // June 9, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Cool cams.

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