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A few days prior to Photokina, Sony announced a number of new camera and camcorder products, including two additions to its ever-growing Alpha NEX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. So, during our trip to the Sony booth we decided to stop by and do a quick hands-on video with the two new models.
First, there was the NEX-5R, a camera that shares many of the same features as the earlier NEX-5N, but is equipped with a new APS-C image sensor. The new sensor offers a hybrid 99-point phase-detection and 25-point contrast-detection autofocus system that Sony calls "Fast Hybrid AF." Also new is the NEX-6, which now sits just below Sony's flagship NEX camera, the NEX-7. Just like the NEX-5R, the NEX-6 has a new 16-megapixel APS-C image sensor that incorporates the Fast Hybrid AF feature, and the NEX-6 also includes a built-in OLED viewfinder borrowed straight from the NEX-7.
Both new NEX models include built-in WiFi and access to Sony's PlayMemories app store, where you can download and install apps directly to the camera. We got a hands-on demonstration of a few of these apps, including a remote app that lets you use your smartphone as a wireless viewfinder for the camera. Check out our video for more info.