Sony launches full-frame RX1 compact, plus NEX-6 and A99

The full-frame RX1 compact camera is official, plus the wraps come off the NEX-6 and A99 SLR.

In a suite of pre-Photokina announcements, Sony has taken the wraps off a range of new cameras and camcorders.

(Credit: Lori Grunin/CNET)

As we detailed earlier this week , the full-frame compact camera RX1 is now official. It is not cheap, though, coming in at AU$2999. As a premium compact camera, it's in the price league of Leica and very high-end Fujis.

Also hitting a goal for the full-frame market is the Handycam NEX-VG900, which has also been announced. It's being touted as the first full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder, and comes with a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, full HD recording (50p/50i/24p/24i) and a 3-inch touchscreen. November is the shipping date for this camcorder, and it will cost AU$3699.

The NEX-6 (Credit: Lori Grunin/CNET)

The NEX-6 is an upgrade to the company's range of stills-focused interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), coming just days after the NEX-5R was announced. It sports a 16.1-megapixel sensor as well as a hybrid autofocus system that combines phase and contrast detection. It will be available for AU$1099 as body only in early November, alongside kit configurations with a 16-50mm for AU$1299 and 16-50mm/55-210mm for AU$1599.

Finally, Sony has gotten around to updating its full-frame flagship SLR, the A99. There's a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 19-point AF system with 11 cross-type, plus a new continuous autofocus mode called AF-D that gives more reliable depth-focusing information. This one will be available as body only from the end of October for AU$2999.

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