Sony is attacking the mirrorless camera with a one-two punch this year. After announcing the Wi-Fi-equipped NEX-5R last week, the company is preparing to also release the NEX-6. The two cameras are nearly identical in terms of specs and features, except for one major difference: the NEX-6 has a built-in electronic viewfinder, while the NEX-5R does not.
sonyalpharumors published a new photo today leaked to Weibo (AKA Chinese Twitter) by a guy named Vincent Kang. The leaked image confirms the presence of the EVF first seen in prototype photos that leaked last month. We also see that the mode dial on top of the camera is much more raised than the one on the 5R. The camera is designed as a more-affordable alternative to the NEX-7: a diminutive camera with a serious 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi, and apps. It’ll be unveiled on September 12th, 2012.
The power of the Internet is awesome when it helps reunite people with lost photos, but it’s even cooler when it uses photos to help reconnect people with relatives. That happened recently with a 71-year-old shoe shiner in China named Shufang Zhong. Zhong’s daughter had moved to a far away city five years ago, and although they could speak on the phone, her daughter desperately wanted to see her face. The problem was, Zhong had absolutely no Internet access and no idea how to reach her daughter.
On June 24th, Zhong noticed a man using an iPad and begged him to help her search online for her daughter. There wasn’t Wi-Fi in the area, so the man snapped a photograph of Zhong instead and uploaded it to Chinese microblogging service Weibo (similar to Twitter). Within just a few hours the image had attracted news organizations, celebrities, and over 100,000 “retweets”, and on June 27 the daughter came across the photo online and saw her mother’s face for the first time in five years.
(via Chengdu Daily via VentureBeat)
Update: After some further digging, it appears the story is different than how we initially reported it (and how our source reported it). We’ve updated the post accordingly. Sorry about that.