Sony E-mount

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The E-mount is a lens mount designed by Sony for their NEX ("New E-mount eXperience"[1]) and ILCE series of camcorders and mirrorless cameras.[2] The E-mount supplements Sony's A-mount, allowing the company to develop more compact imaging devices while maintaining compatibility with 35mm sensors. E-mount achieves this by:

  • Minimising mechanical complexity, removing mechanical aperture and focus drive.
  • Shortening the flange focal distance to 18 mm compared with earlier offerings from Sony which used 44.5 mm.
  • Reducing the radius of the flange.

The short flange focal distance prohibits the use of an optical viewfinder, as a mirror box mechanism cannot be included in this reduced distance. Therefore all E-mount cameras use an electronic viewfinder.

History[edit]

Initially, E-mount was implemented on the Sony α NEX-3 and NEX-5 consumer-targeted devices with APS-C sized sensors.[3] E-mount integration into Sony camcorder products was provided with the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10.[4] On 24 August 2011, new products were announced, specifically the NEX-5N as a successor for the NEX-5, and the NEX-7 as a prosumer product,[5] as well as the NEX-VG20 as the successor to the NEX-VG10. The Sony E-mount was brought to the 35 mm video camera market with the Sony NEX-FS100.[6]

The first third-party camera to use the E-mount was the Hasselblad Lunar, announced at Photokina on 18 September 2012 and released in early 2013.[7][8]

In September 2013, Sony announced the first model from new ILCE series, the Sony α3000. In October 2013, the first models with full-frame sensor size were released, the Sony α7 and Sony α7R. On 19 April 2017, Sony revealed their new model Model ILCE-9, the Sony α9, characterized as a professional mirrorless camera system.

In September 2017, Sony revealed their high-end camera for video production, VENICE—a 6K 16-bit raw recording camera.

Available bodies[edit]

List of Sony E-mount cameras:

Name Model Code ID System Type Format
(crop f.)
Sensor Touch to focus Touch menus 5 axis IBIS Eye AF Fastest mechanical shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Mechanical shutter Fastest electronic shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Electronic shutter Phase Detect AF points Contrast AF points Maximum ISO in Auto modes Custom buttons on the body Memory buffer Screen Viewfinder Flash Battery Weight Full HD Video 4k Video Video duration limit S&Q Slow and Quick video DxOMark Low Light ISO Charging Hotshoe Latest firmware User level Announce date Release date Availability

Sony NEX-3 NEX-3 (with Eye-Fi),

NEX-3C (without Eye-Fi)

CX75210 279[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Entry level 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 2010-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5 NEX-5 (with Eye-Fi),

NEX-5C (without Eye-Fi)

CX75110, CX75121, CX75141 278[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 1600 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 90° up Sony FDA-EV1S viewfinder accessory Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 287 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 796 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can only be charged in external charger Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Midrange 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 2010-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-C3 NEX-C3 CX75400, CX75420 284[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 1 2 Entry level 2011-06-08 2011-08 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5N NEX-5N CX75500, CX75520 288[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Yes, touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 90° up Sony FDA-EV1S viewfinder accessory Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 269 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1079 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can only be charged in external charger Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.02 Midrange 2011-08-24 2011-09 Discontinued

Sony NEX-7 NEX-7,

Hasselblad Lunar,

Hasselblad Lunar Limited Edition

CX75600, CX75620 289[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2011-08-24 2011-12 Discontinued

Sony NEX-F3 NEX-F3 CX75700 293[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 5.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Entry level 2012-05-17 2012-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5R NEX-5R CX75820 296[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.03 Midrange 2012-08-29 2012-10 Discontinued

Sony NEX-6 NEX-6 CX76060 295[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2012-09-12 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-3N NEX-3N CX76200 305[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, ca. 16 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 4 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons Tiltable 90° up None In-body

pop-up

1080 mAh

NP-FW50

269 g 1920x

1080

No 4k 30 min video duration limit Can be charged in body, or in external charger N/A 1.00 Entry level 2013-02-20 2013-03 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5T NEX-5T CX76500 307[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Midrange 2013-08-24 2013-09 Discontinued

Sony α3000 ILCE-3000[10] CX77100, CX77121 302[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 3.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.00/1.01 Entry level 2013-08-27 Discontinued

Sony α7 ILCE-7 CX77800 306[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view,

2.5 fps with live view

No Silent Electronic Shutter 117 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 2013-11 Current

Sony α7R ILCE-7R,

Hasselblad Lusso

CX77900 311[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.9×24.0mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 36.4 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 4 fps without AF-C,

1.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 2013-11 Current

Sony α5000 ILCE-5000 CX77300, CX77361 313[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 2.5 fps with live view No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 180° up No viewfinder Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 269 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1089 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-USB cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

N/A 1.10 Entry level 2014-01-07 2014-03 Discontinued

Sony α6000 ILCE-6000 CX77500 312[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 179 25 3200 ISO C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 1440 k dots viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 344 g No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1347 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-USB cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Advanced Amateur 2014-02-12 2014-04 Current

Sony α3500 ILCE-3500 CX77100 302[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 3.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.01 Entry level 2014-03-21 2014-03 Discontinued

Sony α7S ILCE-7S[11] CX78500 318[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2014-04-06 2014-06 Current

Sony α5100 ILCE-5100[12] CX78300? 339[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, approx. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 6 fps without live view (HI),

3 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 179 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 180° up No viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 283 g No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1347 DxOMark Low Light ISO N/A 3.10 Entry level 2014-08-18 2014-09 Current

Sony α7 II ILCE-7M2 340[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 117 25 Multi Interface Shoe 4.00 Semi-Professional 2014-11-20 2015-01 Current

Sony α7R II ILCE-7RM2 347[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 42.4 MP No touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-C 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

399 25 Multi Interface Shoe 4.00 Semi-Professional 2015-06-10 2015-06 Current

Sony α7S II ILCE-7SM2 350[9] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

No 169 Multi Interface Shoe 3.00 Semi-Professional 2015-09-11 2015-11 Current

Sony α7S III ILCE-7SM3 α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.1 MP 5 axis IBIS 1/8000 s Multi Interface Shoe 2.00 Semi-Professional 2020-07-28 2020-09 Current

Sony α6300 ILCE-6300 357[9] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-C 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 169 C1, C2, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 403 g 4k video 30 min video duration limit 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1437 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-USB cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

Multi Interface Shoe 2.01 Advanced Amateur 2016-02-03 2016-03 Current

Sony α6500 ILCE-6500 ? α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-C 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 169 6400 ISO C1, C2, C3, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 453 g 4k video 30 min video duration limit 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1405 DxOMark Low Light ISO CAN be charged while in use.

Battery can be charged with micro-USB cable or in external charger.

Multi Interface Shoe 1.05 Advanced Amateur 2016-10-06 2016-12 Current

Sony α9 ILCE-9 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.9×24.0mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 5 fps (HI+) 1/32,768 electronic shutter only works in M and S modes 20 fps (HI+),

10 fps (HI) in silent mode

693 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2xRotary dial, Exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 3686 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 673 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 3517 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe 4.10 Professional 2017-04-19 2017-05 Current

Sony α7R III ILCE-7RM3 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 42.4 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2xRotary dial, Exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video Multi Interface Shoe 2.10 Professional 2017-10-25 2017-11 Current

Sony α7 III ILCE-7M3 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

693 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2xRotary dial, Exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 650 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 3730 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe 2.10 Semi-Professional 2018-02-27 2018-04 Current

Sony α6400 ILCE-6400 ? α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 404 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1431 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe ? Advanced Amateur 2019-01-15 2019-04 Current

Sony α7R IV ILCE-7RM4 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.7×23.8mm (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 61 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 10 fps 1/8000 s 10 fps 567 425 32.000 ISO C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2 rotary dials, exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 5.760 k dots, 100–120 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 665 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 3344 DxOMark Low Light ISO Can be charged while in use.

Battery can be charged with micro-USB cable, USB-C-cable, or in external charger.

Multi Interface Shoe 1.20 Professional 2019-07-16 Current

Sony α6600 ILCE-6600 α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 503 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video Multi Interface Shoe 2.00 Advanced Amateur 2019-08-28 2019-10 Current

Sony α6100 ILCE-6100 α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 1440 k dots viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 396 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video Multi Interface Shoe Advanced Amateur 2019-08-28 2019-10 Current

Sony α9 II ILCE-9M2 α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm (1.0×) BSI Stacked CMOS, Exmor RS, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s Hi: max. 10fps 1/32000 Hi: max. 20 fps 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points 3686 k dots, STD 60fps / HI 120fps NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 678 g 4k video unlimited video duration Multi Interface Shoe Professional 2019-10-03 2019-10 Current

Sony α7c ILCE-7C α (Alpha) MILC 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm) CMOS, Exmor R, 24.2 MP 1/4000 s electronic shutter 693 Phase Detect AF Articulating screen 2,359,296 dots viewfinder 4k video unlimited video duration Multi Interface Shoe Advanced Amateur 2020-09-14 2020-10 Current

Sony α QX1 ILCE-QX1 346[9] α (Alpha) QX-series MILC
(lens-type, smartphone-mounted)
APS-C, approx. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, 20.1 MP None Unknown Advanced Amateur 2014-09-03 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG10 NEX-VG10E,

NEX-VG10A,

NEX-VG10J

CX36000, CX36001 Handycam Camcorder APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 14.2 MP Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 3 Advanced Amateur 2010-05-11, 2010-07-14 2010-09 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG20 NEX-VG20E,

NEX-VG20A,

NEX-VG20J

CX36100 290[9] Handycam Camcorder APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 1 Advanced Amateur 2011-08-24 2011-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG30 NEX-VG30E CX43500? 300[9] Handycam Camcorder APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Multi Interface Shoe + ISO-518 (0-pin) 1 Advanced Amateur 2012-09-12 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG900 NEX-VG900E CX45600 299[9] Handycam Camcorder Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1 Semi-Professional 2012-09-12 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-FS100 NEX-FS100E,

NEX-FS100U,

NEX-FS100J

CX94500, CX94600 NXCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 3.5 MP 2 Semi-Professional 2010-11-17, 2011-03-23 2011-07 Discontinued

Sony NEX-FS700 NEX-FS700E,

NEX-FS700U,

NEX-FS700J,

NEX-FS700R

CX96000, CX96100 NXCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP 2 (non-R w/o 4K), 3 (NEX-FS700R w/ 4K) Professional 2012-04-02 2012-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-EA50 NEX-EA50E,

NEX-EA50U

CX95100, CX95300 NXCAM Camcorder APS-C, 23.5×15.6 mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP ISO-518 (2-pin) 2 Semi-Professional 2012-08-17 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony PXW-FS7 PXW-FS7 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional 2014-09-12 Discontinued
Sony PXW-FS5 PXW-FS5 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional Discontinued
Sony PXW-FS7 II PXW-FS7 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional Current
Sony VENICE VENICE CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera Full frame, 36.2x24.1mm, (1.0×) CMOS, 6K, 24.4 MP 4.0 Professional Current
Sony PXW-FS5 II PXW-FS5 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP Professional Current
Sony PXW-FX9 PXW-FX9 XDCAM Camcorder Full frame, 36.2x24.1mm, (1.0×) CMOS, 6K, 24.4 MP Professional Current
Sony FX6 ILME-FX6V / ILME-FX6VK α (Alpha) Camcorder Full frame, 35.6x23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, EXMOR R, 12.9 MP Professional Current
Sony FX3 ILME-FX3 α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6x23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, EXMOR R, 12.1 MP Professional Current
Name Model Code ID System Type Format
(crop f.)
Sensor Touch to focus Touch menus 5 axis IBIS Eye AF Fastest mechanical shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Mechanical shutter Fastest electronic shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Electronic shutter Phase Detect AF points Contrast AF points Maximum ISO in Auto modes Custom buttons on the body Memory buffer Screen Viewfinder Flash Battery Weight Full HD Video 4k Video Video duration limit S&Q Slow and Quick video DxOMark Low Light ISO Charging Hotshoe Latest firmware User level Announce date Release date Availability

Available lenses[edit]


Third-party lens manufacturers[edit]

Sony NEX-5 with Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN lens.

On 8 February 2011, Sony announced the release of the specifications for the E-mount lens system, allowing for third-party lens makers to create lenses for NEX cameras without having to pay royalties. The mount specifications have been released to registered parties since April 2011.[13] Getting a license for the specifications requires approval by Sony and the signing of a non-disclosure agreement.[14]

The construction of full-frame manual focus prime lenses without any electronics is relatively easier and less costly than the construction of electronic full-frame autofocus lenses of any kind. This has encouraged lesser known lens companies to construct full-frame prime lenses with an E-mount. Numerous affordable sharp full-format manual prime lenses with big apertures are available with an E-mount.

List of manufacturers of third-party lenses[edit]

Adapting lenses to Sony E-mount[edit]

Sony α7 with an adapted Carl Zeiss Biogon 28mm F2.8 lens for Contax G mount.

Due to the short flange focal distance of the Sony E-mount, many lenses can be adapted to be used on the Sony E-mount, although a crop factor will have to be taken into account for all cameras with APS-C or Super-35mm sensor format. Additionally, with the introduction of in-camera image stabilization to Sony's newer mirrorless cameras, any adapted lens (regardless of age, brand, or lens mount) can be image stabilized.

Nearly all manual lenses can be attached with simple ring-like adapters to Sony's mirrorless cameras, such as for Canon FD, Minolta MC/MD, Leica M, and many others. Manual focus lenses that transmit Exif data will require an adapter with electronic contacts, which are generally more expensive to produce.

Adapting autofocus lenses to Sony's older E-mount cameras (such as the Sony α6000 and α7) can often be ineffective due to the inability of the camera body to effectively lock-on to a subject, resulting in either hunting or missed focus. This has largely been remedied in recent years with improved lens adapter performance, as well as the introduction of faster, more accurate autofocusing systems to Sony's more recent cameras (such as the Sony α6500 and Sony α9).

Sony LA-EA adapters[edit]

The Sony LA-EA4 adapter

Most A-mount lenses can be used via the Sony LA-EA1,[17] LA-EA2, LA-EA3, or LA-EA4 mount adapters, which provide electronic contacts and mechanical aperture control. They allow the camera body to control the aperture of the lens and provide automatic exposure and Exif data support.

  • LA-EA1: APS-C format only; originally only a autoexposure adapter, but a firmware update allows it to autofocus lenses with AF motors (SSM and SAM); most screw driven lenses can be used with manual focus[18]
  • LA-EA2: APS-C format only; supports phase-detection autofocus with most A-mount lenses. the translucent-mirror directs 30% of the light to the dedicated AF sensor.
  • LA-EA3: full-frame format compatible; autofocuses lenses with AF motors (SSM and SAM); most screw driven lenses can be used with manual focus
  • LA-EA4: full-frame format compatible; supports phase-detection autofocus with most A-mount lenses. the translucent-mirror directs 30% of the light to the dedicated AF sensor. [19]

Non Alpha mount Minolta lenses will not mount on these adapters. Alpha mount Power Zoom/Xi lenses are also not supported. The LA-EA2 and LA-EA4 adapters have fifteen phase-detect AF points, the center three points are cross type. [20] Its tripod mount isn't detachable. During movie mode, the adapter doesn't permit the change of aperture.[21] The translucent-mirror SLT design,[22] which requires a pellicle mirror in the light path, causes 1/3 of the light to be reflected to the autofocus sensor.[23] The 1/3 light fall-off equals 1/2 stop and may decrease the image quality accordingly when available light is a limiting factor.[24]

Techart offers a unique autofocusing adapter, having a motor that moves the adapter flange along optical axis. It has Leica M-mount on the lens side, but via stacking additional adapter almost any SLR lens can be mounted.[25][26][27][28]

Sony LA-EB adapters[edit]

Sony LA-EB1 Adapter

Released at the end of 2019, this lens adapter allows for the mounting of a B4-mount-lens with electronic connection.

  • LA-EB1: Super 16 format only

List of adaptable lens mounts[edit]

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L IS lens adapted to the Sony NEX-5 with a "dummy" non-electronic adapter.

The following lens mounts can be used on the Sony E-mount with the use of various adapters available from third parties:[29]

List of Sony E-mount adapters with a focal reducer[edit]

A focal reducer is a device which inserts between main lens and camera and shrinks image circle while simultaneously increasing the f-stop of the lens. The downside is that only lenses from other systems with longer flange distance are accepted. Native E-mount lenses are not supported.

  • Metabones Speed Booster, from full-frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Metabones Speed Booster Ultra, from full-frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Zhongyi Lens Turbo, from full-from frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Kipon Baveyes Ultra 0.7x Adapter, from Medium Format SLR to Sony-E full-frame (announced 2016)
  • Kipon Baveyes L/M-S/E 0.65x, from Leica M-mount to Sony APS-C (announced 2016)

Comparison with similar lens mounts[edit]

Maker Mount Flange focal distance
(mm)
Throat diameter
(mm)
Frame size
(mm)
Sony E-mount 18 46.1 35.9×24.0, 23.6×15.6
Leica L-mount 20 51.6 36×24, 23.6×15.7
Canon EF-M mount 18 46.5 22.3×14.9
Canon RF mount 20 54 36×24
Nikon Z-mount 16 55 35.9×23.9, 23.5x15.7
Fujifilm X-mount 17.7 44 23.6×15.6
Panasonic/Olympus M4/3 20 44 17.3×13
Samsung NX-mount 25.5 42 23.5×15.7[30]

See also[edit]

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