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Sony NEX3N Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP CMOS Feb 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Take beautiful images, your way Capture every tiny detail: The large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor gives you the quality and creativity of a DSLR, with a wide ISO range for low-light detail. Shoot... More
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25 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 14,929 expert and owner reviews, Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its MILC cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Good Size

One Sony NEX-3 owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it was compact. Expert website Techarena.in wrote in their review “Cameras today are evolving at great speed where everything looks to be going compact” .

One Sony NEX-3 reviewer who purchased the Sony NEX-3 concluded that it was easy to carry around. Three years ago expert review site Techarena.in wrote “A portable device which is easy to carry and capable of capturing memories forever” in their review of the Sony NEX-3.

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Nice Design

One person who bought it mentioned that it was a good design. Techarena.in wrote three years ago “Rich Design” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One customer thought this digital camera was easy to use. Techarena.in said “Easy to Use” in their Sony NEX-3 review.

Good Battery Life

One Sony NEX-3 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it had a good battery life. Techarena.in mentioned three years ago “Good Battery Life” in their Sony NEX-3 review.

Good Quality Pictures

One Sony NEX-3 owner who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Techarena.in wrote in their Sony NEX-3 review three years ago “Photography is a great habit for everyone” .

Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good quality. Techarena.in mentioned in their Sony NEX-3 review “Great PhotoVideo Quality”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-3, the Sony NEX-3 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price], or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] which is cheaper; or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-3, the Sony NEX-3 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews; or the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price], or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] which is cheaper.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Light

Digital cameras of this age and type have weights of between 70g and 680g. With a weight of only 210 grams, the Sony NEX-3 is one of the lighter cameras of this type and age amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to consider include the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price], or the Nikon 1 S2[plb_2390010_price] which has better reviews; or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] which is cheaper.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Sony NEX-3 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3. The image formats "EXIF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Features Four Flash Modes

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony NEX-3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-3. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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480 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Sony NEX-3 is a camera that takes 480 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 220 and 4,699 shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Sony NEX-3 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Sony digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of this type and age. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3. The ISO speeds "100", "400" and "16000" are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on cameras of this age and type.

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Features Five Auto Focus

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-3. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Short

The shortest MILC digital camera that is a comparable age to the NEX-3 is 36mm tall and the tallest is 110mm. The Sony NEX-3 is quite short (only 62 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-3.

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TFT Display

The Sony NEX-3 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of a similar age and type to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-3 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Quite Short Flash Recharging Time

At only 3 seconds, the Sony NEX-3 has a quite short flash recharging time compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average flash recharging time of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3 is 3.5s, and the flash recharging times range from 0.0062s to 5s.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sony NEX-3 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-3 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Olympus PEN E-PL7[plb_2497537_price], or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price]; or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony NEX-3 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the NEX-3 also do not support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-3 are not 3D compatible. The Sony NEX-3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-3 do not have a GPS. The Sony NEX-3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony NEX-3 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony NEX-3 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the NEX-3 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The Sony NEX-3 has a quite big maximum aperture (only 5.6) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average maximum aperture of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 16.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the NEX-3.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sony NEX-3 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the NEX-3.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], and the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7" and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Sony NEX-3 has a pretty typical megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the NEX-3.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (16.3MP and higher rated); or the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] (20.1MP and cheaper).

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Specification

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Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features

Expert Reviews

6 August 2013

Sony NEX 3NL comes for Rs.28, 990/ .  It comes in the entry level list of Sony Interchangeable lens cameras. For entry level dSLR features this camera is bit costly according to me. The lens kit...

Easy to Use
Great Camera Effects
Great PhotoVideo Quality
Rich Design
Good Battery Life
Complicated for Panorama
No Touch Screen Display
Costly Lens Kit
13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

APS-C-sized sensor
Up to ISO 12800 manually selectable
Angle adjustable LCD
Reasonable price when bought with both lens options
3D panoramas
No built-in anti-shake
Basic-looking design
No standard AV output
Clip-on viewfinder costs another 200
Unfamiliar and over simplistic controls

User Reviews

(55)
Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Mr. Peter Lawson
(Verified Purchase)

The first one lasted 3 months before it failed by turning all pictures into deck-chair stripes. My wife loved the camera and a replacement in time for Christmas was essential. Unfortunately Amazon... Read more…

Reviewed 2 October 2015 by Trystholding
(Verified Purchase)

Great item thank you.

Reviewed 13 June 2015 by Kc "crafty"
(Verified Purchase)

It's a great little camera. Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures. The zoom is fairly bog standard but you can always change the lens if so desired. Fitted neatly into pockets or... Read more…

Reviewed 12 June 2015 by Kc
(Verified Purchase)

It's a great little camera. Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures. The zoom is fairly bog standard but you can always change the lens if so desired. Fitted neatly into pockets or... Read more…

Reviewed 6 January 2015 by Richard
(Verified Purchase)

Rated in the following context:

I bought this kit as a gift for my daughter whose boyfriend had the same camera model NEX3 with a standard lens. They were planning holidaying in Japan &... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nex3nl, nex3ny, nex3nybce, 500mm1000, nex3nlbce, sony nex3, 500mm1000m, nex3nyb.ce, sony nex3n, sony nex3nl, sony nex3ny, 500mm1000mm, sony nex3nyb, sony nex3nybc, sony nex3nybce, sony nex3ksceh
Barcodes 04905524681000, 04905524920024, 04905524920031, 04905524920208, 04905524920215

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