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Sony NEX-3NL Digital Camera

16.1MP CMOS SDXC Dec 2013
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Good User Reviews

On average, based on 124 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 86%.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sony NEX-3NL owners considered that this digital camera had a good zoom. A Smile and a Wave scored the Sony NEX-3NL very highly and mentioned “Bought a decent SLR complete with a good range of zoom and prime lenses”. Kc said in their review on Amazon “The zoom is fairly bog standard” and scored it 80 out of 100. Three years ago Mkp mentioned on Amazon “It is such a good deal! It comes with a wonderfully tiny power zoom lens which has a very useful 16-50mm (24-75mm eqv) range”.

A number of Sony NEX-3NL reviewers said in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL had a good lens. J. L. Testa wrote two years ago “The kit lens could be better” in their review. Three years ago Mr. Juraj Lacko said in their review “The kit Lens itself is very good between 25-50mm setting”. Pen Name said “The 16-50mm Powerzoom lens is also excellent”.

A number of Sony NEX-3NL owners who bought the product agreed that it had a good autofocus. Karfam wrote three years ago “The quality of the pictures is amazing! It also has focus peaking option which you can use to manual focus with legacy lens” in their Sony NEX-3NL review. M. Gledhill said in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL on Amazon “Not spend a few seconds attempting to focus before taking a lazy blurry photo of my daughters who've already run off to do something else”. Pen Name wrote on Amazon “It has a very fast autofocus speed which is great” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. A Smile and a Wave wrote on Amazon three years ago “Money to spend I indulged my love of photography and bought a decent SLR complete with a good range of zoom” in their review of this digital camera. A Smile and a Wave also wrote “Nowadays I find that although I still love taking pictures”. A Smile and a Wave also said “When there's the chance to take some `proper' photographs again is where this camera hits the spot for me”.

Some customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Three years ago Mr. Juraj Lacko wrote on Amazon “Video quality is very good at low ISO setting”. Pe James mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review on Amazon “The low noise at 800 to 3200 iso is extremely good the output is very similar to crop sensor camera”. Pe James also mentioned “Works ok with higher iso”.

Several Sony NEX-3NL reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Mr. Juraj Lacko scored this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon three years ago “The screen resolution is satisfactory”. In the same month Roses rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It was easy to use the `Intelligent Auto' mode for a lot of easy, quick point to shooting” in their Sony NEX-3NL review. Tristan said “All other shooting modes work just fine”.

A number of Sony NEX-3NL owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Mkp said “A compact large sensor camera that ticks all the boxes” in their review and gave it an excellent rating.

Two people said in their reviews that it was good in low light. Roses wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera is capable of an ISO range of 200 - 16,000 a generous range which has the capability to adapt to all types of environments from bright to low light settings”. Wns wrote in their review of this digital camera “The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light” .

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Robust

A few Sony NEX-3NL reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL was well made. Amazon Customer said “Built in flash useful - it does look a bit Heath Robinson” in their review but they only rated the product 60 out of 100. Mkp said “A simple built in flash and a zoom rocker control next to the shutter release was an important need from usability perspective” in their review. Pe James mentioned “Built in flash not that strong Guide 4”.

One customer thought it was easy to damage or scratch. Mr Jagadeeswara Babu Alampalle said on Amazon “Also the bracket of the flash is very delicate, very easy to get damaged, if cought with clothes or any”.

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Good Size

A few Sony NEX-3NL reviewers wrote that this digital camera was compact. Three years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their review “The camera is wonderfully compact and well made”. Jaxstaa92 said “It was perfect - light and compact” and scored it 4 stars. M. Gledhill scored this digital camera 5 stars and wrote in their review “The sharpness of the quality, you just need to decide whether you don't mind the extra bulk, compared to carrying around a compact camera”.

Several Sony NEX-3NL reviewers concluded that the Sony NEX-3NL was lightweight. Pe James wrote in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL on Amazon “Wanted a lightweight small camera with APS-C crop”. Richard wrote in his review of this digital camera “Being Compact DSLRs they are small and lightweight - ideal for travelling yet versatile enough to enable manual control of the various parameters used in more creative photography” and scored it 4 stars.

One Sony NEX-3NL owner who purchased it considered that it was easy to carry around. Tuan he said on Amazon “The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie” in his Sony NEX-3NL review. One customer who bought it thought it was good physically. Richie G mentioned on Amazon “Physically the camera is beautiful”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Mr. Michael Aldrich mentioned in his review on Amazon “Build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers said in their reviews that it was good quality. A Smile and a Wave said on Amazon three years ago “Luckily, technology has moved on enough that I can get a decent camera like this which delivers high quality pictures in a very useable package” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Well Made Camera has its shortcomings”. Amazon Customer also said “The large sensor would make it ideal for quality photos”.

Easy to Use

Several Sony NEX-3NL owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Carht rated this digital camera as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Intuitive to use and excellent results” in their review of this digital camera. Jaxstaa92 wrote two years ago “Is just as handy as a camera of a more professional quality” in their review. Mr David Mulherron rated it as very good and he wrote on Amazon “The camera was a family gift & it is being used a lot, great camera & easy to use”.

Six customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus. Jacob Usenmez scored the product very highly and he said “It has easy menu to navigate” in his review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Pen Name gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The menu is easy to” in their review. Pen Name also said “It is easy to change settings On the camera”.

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers agreed that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Kc mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL “Lovely to hold and use” . Mr. Juraj Lacko wrote on Amazon “Light it is yet comfortable to hold in my hands”.

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Good Flash

A few Sony NEX-3NL owners concluded that the product had a good flash. Mr. Juraj Lacko gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review “Build in flash is welcome bonus for occasional fill in”. Pen Name said on Amazon “The pop up flash works brilliantly” in their Sony NEX-3NL review. Wns said in their review three years ago “Touch screen I was won over by the smaller power zoom 16-50 lens, auto zoom button around the shutter button and built in pop up flash”.

Good Support

Six Sony NEX-3NL reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. J. L. Testa wrote “It can be used in full Manual mode if you want more control over your work”. Karfam said on Amazon “Focus peaking gives me the ability to focus very fast with the manual lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Roses mentioned “Lens removal is easy and there are visual indicators to help you with this” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

Several people concluded that the product was neat. Kc gave the Sony NEX-3NL a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Fitted neatly into pockets or hung easily around the neck when I was out” in their Sony NEX-3NL review. Mr. Michael Aldrich mentioned on Amazon “And was fast which this camera is! This camera is small and neat enough to carry around with you instead of humping a heavy DLSR around” in his review of this digital camera.

Three Sony NEX-3NL owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. In November last year Kc wrote “Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures”. Two years ago Pmac999 said in their review on Amazon “Most of my shooting is outdoors so I tend to just leave it at the brightest setting as the battery life seems to be pretty good anyway”.

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Good Technical Features

Four customers who bought the product considered that it had good features. A Smile and a Wave said on Amazon “I particularly like some of the useful features on this camera; the panoramic setting is one that comes to mind as particularly useful to me”. Lilly35 mentioned three years ago “It has many features”. Two years ago Pe James rated the Sony NEX-3NL as very good and said “Featurewise it has some basic features like picture effects” in their review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Sony NEX-3NL owners concluded that it had a good screen. Karfam mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review “I was looking for an entry mirrorless camera with flip screen great portability and flash” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Kc said in their Sony NEX-3NL review “I like the flip screen, nice little extra”. Richie G wrote two years ago “The tiltable LCD screen is also really useful, although it only goes the one way, meaning it's good for shots low down” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One customer thought the product was mirrorless. Karfam gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote three years ago “Great Mirrorless camera”. One Sony NEX-3NL reviewer who purchased it thought it had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Amazon Customer mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review on Amazon “I've since ordered the NEX 6, which has an electronic viewfinder”.

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Good Video Capture

A number of people reckoned that the Sony NEX-3NL was good for video recording. Two years ago Jaxstaa92 mentioned on Amazon “The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash”. Three years ago Mkp wrote on Amazon “I also wanted a good video recording capability with a power zoom option, which I use very often”. Two years ago Pe James mentioned in their review on Amazon “The movie mode is so easy to use as well with very good stereo sound picture quality quite reasonable”.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony digital cameras and also specifically for Sony digital cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some people considered that it was noisy. Tristan scored this digital camera 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony NEX-3NL on Amazon “Don't make my amateur mistake of shooting in P mode unless you're a pro, photos came out all blurred and with loads of noise, effectively ruining half my holiday snaps”. Vinman666 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The sensor is an excellent 16MP example that captures sharp colourful images with low noise at up to ISO 1600, especially when capturing JPEG files”.

Good Battery Life

One Sony NEX-3NL owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Mkp wrote on Amazon “Sony NEX series cameras have always attracted my attention due to their tiny dimensions, 1.5x crop factor large sensor, high capacity battery and very good image characteristics” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL.

One Sony NEX-3NL reviewer said in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL was quick to charge. James C Haigh wrote in his review “Battery doesn't last that long is difficult to charge and the camera needs the specail software to upload pics” but even so he only scored the product 1 stars.

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Good Connectivity

One Sony NEX-3NL reviewer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was wifi compatible. Wns mentioned “Despite a better focussing system, wifi and touch screen I was won over by the smaller power zoom 16-50 lens, auto zoom button around the shutter button”.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The NEX-3NL supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the NEX-3NL do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the DSC-HX200V[pl_2082742_price], and the DSC-QX30[pl_2444747_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The NEX-3NL has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-3NL which do not have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price].

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Quite Large Screen Size

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3NL the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 6.7". The NEX-3NL has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

An SD memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the NEX-3NL.

Across comparable types of camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (TransFlash).

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

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

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480 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Sony NEX-3NL is a camera that takes 480 shots shots per battery charge.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speed of the NEX-3NL of 16,000 is one of the highest amongst digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-3NL. The lowest maximum ISO speed of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the NEX-3NL is 3,200 and the highest is 16,000.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony NEX-3NL is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO speeds 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and 16000 are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the NEX-3NL is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 33% more video resolution than the most frequently found video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This Sony camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. 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. Across all cameras of a similar spec and age to the NEX-3NL the worst video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The NEX-3NL has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction found on most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The worst light exposure correction of all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-3NL is ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) and the best is ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the NEX-3NL is more than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera features a Centre weighted Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of this type and age. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, the NEX-3NL has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-3NL. Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-3NL have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 930,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 250,000 pixels.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The NEX-3NL does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-3NL also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider including the Sony ILCE-QX1[plb_2441785_price].

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony NEX-3NL does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-3NL do not support video recording. The NEX-3NL is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-3NL are not waterproof. The Sony NEX-3NL is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony NEX-3NL is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3NL are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the NEX-3NL, the NEX-3NL does not have a GPS.

Other cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the NEX-3NL is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently found photo effect is Art, but this photo effect is not found on this Sony camera. The photo effects Black&White, Solarisation and Vivid are also found on this camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution

The NEX-3NL has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 2816 x 1880 still image resolution. This Sony digital camera also have still image resolutions of 4912 X 3264 and 3568 X 2368 and 2448 X 1624. Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3NL the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the NEX-3NL has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3NL. The smallest minimum ISO speed of comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-3NL is 100, the biggest is 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 130.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-3NL

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Megapixel Count

The Sony NEX-3NL has a fairly standard megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3NL.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 210 grams, the NEX-3NL has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-3NL.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] (178g) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
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 Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Adjustment Mode
Camera File System
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
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

(54)
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…

Reviewed 1 January 2015 by Donatello46 "Donatello46"
(Verified Purchase)

This was my daughter;'s main Christmas present, it arrived with plenty of time to spare and she was "over the moon" with it.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nex3nl, nex3nlb, nex3nlw, sony nex3, sony nex3n, sony nex3nl, sony nex3nlw, sony nex3nlb
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