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MILC 16.1MP CMOS Feb 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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21 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony cameras and also specifically for Sony MILC cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings.

Good Size

One Sony NEX-3 owner who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was compact. Techarena.in mentioned “Cameras today are evolving at great speed where everything looks to be going compact” in their review of this digital camera.

One person wrote that this digital camera was easy to carry around. Expert website Techarena.in mentioned “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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Good Battery Life

One Sony NEX-3 owner who reviewed the product said that it had a good battery life. Techarena.in mentioned “Good Battery Life” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One Sony NEX-3 reviewer who bought the Sony NEX-3 mentioned that it was easy to use. Techarena.in said four years ago “Easy to Use” in their review of the Sony NEX-3.

Nice Design

One Sony NEX-3 owner thought this digital camera was a good design. Techarena.in mentioned “Rich Design” in their review of the Sony NEX-3.

Good Quality Pictures

One Sony NEX-3 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Techarena.in mentioned four years ago “Photography is a great habit for everyone” in their review.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago Techarena.in wrote in their Sony NEX-3 review “Great PhotoVideo Quality”.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony NEX-3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-3 also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Pentax Q10 ($205.04), the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00), or the Samsung NX300M which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony NEX-3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Q7 ($328.52), or the Q10 ($205.04) both from Pentax or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99) which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

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 compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Q10 ($205.04) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Q7 ($328.52) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Pentax or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Light

With a weight of only 210 grams, the Sony NEX-3 is one of the lighter MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-3 have weights of between 70g and 680g.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this type and age. The image formats supporteds "EXIF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony NEX-3 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. The worst still image resolution of all cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-3 is 1024 x 768 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony NEX-3 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-3. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sony camera.

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480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Sony NEX-3 is a digital camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age take between 220 and 539 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "400" and "16000" are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 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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Features Five Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Sony camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-3. The auto focusing (AF) modess "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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TFT Display

The Sony NEX-3 has a better display than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of this age and spec have an LCD display. 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. The display of all cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-3 ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Sony NEX-3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-3.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony NEX-3 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99), the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00), or the Samsung NX300M.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Sony NEX-3 does not support video capability, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Pentax Q10 ($205.04) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

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

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony NEX-3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the NEX-3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Sony NEX-3 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony NEX-3 does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

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

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-3 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Q10 ($205.04), or the Q7 ($328.52) both from Pentax or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99).

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX300M (3.31") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The Sony NEX-3 has a pretty average megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-3.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Samsung NX300M (20.3MP and higher rated), or the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00) (24.3MP and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Q10 ($205.04), and the Q7 ($328.52) both from Pentax or the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00) is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Live View
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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

(53)
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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Barcodes 04905524681000, 04905524920024, 04905524920031, 04905524920208, 04905524920215

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