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Sony NEX-3NL Digital Camera

16.1MP CMOS SDXC 3" Dec 2013
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Owner Reviews Are Good

NEX-3NL owners on average rated this digital camera 86 out of 100.

Good Size

Seventeen Sony NEX-3NL owners concluded that it was compact. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The camera is wonderfully compact and well made” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Jaxstaa92 mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review three years ago “It was perfect - light and compact” . M. Gledhill wrote on Amazon “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” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL.

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers who bought the Sony NEX-3NL agreed that it was lightweight. Pe James mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Wanted a lightweight small camera with APS-C crop” . Richard wrote “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” in his review and gave the Sony NEX-3NL a rating of 4 stars.

One Sony NEX-3NL reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Mr. Michael Aldrich wrote “Build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body” and scored it very highly.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good physically. Richie G mentioned “Physically the camera is beautiful” in his review of this digital camera. One customer thought it was easy to carry around. Tuan mentioned on Amazon “The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of people considered that this digital camera was able to produce good images. A Smile and a Wave gave the Sony NEX-3NL a rating of 5 stars and wrote “Money to spend I indulged my love of photography and bought a decent SLR complete with a good range of zoom” in their review. A Smile and a Wave also mentioned “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”.

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

A number of Sony NEX-3NL owners said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Pe James mentioned on Amazon “The low noise at 800 to 3200 iso is extremely good the output is very similar to crop sensor camera” and gave it a very good rating. Pe James also said “Works ok with higher iso”.

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers agreed that the Sony NEX-3NL had a good image sensor. Mkp mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL “A compact large sensor camera that ticks all the boxes” .

Several customers concluded that the Sony NEX-3NL was good in low light. Roses rated it as very good and mentioned 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 mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL “The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light”.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. A Smile and a Wave mentioned four years ago “Bought a decent SLR complete with a good range of zoom and prime lenses”. Kc gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “The zoom is fairly bog standard” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Mkp said 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” and scored the product very highly.

A number of people who purchased the product thought it had a good lens. J. L. Testa wrote on Amazon “The kit lens could be better” and scored the product very highly. Mr. Juraj Lacko gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon four years ago “The kit Lens itself is very good between 25-50mm setting” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Pen Name wrote “The 16-50mm Powerzoom lens is also excellent” in their Sony NEX-3NL review and rated the product as very good.

A number of Sony NEX-3NL reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Karfam wrote “The quality of the pictures is amazing! It also has focus peaking option which you can use to manual focus with legacy lens” and scored it 5 stars. Four years ago M. Gledhill mentioned 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 mentioned “It has a very fast autofocus speed which is great” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL.

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Easy to Use

Several Sony NEX-3NL reviewers said that the product was easy to use. Carht mentioned in their review on Amazon “Intuitive to use and excellent results”. Jaxstaa92 mentioned on Amazon “Is just as handy as a camera of a more professional quality”. Mr David Mulherron said “The camera was a family gift & it is being used a lot, great camera & easy to use”.

A few people reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Jacob Usenmez wrote in his Sony NEX-3NL review “It has easy menu to navigate” and scored the product very highly. Pen Name mentioned on Amazon “The menu is easy to”. Pen Name also wrote “It is easy to change settings On the camera”.

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers agreed that the Sony NEX-3NL was comfortable and easy to hold. Kc mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review “Lovely to hold and use” and rated it 80 out of 100. Mr. Juraj Lacko mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Light it is yet comfortable to hold in my hands”.

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Robust

Seven Sony NEX-3NL reviewers who reviewed the Sony NEX-3NL considered that it was well made. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review “Built in flash useful - it does look a bit Heath Robinson” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Mkp said four years ago “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 of this digital camera and rated it as excellent. Pe James said on Amazon “Built in flash not that strong Guide 4” and scored the product 5 stars.

One person said that the product 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” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony NEX-3NL reviewers who reviewed the Sony NEX-3NL agreed that it was good quality. A Smile and a Wave mentioned on Amazon “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 and gave it a score of 5 stars. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Well Made Camera has its shortcomings” . Amazon Customer also said “The large sensor would make it ideal for quality photos”.

Good Flash

Several Sony NEX-3NL owners considered that this digital camera had a good flash. Mr. Juraj Lacko said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Build in flash is welcome bonus for occasional fill in”. Pen Name mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL on Amazon “The pop up flash works brilliantly”. Wns said “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” and scored the Sony NEX-3NL 5 stars.

Good Support

Several Sony NEX-3NL reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. J. L. Testa wrote in their Sony NEX-3NL review on Amazon three years ago “It can be used in full Manual mode if you want more control over your work”. Karfam mentioned in their Sony NEX-3NL review “Focus peaking gives me the ability to focus very fast with the manual lenses”. Roses gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Lens removal is easy and there are visual indicators to help you with this” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

Several Sony NEX-3NL reviewers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Kc said “Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures” . Pmac999 mentioned on Amazon three years ago “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” and scored it 80 out of 100.

A few Sony NEX-3NL owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was neat. Kc rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Fitted neatly into pockets or hung easily around the neck when I was out” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Four years ago Mr. Michael Aldrich wrote 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”.

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Good Technical Features

A few Sony NEX-3NL reviewers concluded that it had good features. A Smile and a Wave wrote “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 “It has many features”. Pe James gave the Sony NEX-3NL a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon three years ago “Featurewise it has some basic features like picture effects” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people concluded that it had a good screen. Four years ago Karfam wrote on Amazon “I was looking for an entry mirrorless camera with flip screen great portability and flash” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a very good review. Kc wrote on Amazon “I like the flip screen, nice little extra” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Richie G gave it a score of 4 stars and he wrote “The tiltable LCD screen is also really useful, although it only goes the one way, meaning it's good for shots low down” in his review of this digital camera.

One Sony NEX-3NL reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer said in their review “I've since ordered the NEX 6, which has an electronic viewfinder” however despite that they rated the product 60 out of 100.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was mirrorless. Four years ago Karfam said in their Sony NEX-3NL review on Amazon “Great Mirrorless camera” and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

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Good Video Capture

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Jaxstaa92 rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash”. Four years ago Mkp wrote in their review on Amazon “I also wanted a good video recording capability with a power zoom option, which I use very often”. Mr. Juraj Lacko wrote “Video quality is very good at low ISO setting”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Four years ago Tristan said “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” in his review of this digital camera. Vinman666 said “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” in their Sony NEX-3NL review.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Sony cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Sony is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Battery Life

One person who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was quick to charge. James C Haigh wrote four years ago “Battery doesn't last that long is difficult to charge and the camera needs the specail software to upload pics” in his Sony NEX-3NL review however he only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100.

One customer who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good battery life. Mkp mentioned four years ago “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 this digital camera.

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Good Connectivity

One Sony NEX-3NL owner who purchased it wrote that it was wifi compatible. Wns said on Amazon “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”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The NEX-3NL has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-3NL do not have a built-in flash.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-3NL is 2.8". The NEX-3NL has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the NEX-3NL.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras. The worst memory card type of all cameras of this spec and age is MicroSD (TransFlash) and the best is SDHC.

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Features Four Image Quality Adjustments

The NEX-3NL has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera features a Sharpness image quality adjustment, which is the most frequently featured image quality adjustment featured on cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-3NL. The image quality adjustments "Brightness", "Contrast" and "Saturation" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Sony NEX-3NL has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-3NL. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The NEX-3NL is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the NEX-3NL only take between 200 and 479 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Very High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The average ISO sensitivity (max) of digital cameras of this age and type is 10,000. The NEX-3NL has a very high ISO sensitivity (max) (16,000) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-3NL.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The NEX-3NL has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports an MPF camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the NEX-3NL. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "DPOF" and "Exif 2.3" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the NEX-3NL is more than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and 16000 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The NEX-3NL supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over five times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 768 x 512 pixels. This camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 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 this age and type the best video resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The NEX-3NL has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Sony NEX-3NL has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (460,800 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3NL. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-3NL is 230 pixels, the highest is 930,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 250,000 pixels.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the NEX-3NL does not have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to look at including the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Sony NEX-3NL does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3NL, the NEX-3NL does not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

The NEX-3NL is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The NEX-3NL does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-3NL also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-3NL, the Sony NEX-3NL is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of this type and age do not have a GPS (satellite). The NEX-3NL is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Only Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the NEX-3NL is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly found photo effects is Negative film, but this photo effects is not found on this Sony camera. The photo effectss Black&White, Solarisation and Vivid are also found on this camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution(s)

The NEX-3NL has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 4912 X 3264 and 3568 X 2368 and 2448 X 1624. The worst still image resolution of all cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-3NL is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 200, the NEX-3NL has a very big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-3NL. The ISO sensitivity (min)s of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 80 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 120.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-3NL

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-3NL over three years ago.

Average Megapixel

The NEX-3NL has a fairly typical megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-3NL.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 210 grams, the NEX-3NL has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-3NL.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] (178g) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
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 Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Quality Adjustment
Camera File System
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
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

(54)
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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