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Sony NEX-3NL

Camera Labs Highly Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 16.1 megapixel digital camera
MILC 16.1MP CMOS Black Sep 2013
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Sony NEX-3NL Review

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220 Reviews + 9 Awards
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Good Features
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camera to others.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report superior product quality, it is robust and good flash. However they also report unacceptable noise level and poor battery life.
This Sony digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a built-in flash
Supports 100, 160 and 4 more ISO sensitivities
Very small maximum aperture number

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the NEX-3NL with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for everyday photography, ranking number 9999999 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for portrait photography, ranking number 9999999 in portrait photography cameras, but good for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras.
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Sony NEX-3NL Video Reviews


How Big is the Sony NEX-3NL?

The Sony NEX-3NL is 109.9mm wide and 62mm tall. It is 34.6mm deep and weighs 210g.

Sony NEX-3NL front dimensions

Sony NEX-3NL size in context

Sony NEX-3NL In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras, this camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts in digital cameras.

The editors of four expert review sites all said that this Sony camera was exceptional and gave it their highest award. Pcmag-mideast.com, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, Tbreak.ae and PC Mag all gave this camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Review websites Camera Labs and Ephotozine both concluded that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Two other expert review sites endorsed this Sony digital camera. The editor of review site Buy-N-Shoot.com said that this digital camera was superb and gave it a "Gold" award and the expert at review site PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would endorse it and gave it a "Recommended" award.

The writer at one additional expert review site decided that this Sony digital camera was very good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 37 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 83 out of 100.

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this Sony camera rated it as 87 out of 100. Over 84% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed the product considered that it was noisy.

  • It is good with digital noise…
  • 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…
    Tristan (Amazon) - June 2013

Users Report Poor Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed the product considered that it did not have a good battery life.

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

14 people who bought it wrote that it was good quality.

  • Great image quality and desirable looks, all married to good value…
    Alphr.com November 2010
  • They are not the only kids on the block with small form factor cameras and high quality sensors…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • Felt good in hand, captured good quality pictures (although its lens gets criticised)…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • It is a quality option…
    Cameras.co.uk March 2011
  • WONDERFUL picture quality…
  • The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash…
    Jaxstaa92 (Amazon) - November 2014
  • However, you do find ways of compensating and for those wishing to produce very good quality images (no comment on composition - only what the camera can achieve!) without lugging a heavyweight item around…
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2015
  • Fantastic quality.
  • Was always disappointed with the picture quality…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013
  • Great Camera, superb picture quality…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013

Sony Has Very Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 29,814 owner and expert reviews (including 10,342 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has very good reviews. We also found that Sony has very good reviews specifically for its cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is Robust

Four customers wrote that this digital camera was well made.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Four people wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

  • Built in flash not that strong Guide 4…
    Pe James (Amazon) - February 2014
  • The pop up flash works brilliantly…
  • A simple built in flash and a zoom rocker control next to the shutter release was an important need from usability perspective…
  • The quality and build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body…

Users Report Good Picture Quality

27 customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL was able to produce good images and three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution.

  • Great image quality and desirable looks, all married to good value…
    Alphr.com November 2010
  • Photography is a great habit for everyone…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • Felt good in hand, captured good quality pictures (although its lens gets criticised)…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • An excellent model, capable of fantastic images…
    Digicambuyer.co.uk September 2010
  • The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013
  • Good use for photography beginner…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • The image is not bad…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures…
  • It is the image quality and performance that counts…
    MKP (Amazon) - April 2013
  • The photos when clear are stunning…

Users Report Excellent Design

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact, two people agreed that this digital camera was easy to carry around and two owners who bought it reckoned that it was thick.

  • The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed…
  • Cameras today are evolving at great speed where everything looks to be going compact…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • A portable device which is easy to carry and capable of capturing memories forever…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • This compact camera with interchangeable lenses is around £100 cheaper…
    CNET.co.uk July 2010
  • In a little under two years, interchangeable lens compact cameras have gone from an intriguing idea to an accepted…
  • The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • It is loose and independent from the camera, no where to secure, unless you put into your trousers pocket…
  • So it is very easy to loose…
  • 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…
  • This is a great compact system camera and the power lens means it is indeed very compact…
    Tristan (Amazon) - June 2013

Users Report Good Technical Features

Three people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had good features.

  • Has all the necessary features and the most important thing, its image quality rocks! Not only that.
  • Also has top end features like micro adjustment for lenses which is used for front or back focus issues also white balance temp scale which are found on top end cameras…
  • It has many features…
    Lilly35 (Amazon) - September 2013

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

10 customers who reviewed the Sony NEX-3NL wrote that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

10 owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use and six customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Nine customers who bought it thought it had a good lens, three owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good zoom and two owners who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good autofocus.

  • The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed…
  • While the cameras would be even more desirable if the zoom lenses were smaller, they're ideal for families that include novices…
    Hereshow.ca June 2010
  • In a little under two years, interchangeable lens compact cameras have gone from an intriguing idea to an accepted…
  • The zoom is fairly bog standard…
  • Manual focusing is much easier on that model (from best buy store comparison…
  • The kit lens works well across a variety of settings…
  • Otherwise the lens works great too…
  • Lens removal is easy…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013
  • You can focus using the rings on the lens for faster focusing or from a dial on the camera for a more controlled speed…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013
  • It is the lens that take up the bulk of the weight…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013

Features

Average Megapixel

The NEX-3NL has a fairly standard megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The Sony NEX-3NL has a pretty average weight (210 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The NEX-3NL has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the NEX-3NL has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports 100, 160 and 4 More ISO Sensitivities

The Sony NEX-3NL has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras. This Sony digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras. The ISO sensitivities "100", "160", "400", "1600" 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 over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras. In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 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. The worst video resolution of all digital cameras is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

At only 3 seconds, the NEX-3NL has a fairly fast flash recharging time compared to most of the other cameras. Across all the cameras the flash recharging times range from 0.0055s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.5s.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony NEX-3NL has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (only 5.6) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture number of cameras is 11.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-3NL has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other digital cameras also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Sony NEX-3NL is a digital camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony NEX-3NL has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Sony NEX-3NL supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-3NL supports live view, as do most of the other cameras.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The NEX-3NL has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras. Most digital cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3568 x 2368 and 2448 x 1624. The still image resolution of all digital cameras ranges from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 (worst) to 6016 x 4000 (best).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The NEX-3NL has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camera was released in September 2013.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nex3nybce, sony nex3ksceh, sony w1650mm, sony nex3nl, 500mm1000mm
Barcodes 04905524681000, 04905524920024, 04905524920031, 04905524920208, 04905524920215

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