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Sony NEX-3N review

World's smallest and lightest APS-C CSC

Our Verdict

For

  • Tilting screen
  • Small size
  • APS-C sized sensor

Against

  • No touchscreen
  • Limited raw functionality
  • No accessories port/hotshoe

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Although the standard kit lens only has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, you can still achieve creative shallow depth of field effects thanks to the Sony NEX-3N's large, APS-C sized sensor.

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The Sony NEX-3N's noise performance at high sensitivity settings, such as ISO 2500 in this shot, is impressive. When zooming into the image to 100% you can see evidence of some smoothing, but detail is otherwise retained very well.

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Struggling slightly in the mixed lighting conditions of this shot, the Sony NEX-3N has favoured slightly warm tones when shooting with the Automatic White Balance setting. You can alter this to a more specific scenario if the camera has difficulty.

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The amount of detail resolved by the Sony NEX-3N is good - view the full resolution image to see how it coped.

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Sweep Panorama mode enables you to capture wide vistas simply by sweeping the camera across the scene. The camera processes the image for you so you don't have to worry about stitching in post-processing.

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Several impressive digital filters are available on the Sony NEX-3N. These filters can't be shot when shooting in raw format, so if you change your mind you're stuck with them. Some are more interesting than others, and of course they're all down to personal preference. This is the high contrast black and white setting.

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Some of the filters have different customisable options. Toy Camera for instance has different toning options - this is the Cool setting.

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This is the Toy Camera setting with Magenta Toning applied.

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The Pop Colour filter boosts colours and contrast and suits subjects where you want to emphasise the colour.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyα NEX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Noise Reduction, Smile Detection, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)210 g
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate25 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Total Camera Resolution16.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FW50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Height62 mm
Width109.9 mm
Depth34.6 mm
Autofocus Points25
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC-LC
Flash ModesPre-flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Auto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-3N
Product NameNEX-3N Body With Standard Zoom Lens
Product Lineα NEX
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX3NLB.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be creative wherever you go

Take the creativity of a DSLR anywhere with the easy-to-use NEX-3N. With a large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, you can shoot detailed images in low light, use the handy 180° tiltable screen for self-portraits or tricky angles, and give your photography that professional look.

Battery Life480 Shot
Package Contents
  • α NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera
  • E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
  • Battery NP-FW50
Display Resolution460800 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone