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Sony NEX-3
6.8 out of 10

Sony NEX-3

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Overall 9
9.0

Sony Alpha NEX-3

PC Magazine
18 January 2011
  • Conclusion: Stellar performance, a killer design, and a low price make the pocket-size Sony Alpha NEX-3 the compact interchangeable-lens camera to beat.
  • Pros: Competitive price. Superb image quality, low-light performance, and speed. Smallest compact interchangeable lens camera currently available. Beautiful, tilting 3-inch LCD. Silent focus when recording HD video. Digital accessory port. Support for HDMI-CEC and SDXC memory cards.
  • Cons: No native compatibility with existing Alpha lenses. Limited E-Mount lens selection. No EVF option currently available. No manual control over shutter speed and aperture while recording video.
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Overall 9
8.8

Sony Alpha NEX 3 / 5 (firmware v2)

Camera Labs
1 September 2010
  • Summary: The NEX cameras are primarily about squeezing DSLR quality into compact bodies. They achieve this by employing a DSLR-sized sensor, but dispensing with the traditional mirror and optical viewfinder and using their screens as the sole means of composition.
  • Pros: Small and light, but comfortable to use., Excellent low light performance., HD movie mode with AF and optional external mic., Tilting high resolution screen., Good auto and innovative shooting modes., Fast response and continuous shooting.
  • Cons: Frustrating control system for enthusiasts., Screen becomes hard to view in direct sunlight., No manual control in video mode., Inconsistent face detection compared to compacts.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 10
9.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Sony NEX-3 Review

What Digital Camera
2 August 2010
  • Summary: The NEX-3 is mightily similar to its NEX-5 brother. What it loses in body build and grip-size it makes up for by slashing the price. At £440 with the 16mm lens it’s an absolute bargain that has class-leading image quality just the same as the NEX-5.
  • Pros: Affordable, image quality, small size
  • Cons: Fiddly flash unit, excessive menu digging, limited to three current lenses
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
16 June 2010
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is very close to an ideal camera for travelers who want to get great shots on the road, but don't want to lug around a full-size DSLR or mess too much with settings.
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Overall 8
8.0

SONY NEX-3 [Review]

Digital Photography School
11 May 2010
  • Excerpt: A few days ago I could tell nobody about this newbie. I was under an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) from Sony. The Sony NEX-3 was a hot camera! So Sony gave me a review unit of the Sony NEX-3 three days, explaining that they were so fearful of leaks that a Sony person would collect it from me when...
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Expert Review

The Luminous Landscape
13 January 2009
  • Conclusion: What about Canon and Nikon? Neither has yet shown any interest in this market segment, though its hard to imagine that this will remain the case for long. In the end though what it means is that we all benefit from an expansion of the market with new technologies and therefore new tools and choices.
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Overall 9
8.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0
Color and saturation 8
8.0

Sony Nex-3

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: The Sony Nex-3 is not a cheap option, but it is a quality option. You can pick up the majority of features this camera has with an entry level Digital SLR and pay less if you prefer to. The main attractions are its picture quality and a portability that a Digital SLR simply cannot match.
  • Pros: Small size - clarity of pictures - build quality
  • Cons: Fiddly flash unit - limited range of compatible lenses with E mount - can overexpose photos
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony NEX-3: Stylish and Compact, but is it Worth it?

Tech2
2 September 2011
  • Excerpt: Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) are becoming increasingly popular. This new breed started gaining momentum with micro four-thirds cameras like the Olympus PEN E-P1, which use 4/3-type sensors that are half the size of sensors used in entry-level digital SLRs and about nine times the...
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Trusted Reviews
18 May 2011
  • Summary: Offering DSLR quality in compact form, Sony's first hybrid camera also introduces HD video shooting and 3D panoramas to the Alpha range. How does it fair against existing rivals?
  • Pros: Very high quality photos, Tilt screen, Very compact body, Clever sweep panorama feature
  • Cons: Unfamiliar and over simplistic controls, Body almost too small, Image quality not quite as good as an SLR, Only 720p video, No built in flash of viewfinder.
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Overall 8
8.3
Features 7
6.7
Performance 8
8.3

Sony NEX-3

PC Authority
18 January 2011
  • Summary: The best SLD camera around. Great image quality and desirable looks, all married to good value
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