Sony NEX-3: Stylish and Compact, but is it Worth it?
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...
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
Summary: The Sony NEX-3 is so similar to its big brother, the NEX-5, that you'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart side-by-side. Indeed, there are so few differences that we're not sure why Sony went to the trouble of releasing both models.
Conclusion: For all the great advantages that the NEX-3 offers, there is always something that detracts. Great results from advanced shooting are obstructed by the controls. For all the work to shrink the camera in all directions, the lens still governs the pocketability of the NEX-3.
Pros: Vari-angle display, compact, well-built lenses, on-screen graphics can guide novices, excellent ISO noise handling
Cons: Controls are too obscured, screen reflections a problem in bright conditions, for best performance you have to dive into the settings and take control
Excerpt: The less expensive cousin to Sony’s NEX-5 (reviewed at Buy-n-Shoot back in mid 2010) differs literally only in a few areas to its counterpart: it’s slightly larger, doesn’t support HD movie mode (although it does record standard footage) and lacks an infrared remote receiver.