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.
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.
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
Excerpt: The Sony NEX-3 sells for £399 with the 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens and £439 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
Pros: Sweep panorama mode, APS-C sensor, Great looks, 18-55 lens allows excellent grip, ISO range, Small body, APS-C sensor, Easy-to-use interface
Cons: Lens release button could be more accessible, Menu system could be much better, Some aspects of handling, Over-exposure on automatic flash, Lack of dedicated button for ISO or White-balance, Shooting tips dedicated button will be obsolete once it's been read
Excerpt: Ce kit offrant un objectif transtandard et une focale fixe qui premettra une configuration compact en grand angle (le 16mm est un équivalent 24mm) séduira amateurs et experts adeptes de la compacité et de la pratique de la focale fixe, mais ne veulent renoncer aux possibilités offertes par les...
Pros: Qualité d'image, Fonctionnalités, UNe focale fixe qui permet la compacité