Summary: Battery life on the Nex-3 (with current software update) is adequate. I feel like I could do a day of shooting on one battery. Comparing this camera to my Canon G11 and its a close call. From the point of view of a carry it in your pocket, grab it and take a quality shoot across a variety of conditions I'm still preferring my G11.
Summary: This camera is a great performer. Its focusing is fast and accurate its color reproduction is decent. It produces Sharp and detailed photos that are very decent even great sometimes. Awesome for prints smaller than 8x10 (My 8x10's looked quite decent but not up to par with my old nikon d3100, just didnt cut it). The lenses are expensive, just too expensive and theres not many choices.
Summary: I really wanted to love this camera, but instead I just like it. It takes really nice pics, but I am really unsatisfied w/ the zoom. I bought another interchangeable lens and was not happy w/ the zoom at all.
Summary: I bought this camera with both lenses, this review emphasizes the performance of the 16mm kit lens. (See the other kit for the opposite emphasis.) I had no preconceptions and bought it on a whim, amazed by its size. It's easy to hold, but also easy to cover the AF lamp. With the 16mm lens is actually fits in a large pocket. The 16mm lens is simply not acceptable for point-and-shooters, unless you enjoy performing manual correction on every image afterward.
NEX-3 is a huge disappointment. Try it, you'll return it!
pluto1999 "pluto1999", Amazon
10 October 2010
Summary: There has been considerable excitement about the prospect of an APS-C size sensor in a point-and-shoot format body, and rightly so. The best of the APS cameras, such as the mid-range Canon and Nikon SLRs, take great photos. I eagerly awaited the availability of the Sony NEX line hoping to get similar image quality in a light, compact instrument. Well... no such luck. Detail is rendered with a soft, diffuse quality that produces the opposite of a fine photograph.
Summary: The pancake lens it comes with is only suitable for landscape photography. You have to be in someone's face to take a portrait photo, so it's not a versatile lens like 20mm pancake on GF1 or 30mm on NX10. Flash is needed with some photos and it is really a bother to keep taking it on and off with a tiny thumb-screw. Also, there is no dedicated function dial, so you have to keep going back into the menu to change shooting mode and other settings.
Summary: I have been playing with the camera since June 25. The camera has excellent low light performance. Very low noise in general. I compared it side by side with my Canon T1i and found that in may cases, Nex-3 produces better quality of pictures. Auto focus in video mode is quick. The video quality in 720p mode is generally very good, but not as good as the Tx7 which is a Sony point and shoot supporting 1080p.
Summary: The camera is well-made though I must say it's not the easiest camera to hold because it is trying unsuccessfully to be more of a 'compact' and the grip is too shallow. The best feature on it has to be the 'sweep panorama'. This 'takes' photographic stills at 7fps as you swing the camera to the right (or from the bottom to the top, in a similar direction - when shooting a skyscraper).