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Sony NEX-3N Review: Stepping up to Mirrorless

Digital Camera Review
1 October 2013

Sony NEX-3N

Steve's Digicams
6 September 2013
  • Excerpt: During the winter of 2013, Sony announced their smallest NEX model yet, with the introduction of the NEX-3N. The world's smallest interchangeable lens camera to offer an APS-C sized image sensor (as of 2/2013), the NEX-3N shares similar specs to their NEX-F3, with a few "enhancements".
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Expert Review

12 June 2013
  • Excerpt: The smallest Sony NEX -series camera to date—and the most compact camera featuring an APS -C sensor—the 16 megapixel NEX -3N is one of the company’s latest entry-level mirrorless models. The camera offers a few updates to its predecessor like a zoom lever and, importantly, a pop-up flash. But the NEX -3 also loses a couple of options, including the multi-accessory port of the older camera.
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Sony NEX-3N

10 June 2013
  • Conclusion: In developing a replacement for last year's successful NEX-F3, Sony aimed to deliver nothing less than the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens system that featured an APS-C-sized sensor. Mission accomplished with the entry-level NEX-3N, which pares down both the size and price from its predecessor -- albeit with a few sacrifices along the way.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless camera, with good high ISO performance and dynamic range, Generally fast and accurate autofocusing that even works well in very low light, Compact body is the size of a pocket camera (without a lens, at least), 16-50mm kit lens has a small footprint and produces decent optical performance, 3-inch tiltable LCD monitor with 460K dots of resolution, Full Program, Priority, and Manual exposure modes (via menu), Focu...
  • Cons: Weak flash with narrow coverage, No hot shoe or accessory terminal means you can't connect an external flash, viewfinder or microphone, No physical Mode dial, Few physical controls, Sluggish power-on and mode switching, Slower than average continuous shooting speeds, Shallow buffers with RAW files, though that's not unusual for an entry-level model, No sensitivity options below ISO 200
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha NEX-3N Review

3 June 2013
  • Summary: The Alpha NEX-3N is the best camera you can buy for under Rs. 30,000. If you were considering getting an advanced point and shoot, forget it. Get the Alpha NEX-3N instead for its bigger sensor, incredibly compact size and the versatility of being able to swap lenses.
  • Pros: Compact form factor, APS-C sensor for the price of a point and shoot, Fast AF, Amazing high ISO performance
  • Cons: Menu system is a little obtuse, Kit lens doesn't do macro
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Expert Review

1 May 2013
  • Conclusion: Sony doesn't quite have the same range of proprietary optics as the Micro Four Thirds system, but there is still a good choice available, with third-party manufacturers also making optics for the brand. There's certainly a much wider choice than what is currently available for rival CSCs such as the Olympus PEN MiniNikon 1 J3 and Panasonic GF5
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Overall 8

Sony NEX-3N review: superior shooting on the cheap

17 April 2013
  • Summary: Is this Sony's strongest NEX to date? No, it's not. But it's by far the most impressive entry-level Sony ILC we've seen, and one of the very best options for less than 600 bucks. Excellent image quality, a solid (but compact) build and Sony's new 16-50mm retractable zoom lens make the NEX-3N an excellent fit for interchangeable-lens hopefuls making the jump from a compact point-and-shoot, or even current NEX-3/C3/F3 owners ready for something a bit more fresh.
  • Pros: Excellent performance and image quality, Solid build and design, Very affordable for a mirrorless kit, 16-50mm power zoom lens in the box
  • Cons: No accessory port or mic input, Power zoom is too choppy for video
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Sony NEX-3N Review: A Prince Of DSLR-Like Cameras

26 March 2013

Sony NEX-3N First Look

What Digital Camera
25 February 2013
  • Excerpt: We go hands-on with the Sony NEX-3N – Sony's latest Compact System Camera
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

PC Magazine
30 September 2010
  • Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-3N isn't as good a performer as its predecessor, but it does include a collapsible power zoom lens and it comes at a lower price.
  • Pros: Attractive price. APS-C image sensor. Compact zoom lens. Excellent high ISO performance. 180° tilting LCD. Built-in flash.
  • Cons: Screen not as sharp as on previous NEX models. Kit lens isn't the best performer. No EVF or expansion options. Front-facing LCD eliminates downward tilt. No dedicated battery charger.
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