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".
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.
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
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
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