TL;DR - Fantastic micro 4/3 camera. Gives DSLRs a run for their money.
3 weeks ago
Summary: For the form factor (as a micro 4/3 system) the overall value for the money is amazing. the size and weight are also excellent, lending to the form factor and mirrorless system. picture quality was on par but not superior to my old Nikon D3000 DSLR, and since it's not a premium camera it's not exactly feature laden. the kit lens is excellent, even though it isn't zeiss like most sony cameras. the odd daisy chain method of attaching the camera strap is kind of dumb.
Great DSLR replacement now at a very attractive price
Rowan Wing, Amazon
22 May 2014
Summary: There are many reviews out there, so I will try to highlight what the other reviews do not cover. I have been using this camera for 2 months now, and it has a lot of cool features... This is probably one of the best choices for people looking for dslr image quality in a super compact size with the 16-50 kit lens and super affordable, with great auto modes and advanced manual features as well.
Summary: Perfect for traveling and take selfies; I buy it specially for a long travel I will make with my GF and the camera really worked perfect, we took such awesome pictures, and the battery is great, the charge last for days; I use different lens and they fit well, even with adapter non from the same brand.
Summary: Camera was exactly as advertised. Wanted something smaller than DSLR but with room to add lens. Nice feel in hand. Removed the neck strap after one session and added a single wrist strap. Has all the controls you might want, while retaining several auto modes that make it as easy as a point & shoot. My wife and daughter took great shots after only being shown where the on-off button and zoom was located.
Summary: I've been using Canon equipment so far as an amateur photographer. This is my 1st Sony and we are in a good relationship so far. Quality and compatibility are just great, being able to save RAW and interchangeable lens are killer features. Small details: camera grip is good for one hand usage, and is not too heavy. - it also has a grid with diagonal lines besides standards grids on screen.
Summary: I enjoy photography as a hobby, and have the usual big Nikon Film camera in a drawer with all my expensive lenses. Digital has been a boon, and I have had quite a parade of hobby level camera (Nikon, Panasonic, Canon, etc) over the years. The problem with all is the lack of a good sensor for low level lighting, like in a gym. I had been reading all the Sony reviews for quite a while and finally pounced with the price dropped for the Nex-3.
Summary: Great camera. Unfortunately, the camera stopped recognizing the lens two weeks after a got the camera and three days before returning from my trip. I am glad Amazon replaced it. The user experience to attach and detach the lens cover is not friendly. It arrived on time!
Summary: This is a great camera for new photographers looking to get more serious about their hobby. I love the size and look of the camera; It's light and slim enough to take hiking (I have even carried biking and skiing) but takes amazing pictures. Biggest complaint is the view screen- hard to see on sunny days because of glare. Also, can be a little slow between shots. So far, I'm very glad I bought this camera.
Summary: The price for this camera with the 16-50 was just too good to pass up. 300.00 was such a deal. I use this for concerts as usually can take it in as a point and shoot. The large sensor is perfect for no flash pictures. The build is great but no magnesium or metal body but still super solid. What are the negatives? There are very little to no customization for the camera. You have to pick menu options as they are and that'a about it.