Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Released April, 2013
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
While these can't be shot in raw format - so you're stuck with them even if you change your mind - there are some great effects to experiment with here.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha NEX-3N
9.2
NEX 5N
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha NEX-3N
7.1
NEX 5N
7.5
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha NEX-3N
6.4
NEX 5N
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha NEX-3N
9.2
NEX 5N
9.1
Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and 2 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha NEX-3N
8.7
NEX 5N
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha NEX-3N
1,067 ISO
EOS M
827 ISO
NEX 5R
910 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 LPH
NEX 5N
2,800 LPH
NEX F3
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-3N
272 ms
EOS M
742 ms
NX Mini
347 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-3N
22 ms
NX Mini
164 ms
NEX 5N
115 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 ms
NEX F3
1,500 ms
EOS M
2,700 ms

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha NEX-3N
480 photos
EOS M
230 photos
NX Mini
650 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha NEX-3N


8.0
That tilting touchscreen also has another handy bonus - as soon as the screen is put into that position, self-portrait mode is activated.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Noise is kept under control, even at very high ISO values, such as ISO 3200.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Some image detail is lost as the sensitivity starts to nudge towards higher values, such as ISO 6400, but even then detail is still impressively sharp.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Your options explained Noise is kept under control, even at very high ISO values, such as ISO 3200.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Lens

A 20mm f/2.8 and 18-200mm power zoom lens bring the total up to a fairly respectable 15 NEX lenses.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
When zooming into the image to 100% you can see evidence of some smoothing, but detail is otherwise retained very well.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
It comes bundled as standard with an 18-55mm power zoom lens, which is also very small, and helps contribute to the overall small size.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Image quality

Image detail, colour and noise control is excellent, giving you a camera with which you can enter a variety of different situations and be assured of high quality images.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
The Pop Colour filter boosts colours and contrast and suits subjects where you want to emphasise the.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Perhaps most importantly, image quality is superb.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Photography

Whereas before this worked to better frame portraits, it can now be extended to pretty much any object, as well as portraits.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
And hopefully it means the street price will hit $399, which is the most that a lot of that target audience will want to pay, regardless of feature set.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)
This could be problematic if you want to photograph fast moving subjects, such as children.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Screen

At 460,000 dots, the Sony NEX-3N's screen is relatively low resolution by comparison to several others on the market, but it still provides a bright, clear angle of view.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
As it is, when the screen is fully recessed, it sits flush against the body of the camera and adds to its sleekness.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Colours are represented well, being bright and punchy without being overly vibrant.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type APS-C CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP
Resolution 4632 x 3472
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.8 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 25
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 110 x 62 x 35 mm
Thickness 35 mm
Weight 269 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (24 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting None
Battery life 480 photos
Continuous shooting None
Focus lag 272 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms
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