Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera Kit with PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

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Key Features

  • 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16,000
  • 3 inch 180°-tilting LCD with 460,000 dots
  • 1080p/60i/24p HD video recording (AVCHD)
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Zoom lever allows one-handed operation and smooth zoom
  • Built-in flash
  • Auto Object Framing, Face Detection, Tracking AF, and Picture Effects
  • Superior Auto and Anti-Motion Blur modes plus PSAM and Sweep Panorama

Product Description

The Sony NEX-3N is Sony's entry-level NEX camera, replacing the NEX-F3. The 3N is, as before, aimed at users stepping up from compact cameras and gains a compact-style zoom lever around its shutter button. It features a smaller body than the F3, and Sony says it is the smallest, lightest mirrorless camera to feature an APS-C sensor, despite featuring a built-in flash.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Other resolutions 4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (2500-9900k )
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
External flash No (Accessory Port)
Continuous drive 4 fps
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type D)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 480
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 62 x 35 mm (4.33 x 2.44 x 1.38)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None


User Reviews

4.925 out of 5 stars
  • Gorpalm, Mar 27, 2013 GMT:
    NEX learning curve notwithstanding....

    My first NEX, and am very pleased with it so far.  Found the menus a little confusingly laid out at first, so there's a learning curve here - Not fuji-levels of obscure, but a different mind-set was used...maybe a little too dumbed down? Hard to describe.  Anyhoo there's definitely a learning curve involved, but once you get their way of thinking, everything's fine. Also had scarily bad experience with the flash at first - No deliberately crazy settings or difficult scenes to try and throw ...

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  • Jekabs Stelmahers, May 9, 2013 GMT:
    Great camera for price

    My first NEX series camera was Nex-5n and I was very happy with it because of video and high iso capabilities. Then NEX-6 was announced and I sold my nex-5n, because I wanted to go for EVF and 16-50 oss power zoom. I started to wait for some price drops, and then nex-3n has been announced. And then it was easy to decide. Why go for nex-6, if I can get same image quality and lens for half price? Yes, NEX-3n is slower than 5n, and don't have 10fps burst, but thats not so noticeable in real life ...

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  • konmin, Jun 11, 2013 GMT:
    Sony Nex-3N: Great value-for-money camera

    This is my first Nex Camera. I currently own the Sony A35 and Canon G11. This is also my first online review about a camera. So what prompted me to give a review? Simple; this is an underrated camera that deserves a lot more attention! Some complain it is too small, and amazingly it is! It is an engineering feat considering there’s a APS-C sensor inside. In my opinion, with the rubber grip the handling is good, in fact it is much better than most other compact and micro four third camera I tried.

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  • Asanka Rubasinghe, Oct 1, 2013 GMT:
    Small but amazing

    Hi all,One of my hobbies is photography. I'm an amateur for this subject. This is my first NEX camera and first mirror less camera too. I have used Sony HX 100v for a long time and I decided to go for an advanced model. I had lot of financial constraints and I was really concerned about the money I was going to spend. Fortunately I found this handy camera at a reasonable price. At the first sight I fell into love with this camera. It was small and I was suited my purposes. I go cycling for ...

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Questions & Answers


Will this c to nex Fujian prime lens work on Nex3N

Dino Direct has a lens F1.7 35MM C-MOUNT $19.99 USD TV lens that mentions works with NEX models has anyone gotten this lens? I want to get this lens but not sure if it will work as it is not listed in compatibility list and just picked up this camera yesterday. Can anyone help? C-nex should work on any alpha nex body no? Anyone know any good brands besides Fotodioux is that the best one for adaptors it seems? Thanks much appreciated just made account because I want to get some orders in! Cheers J

jaydenle asked
12 days ago


it will work in manual mode with an adapter chek this youtube video, hes using it on the nex6 Continue Reading

pew pew answered
11 days ago

I have this lens on my NEX 5N. It's very cheap and the picture quality is not good. More of a novelty toy lens. I personally don't recommend it...I'd rather spend that money on a pizza. Continue Reading

soupnazi81 answered
11 days ago

Thanks for the link and response =) Continue Reading

jaydenle answered
10 days ago


Need help with Nex-3N Video Recording in Low Light

Hello everyone.  I purchased a Nex-3N based on recommendations and I have to say that so far I am disappointed. The camera takes pleasing photos and I have no real complaints when it comes to that, but the videos leave a lot to be desired.  Manual exposure mode seems to force the camera into recording very choppy videos.  I have no idea why, but this seems to be corrected once you use one of the auto modes.  The auto mode will not go over 3200 ISO for video recording.  I've tried some other modes but ultimately ISO is stuck at 3200.. the best I could do was increase exposure but the video quality was extremely poor. I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 that I've been using and absolutely adore.  I purchased the Nex-3N as an upgrade to that device, but so far it has fallen below expectation.  I am ignorant with this camera and I'm seeking some help.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Thank you for your time.

gl0ry asked
14 days ago



Upgrading to Sony NEX 3N...worth it?

Hi Guys, A keen beginner here looking for some advice. I have had a Sony DSC-HX5 for around 3 years now as an all round point and shoot which has served me well. Looking to upgrade to a low end CSC and the Sony NEX 3N seems to fit the bill. Going on honeymoon in a week to Italy where the opportunity for some stunning photos is going to come up so need to make a decision. Ultimately looking for some advice from more experienced peeps if its worth it or stick with the HX5 for this once in a lifetime holiday? Cheers!

Camdo82 asked
9 months ago


I would. The sensor on the 3N is so much larger and better. You will get much better results under all lighting conditions especially lower light. With current pricing, they are a steal. Continue Reading

JeffGo answered
9 months ago

From a hardware point of view you might get a better camera, you can add more and better lenses to the Nex in the future. So from there it is good to have a Nex camera, as low light IQ will be better. But will you make better p7ctures with it? That depends on how quick you will understand the different DOF and handling  of the Nex. When going on you trip you want the best pictures you can get and the camera is just a small part of the story. You knowing how your camera works and reacts in different sytuations is maybe more important so here some tips 1. Capture has a very good point about the Nex 5r, it is a better camerak but not realy harder to use, in many ways even easier! 2. The Nex will need an extra tele lens when you want the same reach as your compact, so invest in that too 3. take your compact with you too on the trip, especialy when you do not buy the telelens (55-210 or 18-200mm), but it is wise to have both cameras, sonyou can take all the pictures you want... Have fun ... Continue Reading

nevercat answered
9 months ago

Camdo82 wrote: Hi Guys, A keen beginner here looking for some advice. I have had a Sony DSC-HX5 for around 3 years now as an all round point and shoot which has served me well. Looking to upgrade to a low end CSC and the Sony NEX 3N seems to fit the bill. Going on honeymoon in a week to Italy where the opportunity for some stunning photos is going to come up so need to make a decision. Ultimately looking for some advice from more experienced peeps if its worth it or stick with the HX5 for this once in a lifetime holiday? Cheers! I have a NEX-3n and an RX100 and I like both. The 3n sensor is as good as any, and the built-in flash is nice (hold it back with your finger and you get bounce flash). The image quality with the kit 16-50 is very good but not really better than the RX100, which has a better lens. Coming from the HX5, do you use telephoto a lot? The 3n with kit lens goes to 75mm (35mm equivalent) and the HX5 goes to 250mm. Maybe you would still take the HX5 along... Continue Reading

tomtom50 answered
9 months ago


  • Sony Alpha NEX-3N camera body
  • PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (SELP1650)
  • Lens cap
  • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • AC adaptor (AC-UB10)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Micro USB cable

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