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

  • 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


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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago


Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7

Hi all, I am trying to find a camera to use when I go on travels for climbing/travel. I used to have an Olympus XZ-1, as was very happy with it, but it got stolen. So now I am looking for a new one. I am on a limited budget, and have suggested the below cameras as I know I can afford them. TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N (with 16-50mm), A3000 (with 18-55)mm, LX7. While reading climbing blogs, I've noticed that alot of people recommend having some wide angle and zoom capabilities, which is why I've included the FZ72. A friend of mine is very happy with her LX7 when taking pictures of people climbing, so that's why its in the bunch. And RAW is necessary as well. The two mirrorless cameras are in the bunch because I've heard that it might be nice to have an option of changing lenses. However, I will not do that yet because of a limited budget. The TZ60 is known for being a good camera for travellers. Any suggestions or tips? Or if there are others in the same price range which offer a good wide ...

evelyn87 asked
5 months ago


I would not recommend the Sony a3000 for rugged outdoor activities like rock climbing. It's just a wee plastic lad, doesn't have weather proofing, and is egg shell like. It's a great camera I use, but taking it along where a good beating could easily occur? Well, I guess it's cheap and better than breaking a $3000 body so in that sense it is almost a disposable as you could buy 10 a3000's to one A7r .... so maybe a couple of climbs you get lucky and nothing gets broke? I'd still want a more solid frame although lightweight is a solid forte of the a3000 sturdy is not..... Continue Reading

Diginal answered
4 months ago

I can really recommend the nikon AW1. It's mirrorless. Underwater secured but the best feature is that it's very easy to handle with one hand. Also it's very fast focusing and shoots extremely rapid for a camera in that class, even in raw. And it's the most rugged mirrorless. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
4 months ago


Sharp Wide Open Lens Recommendation?

Hey, I have a budget of about 350$ to 550$ to buy new lenses, and i'd like to hear some recommendations. Currently I have the following lenses: SEL1650PZ : I especially like this lens a lot for traveling because, it is very small / light / portable. I find I use a broad range of focal length when traveling, so this lens as a decently versatile focal length, sometimes I wish it could go a bit further like 60mm - 70mm, but I wouldn't sacrifice the wide angle for that. It's great in daylight however the problem is that it's mostly useless in low-light / interior situation as I do not like to use flash or bump the iso (the pictures becomes too noisy, i have the nex-3n so maybe the iso is more grainy on that camera...) SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1.7: Got this old used lens for 25$, for the price I find it's amazing, I like it very much for food photography which I do a lot of (food blog), I find this is a perfect focal length for that purpose... A longer focal length would require me to go too ...

Louno asked
6 days ago


I agree 100%. I have the Sigma 60 and the Sigma 30. both are great lenses for the price, but my Touit 32 is in a completely different league and it is not just that it is sharper, it is the color and contrast. back in the day many years ago I shot with Leica and Nikon. my father and I shot for a magazine doing stories about the desert south west. after we went out and did a shoot we would always compare all of our shots on a projection screen. there was always something special about the shots taken with the leica glass, call it color, call it micro contrast - heck I really don't know what it was I just know it looked better. since I got into digital I haven't seen that quality, I have owned some very expensive and spectacular glass, the Nikon 105mm f2D/Dc comes to mind, but nothing had that pop that the leica glass had. then I switched to the NEX system and I was happily shooting with my NEX-7 and the Sigma 30mm and it is and was great - - then I was given the Touit 32mm f/1.8 as a ... Continue Reading

Drawde Laen answered
1 day ago

I'm not sure I follow your logic here. If you stop down to gain increased DOF, your shutter speed will get slower so there's much more likelihood of motion blur effecting your shot. I'd prefer to have a fast lens which gives you the option of using a large aperture to keep shutter speeds reasonable in low light conditions without having to crank ISO up too far. You can stop it down when light levels allow. Of course, using large apertures gives a shallow DOF - whether or not that DOF is sufficient depends a lot on the distance between you and your subject and the angle of your subject to the camera. I really like the SEL50 - it's certainly sharp and the OSS helps a lot in low light. I don't use it very much because I find it a little bit 'sterile' compared to some legacy options, but it beats most lenses in terms of sharpness (particularly if sharpness across the frame from wide open is a major cncern). It's also very good value for money which is a bonus :-) Here are a couple of ... Continue Reading

SimonOL answered
5 days ago

sure, but the OP wasn't asking for reasonable performance wide open but the best sharpness possible while wide open in his price range. Continue Reading

patticake answered
6 days 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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