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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type D)
Physical
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

Reviews

User Reviews

3.88571 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

QUESTION

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
3 months ago

ANSWERS

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
2 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
2 months ago

QUESTION

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

ANSWERS

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

QUESTION

Newbie questions about a5000/a6000 (upgrading from p&s)

Hello, I'm a point and shoot user interested in upgrading to a Sony mirrorless camera. I would love to take pictures with better image quality (mainly use for vacations and pictures of family) and eventually I'd like to learn about the more advanced features the cameras offer. The a5000 is in my price range with the current sale price of $400, but I have some questions about the autofocus system to see if it would be better to wait for the price of the a5100/a6000 to drop. I had a chance to use a Nex 3n for a day and the pictures that were focused looked amazing, but many of the indoor pictures were out of focus (in fact one low light portrait photo was focused on the background and not the person). Does the a5000 offer better auto focus accuracy than the Nex 3n due to the upgraded processor or does this only affect the speed? In reading about the hybrid af system of the a5100/6000, I mainly hear about speed benefits, but does it also give better accuracy than the a5000? Are there ...

brandon10 asked
7 days ago

ANSWERS

Autofocus with the E-mount cameras in lower light conditions can be tricky. When you use the focus assist light often a large green box goes arround almost all the frame. This is when you hardly ever get good infocus pictures. To avoid this you can swithch of the focus assist light in the settings menu. I do not think that there will be a big difference I would not expect lot of difference in the accuracy, but the speed will be a lot faster. There are a lot of advantages for every camera: A5000: Price, tilting screen goes to "selfie mode" (but not down), better battery life, 3.5fps, 20MP A5100: Tilting screen goes tp "selfie mode" (but not down), better screen, touch screen (good for selecting focuspoints), fast AF with tracking, best video mode, 6Fps, 24MP A6000: EVF, tilting screen goes Up and down, no "selfie mode" screen like the A5100, but no touchscreen, Fast AF with tracking, videomode inbetween A5000 and A5100, 11 FPS, 24MP sensor. better battery life, more dials and buttons. ... Continue Reading

nevercat answered
7 days ago

In bright light photos you won't see much difference between modern P&S and any larger sensor camera such as A5000 (if you are looking at photos that are not heavily cropped at normal viewing distance.) In dim light the larger sensor will work much better and produce a noticeable improvement. This isn't enough information to know why you had a problem, but it is not the camera. I used a lot of P&S cameras of different brands before and after using the first Nex cameras and focus accuracy was not worse with the Nex line. I don't think there is any substantive difference between these two. If you know how to use it, I do find that you can get it to focus quickly and accurately in lower light than was possible with the earlier generations, but having used essentially all the earlier generations of Sony mirrorless for many 10s of thousands of photos, I don't think there was any focus accuracy problem with them. The main advantages of the 5100/6000 generation is speed of focus acquisition. ... Continue Reading

wb2trf answered
7 days ago

Thank you both for your responses, that is really great information! I'll have to stop by a place that sells them to test them out as suggested before I make my decision, but leaning towards getting the a5000 while it is still $400. Continue Reading

brandon10 answered
5 days ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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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