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.
Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera Kit with PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
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- 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
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2500-9900k )|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|External flash||No (Accessory Port)|
|Continuous drive||4 fps|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D)|
|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″)|
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 ...
Great camera for price
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Small but amazing
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Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7
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- 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