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Sony Nex3

Sony Nex3

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Object Title: Sony Nex3

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Created/Edited: Jan 14, 2012 / Jan 14, 2012

Object ID: 8077

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The NEX-3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is the smaller sister model of the NEX-5. Both NEX cameras come with a 14.6 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS and the mirrorless E-mount. They offer a high-resolution tilting screen, fast continuous shooting and HD video capture. The NEX-3 has a slightly larger plastic body (vs magnesium on the NEX-5), doesn't come with an infrared remote receiver and only offers 720p HD video versus the NEX-5's 1080i AVCHD movie recording.

However, in every other respect the NEX-3 is identical to the NEX-5. In iAuto mode the camera does a decent job for point-and-shoot users but where the NEX really shines is the PASM modes where you can take full advantage of the large, very capable sensor. The feature sets are impressive, as are the NEX's portability and flexibility. The NEX is not a substitute for a DSLR but offers DSLR image quality without the bulk.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4592 x 3056
Other resolutions 4592x 2576, 3344 x 2224, 3344 x 1872, 2288 x 1520, 2288 x 1280
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 1:9
Effective pixels 14.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 14.6 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (2500-9900k )
Image stabilization No
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus

Contrast Detect (sensor)
Selective single-point
Live View

Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E Mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3"
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
Flash range 12 m
External flash Yes (Accessory Port)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Continuous drive Yes (5 or 7 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Metering modes


Exposure compensation ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No ?
Videography features


Microphone Stereo
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless EyeFi
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger ?
Weight (inc. batteries) 297 g (0.65 lb / 10.48 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 62 x 33 mm (4.61 x 2.44 x 1.3")
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None



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Voted 5/5

Camera, especially for us, we have to think about the weight on high mountains and this camera is a good choice, plus, it does full hd movies!!!
Just got this and I am very happy with the results so far.
Posted Jan 14, 2012 3:42 pm

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