Sony has redefined its most junior NEX proposition with the NEX-3N, the smallest compact system camera to offer an APS-C sensor. Matt Golowczynski puts it to the test

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Sony NEX-3N review – Dynamic range

Dynamic range is about what we would expect from a camera with a 16.1-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor. Images captured during this test only showed highlights losing their details in more challenging conditions (such as a dimly lit interiors containing brighter external details through windows). In more typical conditions the NEX-3N does well to balance details across the tonal range, but keeping the dynamic range optimisation function on its auto setting is advised, as it tends to make an appropriate adjustment.

The Image Data Converter software that comes with the camera contains basic tools for recovering detail in both shadows and highlights and, unless used inappropriately, it manages to do so without introducing any noise or other artefacts.

Image: Such a scene can cause a camera to overexpose for the shadows, or underexpose to save the highlights. The NEX-3N has done neither, instead providing the right balance between the two

  1. 1. Sony NEX-3N at a glance
  2. 2. Sony NEX-3N review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony NEX-3N review - Metering
  4. 4. Sony NEX-3N review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Sony NEX-3N review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Sony NEX-3N review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Sony NEX-3N review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Sony NEX-3N review - Viewfinder, LCD and video
  9. 9. Sony NEX-3N review - Our verdict
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