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Sony NEX-3N review

May 31, 2013

Overall Rating:

3

Sony NEX-3N


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Price as Reviewed:

£399.00

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

  • Video: Full HD (1080p)
  • External mic: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN
  • Dioptre Adjustment: N/A
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, manual adjustment, custom setting
  • Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 4912 x 3264 pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 25 points
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 460,800 dots
  • Focal Length Mag: Approx. 1.5x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: 16.1-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Exposure Modes: iAuto, auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 9 scene, Sweep Panorama
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-ion NP-FW50 battery
  • Weight: Approx. 269g (including battery and memory card)
  • File Format: JPEG, ARW(raw), AVCHD 2.0, MP4
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec + bulb
  • Drive Mode: Approx 2.5fps for nine JPEG/five raw/four raw+JPEG frames
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Colour Space: sRGB/AdobeRGB
  • Metering System: 1200-zone evaluative: multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 109.9 x 62 x 34.6mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HMDI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: +/-3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £399.00
  • ISO: ISO 200-16,000
  • Focusing Modes: Multi-area, centre-weighted, flexible spot
  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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