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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 – Our verdict

Sony has delivered a capable, pocketable camera with the convenience of a compact. While the Power Zoom control makes perfect sense when used with a compatible lens, only two such lenses exist. The lack of an accessory port also suggests that Sony is targeting the NEX-3N at a user with little intention of building up a system.

That user is unlikely to be concerned by the camera’s metering or white balance systems, or the detail produced by the lens, but may take umbrage at the lack of a more prominent indicator lamp and the lacklustre performance of the LCD screen. For this reason, the camera is perhaps best suited to those who won’t be using it often for burst shooting or in challenging shooting/lighting conditions.

  • 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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