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


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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
ISO:ISO 200-16,000
Focusing Modes:Multi-area, centre-weighted, flexible spot
Tested as:Entry-level CSC
  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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