Sony Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP Exmor APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Sony E-Mount
  • 16-50mm (35mm Equiv: 24-75mm) PZ Lens
  • 3.0" 460.8k-Dot 180-deg Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60 fps
  • ISO 200-16000
  • Intelligent AF System
  • Auto Object Framing
  • Photo Creativity Feature for Effects

The black Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony has an Exmor APS-C CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 16.1MP and a BIONZ image processor. It accepts Sony E-Mount lenses, including the supplied Power Zoom (PZ) lens, which has an effective focal length of 16-50mm (35mm equivalent: 24-75mm), a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6, and both ED and aspherical elements. The lens is retractable and compact, measuring just 3/16" at its shortest length.

The camera also features a large 3.0" LCD screen that has a resolution of 460,800 dots and tilts 180° up. Capture Full HD 1080i video at 60 fps and 1080p video at 24 fps. The NEX-3N is effective in challenging lighting conditions without using the built-in flash, thanks to a wide ISO range of 200-16000 and advanced noise reduction. The camera has an Intelligent AF system and manual focus capability. Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject by automatically recognizing the scene and cropping accordingly. Using the Photo Creativity feature, you'll enjoy easy access to Picture Effect settings and controls for Background Defocus, Brightness, Color and Vividness.

APS-C CMOS Sensor
The Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 16.1MP allows for clear, detailed, low-noise shots in dim lighting conditions, often without the use of flash. The sensor has RGB primary color filters. Color space is sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard, compatible with TRILUMINOS Color. Capture JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG and 3D MPO images
BIONZ Image Processor
Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000 sensitivity. Long Exposure NR can be turned on or off and is available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec. High ISO NR has High, Normal and Low modes. The processor also enables up to 4 fps continuous shooting
Sony E-Mount and A-Mount Lenses
The camera's Sony E-Mount accepts a broad array of interchangeable lenses, including the supplied 16-50mm (35mm equivalent: 24-75mm) f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom (PZ) lens. The 16-50mm features a motor zoom lever enabling effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming--even when shooting self-portraits. Measuring just 3/16" when fully retracted, this compact lens has one ED (extra low-dispersion) element for correcting chromatic aberrations, as well as four aspherical elements for minimizing coma and other types of lens aberrations, even at the widest apertures. The aspherical elements also contribute to the lens' compact design. Additionally, the 16-50mm features Optical Steady Shot image stabilization, which provides the equivalent of four stops of shutter speed compensation for blur-free shooting. You can also use optional Minolta/Konica Maxxum A-mount lenses via the LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adapter (sold separately)
3.0" LCD
The camera's monitor features a resolution of 460,800 dots and tilts 180° up. Benefit from the following features: 100% coverage, continuous Live View, Histogram, Peaking with selectable High/Mid/Low/Off level settings and White/Red/Yellow colors, Grid Display (Rule of Thirds, Square Grid, Diagonal + Square Grid, Off), magnified display for playback, customization options for grid / grid line and histogram, real-time image adjustment display, and Auto and Manual brightness control in 5 steps between -2 and +2
Full HD Video
Record Full HD 1080i video at 60 fps and 24Mbps or 17Mbps. Capture Full HD 1080p video at 24 fps at the same bit rates. You can also record in HD 1440 x 1080p at 30 fps and 12Mbps, or 640 x 480p at 30 fps and 3Mbps. Capture movies in your choice of the Blu-ray quality AVCHD or PC-friendly MP4 format, and record stereo sound in Dolby Digital (AC-3) or MPEG-4 AAC-LC format to accompany your movies
Wide ISO Range
The combination of a broad sensitivity range of 100-16000 (for stills; 100-3200 for videos) and advanced noise reduction allows the NEX-3N to capture clear, detailed images in challenging lighting conditions--without requiring the built-in flash
Auto and Manual Focus
The Intelligent AF system uses contrast-detect autofocus and 25 focus points when Multi Point is selected as the focus area. Center-weighted and Flexible Spot are also available. Autofocus modes include Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C) and Auto Focus. Additionally, Manual Focus may be used, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to switch quickly between AF and MF while keeping your eyes focused on your subject. Benefit from Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C) and Focus Lock, as well as a built-in LED AF Illuminator with an approximate range of 3.3-9.75". Focus sensitivity ranges from EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent, with an f/2.8 lens attached)
Built-in Flash
Pop-up flash with pre-flash TTL metering has a guide number of 19.7' (6.0 m) to compensate for dim lighting when the CMOS sensor and high ISO sensitivity alone aren't quite enough to get proper exposure. Offers a coverage angle equivalent to that of a 16mm focal length lens. Recycling time is approximately 3 sec and flash bracketing can be done from -2.0 to +2.0 EV
Auto Object Framing
Fills the frame with your subject by automatically recognizing the scene and cropping accordingly. Advancements include two-person portrait capability, Face Detection and Tracking Focus
Photo Creativity Feature
Enjoy easy access to most Picture Effect settings and controls for Background Defocus, Brightness, Color and Vividness. Simply activate Photo Creativity, choose the appropriate item, and adjust while viewing in real-time on the LCD. You can also combine settings to achieve different creative results or compensate for difficult lighting
Picture Effect Modes
Camera features 11 modes that provide 15 artistic effects you can apply to photos and movies. These include Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, and Miniature. View effects in real-time on the LCD screen before you take the shot, so you can experiment with different looks. Please note that the following modes are not displayed in real-time and cannot be applied to movies: HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Soft Focus and Miniature
Creative Style
Prior to shooting photos or videos, choose from one of six settings - Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset or Black & White (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps)) - to help you achieve the desired result
Superior Auto Mode
Capture photos and videos easily by letting the camera recognize the current shooting environment and automatically adjust settings for optimal results. Superior Auto also includes Auto HDR and Hand-held Twilight modes; both of these use image compositing technology to handle difficult lighting by recording multiple images at high speed, then combining the best qualities from each image into a single exposure. For Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range), the exposure difference level is 1-6EV in 1EV steps. Hand-held Twilight mode gives you clearer, more detailed nighttime pictures without the use of the flash or a tripod. Six images are captured in a fraction of a second, then combined into a single sharper image with low noise
Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture clean, sharp images in low light. In this mode, the camera takes 6 shots in a fraction of a second, then combines the data from all 6 to create a single, blur-free image
Face Detection / Smile Shutter
You can set the camera to recognize faces and smiles. Face Detection locates up to 8 faces in the frame, then adjusts exposure, white balance and other settings based on these faces. Face Registration and Face Selection are enabled. Smile Shutter, which provides 3 selectable levels for adjustment, automatically takes a photo when smiles in the scene are at their brightest
Speed Priority Continuous Mode
Freeze fast-moving subjects by shooting at up to 4 fps. In normal Continuous mode, you can shoot at 2.5 fps. The camera's burst buffer is 9 shots for Standard or Fine JPEG, 5 shots for RAW, and 4 shots for RAW+JPEG
Panorama Shooting
Capture still panorama images at a resolution of up to 12,416 x 1856 (23MP), achieved by combining multiple images into a single larger one
Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur
Exposure
Modes include iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)) and Scene Selection. Exposure compensation for still images is -3.0 to +3.0 EV, adjustable in 1/3EV steps. For movies, the range is -2.0 to +2.0, with the same 1/3EV increments. Exposure bracketing is also possible via 3 continuous or single shots in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps. Adjust Color Temperature from 2500 - 9900K in 15-step increments. Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), and Custom available. D-Range Optimizer is available and can be set to Auto, Level or Off. Exposure metering modes include Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, and 1200-zone evaluative, while metering sensitivity ranges from EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent, with an f/2.8 lens attached)
Shutter
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traveling, focal-plane shutter
Anti-Slip Grip
Natural form ensures comfortable handling and makes the camera easy to carry around. Textured grip prevents your hand from slipping, even when shooting one-handed or using very large lenses
PlayMemories Home Software
Included PlayMemories Home image management software is easy to use and offers the convenience of automatic installation on your Windows PC. Download photos and movies onto your computer, then view, organize, edit, retouch, print, burn to a disc, share or upload them to social networking sites. Also benefit from the included Image Data Converter Version 4 software
BRAVIA Sync
Available via the camera's HDMI port with a compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu). PhotoTV HD, too, is available with a BRAVIA Sync-enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
Battery
Runs on the Sony lithium-ion Stamina battery, which contains the InfoLITHIUM system that displays the percentage of battery power remaining
Dust Reduction System
Anti-dust charge protection coating on low-pass filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
View & Index
Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
Computer OS Compatibility
Works with the following operating systems:

Windows XP SP3: 64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported. Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or later is required in order to use the function for creating discs
Windows Vista SP2: Starter Edition is not supported
Windows 7 SP1
Windows 8
Mac OS X v10.5-10.8: Image Data Converter and PlayMemories Home software are not compatible
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4912 x 3264
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type LCD Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460,800)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-16000
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec in Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps for up to 9 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Off
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 19.69' (6 m) ISO200 
13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Number of Shots: 3-5
Connectivity DC Input
HDMI D (Micro)
Micro-USB
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1020mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 11.2 x 6.4 x 3.6 cm excluding protrusions
Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g camera only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 16 - 50 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.215x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.6 x 1.2" (6.60 x 3.05 cm)
Weight 4.1 oz (116 g)
Sony Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh)
  • AC-UB10 USB AC Charger
  • Mini-B USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 59 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (49)
    • Easy to use (48)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
    • Image stabilization (30)
    • Fast shutter speed (26)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (14)
    • Short battery life (5)
    • No image stabilization (4)
    • Noisy at high ISO (4)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (42)
    • Landscape/scenery (40)
    • Travel (35)
    • Low light (33)
    • Video (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (45), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Replaced my DSLR and my point and shoot

    This is a great camera. It takes top notch pictures, its small size allows it to fit almost anywhere (even some pockets), and it has the best price to performance ratio I've...Read complete review

    This is a great camera. It takes top notch pictures, its small size allows it to fit almost anywhere (even some pockets), and it has the best price to performance ratio I've seen. The lens here is really impressive given the cost (better than any SLR kit lens I've used). Also the camera is superb at keeping the noise low into the high ISO range (It's completely acceptable up trough iso 3200 for an 8x10 print although obviously the lower the better). If you don't know what I mean by that essentially this camera takes better pictures in low light than most cameras, even without using a flash.

    I would say comfortably that if you currently use a DSLR but are the kind of person that only has 1 or 2 lenses and doesn't spend over $1000 per lens then you should switch to either this or the nex-5t now. There really isn't an advantage to the DSLR anymore unless you just really enjoy viewfinders. Even if you're the kind of person who really makes use of the fine glass Canon and Nikon make available, you might still want to consider switching to a nex and looking into the high-end Carl Zeiss e-mount glass.

    Similarly if you currently use a point and shoot (or your phone) and want to step up your photo game then this is an excellent choice.

    There are a couple downsides. None are deal breakers and most are fixed if you're willing to upgrade to the nex-5t. The first is it makes a fake shutter noise. The noise isn't even that bad or dumb sounding, but just on principal it's a stupid thing for a camera to do, and there's no way to turn it off. The lack of a touch screen is annoying, mostly because I want the ability to touch to focus (controlling the menu is fine without one). Also Sony please include a wrist strap instead of (or in addition to) the shoulder strap. This camera's so small and light all you need is a wrist strap and the big shoulder strap just gets in the way! (I swiped the wrist cord from a point and shoot I had). Last thing is I wish the screen would swivel more directions, particularly pivoting down would be great for taking pictures from above your head.

    One thing that isn't a problem is the screen resolution. I read some expert reviews that cited this as a problem and I think it's only something they notice because they compare cameras all day.

    I've mentioned the nex-5t a bunch. I'm very happy I bought the 3n given the price difference, but I have handled the 5 and the wifi is noticeably faster and the touch screen is nice. Also I don't shoot video but I hear the faster focusing is especially nice for video shooting. Plus the 5t has some better video format. Anyways if those things are worth the extra money to you go for it but otherwise the 3n should suit you great. The wifi features of the 5t (or any camera that has similar ones) are a gimmick, annoying to use, and drain your battery. If you want to be able to upload photos without a laptop I recommend a microSD with SD converter for your memory card and then pop the microSD into a tablet or phone (a bunch of android, blackberry, and windows phones/tables accept them) and upload from there.

    I hope that helps!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Avoid this kit lens

    Own this camera for a Year, overall OK camera, I also own Nikon D800 sometimes I am too lazy to take My Nikon to vacation (and always regret it after all) Anyway Sony...Read complete review

    Own this camera for a Year, overall OK camera, I also own Nikon D800 sometimes I am too lazy to take My Nikon to vacation (and always regret it after all) Anyway Sony good performer but this kit lens is very bad,yeah it looks like a good idea one lens from wide to zoom but in practice the lens vignetting horribly at wide angle, especially if you planning to shoot raw at beach or in very bright condition plus good luck to catch that preciouse moments with running kids, lens way to slow to start up. Sony Pancake 16 mm f2.8 lens is much better it fast almost no vignetting. So far nothing can beat or even approach in quality and every other areas of photography to my Nikon D800 with 24-70 mm f 2.8 So better carry some weight and get outstanding results.

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    5.0

    Great Camera and Compact

    By Rich

    from Washington DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

      I bought this camera to upgrade from a point and shoot. It is coat jacket pocketable. The larger sensor allows superior low light photos and picture quality is a step up from a point and shoot. The kit lens is good. I bought a set of filters-uv haze, polarizer and nd filter. The polarizer filter adds a dramatic effect to flower and landscape photos. Get the filter kit-it costs [$]. You may want to add a spare battery and an extra non usb battery charger as this will free the camera from its usb cord. Only cons with this camera is that it sometimes freezes as it writes to memory. Other con is that macro performance is not as good as a point and shoot in that you cannot get as close to subjects like flowers and butterflies. I am not sure but I believe that a foot or a foot and a half is as close as you can get. To do macro photography you may need a set of close up diopter lenses or a macro lens if Sony sells one. For all other types of photography this camera is great.

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      5.0

      Product excellent (as per reviews)

      By Ram

      from CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

      Fast efficient shipping

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      4.0

      Great Camera for the beginner

      By BrianB

      from NH

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

      This was a present for my teenage daughter. She has used our point and click for a long time but wanted more. I looked at DSLR's and they were too high priced and advanced for a beginner. This one offered a good middle ground and provides the ability to go to the next level and start changing settings.

      She also loves the size of the camera. It is easy to carry and is easy for her to grip.

      The screen interface is very intuitive on the surface. One of the challenges we have found is once you find a setting sometimes it is hard to remember where that setting was and to go back to it. This implies that the detailed settings are not as intuitive.

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      5.0

      Recommending

      By M&K

      from Pittsburgh

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

      Fantastic camera!

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      5.0

      compact, great auto mode

      By kancil

      from seattle, washington

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

      Very good camera for difficult light conditions in auto mode. Love its compact size (in my opinion just the right size) Though in time I am sure it would get smaller, and it may not feel like the right size. Seems to be solidly built. Great value for the investment.

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      4.0

      awesome camera

      By vt

      from los angeles, ca

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        feels plasticky, but the features are exactly what i wanted. get the higher models for a better feeling camera

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        4.0

        VIDEO - Specific use with FD Lenses

        By Guilherme Borges

        from Brazil

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        I bought this as a secondary camera, specifically to use it with old FD lenses. Though it's a little more difficult to navigate the menu then my main camera (T3i), it's not as tricky as I had anticipated.
        In my case, it was a good purchase, since I could use my FD lenses properly, but a word of warning: when handheld the quickest movement might screw your image.
        I'm not going to get into the merits of this camera for photography.
        Aside from the fact that one can finally use FD lenses as they were meant to be used (although there's still the same crop factor as the DSLRs, because of the APS-C sensor), another great thing about this lens is that it's very small and light, so much that you can hold it by the lens. It's also cheap enough for a camera like this.
        A great addition to my kit that will allow me to diversify my shots.
        One last thing for those who are looking for this camera for video: though it was easy importing the scenes (through FCP Log and Transfer), the AVCHD compression takes up a lot of space.

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        4.0

        Great Camera

        By LCC

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        I use this camera for capturing moments at fashion shows, on the street, and in a set environment. Whether subjects are moving or staged, this camera provides great images. It is small enough to tote around everywhere, but I appreciate having the lens to work with. The only thing I would like to see improved in the auto setting. Ah, the one thing I don't like about the build of the camera is that there is no pinhole to look through! You can only see images through the screen.

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        5.0

        wow amazing

        By Domisonfire

        from Montréal

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        Un tres bon appareil . Mode intelligent automatique tres tres bien , il fonctionne a merveille. Tres bonne lentille de départ. Qualité de clicher irréprochables! Tres compact s' incere facilement dedans une poches de manteau. Pour entrer de gamme, sony livre un excellent appareil avec le nex-3n

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        5.0

        An Entry Level that thinks its a Pro

        By SkipTV

        from Hollywood

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Small LCD Screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        Im an Emmy Nominated Videographer. Shooting on the JVC ProHD700. I realized I needed some kind of DSLR for work that didn't require the kind of massive camera that I shoot with. But I knew it pretty much was going to be a 2nd camera. So I didn't want to spend the bucks, that how I came up with the decision to buy the NEX 3N. It will give 1080p video, a nice shallow depth of field, great looking video and I can carry it in my pocket or get additional lenses for it. I LOVE it. Beautiful image for a crazy low price.

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        4.0

        Great Value, Great Style

        By Avilla

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        This is my first mirrorless Camera, I am on a tight budget but was looking for something more than a point and shoot but I wasn't ready to make the leap into a DSLR.

        I have been using this Camera for two weeks now and I am very happy with it, I am using it mostly for video. The built in microphones was surprisingly good, I shoot racecars and there was no distortion or clipping in the audio.

        Overall, it's a great product at a even better price.

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        5.0

        Trustworthy

        By Diego

        from NY

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        really amazing camera i really like the screen and amazing image stabilization

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great for Beginners

        By Tina

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

        Got this as a present and it was just the perfect little camera. It is light and easy to use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        workes well and able to expand

        By U turn

        from Silversprings Nv.

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

          still new haven't used it much

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          • No

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          4.0

          Easy to use with a couple of limitations

          By Paul in AL

          from Tuscaloosa, AL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

            I recently purchased this camera as a step up from taking pictures with an iPhone. It certainly is an improvement. It functions much like a point and shoot in terms of ease of use, but with much better results. I haven't delved into the manual settings yet, but it does have a few options. The limitations it has is the ability to connect accessories like an external mic, etc, but that hasn't come up in the way I use the camera. I would definitely look into one of the higher level NEX cameras if you can afford it, but this one is a great introduction to interchangeable lens cameras and, like I said, takes really good photos.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good looking

            By OLIVIA

            from NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • No Wifi

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (White / Silver):

            In fact, it is my first time to use mirrorless digital camera. But I can easily take beautiful photos. And the camera is really light. All in all, the price for this camera is valuable.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera

            By texican

            from Colorado Springs

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (White / Silver):

              Fantastic camera. take it everywhere!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice (jacket) pocketable camera

              By ManRayTrace

              from San Francisco

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Built in Flash
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              I was looking for a fairly high quality pocketable camera.
              The rx100 was my original choice but it was twice the price of the 3n. The 3n has a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses to boot.Of course it's larger but still easy carry in a jacket pocket (and the 20mm lens in the other pocket!)

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              • No

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              4.0

              Solid Camera

              By RS

              from L.A., CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Video

              Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (White / Silver):

              I was looking for a solid camera that was simple to use and would take good pictures and video. i did some research and Sony NEX 3 was a perfect fit for me. it is easy to use and provides great shots.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Best Bang For Your Buck

              By GMoose

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3N Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

                Seriously, for this price, you cannot beat the image quality. It doesn't hurt that tons of adapters exist for the NEX mount to slap on legacy glass either. Coupled with focus peaking (which btw Sony does very very well), you have a nifty little package to take advantage of your old arsenal of lenses. My only complaint is that it does not have a hot shoe... I don't think it would have taken too much to put one on there... the on board flash is a little under powered and wont fill an average sized room when bounced unless you go up to at least ISO1600. Still, the images are pretty clean at that ISO so it's not too bad.

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