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SonyAlpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (22)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Large clear LCD (20)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (20)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (11)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Low light (20)
  • Travel (20)
  • Family photos (19)
  • Video (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice for low-light photos

I used this camera frequently during a recent vacation trip. Some observations:

- great for nighttime photos, pictures in dimly lit bars, etc.

- panorama is ok as...Read complete review

I used this camera frequently during a recent vacation trip. Some observations:

- great for nighttime photos, pictures in dimly lit bars, etc.

- panorama is ok as long as there's very little to no movement; oftentimes half of someone's face would get chopped off though.

- you have to do a lot of button pressing to do stuff like change the ISO level, but I didn't really find it to be as annoying as some online review sites have made it out to be.

- there's a (configurable) delay during which the last photo is previewed on the LCD; during this time you cannot take any photos, which can be annoying if you want to take a bunch of quick photos in a row. You can disable preview completely, but it's kind of clunky.

- As of 08/26/2010, Photoshop does not read this camera's RAW files! You can get CS5 to read them by downloading a pre-release plugin from the Adobe site, but you're out of luck for CS4 or for Photoshop Elements.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Camera with some exceptions

Ok, so this is a great camera to say the least, but there are some exceptions. But I'll start with the good. First, the form factor, its small light weight and can...Read complete review

Ok, so this is a great camera to say the least, but there are some exceptions. But I'll start with the good. First, the form factor, its small light weight and can pretty much fit in a jacket pocket with the 16mm lens on. The image quality is good but the lens it's self leaves a bit to be desired in the way of image sharpness. The bad parts are, you want to buy some other lenses so you buy the $200 adapter, and then you buy the regular alpha lens you want and its really slow to autofocus so it means no for sports unless you are really good at manual focusing. That being said, the adapter is a must buy if you are really looking to expand your lens collection. All in all, it is a good camera, and if size is a real issue for you then you should totally get this. However, if you imaging yourself in the future wanting more performance out of your camera with a larger selection of lenses, then go with an alpha DSLR and you won't be sorry like I sortof am.

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5.0

Great little cam

By jparchibald

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Red):

    Image quality of DSLR, simplicity of use of the compact, and share the same mount of my FS100. Can I ask for more?

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    • No

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    5.0

    I love it! but...

    By JDR

    from Montreal, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

      All the things I wrote before I fully reiterate, the only thing to watch out for is the LCD screen, it is VERY, VERY easy to scratch so before you do anything with this camera, add a screen protector.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
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      • No

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      4.0

      Capability in a small package

      By pchirico

      from Reston VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

      The NEX-3 (16mm lens) is a great small DSLR with large amount of capabilities. The disadvantage of the camera system is that many of the settings for image composition are accessed via the menu system (ie. digital zoom, ISO settings, shooting modes) as opposed to manual controls on the back of the camera as in other camera models. This makes it more time consuming to set up pictures on the fly.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 4
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      • No

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      2.0

      Not what I expected

      By PaulH

      from Sylvania, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

      I bought this as a light weight travel camera for when I didn't want to carry my Nikon D90 plus several lenses. I expected more than it delivers.
      The stock 15 mm lens is very limited and the available zoom lens would have made the package far too expensive (and, in my opinion over priced).

      The picture quality is similar to that which would likely have been achieved with a $200 point and shoot.

      On a positive front, the menu structure is easy to understand and the panoramic feature seems to do a good job. Another positive area seems to be the cameras ability to adapt well to low light conditions - just as well seeing that the flash is so tedious to install.

      Overall, I should have stuck with my original plan to spend less money on the Canon S90

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
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      • No

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      5.0

      I love it!

      By JDR

      from Mmntreal, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

      This is it, I was tired of waiting for Canon to come out with a small camera with a large sensor. I bought it for the size and it is as small as my previous carry always camera (Canon SX100IS) but with considerably better picture quality. Where a small sensor is limited to very low ISO settings, this one gives great quality shots at ISO 3200, it also has RAW picture taking ability and it is fully supported by DXO which is my image treatment program. The 16mm lens has proper correction in DXO so lens distortion is minimized.

      The 16mm is great for indoor shots and great as a travel companion.

      The camera has so many options yet they are easy to find and quite intuitive. At less than 400 grams with lens, card and battery, it is perfect for bicycle touring which is what I bought it for. It is also my carry all the time camera. Now my Canons will come out for special purposes when I want to use telephotos or need high burst rates. Not THE perfect camera, but for 80% of the time it will be used with pleasure.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      4.0

      Quality product for a nice price

      By Henric the Latissimus

      from Gothenburg, Sweden

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

        I am not a professional photographer, but I just get sick of those compact cameras which they cannot zooming in enough etc. This camera is not a "full" system camera, not even as large as they are but now this "hybrid" compact cameras with changable lens of 4 different varity it´s just suited for my jobs..

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
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        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent and Simple

        By LB

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Silver):

        I've grown up around photographers with everything from point and shoots to best in class digital SLR's. When I finally wanted to take the step up outside of my comfort zone of a P&S, I was drawn to this camera and have yet to be disappointed. It's fantastically easy to use, yet my shots are rivaling digital SLRs.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By Scott S

        from Lakewood, OH

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

          If you're looking for a camera that's a significant step up from a point and shoot, but not wanting the bulk of the DSLR (or the expense of a high-end rangefinder), the NEX is a great in-between camera. The picture quality is very good and the construction is solid. The NEX 5 has a more comfortable body & metal construction, but the NEX 3 is chunkier and less prone to scratches. The camera can be used just like a point-and-shoot, but with the firmware updates you can turn this into a great manual focus camera as well by assigning attributes to the buttons (such as ISO, white balance, filters, etc.). The 7x and 14x zoom is fantastic for manual focusing and if you're using a Sony lens, you just turn the focus ring and it will automatically activate this feature. The tilt-screen is also fantastic for street shooting and bright enough to be used in sunlight.

          My only gripes with the camera are the LOUD shutter (which makes it awkward to shoot in quiet places) and the lack of an electronic viewfinder accessory.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great Camera!!

          By Vasquez81

          from Weslaco, Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

          I've been a long time Sony fan but I have to say this camera takes the cake. Very light very easy to use and has a wide range of options and adapters on the market. Video on this camera is also superb. Im currently selling my old camcorder cause with this its all you need.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          4.0

          This camera is amazing

          By DSMVT

          from Wilmington, DE

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

            Nice sharp picture, prints well, easy to use.

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            5.0

            Excelent Camera

            By Amanda

            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

              An excelent camera. I recommend it.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • Yes

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              5.0

              very good quality

              By robin

              from brisbane, australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Red):

                very specific abut the product and in excellent quality as mentioned and very impressive stuff

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great images, poor LCD in sunlight

                By Mystery Librarian

                from Southwest Virginia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Red):

                I used this camera kit (with the 16 and 18-55 lens combo) for about a week, but ended up returning it to B&H. I bought it for the larger sensor, and as a lighter alternative to my Nikon DSLR. Performance -wise, there's a lot to love here. The images are excellent, close to my DSLR in quality and leagues beyond my mid-level, small sensor Panasonic point and shoot. The Nex-3 lenses in the kit are both perfectly fine for the work I do, and focused quickly. The LCD and menus were well-designed, but as many have noted, the menu system is a bit clunky, but I got used to that. As an indoor, low-light camera, I was delighted with this. I used at a regional folk art show and got some excellent photos without lugging my big DSLR around - and I felt much less obvious.

                
Then I took it outside,and that's when it became unusable. The LCD was impossible to see in bright sunlight with my polarized sunglasses. I've used Nikon and Canon DSLRs and a handful of point and shoot cameras in bright sunlight while wearing polarized sunglasses, and have always been able to at least compose a shot and read the LCD display. That's not the case with the Nex-3 - nothing was visible, and I tried different angles in an attempt to see enough to compose a picture. I was very disappointed - I really love this camera, but I need something that's useful during my many summer hiking trips here in southwest Virginia. Sadly, I returned it. Hopefully, Sony will come out with a better LCD and/or a very good (reasonably priced) viewfinder. Recommended, but with these reservations.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 6
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                • No

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                5.0

                SLR in your pocket

                By Dave and his toys

                from Silver Spring, MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Silver):

                  Pros: IQ that is comparable to my Canon T2i. Speed priority mode is truly 7 fps. Great articulating screen and HD video. Focuses well, speedy and is easy to use.

                  Cons: Flash attachment feels like a toy. Scarce selection of lenses.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Great Camera with some exceptions

                  By jadgl968

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Large choice of lenses
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO
                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Very slow AF with adapter

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Silver):

                  Ok, so this is a great camera to say the least, but there are some exceptions. But I'll start with the good. First, the form factor, its small light weight and can pretty much fit in a jacket pocket with the 16mm lens on. The image quality is good but the lens it's self leaves a bit to be desired in the way of image sharpness. The bad parts are, you want to buy some other lenses so you buy the $200 adapter, and then you buy the regular alpha lens you want and its really slow to autofocus so it means no for sports unless you are really good at manual focusing. That being said, the adapter is a must buy if you are really looking to expand your lens collection. All in all, it is a good camera, and if size is a real issue for you then you should totally get this. However, if you imaging yourself in the future wanting more performance out of your camera with a larger selection of lenses, then go with an alpha DSLR and you won't be sorry like I sortof am.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 5
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  AMAZING!

                  By MGS1995

                  from Stoneham, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • Can't Get to Zoom Easily

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

                  -I use this all the time
                  -This is such an improvement on the last camera i had. The quality is amazing and the pictures are so sharp!
                  -The thing that isnt great is that you always have to go to the menu in order to zoom if you dont have a zoom lens.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 6
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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Amazing camera performance, lenses OK

                  By Digited

                  from Carnation, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

                  The sensor is fantastic, not as good as my Canon 5D2, but as good, or better, as any cropper.

                  The Auto-HDR feature is a real time saver over lengthy post processing for landscapes. I use it a lot because it puts both the Auto-HDR and normal shot on the card and you can decide later.

                  The anti-blur feature is OK, but only works in automatic mode so I am not a big fan. I find that in auto mode, the auto-focus doesn't usually focus on what I want.

                  With the 16mm fixed lens, the camera fits in my shirt pocket! With the 18-55 in a jacket pocket!

                  I find the small size combined with my big klutzy hands makes it a little difficult to do things I am used to with a big SLR, like manual focus override. But this is not really a replacement for an big SLR. It is for having with you always and being inconspicuous with minimal sacrifice to image quality.

                  The camera controls are a little tricky for someone from an SLR background, more designed for someone coming from a P&S. Upgrading to firmware V3(free)is essential, but still, is a little limiting. My biggest gripe is not being able to switch quickly between manual and auto-focus.

                  The lenses are only so-so. The 16mm is a great focal length, but very weak in the corners, which is exacerbated by the otherwise wonderful and available Fisheye convertor.

                  The 18-55 is not great either. The size reduction has taken a toll. The lenses hold back the camera sensor.

                  The wide availability of converters for other lens mounts is great for the accomplished photographer, but not practical for most. They make it manual everything except for some Sony lenses which focus very slow.

                  And unless you are mounting very old lenses which have an aperature ring, you have no aperture control at all. Still, nice to be able to do something.

                  I am hopeful that an EVF will be released for it as it really needs one. And, it needs a better wide angle in the 21-24 range and an inexpensive telephoto to match the Pany/Oly offerings.

                  But I am really happy with the camera and take it with me everywhere, even when I pack my big SLR kit.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great image quality in small package

                  By Anon photog

                  from Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Always with you
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Street photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

                  I bought this camera to replace my Canon 5D, since portability ranks very high on my priority list. I needed a carry-around camera that allowed me to have full control of the photographic process, and the NEX has done so. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that I have not sacrificed image quality in the transition.

                  The camera yields clean images from 30s long exposures, and quite acceptable images from High ISO.

                  The 16mm lens has gotten some bad press, but if my sample is representative, the bad reviews have come from pixel-peeping techies rather than from photographers. The center is sharp wide open, and the corners improve significantly once stopped down. That the corners are not perfect should not surprise any experienced photographer who purchases an inexpensive pancake-ish wide (and 24mm is quite wide). At any rate, the lens has not kept me from getting great images, and that has not required me to "shoot around" any inherent problems.

                  The NEX-3 + 16mm combo fits in the front pocket of loose jeans, though you will know it's there.

                  One thing to keep in mind: not all raw converters work with NEX files as of early 2011. Lightroom 3 does, however, and transitioning from Capture One to Lightroom has not proved to be a hassle.

                  BOTTOM LINE: A very capable and portable camera for the experienced photographer.

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                  • 9
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                  5.0

                  High Performance in a small body

                  By MDragon

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

                  Love this camera. Altough I loved my old Canon Powershot S3 IS, when my daughter was born, I realized that it was hard to produce pictures of great quality in low-light settings of a squirmy baby. What I needed would have to have a bigger sensor, great performance in high ISO settings, and fast shutter speed. This basically translates into a DSLR. However, I still wanted something that I could throw in my handbag - which you cannot do with a DSLR, only a point-and-shoot. It seemed like that didn't exist until I came across the Sony Nex 3. I am not a professional or even semi-professional photographer, so a DSLR was always intimidating to me. The Sony Nex 3 has a real fool-proof automatic mode, which even a beginner can use. I now plan on slowly upgrading my skills to be able to use the camera more manually as well, but I am happy to be able to still produce great pictures in the meantime with the automatic mode. So far I am very happy, I have taken amazing pictures and have captured all those treasured moments of a baby in a crisp pictures where my old camera was just too slow and everything was blurred. The fact that it not only uses Sony's proprietory memory system, but also SD cards is a big plus.
                  Be ready for some "ohs" and "ahs" when showing this camera to friends. All my friends could not believe that this little thing is a DSLR with an APS size sensor.
                  The only complaint is that the downloading software that is included with the camera is not mac-compatible. You can still download your pictures using iCapture or by directly acessing your camera, but it's not the most convenient way.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  great little camera

                  By Deb

                  from NJ

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Black):

                      great choice for taking beatiful pics and not carrying around a huge SLR... love that it does it all... and you can change lenses and everything.. SO EASY to use it actually explains things as you do them... LOVE IT!!!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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