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SonyAlpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (29)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Large clear LCD (27)
  • Image stabilization (23)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (12)
  • Short battery life (11)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (28)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Travel (25)
  • Low light (23)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The future of digital photography?

I was looking for a walk-around camera. After several disappointing experiences with point and shoot's I decided to spring for this one. I'm currently on vacation and have not missed leaving my DSLR's back...Read complete review

I was looking for a walk-around camera. After several disappointing experiences with point and shoot's I decided to spring for this one. I'm currently on vacation and have not missed leaving my DSLR's back at the room one bit. The camera with the kit 18-55 has served me well for most shooting situations. The video is a definite plus. My feeling is that in 5-7 years this will be the body style most 'pros' carry around. The main drawback is the 18-55. It has got to have the worst distortion of any lens I have put on a camera. Its got barrel distortion at the wide and pincushion at the telephoto end. Thankfully LR3 has a built in profile but you must shoot RAW or you will wind up manually correcting the distortion. But heck the whole camera costs less than one of my DSLR lenses so trade-offs are to be expected.....The menu system is not that bad but Sony is coming out with firmware V3 that will make the menu system that will give the most used features faster access. An additional plus is adapters that allow you to mount just about any lens ever made on this camera. Its manual focus but I'm thinking about getting an M42 adapter and trying out one of those old Russian Zeiss knockoffs that you can get for a well under $100.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slightly Dissapointed

I love doing my girls' school pictures, sports and outdoor scenery. I originally used your typical 35mm and decided to upgrade. I really have liked the size, the lens changing capabilities, and...Read complete review

I love doing my girls' school pictures, sports and outdoor scenery. I originally used your typical 35mm and decided to upgrade. I really have liked the size, the lens changing capabilities, and all the great features. I've only had my camara for 18 mos and I'm experiencing a blank ink blot on the LCD viewing and it's growing! Between the camara, lens' and warranty I spent an arm and a leg and now they want to charge me another [$] to get it fixed. I've had [$] camaras last WAY longer than this!!!!!

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3.0

Slightly Dissapointed

By whiskeygirl1990

from Douglas, WY

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    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/18-55mm Lens (Black):

      I love doing my girls' school pictures, sports and outdoor scenery. I originally used your typical 35mm and decided to upgrade. I really have liked the size, the lens changing capabilities, and all the great features. I've only had my camara for 18 mos and I'm experiencing a blank ink blot on the LCD viewing and it's growing! Between the camara, lens' and warranty I spent an arm and a leg and now they want to charge me another [$] to get it fixed. I've had [$] camaras last WAY longer than this!!!!!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Small Camera With Big Effects..

      By Chirag

      from IL

      About Me Pro 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
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

        I bye This Camera For my Son Active's,,And i m professional photographer so i think that if i preserve my son memory with good quality of photo and Amazing video Quality ,, so just go with Sony NEX-3 Camera and i m So happy with this camera...its good to easy operate Function and ya my wife can also take pitcher of my son,b'coz this is simple camera with good quality of photo,,so thenx to b&h to serve this cam...

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

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        5.0

        wonderful

        By deck

        from louisville, ky

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

        I use my NEX-3 camera to record my children growing up. The quality of the photographs are dramatically better than the camera I had been using. The speed is exceptional. I highly recommend this camera.

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

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        4.0

        Love the camera

        By ld10

        from Florida

        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

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

        I bought this camera for a trip and pictures of grandchildren.
        It is an amazing camera. I only used th auto controls, but every picture was great. I love the light weight and fast shutter speed, which was the main reason I chose this camera. I had read that the battery did not last long, but I have not had any problem using the camera all day and still having plenty of battery life left. I am very satisfied with my purchase.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love this camera!

        By osupharmer

        from Stillwater, OK

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • 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
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Red):

          I bought this camera to step up from the point & shoot world. I took it on vacation to Hawaii and really loved the higher quality photos I could take with it. The size and portability were a concern when I purchased it, but I had no problems taking it with me everywhere I wanted to go. It's kind of weird to have the external flash; I just keep it on all the time now so I don't have to fiddle with it when I need it.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          The NEX-3 packs a punch!

          By Nicki

          from Cleveland, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

            I got the NEX-3 for a trip so I wouldn't have to lug my DSLR around and I am VERY impressed with the photos that it produces. The price, the size, the image quality and the lack of shutter lag all were very good. The menus are very intuitive. Overall I'd highly recommend it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Best thing I had from Sony

            By Priyank

            from Forest Hills, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Perfect Pictures in Dark
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

              I travel a lot and by profession I am web designer. I receive lot of queries from my clients to take pictures for their stuff like Jewelry, Ornaments, Machine Tools etc. Earlier I had difficulties taking pictures with other brand camera. They are bulky and complex. After using Sony Nex-3 camera it becomes so easy to photograph products for my clients. It's intelligent scene mode is just perfect. Camera can fit in my pocket and it's very light weight. It's 18-55mm lens is very useful for taking high resolution pictures for print and web. Recently, I traveled to Ajanta and Ellora caves in India where taking flash pictures is prohibit. I switched my camera to intelligent scene mode and it clicked brilliant pictures from dark caves where there's almost no light. For taking jewelry pictures, I used to have light tent and various lighting effects, but now I don't require any stuff like that. Just Sony nex-3 camera is enough.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Love this camera!

              By Kat

              from Pacifica, CA

              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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                I bought this camera as an upgrade to my old Canon Powershot. I wanted something portable and light but with great picture quality (sadly lacking in the Canon). The NEX-3 gave me that--really great pictures. I was worried that it might feel unbalanced being so light with that big lens, but I have not found that to be the case. I opted for the NEX-3 instead of the NEX-5 because I already have an HD video camera, and that seemed to be the main difference. I am really impressed with the smoothness of the images, even when shot as JPEG. Ability to shoot RAW images is a plus. Other people have complained about the battery life--I bought an extra battery just in case, but I didn't need it until I'd had the camera for a couple of weeks. Attaching the flash is pretty persnickety--but I don't use it much. Includes useless (to me) features such as smile detection (with several levels of smile detection!) and 3D panorama.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good camera but it could do more.

                By Nicnaimless

                from Grand Rapids, MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No manual focus in video
                • Too few ISO options

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                The Nex-3 is nice. Unfortunately sony has really held this camera back from its full potential. With the APS-C sensor and processing power this has could easily compete with the Canon t2i but Sony has choked the camera through the firmware restrictions. This is sad and it's simply to get folks to purchase the next step up even though the camera would be capable. For example, the Nex-3 could easily produce 1080p video if the firmware would allow it or manual focus in video mode. It needs an intervalometer for time-laps photos and a composite video output. It also needs a remote trigger option.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                4.0

                Cool but not perfect

                By Traveler

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Poor Image Stabilization
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                I've had the camera for about a month, and tried it indoors, at the park, outdoors at night, at a soccer game, and on a rock-climbing trip... a good mix

                Things that are great:
                Panoramic pictures
                Fast shutter speeds
                Light weight
                Wonderful portraits and close-ups with aperture priority mode
                Night photos are great, unless you're unsteady like me

                Things that aren't great:
                Battery life is just depressing
                Really bad glare on the screen in sunlight. I over-exposed the soccer pictures becuase on the screen they looked dark for some reason.

                The auto-focus isn't great, a bunch of my rock-climbing shots were blurry, even though its like slow motion. Who has time to manually focus every single shot?

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great all around camera

                By Scrow

                from New jersey

                About Me Casual 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

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                Been using this camera (w/ 18-55mm lens) for about a month. Never had an dslr before so this camera takes the best pictures i have had. Low light shots are amazing, but due to the small aperature of the lens your subject cant be moving. Great outdoor lens though. The camera has lots of features so that a pro has access to all the controls but my wife can just point and shoot as well. Really enjoying this camera and cant wait to get a longer lens for some wildlife shots. The tilt up screen is great for tolder shots, getting low for their eye level is super easy.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Quirky but Nifty

                By NM

                from Ashland, OR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                I'm not going to give the world's most complete review, just include some bits that didn't show up in others' reviews that I think is good info to have. I bought this to replace my Olympus E510 as my small travel camera. The Olympus was good at ISO 200 (as far as image quality) but came nowhere near to anything modern. I didn't replace the Oly with another Olympus or Panasonic because I grew tired of the differing perspective (and lack of shallow depth of field) of 4/3rd or micro 4/3rd cameras relative to APS-C or 35mm.

                When you read the reviews on the web (by the sites that give in-depth reviews) they make it seem that the zoom kit lens is horrible as far as distortion. The truth is that the distortion is noticeable, and one of the things that you will get with micro 4/3rd cameras is in-camera correction of distortion. So, if you find yourself needing to shoot a lot of straight vertical lines at any focal length, you might be really disappointed with the way this lens performs. That said, in real world shooting of objects and people, the distortion is not really noticeable. The reviews also mention poor corner sharpness wide open. Again, unless you're shooting vertical lines wide open, you won't care. Especially if you're going for shallow depth of field, corner sharpness isn't a concern, and the lens has no apparent light falloff. The lens is sharp all around. I've found that at 24mm, the distortion is best controlled. At that focal length (a 35 in 35mm), maximum aperture is f4. For me, having a small camera with a sharp 35/f4 lens, stabilized by 3-4 stops, with great image quality up to ISO 1600 is fabulous. I don't think there's another kit as small as this for this price - especially with a tilting screen.

                Image quality is useful all the way up to ISO 12800. At 6400 and 12800, I find I want to switch to black and white because the colors/grain effect just aren't pretty. Image stabilization works great. Autofocus is fast enough, but keep in mind you can only get 7 frames a second without autofocus tracking. My modern comparisons for image stabilization and image quality are a Rebel T2i. I can't make a comparison with anything high end.

                I don't mind the lack of a viewfinder, because I find the accuracy of visible depth of field on the LCD to be priceless. The menu system is not the best laid out ever, but make sure your camera has firmware version 3, because that makes a world of difference. (If you do have to do an update, you'll need a PC, because the update from the Sony site won't run on a MAC.)

                I find the auto white balance to run a little bit on the red side, but that may also be the balance of the camera's LCD screen. Reviews have mentioned that default sharpening is a bit low. At ISOs 200 and 400 I find I want to up the sharpening by one point, but I find the default to work well at ISOs 800 and 1600. There's a good bit of customization possible as far as sharpness, saturation, and contrast in the different color modes.

                Battery life isn't very good, and to me the Sony software serves only the purpose of converting RAW files.

                One thing I like, that pleasantly surprised me, is that the video mode uses all the settings that you have selected for still images. So you can adjust color, contrast, white balance, etc. in the still mode and those all transfer when you click the video button.

                To sum up, it's a unique camera. It gives great image quality, but not without its little compromises. Those compromises to me are really only significant in the distortion of the lens. It's hard to think of buying into a nex system, but I would really relish an alpha mount 50/1.8 or 35/2.0 as a small documentary setup. I wonder what they will do about future flash capability. Having bounce and tilt is almost a necessity to me, and it would seem difficult to fit a sizeable flash onto the accessory shoe they've created.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great inside, difficult LCD in sunlight

                By Mystery Librarian

                from Southwest Virginia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Red):

                I took about 200 images with this indoors and outdoors in cloudy conditions, and I was thrilled with the camera's performance and the stunning quality of the images. However, I literally couldn't see the screen in bright sunlight. I've had three Canon and Nikon DSLRs and five or six point and shoot cameras, and I've never had such difficulty reading an LCD screen in sunlight. Sadly, I returned this and will stick to my Nikon DSLR for now. However, I'm very impressed with this camera and hope Sony comes up with a better viewfinder option in the future. I do recommend it - but with the outdoor sunlight caveat.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 6
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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome Pictures

                By GreatEscape

                from Germany

                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

                • No Viewfinder
                • Plastic body

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                I was tired of having point and shoot cameras that couldn't handle moving objects or low light, so I started doing research. I found that you really need an SLR to take quality action shots. This camera is a perfect choice for someone who wants a point a shoot but wants the quality images of an SLR. The automatic settings are great, especially the macro setting for flowers and other close up objects. The camera turns on incredibly quickly and its auto-focus is super fast as well.

                Negatives: The design is odd and kind of feels like they took a point and shoot camera and taped a giant lens on it. I don't like the plastic body on the NEX-3, I really wish a camera this expensive would have a metal body like the NEX-5 does. The video was a bit grainy in low-light, and I have yet to test it in better light conditions. I bought a screen protector for the LCD because the smudges really make it hard to see after a while.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
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                • No

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                5.0

                loads of features

                By ioanas

                from sydney, nsw, australia

                About Me Pro 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

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Red):

                versatility of a dslr without the bulk

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome Camera

                By MND1211

                from Clifton, NJ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  Great intro to SLR. High Def video makes this camera my all in one solution for still and video.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love this Camera!

                  By Steve

                  from Fontana, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • RAW format
                  • 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/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  Bought this as an alternative to lugging around my Canon 40D. Love the 40D, but wanted to go lighter and retain the same level of quality for landscapes and people. When I do an airshow, the 40D will come back out. So far, I've been very pleased with the quality of images, especially the low light stuff! The sweep panorama is a lot of fun too! I also have a Canon point and shoot, and it's light, small, and easy to use, but not very good for anything serious. The NEX-3 is perfect for my needs. I didn't go with the NEX-5 because I don't really need HD video beyond what the NEX-3 can do, and everything else is pretty much the same.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  An Amazing Camera

                  By Rayda

                  from Bismarck, ND

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life
                  • Wonky flash

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  Exceptional low-light performance thanks to the large sensor. Great bokeh quality. Updated to firmware v3, a very usable, pro-feeling camera. Takes great pictures. Very small for its capabilities. Overall, and amazing piece of kit.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By butterflymom

                  from Broken Arrow, OK

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                  This camera was purchased as a second camera to take along on vacation. We got some great panoramic shots off the coast of Thailand. The color and clarity of all the photos was really outstanding. I was able to take some close up photos of some of the flowers in bloom.

                  Just wishing the telephoto lens that goes with the camera wasn't so expensive. Sony makes some great cameras, and this tops the list.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Sony NEX -3

                  By Hal

                  from Connecticut

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Can use Nikon Lenses
                  • 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

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                  I take family pictures of school concerts, Hockey league games, gymnastic meets, travel photos.

                  The camera is great for indoor shooting without flash, and the ability to get high quality video clips as well as still images.

                  The camera has a large sensor that produces great photos at high ISO without flash.

                  My Nikon lenses can be used with an inexpensive adapter and the results are spectacular.

                  Battery life is poor.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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