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Sony NEX-3N Review

Sony returns with an upgrade to their entry-level compact system camera and the NEX-3N looks set to ruffle a few feathers…

 

Overview

The NEX-3N is the new entry model in Sony’s range of compact system cameras. It is a camera of outstanding performance and is currently the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera. Successor to last year’s NEX-F3 model, the Sony NEX-3N is priced at £380 and boasts 16-50mm power zoom lens.

Given Sony was one of the first manufacturers of compact system cameras they have a strong heritage, and following the success of the earlier NEX models, big things are expected of the latest edition 3N – but for a small price tag. So has Sony pulled another gem out the bag or is the NEX-3N not worth the box it comes in?

 

 

Sony NEX-3N

DSLR-quality 16.1MP APS-C sensor, SELP1650 power zoom lens

 

Despite weighing so little, the Sony NEX-3N still feels a very solid build. It has a smaller grip than the NEX-F3, with the shutter release button moving from the top of the grip back to the top of the camera. The top plate looks similar in terms of functionality so is familiar for previous owners of NEX snappers.

A welcome addition to the latest-generation snapper is the 3-inch tilting LCD screen which gives you a full 180 degrees leverage to allow for low and high angle compositions you might not have thought about without the screen prompt. You can even fully turn it to the front, which is very useful for self-portraits. With 461K dots (not as high-resolution as the 921K screen on the NEX-F3), it proved to be more than adequate in real-world.

 

Sony NEX-3N

Offers the High Definition video shooting of the NEX series, full HD AVCHD (50i/25p) with stereo sound

 

The camera also offers the High Definition video shooting of the NEX series, full HD AVCHD (50i/25p) with stereo sound, which will be more than adequate for the NEX-3N’s target audience. It also features a dedicated red, camcorder-style, video record button for instant thumb-operated video access.

Low light sensitivity without flash ranges from ISO 200 to a maximum ISO 16000 equivalent setting, which is quite impressive, and matching the sort of spec of mid-range DSLRs. There is no in-body image stabilization offered by the NEX-3N, this is via the lens only. It appears to work at least as effectively as the in-camera or lens based anti-shake methodology used by rival brands.

 

Sony NEX-3N

 

A new addition to the NEX-3N is a power zoom switch, very similar to that found on many compact cameras. This allows the 16-50mm kit lens to be zoomed in three different ways; using the new zoom lever on top of the camera, which is good for one-handed operation, via the zoom ring on the lens, and finally using the zoom control on the side of the lens.

To the left of this switch, is a dedicated playback/review button, and underneath is the thumb-operated dedicated movie record button. Press this and you are instantly recording video, whatever alternative shooting mode you might have been using previously, which proves essential in spur of the moment filming. There is also an integrated pop-up flash positioned atop the camera in line with the centre of the lens.

Press the shutter release button down halfway and after a moment of focus/exposure adjustment, the AF point/s highlight in green- accompanied by a beep to indicate that the user is good to go. Do so and to the sound of a shutter click, a full resolution JPEG is written to memory in about 2 seconds. Now that is fast!

 Just like Olympus and Panasonic, the Sony NEX-3N offers a range of eleven creative Picture Effects, including partial colour, retro and toy camera. These effects can also be applied when using the Intelligent Auto shooting mode. The Soft Skin mode automatically retouches portraits, removing any minor blemishes and wrinkles.

Sony NEX-3N

 

The new Auto Object Framing mode uses face detection and Pixel Super Resolution technology to automatically take better pictures of still-lifes, moving subjects and macro close-ups. Sony’s Pixel Super Resolution Technology ensures that the resulting image is still 16 megapixels in size, and the original image is also saved for easy comparison.

The user moves through options and makes selections via the scroll wheel just below the menu button. Set at the four points around this scroll wheel/pad are a means of adjusting the display (top), ISO speed (right) the exposure compensation (bottom) and the self-timer/drive mode options. In addition, the button below the navigation wheel and the center button can optionally be assigned to a custom function of your choice.

 

Sony NEX-3N features an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor boasting 16.1 megapixels and capable of rattling off 4fps burst shooting

 

By default the bottom button on the camera back provides a means of activating the Help function, which Sony hopes to provide a crutch for new users trading up from a bog standard point-and- shoot compact. Examples of textual advice, complete with small pictorial thumbnail alongside, include increase the ISO sensitivity to make the shutter speed faster, with the addition higher ISO sensitivity may make noise stand out, while more experienced users can reconfigure the button to something more useful to them.

The Sony NEX-3N features an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor boasting 16.1 megapixels and capable of rattling off 4fps burst shooting. The sensor is slightly larger than Micro Four Third sensors most manufacturers put in CSC´s but the Sony chip performs better than most of its rivals – especially when you consider the price.

The choice of sensor really works for the NEX as the device does not ship with interchangeable lenses that can aid the performance. But the CMOS sensor is the same found in many DSLR cameras which means the 3N handles the majority of shots in all kinds of conditions admirably.

Indeed, the Sony NEX-3N has flawless performance and produces accurate images of excellent quality. The colours are sharp and vivid even in low-lighting conditions and given the shooter has an extensive and very usable ISO range of 100-16000 there is plenty of flexibility for users to play with.

 

Who is it for?

The Sony NEX-3N is ideal for beginners or upgraders looking for a portable compact system camera that is easy to use and delivers excellent quality. Its size and weight are very convenient, and at the same time it offers great potential to beginners looking to experiment and improve their photography skills. With enough advanced technology to produce excellent results, the 3N also has enough manual settings for beginners to learn from – and the best news is that the entire package is not too expensive.

 

offers great potential to beginners looking to experiment and improve their photography skills

 

Value for Money?

One of the biggest attractions of the new Sony NEX-3N is the low cost £380 asking price. You won´t pick up anything better for that price.  The bundle includes a rather modest 16-50mm kit lens, but the APS-C CMOS sensor performs admirably without the need for a larger lens. Other lens kits are available for purchase, but obviously bump the price up.

 

Final thought

The Sony NEX-3N is one of the bargain buys of the compact system cameras market. The attractive sub-£400 price tag will appeal to some camera hunters whilst others will be put off by such a low asking price. Well, we have good news for you both – Sony is offering a budget camera that performs better than most CSC and is not far off the quality delivered by most DSLR outfits, and in some cases better.

Previous NEX models have received glowing reports and Sony has turned things up a notch with the 3-N by providing a snapper that is an ideal upgrade for compact camera owners or as a first buy for users with ambitions to improve their photography skills. Either way, the Sony NEX-3N is a great buy and may even appeal to enthusiasts and professionals wanting to pick up a quality carry round camera for a fair price.

 

 

Sony NEX-3N Review

Sony returns with an upgrade to their entry-level compact system camera and the NEX-3N looks set to ruffle a few feathers…

 

Overview

The NEX-3N is the new entry model in Sony’s range of compact system cameras. It is a camera of outstanding performance and is currently the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera. Successor to last year’s NEX-F3 model, the Sony NEX-3N is priced at £380 and boasts 16-50mm power zoom lens.

Given Sony was one of the first manufacturers of compact system cameras they have a strong heritage, and following the success of the earlier NEX models, big things are expected of the latest edition 3N – but for a small price tag. So has Sony pulled another gem out the bag or is the NEX-3N not worth the box it comes in?

 

 

Sony NEX-3N

DSLR-quality 16.1MP APS-C sensor, SELP1650 power zoom lens

 

Despite weighing so little, the Sony NEX-3N still feels a very solid build. It has a smaller grip than the NEX-F3, with the shutter release button moving from the top of the grip back to the top of the camera. The top plate looks similar in terms of functionality so is familiar for previous owners of NEX snappers.

A welcome addition to the latest-generation snapper is the 3-inch tilting LCD screen which gives you a full 180 degrees leverage to allow for low and high angle compositions you might not have thought about without the screen prompt. You can even fully turn it to the front, which is very useful for self-portraits. With 461K dots (not as high-resolution as the 921K screen on the NEX-F3), it proved to be more than adequate in real-world.

 

Sony NEX-3N

Offers the High Definition video shooting of the NEX series, full HD AVCHD (50i/25p) with stereo sound

 

The camera also offers the High Definition video shooting of the NEX series, full HD AVCHD (50i/25p) with stereo sound, which will be more than adequate for the NEX-3N’s target audience. It also features a dedicated red, camcorder-style, video record button for instant thumb-operated video access.

Low light sensitivity without flash ranges from ISO 200 to a maximum ISO 16000 equivalent setting, which is quite impressive, and matching the sort of spec of mid-range DSLRs. There is no in-body image stabilization offered by the NEX-3N, this is via the lens only. It appears to work at least as effectively as the in-camera or lens based anti-shake methodology used by rival brands.

 

Sony NEX-3N

 

A new addition to the NEX-3N is a power zoom switch, very similar to that found on many compact cameras. This allows the 16-50mm kit lens to be zoomed in three different ways; using the new zoom lever on top of the camera, which is good for one-handed operation, via the zoom ring on the lens, and finally using the zoom control on the side of the lens.

To the left of this switch, is a dedicated playback/review button, and underneath is the thumb-operated dedicated movie record button. Press this and you are instantly recording video, whatever alternative shooting mode you might have been using previously, which proves essential in spur of the moment filming. There is also an integrated pop-up flash positioned atop the camera in line with the centre of the lens.

Press the shutter release button down halfway and after a moment of focus/exposure adjustment, the AF point/s highlight in green- accompanied by a beep to indicate that the user is good to go. Do so and to the sound of a shutter click, a full resolution JPEG is written to memory in about 2 seconds. Now that is fast!

 Just like Olympus and Panasonic, the Sony NEX-3N offers a range of eleven creative Picture Effects, including partial colour, retro and toy camera. These effects can also be applied when using the Intelligent Auto shooting mode. The Soft Skin mode automatically retouches portraits, removing any minor blemishes and wrinkles.

Sony NEX-3N

 

The new Auto Object Framing mode uses face detection and Pixel Super Resolution technology to automatically take better pictures of still-lifes, moving subjects and macro close-ups. Sony’s Pixel Super Resolution Technology ensures that the resulting image is still 16 megapixels in size, and the original image is also saved for easy comparison.

The user moves through options and makes selections via the scroll wheel just below the menu button. Set at the four points around this scroll wheel/pad are a means of adjusting the display (top), ISO speed (right) the exposure compensation (bottom) and the self-timer/drive mode options. In addition, the button below the navigation wheel and the center button can optionally be assigned to a custom function of your choice.

 

Sony NEX-3N features an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor boasting 16.1 megapixels and capable of rattling off 4fps burst shooting

 

By default the bottom button on the camera back provides a means of activating the Help function, which Sony hopes to provide a crutch for new users trading up from a bog standard point-and- shoot compact. Examples of textual advice, complete with small pictorial thumbnail alongside, include increase the ISO sensitivity to make the shutter speed faster, with the addition higher ISO sensitivity may make noise stand out, while more experienced users can reconfigure the button to something more useful to them.

The Sony NEX-3N features an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor boasting 16.1 megapixels and capable of rattling off 4fps burst shooting. The sensor is slightly larger than Micro Four Third sensors most manufacturers put in CSC´s but the Sony chip performs better than most of its rivals – especially when you consider the price.

The choice of sensor really works for the NEX as the device does not ship with interchangeable lenses that can aid the performance. But the CMOS sensor is the same found in many DSLR cameras which means the 3N handles the majority of shots in all kinds of conditions admirably.

Indeed, the Sony NEX-3N has flawless performance and produces accurate images of excellent quality. The colours are sharp and vivid even in low-lighting conditions and given the shooter has an extensive and very usable ISO range of 100-16000 there is plenty of flexibility for users to play with.

 

Who is it for?

The Sony NEX-3N is ideal for beginners or upgraders looking for a portable compact system camera that is easy to use and delivers excellent quality. Its size and weight are very convenient, and at the same time it offers great potential to beginners looking to experiment and improve their photography skills. With enough advanced technology to produce excellent results, the 3N also has enough manual settings for beginners to learn from – and the best news is that the entire package is not too expensive.

 

offers great potential to beginners looking to experiment and improve their photography skills

 

Value for Money?

One of the biggest attractions of the new Sony NEX-3N is the low cost £380 asking price. You won´t pick up anything better for that price.  The bundle includes a rather modest 16-50mm kit lens, but the APS-C CMOS sensor performs admirably without the need for a larger lens. Other lens kits are available for purchase, but obviously bump the price up.

 

Final thought

The Sony NEX-3N is one of the bargain buys of the compact system cameras market. The attractive sub-£400 price tag will appeal to some camera hunters whilst others will be put off by such a low asking price. Well, we have good news for you both – Sony is offering a budget camera that performs better than most CSC and is not far off the quality delivered by most DSLR outfits, and in some cases better.

Previous NEX models have received glowing reports and Sony has turned things up a notch with the 3-N by providing a snapper that is an ideal upgrade for compact camera owners or as a first buy for users with ambitions to improve their photography skills. Either way, the Sony NEX-3N is a great buy and may even appeal to enthusiasts and professionals wanting to pick up a quality carry round camera for a fair price.

 

 

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