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A multi award winning and low cost MILC digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 12 further awards from other expert sites
MILC 16.1MP 4912 X 3264 Pixels CMOS Feb 2013
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Sony NEX-3 Review

With excellent reviews and representing value for money, we have ranked the Sony NEX-3 number 76 across all digital cameras and number 254 in best selling cameras.
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Reviews
70 Reviews + 16 Awards
91
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
54
Age
5 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent

Why Has it Scored 84?

It has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received 16 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Pcmag-Mideast.com plus three other sites and a "Best Buy" award from Ljudochbild.se plus two other sites. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Sony digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
Customers report good picture quality, lens quality and that it is robust.
The NEX-3 has some great features:
4912 X 3264 pixels image resolution
\\Shoot smooth full high definition video: shoot crisp, clear full HD movies including 25p recording for that classic cinematic look
\\Don't leave it to guesswork: intelligent auto recognises a wide range of scenes and adjusts settings automatically so you can get detailed results every time
\\Capture spectacular panoramas: press the shutter and sweep the camera to capture extra-wide panoramic images
\\Say no to noise with the BIONZ processor: the powerful image processing engine has dual noise reduction, ensuring low-noise images with rich tones
\\Make life easy with autofocus: keep photos and videos in focus at all times with the 25-point AF system which automatically analyses scenes during live shooting
\\See a full spectrum of vivid colours: triluminos colour gives a rich, vivid palette of natural colours when viewing photos on a compatible TV from sony
\\Shoot for hours with a sure grip: the camera grip has been ergonomically designed for comfortable, confident handling whatever you re shooting
\\Add your own artistic picture effects: give your photos a stylish feel with up to 15 creative effects including posterisation, partial colour, retro, toy camera and more
\\Choose from a growing range of lenses: get the lens for the shot from an ever-increasing range of e-mount lenses, or add an optional lens adapter for a-mount lenses too
\\Zoom into your shots with speed and ease: with the power zoom button on the camera body you can smoothly adjust an attached power zoom lens without fiddling with the lens
\\Take beautiful photos at dusk or dawn: handheld twilight mode takes six images in quick succession and uses the best bits from each one to create an ideal composite shot
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
\\Light up the picture with built-in flash: don\'t carry a bulky extra flash, the built-in pop-up flash makes sure people and backgrounds are perfectly exposed when it\'s dark
\\Get the detail when the lights are low: with a wide sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 16000, you can capture naturally lit, noise-free images
\\Be ready for anything with a power zoom lens: from wide-angle 16mm to standard 50mm you ve got every shot covered with a lightweight, compact and easy-to-use power zoom lens
\\Compose shots like a professional: auto object framing automatically detects what you re shooting and crops borders to create tighter, pro-style compositions
\\Go anywhere and never miss an opportunity: with a lightweight 210g body and a slim size that fits in your palm, you can be creative wherever you go
\\Shoot self-portraits and tricky angles: the 180 tiltable LCD screen helps you frame perfect shots and shoot from awkward angles
\ capture every tiny detail: the large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor gives you the quality and creativity of a DSLR, with a wide ISO range for low-light detail
Take beautiful images, your way
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
\\Capture action with no blur: superior auto recognises when subjects are moving in your picture and automatically adjusts settings for crisp, blur-free results

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for everyday photography, ranking number 175 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for landscape photography, ranking number 182 in landscape photography cameras as well being very good for portrait photography, ranking number 146 in portrait photography cameras.
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Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
79
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

How Big is the Sony NEX-3?

The Sony NEX-3 is 109.9mm wide and 62mm tall. It is 34.6mm deep and weighs 210g.

Sony NEX-3 front dimensions
Sony NEX-3 size in context

Sony NEX-3 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

16 Industry Awards

This digital camera has received 16 awards from experts in digital cameras.

The experts at four expert review sites all said that this camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. This was from Pcmag-mideast.com, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, Tbreak.ae and PC Mag who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

This digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from websites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk and Lydogbilde.no all of whom decided that this Sony camera was a sensible purchase.

This Sony camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all of whom concluded that this digital camera was very good.

The editors of review websites What Digital Camera and Buy-N-Shoot.com both decided that this digital camera was marvellous and gave it their "Gold" award.

The writers at two more expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this camera. This was from Techradar and Akam.no who gave it an "Recommended".

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 82% based on 59 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 11 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is exceptional. Over 81% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This camera in the top 13% of all the cameras when ranked by user rating.

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Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Nine owners concluded that the Sony NEX-3 was able to produce good images.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Five customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3 had a good lens and three people wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

  • Bundled with a great lens…
    Tech.uk.msn.com - December 2013
  • While the cameras would be even more desirable if the zoom lenses were smaller, they're ideal for families that include novices…
    Hereshow.ca June 2010
  • In a little under two years, interchangeable lens compact cameras have gone from an intriguing idea to an accepted…
  • The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed…
  • While the Power Zoom control makes perfect sense when used with a compatible lens, only two such lenses exist…
  • It's also currently the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera…
  • Manual focusing is much easier on that model (from best buy store comparison…
  • Otherwise the lens works great too…
  • The kit lens works well across a variety of settings…

Sony Has Very Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 22,823 user and expert reviews (including 8,114 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Two owners who reviewed it said that it was well made.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Users Report Nice Design

Three people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking.

  • It's quite advanced yet simple to operate and the images are gorgeous…
    Pcworld.co.nz April 2013
  • It looks too pretty to be any great shakes as a camera…
    Pcauthority.com.au November 2010
  • This is a great Camera if you want to start into this world of Photography ´cause is pretty easy to use…

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Three people thought this digital camera was compact.

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Three owners who purchased it reckoned that it had good features.

  • It offers a superb blend of useful features and impressive performance at a price that won't make you sputter…
    Gqindia.com July 2013
  • If you're in the market for a new camera, want lots of advanced features and functionality.
    Tech.uk.msn.com - December 2013
  • Has all the necessary features and the most important thing, its image quality rocks! Not only that.

Customers Report Good Product Quality

Six people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good value for money.

Value For Money

Superb Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and very good features but is over 6 months old. However at £206.00 it is in the cheapest 33% of digital cameras.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony NEX-3 and the United Kingdom price of £206.00 was the cheapest.

The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $350.00 (£482.58).

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Age

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released in February 2013.

Features

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Sony NEX-3 of 16.1MP is relatively average compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 60% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-3 has a maximum image resolution of 4912 X 3264 pixels. That's 1% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on cameras.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Sony digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The ISO sensitivities (max) of cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The Sony NEX-3's maximum ISO sensitivity of 16,000 is in the highest 22% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Sony NEX-3 has a built-in flash. 68% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Weight

The Sony NEX-3's weight of 210g is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is heavier than 51% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony NEX-3 is 2448 x 1624. That's 36% higher resolution than a 1712 x 1712 camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by digital cameras. Digital cameras resolutions range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-3 has a vari-angle LCD display. 83% of cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony NEX-3 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 73% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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480 Battery Life

The Sony NEX-3 is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Sony NEX-3's display diagonal of 3" is pretty standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 66% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-3 supports live view, unlike 83% of cameras which do not support live view.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Sony NEX-3 supports Full HD video, unlike 76% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Very Fast Flash Recharging Time

The fastest flash recharging time of cameras is 1s, the slowest is 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.6s. The Sony NEX-3's flash recharging time of only 3s is in the fastest 10% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony nex3nlw2bdl, sony nex3nybce, sony nex3ksceh, sony nex3nkw, sony nex3nlb, sony w1855mm, sony nex3nw, sony nex3nb, sony nex3ab, sony nex3kb, 500mm1000mm, sony w16mm, sony nex3r, sony nex3s, sony nex3b

Barcodes:

00027242785564, 00027242864108, 00027242864115, 00042822100940, 00616348000062, 00616348000079, 00616932802218, 00616932802225, 00617529207973, 00662425830879, 04905524681000, 04905524920024, 04905524920031, 04905524920208, 04905524920215

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