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Sony NEX-3NL Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Nine industry awards
Vari-angle display, compact, well-built lenses, on-screen graphics can guide novices, excellent ISO noise handling
Poor Battery Life
119 Reviews + 9 Awards
Camera Labs Highly Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This camera has received nine awards from experts.

The writers at websites PC Mag, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, Pcmag-mideast.com and Tbreak.ae all thought that this digital camera was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This medium megapixel camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both websites Ephotozine and Camera Labs, both of which said that this camera was great.

In addition, the author at review website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and website Buy-n-shoot.com gave it a "Gold" award and concluded it was superb.

The editor of one other expert review site thought that this digital camera was good. 01net.com gave this Sony digital camera a "5 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this digital camera is 83%. Digital camera experts think this camera is one of the very best digital cameras of this spec and age.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 135 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 87 out of 100. 41 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Vari-Angle Display, Compact, Well-Built Lenses, On-Screen Graphics Can Guide Novices, Excellent ISO Noise Handling

Nine owners who bought the product reckoned that it was well made. Pocket Lint wrote “Vari-angle display, compact, well-built lenses, on-screen graphics can guide novices, excellent ISO noise handling” . Mkp said on Amazon “A simple built in flash and a zoom rocker control next to the shutter release was an important need from usability perspective”. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL “Built in flash useful - it does look a bit Heath Robinson”.

Two people who bought it thought it was reliable. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine seven years ago “The exposure system is reliable in most situations”. Coronafinder said “Its like a Hondo you always know what you are getting and its just plain reliable”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Four years ago Coronafinder mentioned on Walmart.com “Rugged, reliable feature packed” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

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Very High Quality Photos

Fourty-five owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony NEX-3NL was good quality. Trusted Reviews wrote “Good JPEG image quality even in dark conditions, large LCD screen with easy icon-based UI”. Trusted Reviews also said “Very high quality photos” in their review. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera on CNET.co.uk “Decent image quality at high ISOs”.

Stylish, Compact Body

Thirteen owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was good looking. Pc Mag mentioned seven years ago “Beautiful, tilting 3-inch LCD” . Also seven years ago expert website Pcauthority.com.au wrote in their Sony NEX-3NL review “Wearing its trendy Sony logo” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5. Pcauthority.com.au also said “It looks too pretty to be any great shakes as a camera” in their review.

Three people who bought it concluded that it was neat. Kc rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Amazon “Fitted neatly into pockets or hung easily around the neck when I was out”. Mr. Michael Aldrich rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “And was fast which this camera is! This camera is small and neat enough to carry around with you instead of humping a heavy DLSR around”.

Two people who bought it reckoned that it was well designed. Techarena.in wrote four years ago “Rich Design” . One customer who bought it concluded that it was smooth. Laptopmag.com wrote “Shoots crisp and smooth 1080i video” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Intuitive Sweep Panorama Mode

Nineteen owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Seven years ago Laptopmag.com mentioned “Intuitive Sweep Panorama mode”. Also seven years ago expert review site Tbreak.ae mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The NEX-3 provides DSLR level of quality with a point & shoot's ease of use”. Vinman666 scored the product 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Becomes reasonably intuitive over time”.

Seven customers wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Elpelonloco wrote in their review of this digital camera “This is a great Camera if you want to start into this world of Photography ´cause is pretty easy to use and comfortable, with all the menus, buttons, etc” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Jacob Usenmez gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “It has easy menu to navigate”. Richie G mentioned on Amazon three years ago “There are some great picture settings to make use”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Kc wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Lovely to hold and use”. Four years ago Mr. Juraj Lacko gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I really like how small and light it is yet comfortable to hold in my hands”.

Two owners who reviewed the product thought it was easy to handle. Six years ago Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Picture quality and noise handling”. One person who bought it concluded that it had a good interface. Ephotozine said seven years ago “Easy-to-use interface”.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-3NL has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera is 2.9".

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper cameras such as the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (£228.00).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-3NL has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 460,800 pixels, the NEX-3NL has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Design

Thirty-nine owners who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Laptopmag.com said “Stylish, compact body” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Smallest compact interchangeable lens camera currently available” in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “A low price make the pocket-size Sony Alpha NEX-3 the compact interchangeable-lens camera to beat” .

Four customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was heavy and bulky. Andy Sheffield wrote on Amazon “Got this as a carry around camera when hiking as my Nikon full frame is just too heavy”. Jp wrote four years ago “I didnt want to have a big heavy dslr” . Three years ago G. Johnson said “Is a lot less bulky” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Three owners who bought it thought it was lightweight. Two years ago Richard rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote “Being Compact DSLRs they are small and lightweight - ideal for travelling yet versatile enough to enable manual control of the various parameters used in more creative photography” in his review of this digital camera. Pe James mentioned “Wanted a lightweight small camera with APS-C crop”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Seven years ago Ephotozine rated this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small body”. Mr. Michael Aldrich said on Amazon four years ago “The quality and build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body”.

Two owners agreed that it was easy to carry around. Techarena.in said “A portable device which is easy to carry and capable of capturing memories forever”. Tuan wrote on Amazon “The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie” and gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 210 grams, the NEX-3NL has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (£228.00) (213g and cheaper).

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony NEX-3NL supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (£273.09) or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Nikon P510 (£293.00), and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (£349.00) are also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the NEX-3NL is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony camera). This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-3NL has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The NEX-3NL has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), and the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (£273.09) or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR (£317.00) are also worth considering.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-3NL has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this age and type. Most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The NEX-3NL has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 4912 X 3264 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras that have been on the market for more than two years maximum image resolutions range from 4288 x 3216 pixels (worst) to 4928 x 3264 pixels (best).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The NEX-3NL has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including a cheaper digital camera such as the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (£273.09) or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Nikon P510 (£293.00).

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Has an HDMI Port

The NEX-3NL has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The NEX-3NL has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Eight people concluded that the product had good features. Six years ago expert review site Productfeedback.com.au said “Sony NEX-3 is a micro-four thirds camera that offers a great range of features for the price”. Expert website Hereshow.ca mentioned “Aside from the tedious operating sequence with advanced features, there are only a few drawbacks to the NEX system”. Whitneystarz gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Takes amazing DSLR quality photos it has so many features it almost has it all”.


Camera

Supports Live View

The NEX-3NL supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The NEX-3NL has an HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an HDMI.

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Battery

480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Sony NEX-3NL which takes 480 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Flash

Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

With a flash recharging time of only 3 seconds, the NEX-3NL has one of the fastest flash recharging times amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average flash recharging time of cameras of this age and type is 5.5s, and the flash recharging times range from 3s to 15s.

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Support

Built-In Help

Thirteen owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Firstpost.com said in their review of this digital camera “Built-in Help”. Firstpost.com also said “We also liked the built-in shooting guide” in their review. Wns said on Amazon “Its actually quick to do and is almost as quick as turning a manual wheel”.


Price

Competitive Price

Twenty-one people who bought it agreed that it was good value for money. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Reasonable price when bought with both lens options”. What Digital Camera said “Affordable, image quality, small size”. Pc Mag gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said on PC Mag “Competitive price”.

Seven owners who bought the Sony NEX-3NL considered that it was expensive. Seven years ago expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com said “The less expensive cousin to Sony’s (reviewed at Buy-n-Shoot back in mid 2010) differs literally only in a few areas to its counterpart” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “The main difference between Sony's NEX-3 and the more expensive NEX-5 model we reviewed in June lies in the video recording system”. Six years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote “It's also less expensive” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Flash

Nine owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good flash. Karfam rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-3NL “I was looking for an entry mirrorless camera with flip screen great portability and flash”. Mr. Juraj Lacko wrote “Build in flash is welcome bonus for occasional fill in”. Three years ago Pe James mentioned on Amazon “Built in flash not that strong Guide 4”.

Good Video Capture

Twelve people who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Expert website Productfeedback.com.au wrote “Check out the full review video above”. Koray mentioned four years ago “Also wonderfully clean and clear full HD movies, during which you can zoom with the compact camera style zoom rocker” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Also four years ago Mkp wrote on Amazon “I also wanted a good video recording capability with a power zoom option, which I use very often” and gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

7fps Continuous Shooting

Seventy-eight customers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Expert website Laptopmag.com wrote “This compact and versatile interchangeable-lens camera takes excellent photos in all conditions”. Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Trusted Reviews “Promising digital SLR-type image quality from more compact proportions” and rated it 80 out of 100. Expert website Techtree.com mentioned “The Sony NEX-3 is an excellent performer, though the image quality cannot be compared with a DSLR” and gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100.

Ten people agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.co.uk mentioned on CNET.co.uk “7fps continuous shooting” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Sony NEX-3NL 80 out of 100. Cameras.co.uk mentioned “The Nex-3 has 14 megapixels”. Tristan wrote in his review of this digital camera four years ago “All other shooting modes work just fine” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Six people who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good image sensor. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera six years ago “APS-C-sized sensor” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Expert review site Laptopmag.com wrote “A compact camera with a huge LCD, huger sensor” . Mkp mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “A compact large sensor camera that ticks all the boxes” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Six people who bought it thought it had a good ISO range. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Up to ISO 12800 manually selectable”. Mr. Juraj Lacko said on Amazon “Video quality is very good at low ISO setting” in their review of this digital camera. Pe James said on Amazon three years ago “Works ok with higher iso”.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light. Pc Mag rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Superb image quality, low-light performance”. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Good in Low Light”. Wns said on Amazon “The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light” and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars.

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720p HD Video With Stereo Sound Capture, Mechanical Zoom and Focusing Rings

Eighteen customers concluded that it had a good lens. Expert website Pcmag.com gave the Sony NEX-3NL a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “Sony makes a grand entrance into the relatively nascent compact interchangeable lens camera space, which has been primarily dominated by Micro Four Thirds models from Olympus”. Seven years ago Whatdigitalcamera.com gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website What Digital Camera “At £440 with the 16mm lens it's an absolute bargain that has class-leading image quality just the same as the NEX-5”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “The mirror-less interchangeable lens 'compact system camera' (CSC) market is undergoing a period of exceptional growth”.

Eighteen people agreed that this digital camera had a good zoom. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “720p HD video with stereo sound capture, mechanical zoom and focusing rings” . Expert website Productfeedback.com.au said “The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed” in their review of this digital camera. Seven years ago expert review site Hereshow.ca mentioned “While the cameras would be even more desirable if the zoom lenses were smaller, they're ideal for families that include novices” in their review of this digital camera.

Twelve owners who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good autofocus. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this digital camera “HDR and focus bracketing”. Digital Versus said “720p HD video mode with stereo sound and continuous autofocus”. Yakthar rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Walmart.com “The NEX-3N is wonderful because it allows me to have a quick portable option for shots that takes great autofocus pictures, has decent manual focusing”.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Amazon.co.uk said six years ago “Good Image Stabilization” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

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Tilt Screen

Eleven customers agreed that the product had a good screen. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Highresolution, tilting display” and scored the Sony NEX-3NL 80 out of 100. Digital Versus said six years ago “Very nice tilting screen” in their review of this digital camera. Wns mentioned “Despite a better focussing system, wifi and touch screen I was won over by the smaller power zoom 16-50 lens, auto zoom button around the shutter button”.

Three customers agreed that it was mirrorless. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine seven years ago “The compact system camera, or mirrorless DSLR, or electronic viewfinder, interc”. Karfam said “Great Mirrorless camera” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who purchased it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote “I've since ordered the NEX 6, which has an electronic viewfinder”.

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Audio

Silent Focus When Recording HD Video

Two customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. One owner reckoned that this digital camera was quiet. Seven years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Silent focus when recording HD video” and gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars.


Power

Poor Battery Life

Four customers who purchased the product reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Laptopmag.com said “Short battery life”. Expert review site Tbreak.ae wrote in their review of this digital camera “Unintuitive menus and weak battery issues aside”. Pe James wrote on Amazon “Battery charging on camera is not the best”.


Lens System

Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 7.4, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38. At only 5.6, the NEX-3NL has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 3.5, the NEX-3NL has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nex3ksceh, sony nex3nybce, sony w1650mm, 500mm1000mm, nex3nl
Barcodes 04905524681000, 04905524920024, 04905524920031, 04905524920208, 04905524920215

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