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Sony NEX3NL

Camera Labs Highly Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
A multi award winning MILC digital camera with average features
MILC 16.1MP CMOS Black Sep 2013
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Sony NEX-3NL Review

With excellent reviews but average features, we have ranked the Sony NEX-3NL number 363 across all digital cameras.
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218 Reviews + 9 Awards
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Average Features
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3 Years Old
Overall Score
47
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 48?

It has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received nine awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Pcmag-Mideast.com plus three other sites and a "Highly Recommended" award from Camera Labs plus one other site. Canon 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 digital cameras 2017.
Customers report product quality, is robust and good flash. However they also report unacceptable noise level and poor battery life.
The NEX-3NL has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Wide range of closest focusing distances depending on lens used

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for everyday photography, ranking number 9999999 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for portrait photography, ranking number 9999999 in portrait photography cameras, but good for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras.
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Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks.
There is a 90% chance that the price will go down. However the future is never certain and there remains a chance that the price will actually go up. Notify Me When Available.

Sony NEX-3NL Video Reviews


How Big is the Sony NEX-3NL?

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

Sony NEX-3NL front dimensions

Sony NEX-3NL size in context

Sony NEX-3NL In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review websites Pcmag-Mideast.com, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, Tbreak.ae and PC Mag all of whom concluded that this camera was excellent.

Websites Camera Labs and Ephotozine both strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Another two expert review sites thought that this Sony digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Gold" award from website Buy-N-Shoot.com and it received a "Recommended" award from website PhotographyBlog.com, confirming their endorsement.

The writer at one additional expert review site said that this Sony camera was very good. 01net.com gave this camera a "5 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on 38 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this Sony digital camera has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 87 out of 100. Over 84% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers who purchased it considered that it was noisy.

  • It is good with digital noise…
  • Don't make my amateur mistake of shooting in P mode unless you're a pro, photos came out all blurred and with loads of noise, effectively ruining half my holiday snaps…
    Tristan (Amazon) - June 2013

Users Report Poor Battery Life

Two owners mentioned that it did not have a good battery life.

Users Report Superior Product Quality

14 customers who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was good quality.

  • Great image quality and desirable looks, all married to good value…
    Alphr.com November 2010
  • Felt good in hand, captured good quality pictures (although its lens gets criticised)…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • It is a quality option…
    Cameras.co.uk March 2011
  • They are not the only kids on the block with small form factor cameras and high quality sensors…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • WONDERFUL picture quality…
  • The movie quality is great too, comes with a flash…
    Jaxstaa92 (Amazon) - November 2014
  • However, you do find ways of compensating and for those wishing to produce very good quality images (no comment on composition - only what the camera can achieve!) without lugging a heavyweight item around…
    Richard (Amazon) - January 2015
  • Fantastic quality.
  • Was always disappointed with the picture quality…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013
  • Great Camera, superb picture quality…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013

Sony Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 32,324 expert and user reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has very good reviews specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is Robust

Four customers agreed that it was well made.

Users Report a Good Flash

Four owners agreed that the Sony NEX-3NL had a good flash.

  • Built in flash not that strong Guide 4…
    Pe James (Amazon) - February 2014
  • The pop up flash works brilliantly…
  • A simple built in flash and a zoom rocker control next to the shutter release was an important need from usability perspective…
  • The quality and build of the camera is first rate, with a nice easy to use pop up flash incorporated into the neat body…

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

27 customers agreed that the Sony NEX-3NL was able to produce good images and three people reckoned that it had a good picture resolution.

  • Great image quality and desirable looks, all married to good value…
    Alphr.com November 2010
  • Photography is a great habit for everyone…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • Felt good in hand, captured good quality pictures (although its lens gets criticised)…
    Techsmart.co.za October 2010
  • An excellent model, capable of fantastic images…
    Digicambuyer.co.uk September 2010
  • It is the image quality and performance that counts…
    MKP (Amazon) - April 2013
  • The low light ability is very good (especially if you want a more natural light…
    WNS (Amazon) - April 2013
  • Good use for photography beginner…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • The image is not bad…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • Feels lovely in the hand and takes beautiful pictures…
  • WONDERFUL picture quality…

Customers Report Nice Design

Four people who reviewed the Sony NEX-3NL said that it was good looking.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Eight customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact, two customers considered that this digital camera was easy to carry around and two owners mentioned that this digital camera was thick.

  • The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed…
  • Cameras today are evolving at great speed where everything looks to be going compact…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • A portable device which is easy to carry and capable of capturing memories forever…
    Techarena.in August 2013
  • This compact camera with interchangeable lenses is around £100 cheaper…
    CNET.co.uk July 2010
  • In a little under two years, interchangeable lens compact cameras have gone from an intriguing idea to an accepted…
  • The camera is really good, light and easy to use for newbie…
    Tuan (Amazon) - September 2013
  • It is loose and independent from the camera, no where to secure, unless you put into your trousers pocket…
  • So it is very easy to loose…
  • The sharpness of the quality, you just need to decide whether you don't mind the extra bulk, compared to carrying around a compact camera…
  • This is a great compact system camera and the power lens means it is indeed very compact…
    Tristan (Amazon) - June 2013

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Three owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had good features.

  • Has all the necessary features and the most important thing, its image quality rocks! Not only that.
  • Also has top end features like micro adjustment for lenses which is used for front or back focus issues also white balance temp scale which are found on top end cameras…
  • It has many features…
    Lilly35 (Amazon) - September 2013

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

10 customers who purchased the Sony NEX-3NL thought it was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Three customers who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

10 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use and six customers who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Nine customers reckoned that the Sony NEX-3NL had a good lens, three owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good zoom and two customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus.

  • The size of a Zoom Compact this is a very interesting product indeed…
  • 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 zoom is fairly bog standard…
  • Manual focusing is much easier on that model (from best buy store comparison…
  • The kit lens works well across a variety of settings…
  • Otherwise the lens works great too…
  • Lens removal is easy…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013
  • You can focus using the rings on the lens for faster focusing or from a dial on the camera for a more controlled speed…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013
  • It is the lens that take up the bulk of the weight…
    Roses (Amazon) - May 2013

Features

Average Megapixels

The Sony NEX-3NL's sensor megapixels of 16.1MP is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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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 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

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

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all digital cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000. The ISO sensitivity (max) of the NEX-3NL of 16,000 is fairly high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 20% 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 NEX-3NL has a built-in flash. 66% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Weight

The NEX-3NL's weight of 210g is pretty typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Live View

The NEX-3NL supports live view. 84% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Sony NEX-3NL supports Full HD video. 75% of digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

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480 Battery Life

Most digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the NEX-3NL which takes 480 battery life.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The NEX-3NL supports a maximum still image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's 1% higher resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This camera also supports a still image resolution of 3568 x 2368 pixels and 2448 x 1624 pixels. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

The NEX-3NL's flash recharging time of only 3s is fairly fast compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the fastest 10% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Cameras have flash recharging times of between 0.0055s and 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.5s.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This Sony camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on digital cameras. 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.

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Average Display Diagonal

The NEX-3NL's display diagonal of 3" is fairly standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-3NL has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has an HDMI Port

The NEX-3NL has an HDMI port, unlike 71% of digital cameras which do not have an HDMI port.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released in September 2013.


Product Identifiers

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