Summary Sony NEX-3

Prices Price
Body only Unknown With 16-50mm lens $400
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 8 Among similar cameras #n/a of 43
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm Screen resolution Help 920k dots
Megapixels Help 14 MP Movie format Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Replacement

Sony has replaced the Alpha NEX-3 with the C3.

Sony NEX C3
Sony NEX C3 announced June, 2011
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the NEX-3

"Most impressive is that it focuses fast enough to track a subject running full speed at the camera"
imaging-resource.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
"The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 are unique cameras that will be remembered for their design as well as their excellent image quality/"
imaging-resource.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
"I didn't get a strong impression of the Optical SteadyShot's effectiveness."
imaging-resource.com | talking about the camera's image-stabilization

Videos

Sony NEX-5 First Impressions

Sony NEX-3 First Look Video

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Pros

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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness Thin Help
1.3"
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Size Quite small Help
Compact 117x62x33 mm
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$361.21
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting

Cons

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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
14 MP
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
670 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
0
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
30 seconds
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
25
Announced Old Help
May, 2010
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional

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Discussion

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Subaru (3:23 PM, October 17, 2013)
Quem entrou aqui porque a Nex-3 apareceu em promo no Hardmob dá um joinha!
 
Tayfun (10:20 AM, February 16, 2012)
"Record higher quality audio with a microphone" is a wrong information. NEX series does support an external microphone, but it's not a standart 3.5mm jack, you buy a Sony NEX mic and plug it into the same spot where you put the external flash. This is applicable for all NEX'es, so DO NOT THINK that NEX 5 doesn't have a mic jack whereas the NEX 3 does.
 
Fexpro (0:56 PM, March 29, 2011)
Very good camera for taking photos in day light and evening. Grate image quality. Good video capturing capability.