Summary Sony NEX-3

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 6
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 36
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 14 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Sony Alpha NEX-3Sony Alpha NEX-3


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

"The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 are unique cameras that will be remembered for their design as well as their excellent image quality/" | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Most impressive is that it focuses fast enough to track a subject running full speed at the camera" | talking about the camera's video-quality
"The Sony NEX-3 is not a camera for the seasoned pro, but it just might serve anyone wanting digital SLR quality in a very small, pocketable form factor." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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Sony NEX-5 First Impressions
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Sony NEX-3 First Look Video
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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
1000 ms startup delay
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
297 g
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size Quite small Help
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Thickness Thin Help


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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
670 ms shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
14 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
May 2010
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
30 seconds




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Sony Alpha NEX-3
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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.