Summary Sony NEX-3

Prices Price
Body only
Unknown
Kit
Unknown
Score Snapsort rank
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 23
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"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Sony Alpha NEX-3Sony Alpha NEX-3

Replacement

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

Sony NEX C3
Sony NEX C3 announced June 2011
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Longer battery life

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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
"Some of us liked the grip better than others"
imaging-resource.com | talking about the camera's feel

gallery

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.

Videos

Sony NEX-5 First Impressions
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  • Amateur
  • Ergonomics
  • Image quality
Sony NEX-3 First Look Video
  • Review
  • Unboxing
  • Pro
  • Preview
Sony NEX-3
  • Sample video
  • Zoom
  • Autofocus
  • Manual focus

Pros

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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
830 ISO
Dynamic range Very wide dynamic range Help
12 EV
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Thickness Thin Help
1.3"
Overall image quality Incredible overall image quality Help
68.0
Startup delay Incredible startup delay Help
1000 ms startup delay
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size Quite small Help
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
Weight Light Help
297 g

Cons

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The Sony NEX-3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Color depth Little color depth Help
22.1 bits
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
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
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
670 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
25
Announced Old Help
May 2010
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
30 seconds

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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.