Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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Sony NEX-F3

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Sony NEX-F3

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
272 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
480 shots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 272 ms vs 314 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 110x62x35 mm vs 117x67x42 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 480 shots vs 470 shots
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.4" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 314 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $320.00 vs $439.99
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay Less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              NEX-3N:480 shots
              NEX-F3:470 shots
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-3N:$320.00
              NEX-F3:$439.99
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

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              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $789 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $521 body only

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $315 - $429 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-F3.

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              James B (3:03 PM, April 22, 2013)
              This is ALL WRONG. The NEX-3N has NO viewfinder, and the Sony NEX-f3 lens also has image stabilization... so the 2 big things that you are claiming make it better than the NEX-f3 are false. The NEX-F3 should rate much higher than the 3N, the 3N was put out to entice the point and shoot crown, The f3 is a much much more capable camera, the only upside to the 3n is the new lens, it has slightly better IQ, but most people will buy other lenses or use MF lenses with adapters (which the F3 does much better) anyway, so its a moot point really