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Sony Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black)-14.2 Mpix

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  • 14.2 MP APS (1.5x) Exmor CMOS Sensor, Extremely Compact HD Imaging System
  • Interchangeable 18-55mm E-Series Lens
  • 720p HD / MP4 w/ MPEG-4 AAC-LC Audio. Up to ISO 12800 / Up to 7 fps
  • In-Camera 226° Sweep Panoramas
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC Cards (Not Included)
  • Tiltable 3.0" LCD; Accepts A-mount lenses via LA-EA1 adapter
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 x 4.7 inches ; 8.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B003MPOLX2
  • Item model number: NEX3K/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,634 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 11, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony has engineered an impressively small camera that takes incredibly good photographs. In fact, the a NEX-3 camera has all quality of a DSLR in about half the size and weight. Pulling off this minor miracle took some clever innovations in glass, silicon and software code.

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Overview and Highlights

Bigger Sensor, Better Pictures

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In technical terms, the APS-C image sensor is approximately 13 times the size of the typical sensor. In human terms, you'll be taking photographs, not snapshots. The bigger sensor means softer backgrounds, for more attractive portraits. You'll see better into the dark after sunset, and all your pictures will benefit from 14.2-megapixel resolution.

The NEX-5 and NEX-3 are equipped with a powerful new 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, specially tuned to deliver uncompromising still-photo and movie image quality. Equal in surface area and performance to the large, APS-C image sensors used in Sony's acclaimed a system digital SLR cameras, it offers exceptionally rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color. Proprietary Sony processing technologies are also incorporated directly into the sensor, assuring clean, low-noise signal output and ultra high-speed data transfer.



World's Smallest and Lightest
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The NEX-3 delivers the quality of a DSLR in a camera that's ready to go wherever you go. In fact, this is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (as of April 2010). It's roughly half the size and weight of Sony's smallest, lightest DSLR, the a230.

Equipped with an image sensor that's 13 times the size of the typical compact camera's sensor, a NEX cameras turn snapshots into photographs. The bigger sensor means images with softer background that make your subject stand out and stunning low-light shots.



Expect More from a Camera
Sony has always recognized that a digital camera could take pictures in ways that film cameras never dreamed of. That's why we've created new capabilities to take your photography further than ever. These include Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes.

Thanks to their powerful Exmor CMOS image sensor and BIONZ image processing engine, both these cameras can offer high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7 fps (approx.) in Speed Priority Continuous mode, and at up to 2.3 fps (approx.) in Continuous Advance mode. In addition, their 10-second self-timer also has a 3-shot continuous shooting setting.
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Hand-held Twilight Mode takes six shots at high speed when the shutter is pressed, and then aligns and merges them into a single image, significantly reducing the graininess and noise that can degrade image quality when shooting in extremely low light. Combined with the outstanding low-noise performance of the Exmor CMOS image sensor, it lets you take exceptionally clear, beautiful, nighttime photos without using a tripod or flash.

Like Hand-held Twilight mode, Anti Motion Blur mode uses exclusive Sony image analysis and alignment technologies to combine six shots into a single image. Ideal for low-light and telephoto shooting, it makes it easy to get clear images that capture the mood and atmosphere of the moment.



HD Movie
Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in the PC-friendly MP4 format. The NEX-3 gives you a choice of 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p.

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One-touch recording means there's no need to fumble with menu settings when you want to shoot a movie--recording can be started or stopped simply by pressing the dedicated MOVIE button.

When you're shooting movies in AF mode with an E-mount lens, the camera smoothly adjusts focus and exposure in response to changes in the scene, and you can use the control wheel to instantly adjust exposure compensation on the fly. If desired, you can also preselect white balance and Creative Style settings before movie recording begins.

Although many recent video cameras incorporate high-power zoom lenses, none can match the framing flexibility and creative freedom of interchangeable lenses. With the NEX-5 and NEX-3, you get a choice of dedicated E-mount lenses for wide-angle, standard zoom, and high-power zoom shooting, optional ultra wide-angle and fisheye converters, and--via a simple mount adaptor--the full range and world-class optics of the a digital SLR lens lineup.



Sophistication Made Simple
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Some cameras bristle with knobs, buttons and dials. The NEX-3 replaces them with a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and a pair of Soft Keys. These give you easy access to the full power of digital photography. To make learning even easier, Sony includes an On-Screen Help Guide and On-Screen Tips.

iAuto mode automatically applies exposure values and Scene Selection modes that are optimized to suit each scene. What's more, they combine this full-auto convenience with a Background Defocus Control function that lets you enjoy one of the biggest creative advantages of interchangeable lens photography--the ability to defocus the background to make your main subject stand out from the scene. Just press and rotate the control wheel to set the level of background defocusing you want--it's easy and intuitive because you can confirm the level of defocusing on the LCD monitor in real-time.

In addition to basic Help Guide information, these cameras are also equipped with built-in shooting tips. The tips provide information relevant to the current shooting situation or mode selection, and are designed with both beginners and more advanced users in mind. Two types of tip are offered: 1) tips about particular types of subject and scene, and 2) tips on general photographic technique. Since the entire library of shooting tips can also be accessed via the Camera menu and viewed as a single guidebook, it's like having a complete photography tutorial built right into your camera.

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The main menu features six clearly labeled icons that can be selected simply by rotating and pressing the control wheel. Inside, standard scrolling menus provide quick access to settings for shooting and playback functions, as well as a host of other user preferences and camera settings. The wide-screen format of the LCD monitor also contributes to enhanced menu legibility, so text and icons are always easy to see and select.



The Creativity of Changing Lenses
The beauty of SLR photography is the ability to change lenses to match your shooting situation. Now Sony brings that beauty to a compact camera. The NEX-3 gives you a choice of dedicated E-mount lenses, plus a choice of 28 A-mount lenses via an adaptor, sold separately.

Product Description

The performance of a DSLR without the size and weight. The NEX-3 stands apart as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera.3 Experience gorgeous HD movies,1 astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots, and Live View on a tilting 3" LCD4.

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I like that it is smaller because I hate to carry stuff around while traveling,especially if I take a trip abroad. Pictures are great. Read more ›
I wanted something better than point and shoot. Wow, the picture clarity is amazing and the shutter speed is too. This is the way to take your photos to the next level. Read more ›
I have small hands and it's a perfect fit for me, other cameras seem to…The picture quality is crystal clear, I just think the additional lenses should be slightly cheaper. Read more ›
Sony DOES back their products. It takes great shots and light weight. I do recommend this product. Read more ›
I love the feel of the camera and it takes more then excellent pictures.[[ASIN:B003MPOLX2 Sony Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Black)-14.2… Read more ›
I have a Canon Rebel XSi that I have had for 3 years that I have taken many great pictures with while traveling. But like many people who I think end up trying the Nex… Read more ›
Some have complained about the user interface, while I've grown accustomed/spoiled by manual controls the NEX-3 menu system is really easy to navigate. Even my parents were… Read more ›
ability to twist viewing screen in towards camera body to protect it more physical dials, hence quicker controls G11 optical zooms further than Nex 18-55mm lens Read more ›
The NEX-3 packed full of auto features that makes this as good as a point and shoot that my wife can use and sophisticated enough for me to feel like I do have a real… Read more ›
I've only had it for a few days at this point, so there is a lot more to experiment with (haven't tried the HD video or a lot of the cool scene settings), but I'm really… Read more ›
I have been Canon SD/Elph user for years until last May when I…I was impressed by the abundant features and actually got my parents a WX5 by October (see my other reviews). Read more ›
- Quicker shutter response time - Ability to do continuous shooting at 7 frames per second and other DSLR-like features - Great HD video Read more ›
6) flip screen - pretty…7) video quality is good and has all the pluses of being able to shoot video with an SLR type camera - changeable lenses/settings, high quality. Read more ›
I compared it side by side with my Canon T1i and found that in may cases, Nex-3 produces better quality of pictures. Auto focus in video mode is quick. The video quality in… Read more ›
+ Endless choice of adapters in e-bay, for using your vintage manual lenses + Quite good video quality, no matter it is not full HD + Microphones produce distinctive stereo… Read more ›
It has an…In addition to amazing pictures, I shot a good deal of video at Disney World, shortly after purchasing - it was really, really good with excellent sound. In… Read more ›
UPDATE: I returned the NEX-3 and bought the NEX-5. The camera takes stunningly clear photo's and great video in good or poor light, highly recommend. Read more ›
- Ability to do continuous shooting at 7 frames per second and other DSLR-like features - Great HD video Read more ›
Shake mechanism seems to work well. Need to make sure the lens cover is on solidly each time or it is easy to lose. A bit front heavy due to lens but easy to hold with two… Read more ›
The 18-55mm lens is very good for daily point-and-shoot, the only downer being its large size. It has IS and performs nicely at both ends of the zoom, the clarity is… Read more ›
The image quality is definitely better than the smaller Olympus E-PL1 & 2. The 16mm lens is only useful for specific wide-angle shots, as it has a serious fisheye effect. I… Read more ›
That's about 1.5-2 stops better than a micro 4/3rds. The 18-55 kit lens is decently sharp. Too bad you can't get too close to do macro shots (you'll have to get a close-up… Read more ›
The colors, contrast, clarity, sharpness, detail, low light etc... are not even close when compared to…Just imagine comparing against a good Canon L lens images on a DSLR! Read more ›
It has IS and performs nicely at both ends of the zoom, the clarity is wonderful, and the detail captured is fantastic; I just wish that the zoom was longer for such a huge… Read more ›
It has IS and performs nicely at both ends of the zoom, the clarity is wonderful, and the detail captured is fantastic; I just wish that the zoom was longer for such a huge… Read more ›
Its focusing is fast and accurate its color reproduction is decent. It produces Sharp and detailed photos that are very decent even great sometimes. Awesome for prints… Read more ›
Compared to an entry level dslr they are outperformed (however, remember you only need a camera that gives you great detail and sharpness the rest you can take care of in… Read more ›
I use Canon…The colors, contrast, clarity, sharpness, detail, low light etc... are not even close when compared to even entry level DSLR such as Canon T2i with kit lens. Read more ›
+ Sony really updates the software of the camera, right now v05 + After software update the autofocus is quicker (not DSLR quick, but decent) + With latest software you can… Read more ›
This camera is a great performer. Its focusing is fast and accurate its color reproduction is decent. It produces Sharp and detailed photos that are very decent even great… Read more ›
The autofocus is pretty fast, though sometimes it has to hunt a little, especially in the dark. In most cases it's about as fast as my brother's Panasonic GF1, which is… Read more ›
I also want professional shots w/o looking like a professional. (2) Really wanted face detection to have a better chance of having perfect focus (3) No video without… Read more ›
I think my greatest issue with DSLR quality is that I need to have a DSLR (huge, size, need skill to know how to get the right shot for the right conditions, complexity). I… Read more ›
I bought an expensive--for me anyway--Sony DSLR and was not happy with the complexity of use or the quality of the pics. Plus the size and weight of the DSLR was a pain. I… Read more ›
I was upset at the amount of photos I was…I have many friends and relatives that have various Nikon and Canon full size DSLR cameras and I wanted similar quality photos. Read more ›
(See the other kit for the opposite emphasis.) I had no preconceptions and bought it on a whim, amazed by its size. It's easy to hold, but also easy to cover the AF lamp. Read more ›
Really glad I did. I got better pics from day 1 than with the DSLR and the NEX is easier to use, while still giving lots of options and interchangeable lenses. Good in low… Read more ›
Ad: 1. Good image quality and very easy to use. 2. Light and small, could be carried in your pocket Read more ›
this camera is ideal for users who hate the grainy, terrible image quality of a point and shoot camera but don't want those super heavy & bulky DSLR. this camera is the… Read more ›
It's exactly what we were looking for - a way to take easy photos (auto mode works very well) but with options…The picture quality comes out great for me using auto mode. Read more ›
This camera is a great performer. Its focusing is fast and accurate its color reproduction is decent. It produces Sharp and detailed photos that are very decent even great… Read more ›
Pro: 1) Much sharper images and great DOF, color/brightness/exposure are quite accurate. 2) Love the tilt-able screen, now I don't have to put my chin on the ground to take… Read more ›
Also, I'd have to…Finally, the Sony red looks really weird when it is the only bright color in an outdoor scene,for example a sole hiker in the desert with a red t-shirt. Read more ›
4) picture quality - I know I listed this as a pro, one bit of downside on the automatic settings is that sometimes the color is not as vibrant as probably the SLRs are… Read more ›
The NEX-3 is a classic case of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. On the upside, the sensor is excellent, even by modern SLR standards. You're not quite on the cutting edge… Read more ›
Positive: + Good in low light and indoor, one of the best sensors you can have for the money + User interface I found easy to learn and use, however takes time to adjust… Read more ›
So in conclusion, it one of the best sensors on the market you can get for the money. If you use some old vintage lenses with adapter you can blow even professional… Read more ›
My final verdict: A study in compromises that turn a fantastic sensor into a mediocre product. If you want it, get this 18-55 zoom lens kit. Read more ›
+ User interface I found easy to learn and use, however takes time to…+ Compact, compared to real DSLR-s, but however, due to large lens not so compact to carry around +… Read more ›
For me the NEX-3, which I got refurbished from Sony for $370 has been the perfect solution. It's compact enough to carry with me always. It's compact enough that it never… Read more ›
My old nikon d3100 photos burned these photos! it is great for everyday carry and short notice photo opportunity's. Overall though i DO NOT recommend this camera at its… Read more ›
Is it so…For $550 I'm not going to cry too much about it, but I have to say I was strongly considering the GF1 despite the higher price and huge loss in ISO performance. Read more ›
In fact, I just kept the flash in my camera bag, never attach it to the camera. High ISO shots are also very good, up to ISO 5000. At ISO 6400 and above, noise start to show. Read more ›
At ISO 6400…Because of the good high ISO quality, and also with the special handheld twilight option, I can take pictures mostly without a tripod, even during night time. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

276 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Justin T on June 24, 2010
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I have been waiting a lifetime for this camera and it was worth the wait! It provides excellent quality shots in the smallest possible sized body. I am a point-and-shoot user who has been disappointed with the photo quality that comes from even expensive point-and-shoot cameras but who has never bought a DSLR because I knew I would never want to lug one around. If this describes you, then this is your perfect camera. Or, if you own a DSLR and use 5% or less of the features on your camera, this is also the camera for you. On the other hand, if you're a skilled DSLR user, skip this camera because you'll be frustrated the compromises that make this camera a smart choice for the average consumer.

Why is this camera "perfect" if you're a typical or even advanced point-and-shoot user?

COMPARED WITH POINT-AND-SHOOTS, you'll immediately see the following improvements:
- Low light/indoor shots are dramatically better
- Quicker shutter response time
- Ability to do continuous shooting at 7 frames per second and other DSLR-like features
- Great HD video

COMPARED WITH DSLRs, you get:
- A much smaller camera than a DSLR that you can actually carry around on a regular basis
- As good or better HD video because of the advanced auto-focus technology in the Sony Alpha Nex which does a better job of continuous auto-focus than the average DSLR
- Photo quality that is comparable to a DSLR for the average user (again, if you're an advanced DSLR user, skip this camera)
- An easier-to-use camera that was designed to make the most important features very accessible with the advanced features tucked away in the menus.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. Wischkaemper on December 27, 2010
Mirrorless SLR's are the current hot thing. I've done wedding photography for years on the side, and when I want to be serious about taking pictures I lug a bag full of pro-level lenses and cameras around. Frankly, that gets old, especially when you're on vacation. I've been hoping for quite a while to find a camera that would offer SLR-like quality in a smaller form factor that would allow it to be carried around all day with minimal effort. I owned a Panasonic LX-2 and more recently a Canon Powershot S90, and while both were decent cameras, I never really fell in love with their images.

The NEX-3 is a classic case of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. On the upside, the sensor is excellent, even by modern SLR standards. You're not quite on the cutting edge (think Pentax K-5), but you're pretty darn close - certainly exceeding the previous generation of SLR sensors. With a plethora of adapters for other lenses, high quality glass is also available, and can produce some rather stunning pictures. The small and light form factor allows you to carry the NEX-3 places you wouldn't want to take a larger SLR (even a consumer-level one), and the adjustable screen gives you the ability to hold the camera in ways that just aren't possible with a traditional camera, allowing you to be very creative.

Unfortunately, as has been stated many times before, the control layout is a bit poor, though honestly it's completely manageable. Things are not as quick or elegant as they could (or maybe should) be, but the camera is perfectly usable. The biggest current downside is available lens selection, which is limited to three kit-lens quality lenses, which are extremely overpriced for what you get.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Julie Le on July 10, 2010
The reviewer above did an excellent review, so mine will pale in comparison. I bought this camera the very first day it was available (June 29) and have been playing around with it since. It takes beautiful low light photos, even without a tripod, which I'm very pleased with. I have yet to use the flash that came with it.

Anyway, great camera, don't regret my purchase... The only downside that I want to point out is the battery life. I realize the big screen and the continuous autofocus uses up a lot of power, but this camera REALLY sucks up battery power. If you went out for a day of shooting on a fully charged battery, you will need an extra. The camera seems to even suck up a lot of power when it's not even on. There is new firmware that claims to reduce battery consumption when off, so hopefully that will be an improvement. Which leads to another downside, which is that firmware is only available for Windows and not Mac.

Other than that, beautiful beautiful camera.

*** Just a note that the battery life has improved greatly after the firmware update. Much happier with the camera now!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David Eng on July 11, 2010
Update: with latest firmware updates, the battery life glitch and start up times have been vastly improved.

The reviews of this camera are pretty correct - if you are a compact point and shoot person that wants to move up to greater picture quality but not necessarily wanting to put up with the bulk of a SLR or the complications of different aspects of photography, then this camera should do nicely for you.

Pros:
1) cost - for what it is, it could have been more expensive, though the additional lenses will cost you.
2) size - it really is a small body, comparable to some of the larger point and shoots. It's also a nice looking camera, if you care about those kinds of things (I have the red model, which is particularly cute).
3) picture quality - out of the box has been better than my previous point and shooters with the ability to do background defocus and panoramic shots.
4) shutter speed - camera really is fast and you'll see a big decrease in blurry pictures, even with action shots
5) low light shooting - camera comes with a flash but the camera's able to take decent pictures in low light settings without the flash.
6) flip screen - pretty handy for shooting different angles.
7) video quality is good and has all the pluses of being able to shoot video with an SLR type camera - changeable lenses/settings, high quality.

Cons:
1) battery life could be better - I shot about 100 photos and the battery drained down to about 33% after about 2 hours of shooting
2) navigation speed - the camera is slow when jumping between shoot mode and playback mode. NOTE: this issue seems to have been addressed with the firmware update.
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