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Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit (Black)

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  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
  • New SELP1650 lens with motor zoom lever and body control
  • Create easy self-portraits with 180° tilting LCD screen
  • Full HD movie shooting 60i/24p
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Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches ; 9.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 25, 2013

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

A+ NEX3NL
Sony make . believe




Meet your new partner for life. The world’s smallest and lightest camera10, NEX-3N produces fantastic high-resolution photos, Full HD movies and charming self-portraits, all with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. A superbly designed, feature-filled interchangeable-lens camera that includes a large APS-C sensor, built-in pop-up flash, 4 fps continuous shooting, Auto Object Framing and much more. All the camera you need to capture the finer aspects of life with the greatest of ease.
NEX3NL  

Technology
16.1 MP Exmor® HD APS sensor
Get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor® APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves gorgeous, high resolution photos even in low light.
Retractable power zoom lens
A new zoom lever on the body of the camera allows for effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming even when shooting self-portraits, bringing compact camera convenience to the realm of interchangeable-lens models.
Self-portraits made easy
The NEX-3N’s flip up LCD screen makes shooting self-portraits a snap. Include other people, experiment with interesting angles or shoot against famous landmarks. When you press the shutter, the camera does all the work.
Full HD movies4
Record stunning high quality 1080 Full HD Video in either 60i or 24p frames per second. Records in your choice of 1080/60i or 24p Blu-Ray quality AVCHD™ format or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format.
Built-in flash
Perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot, the built-in Guide Number 6 flash2 combines with high ISO sensitivity to enable shooting in just about any setting.
Auto Object Framing fills
the frame with your subject
Now it’s easy to create beautifully framed images whether shooting people, close-ups or action. Simply photograph your subject and Auto Object Framing saves a trimmed image (in addition to original) that’s more professionally composed.

Product description and full feature list
Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction
With a new Exmor sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the NEX-3N easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.

Newly designed anti-slip grip
Perfect for self-portraits or casual snaps, the natural form ensures quick, comfortable handling and makes the camera easy to carry around. In addition, the textured grip prevents slipping even when shooting one-handed or when using exceptionally large lenses.

Compact, easy-to-carry
PZ 16-50mm kit lens

For the ultimate in portability, the NEX-3N includes the collapsible SELP1650 as the kit lens. Ideal when traveling or anytime a compact, lightweight camera-combo is desired.

Picture Effect modes
The NEX-3N includes 15 effects that can be applied to photos or movies, giving you the means to vastly expand your artistic repertoire. The ability to view effects in real-time on the LCD screen11 before the shot lets you experiment with different looks until you are satisfied with the result.

Photo Creativity feature
NEX-3N provides easy access to most Picture Effect settings as well as controls for Background Defocus, Brightness, Color and Vividness. Just activate Photo Creativity, choose the appropriate item then adjust while viewing in real-time on the LCD screen. The ability to combine settings offers nearly unlimited creative control, and lets you compensate for tricky lighting.

Superior Auto mode
Use Superior Auto mode to shoot photos and movies with the ease of a compact digital camera. In this mode, the camera recognizes the current shooting environment then adjusts settings for optimal results. Superior Auto also includes Auto HDR and Hand-held Twilight modes, both of which employ image compositing technology to handle difficult lighting by recording multiple images at high speed then compositing them to produce the final photo.

Anti-Motion Blur mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.

Hand-held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures—beyond the capability of traditional cameras—without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise.

Face Detection/Smile Shutter
Set NEX-3N to recognize faces and smiles. Face Detection locates up to eight faces in a composition then adjusts exposure, white balance and other settings based on these faces. Smile Shutter — adjustable in three levels — automatically takes a shot when smiles in the scene are at their brightest.

Creative Style
Tailor the look of photos and movies before shooting. Choose from one of six settings — Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset or Black & White — depending on the scene or your creative intent.


Speed Priority Continuous mode
Freeze fast-moving subjects by shooting at up to 4 fps. This is the ideal solution for photographing sports, children at play or other action.

Up to 480 Shots6 of battery life
Take up to 480 shots on a single charge6 with Sony® lithium ion Stamina™ battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

PlayMemories Home
supplied software9

Free, easy-to-use PlayMemories Home™ image management software automatically installs onto Windows PC’s for Sony Digital Camera users. Download photos and movies onto your computer then view, organize, edit, retouch, print, burn to disk, share or upload to social networking websites.

Supplied accessories
The kit includes a SELP1650 lens, lens cap, NP-FW50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery , AC-UB10 USB AC charger (in-camera battery charging), shoulder strap, body cap, and Micro USB cable.

Lock-on Auto Focus
Using the 15-point autofocus sensor and Sony's subject recognition technologies, Object Tracking AF can maintain accurate focus on your subject even when it changes position in the frame.

Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together for an astounding paroramic image.


Sony Suggested Accessories

  > A-mount Adapter (w/ TMT)
      LA-EA2
  > Rechargeable Battery pack
      NP-FW50
  > External Battery Charger
      BC-VW1
  > Sling-bag Soft Carrying Case
      LCS-SB1/B
  > Just-fit Camera-body Case
      LCS-EB32/B
  > A-mount Adapter
       LA-EA1
  > Accessory Kit
       ACC-HDFW
  > Soft LCD Protector Sheet
      PCK-LS1EM
  > NEX General Camera Case
      LCS-EME/BI

2. In meters, IS0 100

4. Records in 29 minute segments

6. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.

9. Files compatible with iMovie® '09 or later on Mac. Software not compatible with Mac OS® X.

10. Among interchangeable-lens cameras with an APS-C sensor and built-in flash as of February 2013.

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Multi Connector, Remote Commander, Sweep Panorama, and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Product Description

You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise. Use this comparison chart to compare all Sony Alpha Mirrorless cameras.

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Customer Reviews

It does not disappoint. The pictures are clear and sharp. I have another 16mp camera and while the pictures look almost the same when viewed on a screen. Read more ›
It is equipped with so many features that can challenge any entry level SLR. Picture quality is awesome and it's 5/5 star is also considering it's light weight. For me this… Read more ›
i give it 4 stars for the quality of the pictures which are really great. even the creative effects are awesome/ Read more ›
I've used it with a generic lens adapter for Alpha lens, but it loses automatic features as auto-focus. Besides that quality is really great. Read more ›
The battery is really good, I use it a lot in battery save mode, and…The image quality is excellent, and the intelligent+ mode is like hiring a personal photographer. T… Read more ›
This camera met all my photo requirements and the picture quality is excellent. Panoramic picture is pretty easy to take and comes great with this camera. Read more ›
I put it on charge and it took most of the night to get it fully up to speed. The menus are quite easy to navigate through and the photos are unbelievable with the C sensor. I… Read more ›
It is difficult to find bags for…The "Superior Auto" mode is the best I have ever seen on a camera, it takes vastly superior pictures compared to a Canon ELPH 330. Read more ›
The menu is intuitive and much like other Sony cameras, but more choices. My other Sony cameras have 921,000 pixel screens, this has only a 460,000 pixel screen; I can't… Read more ›
Stitch Panorama mode is fantastic... A great feature... Read more ›
The camera itself is very light and small, the…Portrait mode works perfectly fine, even with the camera at short distance, it's able to take a broad view of the target Read more ›
(I…The menu is SUPER easy to use and there are even tips built right in, like an explanation of what the heck aperture is and how to get it to do what you want it to do. Read more ›
This a great camera and am sure every body lave it, together with the lenses is a great buy, like it Read more ›
This is the perfect travel camera for my needs. The lens is sharp, and the large sensor makes for good quality pictures. I shoot in RAW format, and use Lightroom 5 for… Read more ›
Sure a jacket pocket…Also, the lens is clearly oversized for this thing - if you look at the foreoptic of the kit lens, it is only about half of the lens housing width. T… Read more ›
I like the Scene modes. The lens is excellent! Image quality is way better than my P&Ss. Read more ›
Upgrading from a point and shoot, I'm used to shooting by using the LCD only but would see…Image quality even with the kit lens is excellent, even at moderate to high ISO. Read more ›
The quality is top-notch. The stock lens is awesome. Worth the price 100% recommend it. Read more ›
I think it's a good camera for beginners like me, y found it very easy to use and I'm happy with the results I got with the photographs Read more ›
Let's face it, point and shoot cameras are a dime a dozen. What I like about my Sony NEX is it is easy to use and takes fantastic pictures. It has many features for… Read more ›
quite easy to use and very compact. I love it. Read more ›
Also, I can adapt other lenses to this camera making it super fun to use and I can use it manually!! Read more ›
I own the NEX 5N and some lenses, but the 16-50 mm zoom on the 3N is quick and easy to use. Very handy. Read more ›
This is an awesome camera! It is super easy to use, and takes amazing pictures. With two clicks you can go from beautiful single shots to high speed action shooting. Read more ›
The battery life is great it will last long events. The quality of the photos AND videos is great. I love having the ability to have a camera that takes GREAT photos AND… Read more ›
I have wanted this camera for some time now and now that I have it I absolutely love it. The photos are amazing and the video quality is top notch! Read more ›
Real Easy to Use and Great video and pictures. Very small and portable for the type or camera. Read more ›
4. There is a zoom lever on the camera body to make smooth motion zooming easier while shooting video. Read more ›
The power zoom lens is the big feature of this camera, and makes it far more…It's particularly nice for video taping, giving you a nice smooth zoom action when needed. T… Read more ›
Honestly, I expected quality photos. I have read enough pro reviews of other NEX cameras with the same sensor to know that this camera is great at recording beautiful images. Read more ›
Sony really hit the sweet spot with this package as the 16-50 power zoom lens is great for mass market appeal especially the zoom switch on the camera body like on most P&S… Read more ›
Excellent macro. Stabilization is excellent even when zooming in movie mode. However in movie mode the zoom mechanism is very loud and can be heard on the video. Read more ›
It is a great camera and the settings are good but the lense it comes with does t have verry good zoom but that can always be fixed by buying a better lense. The pictures… Read more ›
Especially compared to DSLRs with similar sensors (T5i, D3200 etc) - Image quality on the kit lens is "meh" but it's a very useful zoom range in a very small package. Read more ›
* it's compatible with Eye-Fi cards * videos are beautiful, zoomable, and auto-focus * three ways to zoom provide great flexibility Read more ›
+ enhanced photo quality + compact power zoom lens allow single-hand operation ranging from wide angle to zoom (16-50mm) + auto crop (or object framing they call it) and… Read more ›
Great lens and perfect compact size! I love it! Read more ›
I wanted a focal range of…It's pocketable, inconspicuous & with 16mp, allows you to crop images & still retain significant detail for good sized prints (up to 8x10). Tr… Read more ›
Right off the bat, the small form factor came with some downsides for me - I…The camera is very front-heavy, but unlike with full sized DSLRs, there's not much "grab" room. Read more ›
The combination of auto and manual settings provide…The quality of the camera is very solid and the size is small enough it could fit in a jacket pocket (a big pocket...). Read more ›
SUMMARY: I like the NEX-3N for its light weight and compact size. It makes it ideal for travel or situations where I don't want to be shlepping heavy equipment with me. Read more ›
I love this camera and its compact size and I recommend this to anyone looking into stepping up from the point and shoots/smartphone cameras. This is one place a beginner… Read more ›
The camera feels solid in the hands, but a bit small…The lcd is beautiful, but if you shoot in bright light often you might consider the nex6 for the built in viewfinder. Read more ›
Hello, I buy this camera to…I recommend with eyes closed, the screen is excellent and helps in certain situations, the lens that comes with the camera is good to start. H… Read more ›
Despite it's size and location causing issues, the LCD is gorgeous. All the detail in your frame is available at first glance, which really gives you control over your shots. Read more ›
Expect phenomenal results when shooting in well lit areas or outdoors. Flip out screen is very useful for shooting my 1 year old daughter. Read more ›
The 3n has a low res screen on it 460k dots (worse than older NEX models) and is very small, and for the only display this is not great. The display still servers its… Read more ›
The flip screen is a nice feature, since I often end up trying to get a good shot of my son and I at various locations, and this is my first time with a camera that can do… Read more ›
Takes beautiful photos on auto mode, vivid and simple. Build quality is very nice for the price. Read more ›
We spent time researching cameras and found this to be the best camera and the best price! We absolutely love it. Read more ›
This camera was a great price and a great shooting camera. Love it a lot. Read more ›
nice size, easy/simple to use, pic's are great. it was on sale, so a great price, too. Read more ›
Pros: easy to use, good value, nice results using the camera's auto modes, see other reviews on the rest of the pros. Read more ›
So it's a great entry level CSC that will give you dynamite pictures without a lot of pizazz......but do you really need that? OH and great price :) Read more ›
I use this for concerts as usually can take it in as a point and shoot. The large sensor is perfect for no flash pictures. The build is great but no magnesium or metal body… Read more ›
Digital has been a boon, and I have had quite a parade of hobby level camera…The problem with all is the lack of a good sensor for low level lighting, like in a gym. I… Read more ›
But having this as your first camera and skipping…You'll get a good sensor (not much better than the latest from olympus) but just nothing is there to support that sensor. Read more ›
You can get some of the "magic"of the narrow…Mostly, the point is that the image quality is excellent from the sensor and cant be matched by small sensor cameras. Read more ›
The camera uses Sony's excellent 16MP sensor which is a proven performer not only in other Sony cameras, but also in cameras like the Nikon D7000 and Pentax K-5. Image… Read more ›
The Nex image quality is great. The price for 3n with the nice, compact zoom and a full APS sensor is outrageous. Auto focus leaves a little, just a little, to be desired. Read more ›
I bought this to replace my Nikon D3100…This camera is the perfect size to carry around, I found that full size DSLR's are too big and it deters me from taking my camera. Read more ›
The flip out screen is very useful for low angle shots and selfies. The small size makes it easy to carry around in a case or take on a trip in a backpack. I am very happy… Read more ›
The images are beautiful, it didn't take long to learn the menu and functions, the size is great for carrying around on my neck or in a bag, and the price is pocket friendly! Read more ›
It actually does a better job than my Sony a550 in a lot of situations. Did I mention it's small; so easy to carry with you. Fun camera to own and at a great price. Read more ›
Takes very good pictures~I liked it very much~It is very suit for girls. small and light. easy to carry LOL Read more ›
Small and easy to carry around in my jacket. The pictures are beautiful especially in low light environment. Read more ›
- 4 frames per second is great for capturing motion, especially kids - Taking video is easy and zoom and focus works well. Supports 1080i60 and 1080p24 as well as some… Read more ›
The 15 point auto focus system is extremely fast allowing you to take pictures almost intantly when you press the shutter release, and if desired you can choose burst mode… Read more ›
Focus peaking is more useful than I thought it would be and it makes a great addition to things when I'm trying to get creative with shots. Also I have been looking into… Read more ›
Incidentally, we have been incredibly happy with the Sony Cybershot. Great pictures (in focus!), durable, and fits in your pocket. Read more ›
- Great display options on the lcd…- Great manual focusing, DMF (use lens ring when shutter half pressed zooms in for fine tuning, focus peaking makes itr even easier) -… Read more ›
Somewhat faster autofocus/zoom: this is a bit of a trifling distinction, but the T3's focus and zoom are a bit faster. This makes it a bit better for capturing things that… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

292 of 307 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Stanley VINE VOICE on April 13, 2013
Color Name: Black
I bought this last week at Best Buy after reading tons of reviews of various NEX and Micro 4/3 cams. I have previously owned a Canon D20 full-size DSLR, a Canon S100 semi-pro compact, and another Canon "Elph" compact. The S100 is the Camera which I have previously used the most. It has a bigger sensor than most compacts of that 2009-era, and a fast lens. I have rarely used my DSLR because it is too large and you look like a wanna-be camera geek dragging it around.

The photos from this Sony are impressive. Color is great. Exposure is spot-on. It takes decent shots even at high ISOs (up to 1600 look very sharp). Movies look incredible. It records truly DSLR-grade photos. My DSLR is dated. It won't sound like much saying that it takes better photos than my Canon D20, but, wow. It has twice the pixels as the D20 but takes in just as much light. What an amazing upgrade.

Honestly, I expected quality photos. I have read enough pro reviews of other NEX cameras with the same sensor to know that this camera is great at recording beautiful images. What I did not expect is how great the "auto" modes on this camera are. This camera's skill at automatically choosing the right settings for you is why you should buy it.

I never studied photography in school, but I have read enough, and have enough consumer experience to know how to balance aperture, speed, and ISO to get great shots. Because I'm not an experienced or pro photographer, setting everything on the camera has always been a bit trial-and-error. I've forced myself to do this chore because I always end up with better shots than most camera's "auto" modes. Well, if you're an amateur like me you may find yourself proudly turning the mode dial to the "superior auto" mode on this Sony.
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121 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Tech Enthusiast on June 21, 2013
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I am a long-time, diehard Canon enthusiast who was in search of a large sensor compact system camera (CSC). To give some background, I've owned the following: S400, SD700, S90, XTi, XSi, T2i, 60D, and S95, with the latter three being in my current arsenal. The S95 is compact, but I've grown weary of its noise levels in low light and the fact that pictures from it still possess a point-and-shoot feeling. The T2i has excellent IQ and I love it, but it's on the edge of what I find convenient for travel. To that end, what I desired most was DSLR quality in a more compact form.

To fill this gap, there are Micro Four Thirds, 1" sensors, and a host of small body mirrorless APS-C variants. I also had a budget of $700 or less, because as technologies improve and become less expensive each year, I really didn't feel like spending a grand or so on today's camera tech. Having read, researched, and tested some models in my local B&M, I whittled down my candidates to the RX100, EOS M, and NEX-6 (though the 6 was getting out of budget). The RX100 was very attractive and highly acclaimed in the media, but at $650, it was pricey for essentially a P&S. Bearing a styling birthed from Canon's S90+ series, I had lingering doubts about getting yet another high end P&S which costs over twice as much as the S90+ series!. If I lowered the weighting of cost, then this was definitely on the top of my list. The EOS M was attractive as well since I was very familiar with Canon's crop sensor DSLR line, but the new EOS M mount has such a limited supply of lenses and I wasn't planning on spending an extra $150 for the M mount adapter. Rated battery life of 230 CIPA for the EOS M was very disappointing too. Last, I investigated and liked what I saw from the NEX line as an alternative to the RX100.
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183 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Rodwally on April 23, 2013
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THE GOOD: The NEX 3N is said to be the world's smallest camera based on the APS-C sensor, which is the second-largest sensor (about 16mm by 24mm) commonly found in mass-market cameras. The result is fine photo quality in a small package, with good high-ISO performance. Moreover, the 16-50mm e-mount kit lens is optically decent, and retracts to semi-pancake dimensions when the camera is off. So you get true DSLR-like performance in a box that approaches pocket size -- and is indeed pocket-ish size when paired with one of Sony's true pancake lenses, such as the new and nice and very expensive 20mm e-mount.

THE BAD: The 3N handles slowly thanks to so many functions and settings being based in menus rather than in manual controls; a settings-control wheel that's small, jumpy and hard to handle; slowish focusing, and the 16-50mm kit lens, which telescopes at a leisurely rate. Worse, the 3N lacks some of the settings that we take for granted today in any capable camera, such as the ability to customize the parameters of the auto-ISO function or even to control the volume of the focusing beep.

THE UGLY: In a fit of the Cheaps and/or the Dumbs, Sony decided not to include a battery charger with this camera. Apparently, they've made the same annoying move with the NEX 6, which is the $1,000 big brother of the 3N. But that's OK, says Sony, because owners can charge the battery inside the camera -- using a tiny cable that the company did include in the kit. (I haven't encountered this very bad in-camera-charging idea since I bought a Canon G1 in 2001.) Sure, Sony, this is just what I want to do on my vacation: sit in a hotel room watching my camera charge my spare battery. Of course, a Sony website will happily sell you the company's very own (and very good) NEX-class charger for $55 plus tax (at other websites it costs more like $40, if you can find it). I would much have preferred a higher 3N kit price -- with the furshlugginer charger included.
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