Sony Alpha NEX-3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/16mm Lens (Silver)- 14.2 Mpix
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- The quality of a DSLR in about half the size, weight
- World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera
- Same APS-C sensor size, same resolution as Alpha DSLRs
- 14.2 MP; up to 7 fps shooting; ISO 12800 sensitivity
- Sweep Panorama captures incredible landscapes
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160_sec|
|Flash Type||Accessory Port|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 1.3 x 4.61 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.65 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 YEAR LIMITED|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,592|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||APS HD, CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Style Name||With Wide Angle Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Battery Description||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger||NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger||EN-EL20|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5||4||3.5||57.9|
|Flash Memory||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Battery Average Life||Information not provided||480 Photos||420 Photos||Information not provided|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000||460000||460800||460,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12800||16000||16000||3200|
|Exposure Control Type||Information not provided||Information not provided||iAuto||Information not provided|
|Flash Dedication||Accessory Port||Accessory Port||No||Built-in Flash|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160 sec||1/160 sec||1/160 sec||1/60 sec|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection||Contrast Detection||25-point contrast-detect||Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)|
|HDMI type||Mini Type C||Type D||micro HDMI||Built-in|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9||3:2, 16:9||3:2, 16:9||3:2, 16:9|
|Iso Range||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000||Auto, 100 - 16000||Information not provided|
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The NEX-3 has solved this problem for me: Great pictures, excellent indoor pictures often with no flash needed, and much better portability than a DSLR.
Before purchasing I read the reviews and noted some were especially critical of the user interface Sony designed for the NEX series, so when I went to the store to try one I was expecting the worst. Instead, I found the NEX to have an extremely elegant and seductive interface, much better than any of the Digital Point & Shoot cameras I've had. I repeat, the interface is actually seductive. Now, if you compare the interface to a DSLR you will immediately see that the controls are not always visible and at-hand, they must be pulled up on the screen via the menu buttons. Therefore, I do not recommend this as a "downgrade from DSLR" camera until you have tried one in person. However, with my SLR experience I was pleased to see the animated representation of the P-A-S-M knob. And once "A" (aperture priority) is chosen, for example, the aperture adjustment is directly available as part of the viewfinder display. The interface is immediately recognizable to anyone with DSLR/SLR experience.Read more ›
The images are sharp and free of the "grain" that the small cameras produce. It is light enough to carry around all day. Others have commented about battery life, but I am able to shoot 300 images using up only 30% of the battery. This means it is capable of shooting 1000 images on a charge ( without flash ).
The zoom 18-55 mm zoom lens is of good quality, and since I usually shoot indoors, is of more than adequate resolution, even with ISO of 1600. The wide angle 16 mm does appear sharper however. I also purchased the full frame Fisheye attachment which is much fun to use and even works in Panorama mode.
The video mode is quite good, and even the sound quality is surprisingly good with the built in microphone. The flash does work but is slightly clumsy, and I had to read the instructions to get it to work ( It has to be screwed in and flipped up ).
Cons: The menu system is overly complicated, and more buttons are needed in the camera. I have been using Sony cameras for years and know the system well, but even I had problems with it. I would like if a Macro Lens were available, and also a short zoom of about 100 mm, and a normal portrait lens of about 50 mm f/2.0 for available light - narrow focus. It should be noted however that there is an adapter of other Sony lenses available.Read more ›
Since receiving the camera, I have taken close to 2000 photos with it. Every review I've read here and on popular gadget websites is spot on. This is an amazing upgrade from a P&S and will not disappoint. In fact, I purchased this camera right about the same time as my cousin purchased a Nikon d5100 and she was questioning if she made the right choice after seeing the photos I uploaded to Facebook. I've managed to take some pretty amazing shots with very little knowledge about shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Meanwhile, my cousin is struggling with her DSLR. I've learned a lot about photography from using the NEX-3. The Intelligent modes are great, but now I shoot mainly in A/S/M which offers me a lot more control. That's the beauty of this camera. It's pretty good even in the auto modes, but really excels in more experienced hands.
Without getting into too many details, I'll just say that this camera is amazing if you're a looking to get into photography as a hobby. And if you're getting into photography, you also know that lenses are important, even more so than the camera itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Camera had menus in Japanese, and the language could not be changed because it was a special first-generation model intended to be sold in Japan only. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BW
the camera is lightly used, w/ small scratches on the lens. it performs well under low ISO. but does not fit to 16-59 lens.Published on November 27, 2013 by yichao Zhu
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Purchased this camera back in April and love it so far. Love how easy it is to use and the pics that come out are as close to professional as they get. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by BPortman
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First off I just wanna say that I am by no means a professional photographer, but I have many friends who are. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Jonathan J Phillips