Sony Alpha NEX-3N Announced

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The Sony NEX 3N is a new addition to the popular NEX series, famous for their generous APS-C sensor housed in a compact body. The entry-level 3-series is specifically aimed at compact camera users looking for better image quality but hoping to avoid the bulk and perceived complexity of a DSLR.

The NEX-3N comes with the recent released Sony’s 16-50mm retractable power zoom lens, which offers a very useful range from wide angle to mid tele (24-75mm equivalent) and optical image stabilization. This combines with the 3N’s status as the smallest mirrorless camera to include an 16.1 MP APS-C sensor, making it an extremely compact  interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.  A new feature with the 3N is the revised flip-up 3" 460K dot LCD – it rotates up by 180 degrees which makes self-portraits easier.  The SD card slot has also been repositioned from the bottom of the camera to the accessory port panel on the side of the camera. It is  Full HD 1080i video capable at 60fps and 1080p video at 24fps. The NEX-3N is effective in challenging lighting conditions without using the built-in flash, thanks to a wide ISO range of 100-16000 and advanced noise reduction.


As an entry level of the NEX series and putting clear differences to the NEX 5 models, the 3N misses out on the faster on-sensor phase-detection autofocus seen on the 5R. That means it can feel a bit less responsive when photographing a moving subject. The camera also makes do without the touchscreen or Wi-Fi functions offered by the 5R, and forgoes the accessory port the F3 had, so there’s no way of attaching an external viewfinder.

Combined with a small power zoom 16-50mm les, the new NEX -3N is surely the smallest APS-C interchangeable mirrorless camera available. If you do not need the touch screen, Wi-Fi and fast AF system, the NEX-3N is a perfect entry level camera for you.

The NEX-3N is now available to pre-order at B&H.



Lens Mount Sony E Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4912 x 3264 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 15MP: 8192 x 1856
14MP: 4912 x 2760 @ 16:9
12MP: 2160 x 5536 @ 8:25
8.4MP: 2160 x 3872
8.4MP: 3568 x 2368 @ 3:2
7.1MP: 3568 x 2000 @ 16:9
4MP: 2448 x 1624 @ 3:2
3.4MP: 2448 x 1376 @ 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Dust Reduction System Y
Noise Reduction Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo 
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M) , Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points 25
Viewfinder Type LCD Display
Display Screen 3.0" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460800)
Screen Coverage 100%
Live View Yes
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-16000
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec in Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps for up to 9 frames
Flash Modes Auto
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 19.69′ (6.0 m) ISO200 
13.12′ (4.0 m) ISO100
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
In-Camera Image Editing Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Selective Color, Soft Focus, Toy Camera
Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Number of Shots: 3-5
Connectivity DC Input, HDMI C (Mini), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Software Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1020mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 11.2 x 6.4 x 3.6 cm excluding protrusions
Weight 7.4 oz / 210  g camera only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 16 – 50 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 – 75 mm
Autofocus Yes

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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