Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 Hands on and ISO Noise Test

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Gratitude to Sony Wellington, New Zealand for letting me test out the new Sony NEX cameras.

The NEX series of Sony’s new mirror less interchangeable lens cameras equipped with APS-C sensor in a very tidy body. When I first put my hand on it, I can feel the build quality is top notch. The NEX-5 is a bit smaller in size and has a better grip than the NEX-3.

The auto focus is fast, in camera option menu and shutter are responsive. The shutter sound does sound like a real shutter.

The lenses are also very compact and with excellent build quality.

Let the images speak for them self, Enjoy

Size comparison with NEX-5 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Left) and NEX-3 with 16mm f/2.8 (Right)

Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 size comparison

Sony NEX APS-C sensor


Sony NEX-3 with 16mm f/2.8.

(Image taken with NEX-5 18-55mm @ f/3.5)


Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and Flash.

(Image taken with NEX-3 16mm @ f/2.8)


Sony NEX in camera menu

(Image taken with NEX-5 18-55mm @ f/3.5)


Articulated LCD on Sony NEX-5

(Image taken with NEX-3 16mm @ f/2.8)


Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 allow ISO setting up to 12800. Click image below to check out the ISO noise test (ISO 200-12800).

 Sony NEX-5 ISO Noise Test - ISO200

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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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