Sony NEX-3 review

Review Date : Mon, 2 Aug 2010

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Sony's entry-level NEX-3 Micro System Camera is compact-like in appearance but has changeable lenses and produces DSLR quality. The What Digital Camera Sony NEX-3 review...

Pros: Affordable, image quality, small size
Cons: Fiddly flash unit, excessive menu digging, limited to three current lenses

Released in tandem with Sony's NEX-5 Micro System Camera, the NEX-3 is a similar offering with a few dressed-down features to offer a more affordable, yet still highly capable system...

Sony NEX-3 review - Features

Not to be confused with Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic & Olympus) cameras, Sony's standalone venture into the Micro System Camera market employs the company's new APS HD CMOS sensor, meaning the tiny-bodied NEX-3 benefits from a sensor the same size as that found in most DSLR cameras.

Producing 14.2MP stills up to a sensitivity of ISO 12,800 (at full resolution), the NEX-3, like its big brother NEX-5, is all about DSLR-like quality from a very compact package.

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As well as being among the smallest and lightest system cameras on the market, the NEX-3 is also capable of capturing 720p HD movies using the Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) format that's output straight from camera without the need to process.

Point-and-shoot capability is the NEX-3's forte and yet there are full manual controls as well as an abundance of scene modes and Sony-exclusives. On the latter front there's the Sweep Panorama mode that takes a series of images while you move the camera through 224º in real time to generate an auto-stitched 23MP panoramic image. Plus with a recent firmware upgrade this can be captured in 3D and output to a compatible 3D TV or device.

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Features 19/20
Design 16/20
Image Quality 19/20
Performance 18/20
Value 18/20
Overall Score 90%

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