This review is devoted to Alpha NEX-3 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Jun 07, 2010. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Sony has replaced this product with their most recent model NEX-C3.
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #68 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #126 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha NEX-3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha NEX-3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 has the following external dimensions 117 x 117 x 33 mm (46.06 x 24.41 x 12.99″) with the weight of 297 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Alpha NEX-3, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha NEX-3 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha NEX-3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha NEX-3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha NEX-3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha NEX-3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha NEX-3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 comes with Bionz processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Alpha NEX-3 has the following ISO range 200 - 12800 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 features a 14.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha NEX-3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 68 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha NEX-3’s sensor.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony Alpha NEX-3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha NEX-3 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha NEX-3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
In addition, Alpha NEX-3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha NEX-3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha NEX-3 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Sony Alpha NEX-3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Alpha NEX-3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha NEX-3 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Alpha NEX-3 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha NEX-3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha NEX-3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha NEX-3 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 26. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3 can be called a 26 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3 can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jun 07, 2010|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||68|
|DxO Color Depth||22.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||830|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3056|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Physical Dimensions||117 x 62 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
|Battery Type||330 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|