Sony Alpha NEX-3N Review

Overall 49
Imaging 18
Features 14
Size 84
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 110 x 62 x 35 mm
  • Weight: 269 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony NEX-F3.
  • Replaced by Sony a5000.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha NEX-3N that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 25, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product NEX-F3 and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one NEX-F3.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #64 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #117 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha NEX-3N 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.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 16000
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 480 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha NEX-3N With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless 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-3N. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 35 mm (43.31 x 24.41 x 13.78″) with the weight of 269 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-3N, 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-3N is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 35mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha NEX-3N with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha NEX-3N is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha NEX-3N compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Alpha NEX-3N — 480 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha NEX-3N — 35 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha NEX-3N — 269 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha NEX-3N 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-3N 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-3N Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha NEX-3N comes with Bionz processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha NEX-3N has the following ISO range 200 - 16000 .

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-3N features a 16.0 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 Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha NEX-3N, 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 74 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha NEX-3N’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Alpha NEX-3N 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-3N with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha NEX-3N

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha NEX-3N is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha NEX-3N are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha NEX-3N unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha NEX-3N, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha NEX-3N allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Alpha NEX-3N to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha NEX-3N provides a shooting life of 480, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Sony Alpha NEX-3N offers the highest battery life that reaches 480 shots.

How Good is Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha NEX-3N’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-3N’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha NEX-3N to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3N performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3N 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3N performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3N can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (110 x 62 x 35 mm)
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3N performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3N can be called a 14 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1067)
  • Small battery life (480 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 62 x 35 mm)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3N performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3N can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (269 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder

Sony Alpha NEX-3N for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha NEX-3N performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha NEX-3N can be called a 87 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.5)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1067)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha NEX-3N
Announced Feb 25, 2013
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony E
Number of Lenses 83
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 74
DxO Color Depth 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range 12.5
DxO Low Light ISO 1067
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4912 x 3264
Max Native ISO 16,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 269 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 62 x 35 mm
Battery Life 480 shots
Battery Type 480 shots
Battery Model NPFW50
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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