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Sony Alpha NEX-3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 343 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and responsiveness. The image quality and usability also get good reviews, whereas reviews are divided on the battery. The contrast and features get less positive views.

portability, usability, image quality, responsiveness, performance

value for money, viewfinder, features, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Sony NEX-3: Stylish and Compact, but is it Worth it?


Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) are becoming increasingly popular. This new breed started gaining momentum with micro four-thirds cameras like the Olympus PEN E-P1, which use 4/3-type sensors that are half the size of sensors used in...

The biggest advantage of mirror less cameras is that you can get DSLR-like image quality without lugging around the bulk. Although not pocketable, they are very compact and feel a lot lighter and more comfortable than DSLRs when hung around the neck....

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Sony Alpha NEX-3 Review - A Review of the Sony Alpha NEX-3


Stylish, compact body, DSLR-quality photos, Adjustable LCD, Shoots crisp and smooth 1080i video, Intuitive Sweep Panorama mode ;

Short battery life, Confusing menu structure ;

Sony rates the camera's battery at approximately 300 photos; we shot about half that, as well as a few videos, and saw the battery life drop below 50 percent. Three hundred pictures may seem like a lot, but we found ourselves charging the NEX-3 more...

Editor's Choice!

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Sony Alpha NEX-3


Sony makes a grand entrance into the relatively nascent compact interchangeable lens camera space, which has been primarily dominated by Micro Four Thirds models from Olympus and Panasonic, with its Alpha NEX series. Priced at just $549.99 (with a 16mm...

Competitive price. Superb image quality, low-light performance, and speed. Smallest compact interchangeable lens camera currently available. Beautiful, tilting 3-inch LCD. Silent focus when recording HD video. Digital accessory port. Support for...

No native compatibility with existing Alpha lenses. Limited E-Mount lens selection. No EVF option currently available. No manual control over shutter speed and aperture while recording video

Stellar performance, a killer design, and a low price make the pocket-size Sony Alpha NEX-3 the compact interchangeable-lens camera to beat.


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Sony Alpha NEX-3 Preview


During PMA 2010, Sony unveiled several new concept models under glass, including some EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) units that looked like direct competitors to the popular Olympus/Panasonic Micro Four-Thirds cameras.

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Sony Alpha NEX-3


Ever since Panasonic and Olympus created their Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system, all the talk has been about what the other players in the market will do. Micro Four Thirds has been steadily building its market share, seemingly without response from...

Gadget lovers, Panoramics, Alpha system users wanting a compatible micro system

Users wanting manual control over their camera

The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design - the downside being that it can't fall back on years of evolutionary improvement. Instead its small, sleek, well built body contains one of the strangest interfaces we've encountered in a...

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Sony NEX-3 / NEX-5 Review


Ever since Panasonic and Olympus created their Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system, all the talk has been about what the other players in the market will do. Micro Four Thirds ...

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Sony's Alpha NEX-3 Compact System Camera; Interchangeable Lenses, Sweep Panorama & More


At the recent TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) meeting we had an ongoing debate about how to classify cameras like the new Sony Alpha NEX-3. It is certainly not a D-SLR, being mirrorless, yet it does offer interchangeable lenses and even an...

In hand, the feel of working with the camera is determined considerably by what lens you have mounted. With the 18-55mm zoom, the lens becomes an integral part of using the camera, and encourages, to me, a steadier shooting pose. The 16mm lens can also...


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Sony Alpha NEX-3 review


Too good to be true?

Sample pictures all taken with iAUTO mode and have been resized from 4592 x 2576 to 1920 x 1077; nothing else has been touched.

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New Gear: Sony Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras


Just a few months ago at PMA, Sony made it clear that the next extension of its Alpha brand would come in the form of an HD-video-shooting interchangeable lens compact. Now, those prototypes have become full-blown cameras in the form of the new NEX-3...

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SONY NEX-3 [Review]


So Sony gave me a review unit of the Sony NEX-3 three days, explaining that they were so fearful of leaks that a Sony person would collect it from me when my time was up: “Can't trust couriers — they've been known to open up boxes and leak the info to...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:23.4 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes