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Sony Alpha NEX-3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1029 reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the lens and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the contrast and energy efficiency. There are some mixed opinions about the optics and reliability.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, lens

battery, viewfinder, zoom, energy, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas the viewfinder and lens get mixed views. There are some negative comments about the focus and zoom.

usability, portability, image quality, size, performance

reliability, durability, zoom, focus

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviews about the lens and image quality are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good comments. There are some critical reviews about the glare and contrast, while reviews about the battery and reliability are different.

portability, usability, performance, image quality, lens

viewfinder, energy, optics, contrast, glare

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

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 ...

Jul, 2010

Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony NEX-3 Review

 

The Sony NEX-3 is Sony's first mirrorless interchangeable-lens system camera, along with the better-specced NEX-5 model that was launched alongside it. Featuring a 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, 25-point contrast-detect autofocus system,...

The Sony NEX-3 is so similar to its big brother, the NEX-5, that you'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart side-by-side. Indeed, there are so few differences that we're not sure why Sony went to the trouble of releasing both models. That said, if you...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

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...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Camera Labs (cameralabs.com)

Sony Alpha NEX 3 / 5 (firmware v2)

 

The NEX cameras are primarily about squeezing DSLR quality into compact bodies. They achieve this by employing a DSLR-sized sensor, but dispensing with the traditional mirror and optical viewfinder and using their screens as the sole means of...

Small and light, but comfortable to use., Excellent low light performance., HD movie mode with AF and optional external mic., Tilting high resolution screen., Good auto and innovative shooting modes., Fast response and continuous shooting

Frustrating control system for enthusiasts., Screen becomes hard to view in direct sunlight., No manual control in video mode., Inconsistent face detection compared to compacts

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Buy-n-Shoot.com (buy-n-shoot.com)

Sony NEX-3 Digital Camera Review

 

The less expensive cousin to Sony's NEX-5 (reviewed at Buy-n-Shoot back in mid 2010) differs literally only in a few areas to its counterpart: it's slightly larger, doesn't support HD movie mode (although it does record standard footage) and lacks an...

Jul, 2010

tbreak - EDITORS CHOICE

Expert review by : Taimoor Hafeez (tbreak.com)

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.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Barrie Smith (digital-photography-school.com)

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...

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

Offering DSLR quality in compact form, Sony's first hybrid camera also introduces HD video shooting and 3D panoramas to the Alpha range. How does it fair against existing rivals?

Very high quality photos, Tilt screen, Very compact body, Clever sweep panorama feature

Unfamiliar and over simplistic controls, Body almost too small, Image quality not quite as good as an SLR, Only 720p video, No built in flash of viewfinder

May, 2011

Price comparison for Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sony NEX-3K Digital Camera 14.2MP w/18-55mm F3.5-5.6...
14.2 MP APS (1.5x) Exmor CMOS Sensor, Extremely Compact HD Imaging System
$129.00 TO SHOP
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP...
24 MP APS C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range: EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens...
$439.00 TO SHOP
Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame...
INCREDIBLE DETAIL: Shoot high speed subjects at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking
$2,150.00 TO SHOP
Sony Alpha SEL18200 E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS...
Minimum Focus Distance:0.99 (Wide)-1.64 ft (Tele) (0.3 (Wide)-0.5 m (Tele))
$371.00 TO SHOP
Sony FE 70-300mm SEL70300G F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens
Full-frame 70-300mm G Series F45-56 G Telephoto zoom, Nano AR Coating with Nano-precision structure...
$895.00 TO SHOP
Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body...
Pocket camera with professional-grade performance
$389.00 TO SHOP
Sony Alpha ILCE-6000L/B a6000 Digital Camera with 16...
BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony Alpha a6000 24.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm OSS Lens, 64GB SD Card, 40...
$648.00 TO SHOP
Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT Telephoto Zoom Lens for...
Compatible with 35 mm Full Frame, or APS-C format A-mount cameras.
$79.00 TO SHOP
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens for Sony E-Mount...
This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing...
$228.00 TO SHOP
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens for Sony E-Mount...
Wide zoom range (82 - 315mm 35mm equivalent) ideal for sports or nature;Aperture blades : 7
$197.00 TO SHOP

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