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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
52
Overall
56
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
59
Features
60
Overall
59

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Revealed February 2013
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-F3
  • Replacement is Sony a5000
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Announced August 2012
  • Earlier Model is Sony NEX-C3
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-3N
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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are created by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-3N (16MP) and the NEX-F3 (16MP) is very similar and both cameras boast the same sensor size (APS-C).

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The NEX-3N was unveiled 7 months later than the NEX-F3 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a short summation of how the NEX-3N grades vs the NEX-F3 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Sony NEX-F3

 NEX-3N NEX-F3 
AnnouncedFebruary 2013August 2012More recent by 7 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Sony NEX-3N

 NEX-F3 NEX-3N 
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-3N and Sony NEX-F3

 NEX-3N NEX-F3 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Sony NEX-3N has got outer measurements of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) and the Sony NEX-F3 has measurements of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") and a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the NEX-3N compared to the NEX-F3.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-3N and NEX-F3 is 89 and 86 respectively.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to imagine the gap between sensor measurements only by reviewing technical specs. The graphic underneath will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-3N and NEX-F3.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect similar quality of files although you would want to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The more modern NEX-3N should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Portrait photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Portrait photography factors
67
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
75
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-3N as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Street photography camera
77
tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
76
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Sports photography details
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography details
54
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery life (480 CIPA)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
54
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
better than average battery (470 CIPA)
max fps very slow (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-3N as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Travel photography camera
71
great battery life (480 shots)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
70
better than average battery (470 shots)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Landscape photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Landscape photography advice
71
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (480 shots)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
71
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (470 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse function
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony NEX-3N
Vlogging with Sony NEX-F3
28
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no external mic socket
28
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic socket
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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-3N and Sony NEX-F3
 Sony Alpha NEX-3NSony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-02-25 2012-08-16
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 16000 16000
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens mount Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 269 gr (0.59 lbs) 314 gr (0.69 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 74 73
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 12.3
DXO Low light score 1067 1114
Other
Battery life 480 photographs 470 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $399 $470