- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Tilting Screen
- ISO 200 - 16000
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony E Mount
- 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
- Released February 2013
- Superseded the Sony NEX-F3
- New Model is Sony a5000
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony NEX-3N overview
Sony NEX-3N is Sony's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first announced on February of 2013. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4912 x 3264.
Sony launched this model to improve the earlier Sony NEX-F3 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently launched the newer Sony a5000 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.
The NEX-3N stands at #80 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #367 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony NEX-3N history
The Sony NEX-3N has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can check out all past and newer models along with main features.
NEX-3N vs a510024MPAPS-C6.0 fps2014
NEX-3N vs a500020MPAPS-C4.0 fps2014
NEX-3N vs NEX-5T16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
NEX-3N vs NEX-616MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
NEX-3N vs NEX-5R16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2012
NEX-3N vs NEX-F316MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
NEX-3N vs NEX-724MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
NEX-3N vs NEX-5N16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
NEX-3N vs NEX-C316MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
NEX-3N vs NEX-314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
NEX-3N vs NEX-514MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony NEX-3N Gallery
You can look at the NEX-3N from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony NEX-3N Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony NEX-3N based on criterias which are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony NEX-3N Sensor information
The Sony NEX-3N is powered by the Bionz processor chip. The sensor size on the Sony NEX-3N is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4912 x 3264 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a standard ISO range of 200 to 16000. RAW files are saved so you have more margin for error.
The graphic underneath shows the NEX-3N's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The NEX-3N sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony NEX-3N dimensions
Sony NEX-3N weighs 0.59 lbs (269g or 9.49 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g and the Sony NEX-3N is lighter as compared to other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a picture of the Sony NEX-3N alongside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the NEX-3N.
Sony NEX-3N Lens information
The NEX-3N fits the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the NEX-3N.
Sony NEX-3N Connectivity
The NEX-3N has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy files and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Sony NEX-3N Video information
The maximum video quality on the Sony NEX-3N is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance between video quality and file size but FULL HD won't give you any room to crop. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone port so you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to buy a different model should you require decent audio for your videos.
Sony NEX-3N Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Sony NEX-3N so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.
Sony NEX-3N Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony NEX-3N has a 3" tilting screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder details for Sony NEX-3N are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony NEX-3N Shutter information
Sony NEX-3N has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony NEX-3N Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony NEX-3N comes with just integrated flash with missing external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/160 sec.
Sony NEX-3N Autofocus information
Sony NEX-3N comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and precise as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The Sensor has 25 focus points to pick from. Sony NEX-3N has got manual focus in case it is needed during low light or you need more precise control on focus.
Sony NEX-3N Battery life
The battery (NPFW50) on the Sony NEX-3N is fashioned to last for 480 photographs as per the CIPA measurements which is higher than standard for its class. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest possible (650) battery life within this group of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the strongest battery life:
NEX-3N vs NX mini650 yesnono
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Sony NEX-3N for different types of photography
The following chart presents a overview of the Sony NEX-3N for different types of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-3N
The Sony NEX-3N receives a score of 66 which is very good, meaning that it is a very decent choice for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support & capability to work with off-camera flash.
Sony NEX-3N Street photography advice
Coming in at a tremendous score of 77, the Sony NEX-3N is a awesome pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony NEX-3N Sports photography highlights
A average sports photography points total of 54 means the Sony NEX-3N is fairly adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony NEX-3N as a Travel photography camera
Size is very critical in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Sony NEX-3N gets a above average 71 for a travel camera which makes it a good option for your vacations.
Sony NEX-3N Landscape photography advice
If you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony NEX-3N and it's nice score of 70 for a landscape camera is a respectable option amongst it's rivals.
Sony NEX-3N Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony NEX-3N is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a awful score of 28.
Sony NEX-3N Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the NEX-3N, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line graph listed below will give you a summary of the NEX-3N vs it's highest ranking competitors listed above.
These are some more cameras you might consider as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.