At the time of it’s launch, The Sony NEX 3N was the world’s smallest,lightest,compact interchangeable lens mirrorless camera s bundled with the 16-50mm OSS Power Zoom lens with an RRP of £399. The price it’s available to buy is a very tempting 27k price tag in India.
- 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Sony NEX / E Mount
- 16-50mm OSS Power Zoom lens f/3.5-5.6
- 3inch tilting screen, 460k dot resolution
- Full HD Video recording with stereo sound
- ISO200 to ISO16000
- Sweep panoramic shooting
- HDR / D-Range Shooting
- 4fps continuous shooting
- Auto object framing
- Zoom level
- Built in pop up flash
- Available in white or black
- 480 shot battery life
Not only does the Sony NEX-3N have an updated front rubber grip, it also features an improved rear rubber thumb grip compared to the NEX-F3, as well as an ISO label on the right hand side of the rear scroll wheel / control pad. This can be customised if you want to change it from its default setting, and when set will give you access to a number of different options.
Despite weighing so little (without the lens and battery fitted), the NEX-3N still feels solid gripped in the palm, though with a lens attached it’s too large for most jacket pockets. It now has a smaller grip than the NEX-F3, with the shutter release button moving from the top of the grip back to the top of the camera. With the supplied 16-50mm power zoom kit lens attached the NEX-5 doesn’t look or feel too top heavy, as the lens retracts back into itself when not in use.
Screen and Menus:
The 3 inch LCD screen can be tilted back and forward through a full 180° – if not, unfortunately swung outwards at 90° – to allow for low and high angle compositions we might not have attempted without. You can even fully turn it to the front, proving very useful for self-portraits, although you can’t close it inwards against the camera body to help protect it. With 461K dots, it’s not as high-resolution as the 921K screen on the NEX-F3, but proved to be more than adequate in real-world use.
Battery life is rated at 480 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, which is excellent as it is much longer than most other mirrorless cameras. In addition, the camera uses a Sony InfoLithium battery meaning the camera will tell you exactly how much battery life remains.
Battery life – Battery life is rated at 480 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, which is excellent as it is much longer than most other mirrorless cameras. In addition, the camera uses a Sony InfoLithium battery meaning the camera will tell you exactly how much battery life remains.
We tested the performance of the NEX 3N based on the following few parameters:
|Wide – Focus / Shutter Response||0.3|
|Full zoom – Focus / Shutter Response||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.8|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||0.9|
|Continuous Shooting – JPEG
(shots before slow down)
|4fps (10 shots)|
|Continuous Shooting – Flash||0.8s|
|Continuous Shooting – Raw||4fps (5 shots)|
The Sony NEX-3N is an excellent entry level mirrorless camera, delivering excellent image quality, without compromising on handling or design. The Sony NEX-3N is Sony’s entry level mirrorless camera, and despite its low price, doesn’t feel like a budget product, with a desirable and useful compact 16-50mm OSS power zoom lens, it is available for around Rs.27,000 making it one of the cheapest current mirrorless cameras available!