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Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera Announced

Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera Announced - Sony has launched a new entry level mirrorless camera, the compact NEX-3N.

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Sony NEX-3N in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera


Sony has announced the launch of a new entry level mirrorless camera, the Sony NEX-3N. The NEX-3N is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera*, and weighs just 210g. The Sony NEX-3N will be available from mid-March priced at £400 with the compact Sony 16-50mm OSS Power Zoom lens.

The camera features a textured grip, crisp, bright 3 inch, 180 degrees flippable LCD screen, and a newly added zoom lever on the camera body. Great for one-handed portrait framing, the zoom lever also adjusts digital zoom if you’re not using a powered lens. 

Read our Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview
Read our Sony NEX-3N vs NEX-F3 Comparison

Auto Object Framing helps you get better looking, more professional results without effort. The camera judges what is in the scene – one person, two people or even macro and moving objects – automatically cropping the shot to create more powerful, professionally framed compositions.

The powerful sensor is the camera’s key to capturing exquisitely detailed photos and sparkling Full HD movies that stand out from the crowd – it is able to grab more light in comparison to ordinary compact cameras. It is also easy to create pro-style background blur effects with a collection of interchangeable E-mount lenses, just like you’d achieve with a bigger, bulkier DSLR camera.

NEX3N Handshot

The camera’s large sensor also boosts maximum sensitivity to ISO 16000. It’s complemented by an evolved BIONZ processor that uses the same area specific noise reduction techniques featured on the acclaimed full-frame α99. Levels of noise reduction and sharpness are individually adjusted for different image areas. Even if you’re shooting in dim light, you’ll enjoy crisp, ultra low noise handheld shots without needing a flash.

There’s now a range of thirteen high-quality E-mount lenses to realise the immense creative potential of the NEX-3N. Choose from telephoto, zoom, wide angle, macro and Carl Zeiss lenses to suit any shooting situation.

Key Features:

  • Large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels and high sensitivity, for detail-packed, low noise photos and Full HD video.
  • Beautiful compositions made easy with new Auto Object Framing.
  • Light, compact body with pop-up flash.
  • Self-portraits made easy with a 180° tiltable LCD screen and zoom lever.
The Sony NEX-3N is set to be released in mid March 2013. It will be priced at £400 with a 16-50mm power zoom lens, and £600 with the 16-50mm lens and a 55-210mm lens.

Read our Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview
Read our Sony NEX-3N vs NEX-F3 Comparison

For more information, visit the Sony website.

Sony NEX-3N Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4912
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • AB
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 16000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS25p, 50p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA rating)480shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Shoulder strap, Battery Charger, Infolithium Battery (NP-FW50), USB Cable, CD-ROM, Flash, Standard Zoom Lens (18-55mm OSS)

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* Among interchangeable-lens cameras with an APS-C sensor and pop-up flash, as of Feb 2013.

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