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The Sony NEX-3 is a high definition DSLR camera aimed at photography enthusiasts accustomed to basic point-and-shoot cameras.

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Pros

solid build quality

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alpha mount adapter will be available for compatibility with existing alpha lenses

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features the same sensor and internal components as the more expensive, and slightly better NEX-5

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new E-mount interchangeable lens system

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HDMI output for direct playback of recorded content onto compatible HDTVs and displays

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shoots video in full 720p

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screen can be hinged upwards or downwards to take images at awkward angles

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mount is 100% electronic - thinner and smaller body / lens at the expense of a more expensive adapter

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extremely user friendly - help guide for each option built directly into the menu system

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comes with a small external flashgun (no internal flash)

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capable of recording images in the lossless RAW format

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smaller and thinner than the other mirror-less compact DSLR cameras from other companies such as Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus

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Sony's first response to the Micro Four Thirds system and the overall miniaturization trend

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high resolution 3.0" display (921k dot)

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very few external controls

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Cons

image stabilization is provided by the lenses - overall larger cost to the consumer who wants to acquire more lenses, not all lenses provide

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slightly bigger and less ergonomic as the NEX-5

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cannot shoot in the 1080i mode afforded to the NEX-5

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designed more for casual users who will leave it on iAuto mode

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lacks the slick magnesium alloy build of the NEX-5

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The Sony NEX-3 is a high definition DSLR camera aimed at photography enthusiasts accustomed to basic point-and-shoot cameras. While the controls are kept simple, a 16mm f2.8 lens is included and a number of other interchangeable Sony lenses are also available. It captures images in 14.2 megapixel detail, and can shoot 720p video at 30fps. 

It is also capable of capturing 3D stereoscopic panoramic images after a firmware upgrade. The sensor captures images at 14.2 megapixels, and writes to either Memory Stick or SDXC media. The 2.95 inch LCD is also adjustable, allowing you to tilt it if you need to hold the camera at an odd angle.

Features
  • Ultra-compact DSLR
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • 14.2 megapixel sensor
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media support
  • 720p / 30fps video
  • Adjustable 2.95-inch LCD
  • Stereoscopic 3D sweep panoramas
  • 16mm f2.8 lens included

 

Model Variations
  • Sony NEX-3 with 18-55mm Lens - MSRP $599.99
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