Sony Alpha NEX-3 review

11 Nov 2010
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The new firmware makes a remarkable difference and the NEX-3 produces identical image quality to the NEX-5. It’s £110 cheaper and that makes it mighty attractive.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 14.2 megapixels
CCD size 23.4x15.6mm
Viewfinder N/A
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 921,600 pixels
Articulated screen Yes
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 3.1x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 27-83mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,592x3,056
Maximum movie resolution 1280x720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats RAW, JPEG, QuickTime (h.264)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type 7.2V 1020mAh Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 330 shots
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Body material plastic
Lens mount Sony E mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5x
Kit lens model name Sony E 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 OSS
Accessories camera strap, charger, USB cable, flash, RAW conversion software
Weight 287g (without lens)
Size 59x111x38mm

Buying Information

Warranty 1 year parts and labour
Price £379

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, scene mode, intelligent auto, anti-motion blur, sweep panorama
Shutter speed 30 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture range f/3.5 to 22 (wide) f/5.6 to 32 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 200 to 12,800
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV
White balance auto, 6 presets, manual
Additional image controls 6 picture style presets, dynamic range optimiser
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 25cm
Auto-focus modes multi (25-point), centre, flexible spot, face detect, predictive focus
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre
Flash auto, fill, slow synchro, rear synchro
Drive modes single, continuous, speed-priority continuous, self-timer, continuous self-timer

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