Sony Alpha NEX-3

  • Sony Alpha NEX-3
83
Based on 37 scores, 49 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    13
  • Good:
    19
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Good JPEG image quality even in dark conditions, large LCD screen with easy icon-based UI, 720p HD video with stereo sound capture, mechanical zoom and focusing rings, HDR and focus bracketing
  • Quick Focusing, Compact Design, Built-in Help, Acceptable Image Quality at High ISOs
  • Affordable, image quality, small size

Cons:

  • RAW image quality could have been better, no optical viewfinder, slow shot-to-shot speed, not really compact, almost all controls inside menu and very little outside, expensive
  • Poor Battery Life, LCD is a Fingerprint Magnet, High ISO Unavailable in iAuto Mode

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Advisor on 80

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is a good starter option, but both the second-generation Olympus PEN E-PL2 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 are more fully rounded packages....

By Macworld UK on 80

Like the Samsung, Sony’s NEX-3 also boasts a 14.2-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor. Twinned with the dual lens kit we were sent – featuring both a 16mm f/2.8 fixed focal length pancake lens for those who want the most diminutive camera and lens...

By Cameras UK on 85

The Sony Nex-3 is not a cheap option, but it is a quality option. You can pick up the majority of features this camera has with an entry level Digital SLR and pay less if you prefer to. The main attractions are its picture quality and a portability...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

Promising digital SLR-type image quality from more compact proportions, the mirror-less interchangeable lens 'compact system camera' (CSC) market is undergoing a period of exceptional growth. It kicked off with Panasonic's introduction of...

By TechTree on 70

The Sony NEX-3 is an excellent performer, though the image quality cannot be compared with a DSLR. It gives you complete control over the camera and the manual focus along with the manual zoom allows you to achieve some amazing results not possible...

By Tech2 on 80

The results are outstanding. 3D Sweep Panorama shoots 3D images, but they can only be viewed with 3D glasses on 3D TVs. The camera has a mini HDMI jack for video output. We also liked the built-in shooting guide. Shooting tips can be accessed by the...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The Sony NEX-3 isn't as stylish or as compact as the NEX-5, but it's also less expensive. Since picture quality in the two models is identical, the NEX-3 is an excellent choice for anyone who's happy with 720p video and who isn't looking...

By PC Authority on 83

Can Sony's svelte NEX-3 compete with its bigger brother and the camera elite?...

By Expert Reviews on 80

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....

By TechSmart.co.za on -

We really liked the Sony Alpha NEX-3, more so than its competition from the Micro Four Thirds stable, the Olympus PEN E-PL1. The NEX-3 is small but felt good in hand, captured good quality pictures (although its lens gets criticised) and was a breeze...

By Shutterbug on -

At the recent TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) meeting we had an ongoing debate about how to classify cameras like the new Sony Alpha NEX-3. It is certainly not a D-SLR, being mirrorless, yet it does offer interchangeable lenses and even an...

By Buy-n-Shoot on 80

The less expensive cousin to Sony’s (reviewed at Buy-n-Shoot back in mid 2010) differs literally only in a few areas to its counterpart: it’s slightly larger, doesn’t support HD movie mode (although it does record standard footage)...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 100

An excellent model, capable of fantastic images. Perfect for newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras or equally usable as a small second camera for DSLR usersOverall ...

By PhotographyBLOG on 80

The Sony NEX-3 is so similar to its big brother, the NEX-5, that you'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart side-by-side. Indeed, there are so few differences that we're not sure why Sony went to the trouble of releasing both models. That said, if...

By Camera Labs on 88

More so than ever before, this rating comes with caveats. Read our full review. Understand the limitations of the interface and focusing system. Better still, try it for yourself. You may find the interface really disagrees with you, in which case...

By Pocket-lint on 80

There is no doubting that the NEX-3 is a very capable hybrid camera and if you love the NEX-5, then the NEX-3 offers a more affordable route to much of the same goodnessKey specs14 megapixels, HDMI, Li-ion battery, MemoryStick, SD,...

By What Digital Camera on 90

The NEX-3 is mightily similar to its NEX-5 brother. What it loses in body build and grip-size it makes up for by slashing the price. At £440 with the 16mm lens it's an absolute bargain that has class-leading image quality just the same as the...

By CNET UK on 80

Why pay more for the Sony NEX-5? The NEX-3 is identical in almost every respect, but this compact camera with interchangeable lenses is around £100...

By Tbreak.com on 90

The NEX-3 provides DSLR level of quality with a point & shoot's ease of use. Unintuitive menus and weak battery issues aside, the NEX-3 one of the best prosumer cameras on the market. There comes a time once every couple of years when a company...

By ePHOTOzine on 90

and ratingsThe Sony NEX-3 is a fine camera capable of lovely results. It is good with digital noise, the exposure system is reliable in most situations and the sweep panorama mode is excellent - I loved playing with that even if it did not always do...