Sony NEX-3N review

  • £399
  • $499.99

World's smallest and lightest APS-C CSC

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony NEX-3N with the Nikon 1 S1, Sony NEX-F3, Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-PM2.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Sony NEX 3N review

These results show that the Sony NEX-3N's JPEG files have a stronger signal to noise ratio than those from the Nikon 1 S1 and Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity, and stronger than those from the Olympus E-PM2 at every setting but ISO 6400. The NEX-3N's JPEG files have a weaker SNR than those from the Sony NEX-F3 at every sensitivity but ISO 200, 12800 and 16000.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Sony NEX 3N review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony NEX-3N are stronger than those from the Nikon 1 S1, Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting, but weaker than TIFF images from the Sony NEX-F3, except at ISO 200.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony NEX 3N review

JPEG images from the Sony NEX-3N show greater dynamic range than JPEGs from the Nikon 1 S1 at every sensitivity setting but ISO 200, the Panasonic GX1 at every ISO but ISO 6400, and the Sony NEX-F3 at every ISO but ISO 200-400, where the CSCs tie. The NEX-3N's JPEG images show weaker dynamic range than the Olympus E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting.

Raw dynamic range

Sony NEX 3N review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony NEX-3N show stronger dynamic range than the Nikon 1 S1 and Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity setting. The NEX-3N's TIFFs show weaker dynamic range than the Olympus E-PM2 and Sony NEX-F3 at every ISO but ISO 6400.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyα NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Noise Reduction, Smile Detection, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)210 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62 mm
Width109.9 mm
Depth34.6 mm
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-3N
Product NameNEX-3N Body With Standard Zoom Lens
Product Lineα NEX
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX3NLB.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be creative wherever you go

Take the creativity of a DSLR anywhere with the easy-to-use NEX-3N. With a large 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, you can shoot detailed images in low light, use the handy 180° tiltable screen for self-portraits or tricky angles, and give your photography that professional look.

Package Contents
  • α NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera
  • E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
  • Battery NP-FW50
Limited Warranty1 Year