Sony NEX-3 Review

 
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Model Name: Sony Alpha NEX-3 
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General
Model Number: NEX-3 
Camera Format: Compact System Camera 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $599.99
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Date Available: 2010-07-15
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Weight: 18.0 oz (511 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Weight Includes Kit Lens? Yes
Size: 4.6 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
(117 x 63 x 33 mm)
Waterproof: No
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS 
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony 
Total Megapixels: 14.6
Effective Megapixels: 14.2 
Sensor Format: APS-C 
Sensor Size (dia.): 1.11"
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5
Color Filter Type: RGBG 
Self-Cleaning: Yes 
Sensor-shift Stabilized: No 
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4592 x 3056 (14.0 MP, 3:2),
4592 x 2576 (11.8 MP, Other),
3344 x 2224 (7.4 MP, 3:2),
3344 x 1872 (6.3 MP, Other),
2288 x 1520 (3.5 MP, 3:2),
2288 x 1280 (2.9 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, .ARW RAW, RAW+JPEG 
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes 
Movie Resolution: 1280x720, 640x480
Movie Frame Rate: 30, 30
Movie Audio: Yes 
Movie File Format: MPEG-4  
Optics
Lens Mount: Sony E-mount 
Kit Lens: Sony SEL1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 83 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 34 (T) 
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 10x Precision digital zoom with prime lens attached 
Filter Thread: 49mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: 25-area, Center, Flexible Spot; with Face Detection 
Face Detection: Yes 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Manual Focus: Yes 
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No 
Viewfinder Type: (Optional FDA-SV1 optical viewfinder available with 16mm FOV) 
Display
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution: 921,600 dots
Touchscreen:  
Articulating LCD: Yes 
Max Playback Zoom: 13.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto (200-1600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Temp./Filter, Custom 
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes 
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Multi-segment (49 segments), Center-weighted, Spot 
Program AE: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight 
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse:  
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes 
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction 
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent 
Max Flash Sync: 1/160 
Flash Exp Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Smart Accessory Terminal (flash is detachable) 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC 
Memory Included (MB):  
File System: FAT32 
DCF Compliant: Yes 
Connectivity
Composite Video Out: No 
NTSC/PAL Switchable: n/a 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a 
HD Video Out: Yes 
HD Video Connection: HDMI 
Built-In Wi-fi:  
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes 
DPOF Compliant: Yes 
Remote Control: No 
Remote Control Type:  
Other Connection: Mini HDMI (Type C) 
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary InfoLithium NP-FW50 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
CIPA Rating: 330
Software
Included Software: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 4.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.1 Image Data Lightbox SR 
OS Compatibility: Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later 
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Available in black, silver or red. 

 


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