• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Samsung NX1100

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $600 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,067 vs 852 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer battery life
    More info 480 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24.0 mm vs 30.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • More kit lens zoom
    3.1x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Samsung NX1100 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Samsung NX1100
Sony NEX-5R
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $308
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Samsung NX1100
Sony NEX-5T
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • $308
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Sony NEX-3N
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer battery life
  • $465
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Samsung NX1100
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $465
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony NEX-3N
Sony A5000
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Samsung NX1100
Sony A5000
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX3000
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $337
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Samsung NX1100
Samsung NX3000
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $337
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
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