• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Canon G16

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $649
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,067 vs 230 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Canon G16 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 770 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • AF speed vastly improved; Increased continuous frames per second (JPEGs at 12.5fps vs 10fps in G15); Solid build and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture; Dedicated ISO button; Customizable buttons; Excellent macro mode; 1080p/60fps Full HD video.

  • LCD screen not articulated; Larger design makes it not very pocketable; Optical viewfinder not very accurate; RAW burst shooting still slow; Wi-Fi is clunky to set-up & no remote shooting capabilities; No built-in GPS.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon G16
Sony NEX-5R
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon G15

Sony NEX-3N
Canon G15
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Sony NEX-3N
Pentax MX-1
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Integrated ND filter
Canon G16
Pentax MX-1
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Canon G16
Samsung NX1100
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon G16
Sony NEX-5T
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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