• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.27 vs 0.58 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Coolpix A advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More dynamic range
    13.8 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Solid alloy body with true twin-dial design; Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most direct competitors; Excellent image quality, even when compared to interchangeable-lens cameras; Numerous accessories expand upon its capabilities.

  • Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Ergonomics could be better; Performance is spotty; Built-in flash is rather weak; Battery life is quite modest.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1000

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1000
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Nikon Coolpix A
Samsung NX1000
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon Coolpix A
Sony NEX-5R
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Internal flash
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Ricoh GR

Sony NEX-3N
Ricoh GR
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Integrated ND filter
Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Nikon Coolpix A
Samsung NX1100
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Ricoh GR II

Sony NEX-3N
Ricoh GR II
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $538
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR II
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $538
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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