• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Sony A3000

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    389g vs 616g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    154k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A3000 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
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life.

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res EVF and LCD monitor; Can't review images using EVF; No video output; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-01

Sony NEX-3N
Pentax K-01
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A3000
Pentax K-01
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A3000
Sony NEX-5R
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Sony A3000
Samsung NX1100
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A3000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Sony NEX-3N
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
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