• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Sony A6400

  • Less expensive
    $359* vs $998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 59 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    389g vs 519g
    Lighter weight

Sony A6400 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    7 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    87 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A6400
Sony NEX-5R
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6400
Sony NEX-5T
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony NEX-3N
Sony A5000
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A6400
Sony A5000
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Sony NEX-3N
Canon EOS M50
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6400
Canon EOS M50
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A6100

Sony NEX-3N
Sony A6100
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A6400
Sony A6100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
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