The Sony NEX-3N is the brand's new entry level compact system camera, replacing the existing Sony NEX-F3. According to Sony, this is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera featuring both an APS-C sensor and a pop-up flash.
Sony NEX-3N: Size and build
The new model has been given a makeover to give it more of a premium look that its predecessor, streamlining the chassis in the process. The camera weighs in at 210g so it's light enough to carry around all day but no do light that it'll overbalance as soon as you attach a lens.
Sony NEX-3N: Features
Sony is making things easier for beginners by including its Auto Object Framing technology. This will automatically frame portrait and macro shots for you, using the rule of thirds to pick out the best composition and crop out the rest of the image. There's also a tracking mode that can detect the direction that a subject is moving in so that it knows how best to frame it.
Sony NEX-3N: Screen
The NEX-3N features a new 180-degree tiltable screen. Not only does that mean that you can adjust the screen when trying to take awkward shots (such as overhead in a crowd, or close to the ground), it also means that you can even see the screen when taking self-portraits.
As on the NEX-5R, there's a delay of of about three seconds between pressing the shutter button and the photo being taken to give you a chance to hold it steady and strike a pose.
Sony NEX-3N: Picture quality
The new 16.1-megapixel sensor works alongside a new BIONZ processing engine to offer improved image quality over the NEX-3N's predecessor, while the ISO range remains the same at 100-16,000. We reeled off a few test shots in our limited time with the camera, all of which looked pretty decent, but obviously we'll reserve judgement until we can get a full review model in at T3 HQ.
Sony NEX-3N : Verdict
At first glance, the Sony NEX-3N looks like a worthy successor to the NEX-F3, with the re-designed chassis, new processor, additional zoom lever, and Auto Object Framing mode offering compelling reasons to buy. Stay tuned for a full review.
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