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Sony (alpha) NEX-3 14.2 Megapixels Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount Lens, Black

SKU: ISONEX318BK MFR: NEX3KB
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With the Sony Alpha NEX-3 interchangeable lens camera, you can take professional-grade pictures without looking like a professional photographer. Enjoy gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots and Live View on a tilting 3.0-inch LCD. Get the performance of a DSLR without the size and weight. The NEX-3 stands apart as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera.

Unlike conventional DSLR models, the "mirrorless" construction of the NEX-3 reduces the thickness of camera body to just about an inch at its slimmest point (excluding grip and mount portions). The NEX-3 is constructed with a polycarbonate casing. It offers a newly developed 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. About 60 percent larger than the sensor in micro four-thirds cameras, this sensor is key to the exceptional image quality, extremely low image noise and creative defocus background effects that are familiar to DSLR users.

The NEX-3 is the first Alpha camera featuring Sweep Panorama. With this feature capturing large group shots is as easy as press-and-sweep. Sweep Panorama mode lets you capture breathtaking shots up to 226-degree horizontal or 151-degree vertical shots.

Featuring in-lens Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for clearer handheld images, the E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom is a perfect travel partner. The E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens offers a powerful 11x magnification range plus Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode that is used in the most advanced Handycam camcorders.

Summary of Customer Reviews

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good image quality (3) , High ISO performance (3) , Image stabilization (3) , Large clear LCD (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3) , Low light (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (1) , Pro photographer (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

Key Features

  • Smallest in class: This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera. Sony has removed the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, reducing the "flange back" distance from 44.5 mm to 18 mm.
  • Interchangeable lenses: Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
  • APS-C size HD image sensor: With 13 times the area of the typical image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between "snapshots" and "photographs," delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
  • HD movie recording: Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in the PC-friendly MP4 format. Shoot 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p.
  • 14.2 megapixel resolution: You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • Up to 7 frames per second: Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 7 fps continuous shooting at full 14.2 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.3 fps.
  • ISO 12800 sensitivity: Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. This is best-in-class performance, made possible by low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
  • Sweep Panorama: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
  • Anti Motion Blur mode: Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode: Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second.
  • Auto HDR built into camera: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot.
  • Live View LCD: The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
  • Tiltable 3" LCD screen: Empowers your photography with a different point or view. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
  • 920K pixel TruBlack LCD screen: Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has best-in-class resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.
  • Fast Auto Focus: Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects. Sony's fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.
  • Intelligent Auto Focus: Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
  • iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode: Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
  • On-screen Help Guide : Provides ready reference, explains the camera's modes and settings. Walks you through camera operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication.
  • On-screen Shooting Tips: Offers expert advice so you can shoot like a pro.
  • Control Wheel + Soft Keys: Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-3 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive.
  • Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor: Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The NEX-3 Exmor sensor provides 4,592 column-parallel A/D converters. You get fast response, superb image clarity.
  • BIONZ image processor: The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-res, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 MP images.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • Accepts a DSLR A-mount lenses: Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A-mount system lenses, which includes 28 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide.
  • 25-point Auto Focus: 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.

Technical Specs

Camera Type Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lens, (Sony a lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
Lens Conversion Factor 1.5x
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism (Power off or Manual)
Processor BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 14.6 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Recording: Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media
SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Recording: Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Recording: Image Size 3:2 L (14M): 4592 X 3056
M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224
S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
Recording: Image Size 16:9 L (12M): 4592 X 2576
M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872
S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
Recording: Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Recording: Video Format MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Recording: Video Mode MP4 HD: 1280 x 720/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx.9Mbps/6Mbps (Average bit-rate)
MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate)
Recording: Audio Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Focus System Contrast AF
Focus Points 25 points
AF modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Sensitivity 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus
Focus Features Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
AF illuminator Built-in, LED type
Advanced User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Shooting Tips 80 expert advice shooting tips
Sweep Panorama Horizontal Panorama Size:
- Wide 23MP (12,416 x 1,856), 226° (16mm focal), 201° (18mm focal)
- Standard 15.2MP (8,192 x 1,856), 149° (16mm focal), 133° (18mm focal)
Vertical Panorama Size:
- Wide 12MP (5,536 x 2,160), 151° (16mm focal), 135° (18mm focal)
- Standard 8.4MP (3,872 x 2,160), 106° (16mm focal), 94° (18mm focal)
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Anti Motion Blur 6-image layering
Face Detection Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
Smile Shutter Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Exposure: Metering 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Exposure: Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure: Metering Sensitivity 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure settings iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
D-Range Optimizer Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
ISO Auto, 200 to 12800
Noise Reduction Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second)
High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Adjustable: Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps)
White Balance Mode Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom
Color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing; Remote Commander
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (2.3fps)
Speed Priority (7fps)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 30 seconds, bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 second
Burst Buffer JPEG (unlimited to card capacity)
RAW (8 shots)
RAW+JPEG (5 shots)
LCD Type 3" TFT TruBlack LCD (921,600 pixels)
LCD Angle Adjustment Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
LCD Brightness Control Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
LCD Coverage 100%
LCD Live View Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
LCD Real-time image-adjustment display Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
LCD Histogram Yes (On/off)
LCD Grid Display Yes (On/off)
LCD Customization Brightness: Auto Manual, Sunny Weather
Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Wide Image: Full Screen, Normal
Flash Type Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Compensation +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec
Flash Guide Number 7 (in meters at ISO 100)
Flash Bracketing 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot:
- Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media
- SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
DVDirect Yes, via USB
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 4.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.1 Image Data Lightbox SR
Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
Battery Type InfoLitium NP-FW50, 7.2V
Number of Shots Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
Operating Temperature 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
Optics/Lens SEL1855
Lens Type E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Lens Mount Sony E-mount
Lens Construction 9 groups, 11 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Lens: Focal length (35mm equivalent) 27mm-82.5mm
Lens: Angle of view 76° - 29°
Lens: Aperture blade 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Lens: Aperture (Max.) F3.5-F5.6
Lens: Aperture (Min.) F22-F32
Lens: Maximum Magnification 0.3x (APS-C)
Lens: Minimum Focusing Distance 9.8" (0.25m)
Lens: Filter Diameter 49mm
Lens: Internal Motor Yes (Stepping motor)
Lens: Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot (max 4-step)
Lens: Low Noise During Movie Capture Excellent
Lens: Direct Manual Focus Yes
Lens: Focus Ring in AF Mode No rotation
Lens: Mount Material Metal
Lens: Exterior Finish Aluminum
Lens: Dimensions(Max. Diameter x Length) 2-7/16 x 2-3/8" (62x60mm)
Lens: Weight 6.9 oz (194g)
Camera: Dimensions (Approx.) Approx 4-5/8 ® 2-1/2 ® 1-3/8" (117.2x62.6x33.4mm) (W/H/D); 1" (25.4mm) excl grip and lens mount
Camera: Weight (Approx.) Approx. 8.4 oz (239g) (excl battery & media)
Approx. 10.5 oz (297g) (w/battery & media)
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