Sony NEX-3

NEX-3 – Likes and Dislikes

Written by Digicamhelp Editor

There is a lot to like about the Sony NEX-3. But like other digital cameras, it’s not perfect.

There is a lot to like about the Sony NEX-3. But like other digital cameras, it’s not perfect.

Likes

  • Full APS-C sized, CMOS sensor, in a body half the size of a DSLR – provides excellent image quality and low light performance.
  • LCD resolution – stunning, scenes and menu items are easy to see – however it doesn’t do much to improve viewing of small sized text used to display settings (see below).
  • Adjustable LCD – angle can be adjusted 80 degrees up/45 degrees down making it relatively easy to take shots at waist level and from overhead.
  • Hand-held Twilight mode – a burst of shots is taken and an image is processed by the camera to reduce subject blur, camera shake and noise.
  • Sweep Panorama mode – Slowly pan the camera  camera automatically stitches together a wide aspect ratio image. at any focal length. It is surprisingly effective.

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  • Auto High Dynamic Range mode – widens the gradations in a photo revealing better detail in both highlights and shadows. Two images are recorded: one image with proper exposure and one overlaid image.

Dislikes*

  • Text – settings can be difficult see in certain lighting and scene conditions, making settings and settings changes barely legible.
  • Difficult to see settings. Click to enlarge.

  • No Mode Dial – only a virtual mode dial.
  • Too few external buttons.
  • No Quick Menu for accessing frequently used settings
  • No user selectable AE/AF Lock.
  • Limited ISO range when using iAuto mode (only goes up to 1600)
  • Battery – takes several hours to charge, some have reported up to five hours. With this camera, you’ll need a spare.

*Please note: some of the dislikes may be addressed with future firmware updates.