Sony NEX-3

NEX-3 features

Written by Gail Bjork

A listing of some of the main features and specifications for the NEX-3 camera.

The following are some of the features of the Sony NEX-3.

  • 14 megapixel CMOS sensor – 50% larger than those found in Micro Four Thirds digital cameras
  • ISO range: 200 – 12800
  • Exposure modes: Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Modes: Sweep Panorama, Automatic High-Dynamic Range, Hand-held Twilight, Anti-Motion-Blur, and various scene modes
  • Lens based image stabilization
  • Adjustable 3″ LCD; 920,000 dots
  • Intelligent Auto Focus – pre-focuses as you compose the shot, reducing focusing time.
  • Continuous drive – 5 or 7 frames per second
  • Dedicated movie record button – continuous autofocus and exposure adjustments during video recording
  • No hot shoe, accessory port instead
  • Small external flash unit (power equivalent to most built-in digital camera flashes)
  • HD video
  • Dust removal system

Sony NEX size

  • Dimensions: Approx. 4-5/8 × 2-1/2 × 1-3/8″ (117.2×62.6×33.4mm)
  • Weight w/battery & media: Approx.10.5 oz (297g)

Remember, the overall dimensions of the NEX increase when you add a lens, or accessories such as the external flash included with the camera, a lens adapter and accessory viewfinder. It is smaller than a small DSLR, though a DSLR has included features such as a viewfinder and, often, a built-in flash.

Sony NEX lens information

  • Focal length multiplier: 1.5
  • Lens thread – Sony all-electronic E Mount
  • Alpha mount adapter available for using Sony and Minolta SLR lenses

Lenses currently available for the NEX cameras:

  • Kit lens – 18-55mm f/3.5-5/6 zoom lens (27mm-82.5mm/35mm equivalent) – wide to mid-telephoto lens suitable for photographing a variety of scenes and subjects.
  • 16mm F2.8 pancake lens – (24mm/35mm equivalent) – exceptionally portable and lightweight; wide angle
  • 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 long telephoto zoom (27-300mm/35mm equivalent) – suitable for wide landscape photos, portraits, sports, action and wildlife photography.

For full specifications, visit the Sony NEX-3 site.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.