(via MirrorlessRumors) Sony have now officially announced the release of the new NEX 3n interchangeable lens mirrorless camera (expected for march, 2013). The NEX 3n is touted as “the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C sized sensor“, and will join an already crowded NEX lineup as an entry level camera aimed at those moving up from fixed lens point and shoot cameras.
Included in the NEX 3n’s remarkably compact body is a large APS-C image sensor and Sony Bionz processor that should produce superb image quality. The NEX 3n also features a convenient built-in flash, a 180° tiltable LCD screen — ideal for self-portraits — and a new zoom lever. It also features Sony’s Intelligent Auto Object Framing, a new function that is supposed to make it easy for anyone to obtain perfectly composed photos for a wide variety of scenes. (Read press release at Sony)
- 16MP Exmor APS-C sensor (same as NEX-F3)
- ISO range: 200-16,000
- Tiltable LCD screen
- Electronic zoom control
- BIONZ processor
- Built-in flash (GN6)
- Available in two colors: black and silver
- Price for body with 16-50mm kit lens $499
My 2 Cents
The NEX 3n promises to have a broad appeal, and at an expected price point of $499 USD it should compete nicely with cameras like the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 and Panasonic Lumix GF5. It has an impressive spec list for an entry level camera, although it’s surprising that it only appears to be able to produce HD video at 24p / 60i. Another glaring omission is that the NEX 3n doesn’t appear to have Wi-Fi Connectivity, which I expect to become standard on all camera releases within the next 12-24 months.
Nonetheless, I expect that the NEX 3n will be very popular upon it’s release.