In the video above, WhatDigitalCamera takes a first look at the Sony NEX 3n, the new entry level addition to the Sony NEX camera lineup. Chris Gampat of thePhoblographer also got his hands on the new camera and shares his first impressions.
|Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction
With a new Exmor sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the NEX-3N easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.
Newly designed anti-slip grip
Picture Effect modes
Photo Creativity feature
|Superior Auto mode
Use Superior Auto mode to shoot photos and movies with the ease of a compact digital camera. In this mode, the camera recognizes the current shooting environment then adjusts settings for optimal results. Superior Auto also includes Auto HDR and Hand-held Twilight modes, both of which employ image compositing technology to handle difficult lighting by recording multiple images at high speed then compositing them to produce the final photo.
Anti-Motion Blur mode
Hand-held Twilight Mode
Face Detection/Smile Shutter
|Speed Priority Continuous mode
Freeze fast-moving subjects by shooting at up to 4 fps. This is the ideal solution for photographing sports, children at play or other action.
Up to 480 Shots6 of battery life
Lock-on Auto Focus
Sweep Panorama™ Mode
The Phoblographer’s First Impressions…
“In my opinion, while the NEX 3N has some very nice ergonomics it still seems a bit too plain vanilla for me personally as an advanced user. But if you’re just stepping into the interchangeable lens market world, then this may be the one for you with the zoom lever, excellent image quality, and the really sweet LCD screen.
The focusing on the 3N was fast and reliable–but it still can’t keep up with Olympus’s FAST AF system. However, it has come a bit closer to being able to do so.
I’m personally not a fan of shooting JPEGs with any camera and this is no exception. For the best results, I’d shoot in RAW mode and process the images myself. But the consumer that this camera is going for won’t mind the images at all.
Sony should have added in the WiFi feature though in order to upload the images to a phone. That indeed would have been an absolutely killer feature.
We’re still going to wait for a final product to make our overall judgements, but this one left me wanting more personally.” (Read full article on thePhoblographer)
My 2 Cents
The Sony NEX 3n will no doubt have a broad appeal for photobugs moving up from point and shoots or smartphone cameras. It’s small, lightweight and should be easy enough to use for those from the mobile device/video game generation who are adept at menu diving.
I’m frankly stunned that Sony did not incorporate wi-fi into this camera as wireless connectivity would’ve given it a leg up on the competition, such as the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2. However, I still expect the NEX 3n to be a highly popular camera.