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Sony Alpha NEX-3 Mirrorless Camera

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringLive-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Digital Camera Description

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is a Mirrorless Digital Camera with an APS-C sensor and a Sony E lens mount. Its 14 Megapixels CMOS sensor offers an ISO 200-12800 sensitivity range which is expandable to ISO 200-12800. This makes it possible to shoot hand-held in relatively low-light. With 14 MP of resolution, sharp prints are possible up to at 240 DPI.

This camera features a mechanic shutter that can expose for 1/4000 to 30s. Bulb exposures of an unspecified duration are possible with this camera. With a fastest shutter-speed of 1/4000, fast action can easily be frozen. Night photography is possible using this digital camera due to its long exposure capability. This camera model offers Full Manual Controls.

Sony Alpha NEX-3

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 features a 25-point Contrast-Detect AF system. Autofocus can continuously adjust according to subject distance. Manual Focus is also available.

Although this camera offers full manual controls, it does not have any control-dials to change exposure parameters directly. This camera does not feature any seals to protect it against adverse weather, dust and moisture. Care must be taken, just like with most electronics. There is no viewfinder on the Sony Alpha NEX-3 and no provision to add one.

Model Specifications

BrandSony ModelAlpha NEX-3
Sensor 14 Megapixels CMOS Sensor Size 24 x 16mm
Anti-Alias Filter Yes Sensor Aspect 3:2 Aspect-Ratio
Stabilization None Dust-ReductionYes
Sensitivity ISO 200 - 12800 Shutter-Speed 1/4000 - 30s
Lens MountSony E MountCrop Factor1.5X
Filter DiameterN / A Focus System 25-point Contrast-Detect, Assist-lamp
Viewfinder Type None Viewfinder Size
Display Attachment Display Size 920K Pixels 3" LCD 100% Coverage
Exposure ModesP, A, T, M, B Scene Modes10Sweep Panorama, Sweep Panorama 3D, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
MeteringMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot Bracketing 3 Shots ±1/3 EV
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV Flash Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto , Presets, Custom White Balance Tuning 1 Axis, 19 steps
Continuous Drive 2.7 FPS, Unlimited JPEG *7 FPS without AF or metering. Unspecified limits. Self Timer Yes *2s, 10s, 1/3/5 frames @ 10s
Command Dials DOF Preview No
Protection Dust Reduction Yes
Digital Level Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Trigger Eye-Start Sensor No
HDR Yes Orientation Sensor Yes
Interval Timer No Multiple Exposure No
Image Formats JPEG RAW Flash Ports
Built-In Flash No (GN 7) Flash Sync 1/160s
Video Capture 1280x720 @ 30 FPS 16:9 Sound Input
Video Format MPEG-4 WiFi No
Memory Secure Digital Extended Capacity, Memory Stick Duo GPS No
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery Life 330 *CIPA Standard
Introduced 2010-05-11, Discontinued2011-02-23 Construction Standard
Size 117 x 63 x 33mm (W x H x D) Weight 297g

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Sony NEX-3 Facts


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 200-12800
Sony E Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in Dust ReductionFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
2.7 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesCustom white-balance with 1 axis fine-tuning
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
Memory Stick Duo
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