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Sony NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Camera Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.00 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "Sony isn't the first manufacturer to talk about making a large-sensor mirrorless camera for compact users but it is the first to actually follow the thinking through with a system designed from ground up for the 'point and shoot' crowd. ...

... the benefits over a good compact camera are not as clear-cut as they could be. Sadly even these users may find the battery life problematic, and we'd be hard-pushed to think of an interchangeable lens camera less appropriate for a keen photographer. ..."

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DPReview 9.50  05-11-10 Read Full Review
Preview (Summary): "The NEX-3 might be the entry-level model, but apart from the material used in its body shell, it is extremely close in terms of features and operation to the NEX-5. In fact, the model differentiation is largely confined to the two cameras' video specifications. Despite having the same sensor as its big brother, the NEX-3 can only offer 720p video, compared to the 1080i option provided by the NEX-5. ...

Sony says it is mainly promoting the NEX series as cameras aimed at point-and-shoot users and its interface is certainly consistent with that. The Intelligent Auto mode is pure point-and-shoot stuff with limited options (you can't even use exposure compensation). ..."

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Imaging-Resource 9.00  05-11-10 Read Full Review
Preview (Summary): "Much like sportscars show their command of the road by contrasting their low profile bodies with large, fully exposed wheels, the Sony NEX-3 design shows its command of light by contrasting its small digital camera body with a large, burnished gunmetal lens. ...

Although I'm a fan of many larger SLRs, and the Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, I have to say, shooting with such a small camera feels very natural. I think there are plenty who won't like the large lens on the small camera body, but I can't think of anything more natural in the digital age. ..."

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PhotoReview 1.00  07-27-10 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The main difference between Sony's NEX-3 and the more expensive NEX-5 model we reviewed in June lies in the video recording system. Whereas the NEX-5 uses the AVCHD format and can record Dolby Digital soundtracks, the NEX-3 uses the less efficient MP4 compression system for video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC for audio. ...

... Test shots straight out of the camera appeared slightly soft and required a little unsharp masking to make them look attractive. JPEG images appeared slightly less contrasty and saturated than we found with similar shots taken with the NEX-5 we reviewed. ..."

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