Sony’s excellent line of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras is getting a little brother, and the company claims it’s the smallest and lightest of them all. Billed as the successor of the NEX-3, the new NEX-3N is making a claim for beginners seeking the best possible image quality in a package that borders on DSLR quality. I’ve been using the NEX-F3, which I love, so I’m pretty excited for this guy.
When this hits in April—for about $500, Sony said—it’ll come in as a kit with a compact and collapsible 16-50mm motorized zoom lens. The APS-C size sensor is 16.1-megapixel, similar to what you’d find in traditional DSLR cameras, and there’s that lovable 180 degree tiltable 3-inch LCD screen for easier self-portraits.
When Sony described where the NEX-3N fits, the company said the cam is for consumers looking for a step up from traditional point-and-shoots. But Sony said the shooter is also for those looking for a complete DSLR replacement—in a much smaller, easier to carry body; it’s 30 percent smaller than the NEX-F3.
But just because the NEX-3N is small doesn’t mean Sony skimps on features: Sony has added a zoom lever, textured grip, control ISO, full HD videos (60i/24p), built-in pop-up flash, auto object framing, ISO 16000 and, for people who want a bit of variety, black and white colors. Finally, the cam is built with an upgraded BIONZ processor for area-specific noise reduction, meaning your low-light bar photos will take on a crisper and more vibrant appearance.
“The new NEX-3N is the ideal camera to introduce consumers to the creative world of interchangeable lens photography, offering new levels of performance and convenience never before realized in a mirrorless model,” said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony.
So not only is the NEX-3N tiny, but it’s equipped with a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor. Great. Very fantastic. Not only that, but the $500 dollar kit is compatible with a range of 13 E-mount lenses, giving users a flexibility they wouldn’t get in a point-and-shoot. As we near the April month, we’ll be looking out for a more specific release date.