Sony NEX-3 / 14.2 Megapixels / 720p HD Movie / Sweep Panorama / 3 inch Tilt LCD Compact Digital Camera / 16mm Lens / Silver £268.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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DSLR-style quality and shooting responses from the Sony NEX-3A Compact Digital Camera
Key Features:
Stunning DSLR-quality images in an ultra compact, beautifully styled camera that's so easy to use
Interchangeable lenses plus compatibility with a: lens family
Smart features like HD video and 3D Sweep Panorama
14.2 megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Sony 16mm f2.8 Pancake Lens
MPEG4 720p video shooting
7.5cm/3" tilt-angle TruBlack LCD
Intuitive user interface
Intelligent AUTO
Background Defocus Control

Ultra compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses

The amazing new NEX-5 and NEX-3 ultra-compact digital cameras from Sony make DSLR-quality images accessible to everyone. Step up to DSLR picture quality, quick shooting responses and the convenience of interchangeable lenses, plus smart features like AVCHD video and Sweep Panorama. Teaming serious creative possibilities with stylish looks, the ultra-compact new NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras from Sony are beautifully easy to use.

Key benefits of the Sony NEX-3A


So small, so beautiful
The NEX-5 and NEX-3 from Sony offer DSLR-style picture quality and shooting responses in an ultra-compact digital camera that won't weigh you down. With the slim-line 'pancake' lens attached, it's easy to slip the NEX-5/NEX-3 ultra compact digital cameras into a jacket pocket or bag.



Sweep Panorama
Just press the shutter and sweep the NEX-3 ultra-compact digital camera from side to side, or up and down to capture tall buildings and other scenes. Unique to Sony, Sweep Panorama automatically stitches together a high-speed burst of frames. Everything's done for you in the camera, with no special software or image-stitching skills needed.



Pick the perfect lens
Why compromise your artistic vision? With the Sony NEX-3 you can select from a choice of compact, beautifully styled E-mount lenses - from ultra-slim wide angle to powerful telephoto zoom. Or you can add an optional mount adaptor and enjoy the limitless possibilities of your A-mount lens collection.



Extraordinary picture quality
It's all in the sensor. The extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor guarantees phenomenal imaging performance - just like a DSLR camera, but without the size and weight. You'll really see the difference with richly detailed, low-noise pictures, even in low light.



Brilliantly easy to use
Pro-style pictures have never been so accessible. The EX-3 ultra compact camera from Sony feature an intuitive new interface that's so easy to use. Just make adjustments with the jog dial and soft keys. There's also an on-screen shooting guide with handy tips to help everyone take better pictures without fuss.
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#1
great camera a bargain
#2
better with the zoom lens
1 Like #3
itsisnot
better with the zoom lens


I would get more use out of the 16mm than the zoom.
2 Likes #4
Also the NEX - 5 for only £333. HERE
#5
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shoot

dslr quality pics - er, no

Edited By: royals on Feb 17, 2011 19:21
#6
royals
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shoot

dslr quality pics - er, no


In good light if you know what you are doing you can produce comparable shots from even the most modest digicam.
#7
had sony made a 35mm pancake lens instead of this 16mm i would buy it in a flash. 16mm is too wide for general purpose use (fine for landscapes though)
1 Like #8
royals
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shoot

dslr quality pics - er, no


er.....yes, actually. I've got a NEX-5 and a friend and I have done some very careful comparisons with his Canon EOS 500D and there is virtually no discernible difference in picture quality between the two.

NEX-3 takes the same quality photos as the NEX-5, both of which are very definitely as good as any entry level to lower mid range SLR. Only real drawback is the lack of dedicated buttons for changing various functions, if this is an issue for you.

Cracking price. Heat added.

Edited By: andyken on Feb 17, 2011 22:22: .
#9
Don't see the point in this camera. It's too big to fit in a pocket so you still need a camera bag. But it's not as good as a DSLR and is less felxible because there are far less lens options. Plus the sensor won't be as big as a DSLR and the glass and aperture in the lenses will be inferior.
5 Likes #10
carleast
Don't see the point in this camera. It's too big to fit in a pocket so you still need a camera bag. But it's not as good as a DSLR and is less felxible because there are far less lens options. Plus the sensor won't be as big as a DSLR and the glass and aperture in the lenses will be inferior.

the sensor is the same size as a dslr (bigger then canon aps-c)
its as good as a DSLR without the weight
ISO performance and IQ is better then most current APS-C DSLRs
The 18-200mm is the best travel lens and a 24mm zeiss is coming soon. Not to mention the voigtlander, zeiss and leica lens you can put on
this camera is tiny, nothing smaller with the picture quality.
actually its the APS-C DSLR which will be phased out over the next few years ......

I have a 5Dii BTW but use my NEX5 more

please don't comment if you don't know !

Edited By: colonel on Feb 17, 2011 21:13
#11
Not DSLR quality, the Lumix LX5 outperforms this. Compared against pic quality,not brill as sony claim. Additional Lens bumps up cost,voting cold
#12
Is this the best for its price? or are there better ones out there, i was thinking of getting a tz10 should i get this instead i dont mind buying a zoom lense for this if there is one
#13
Kojo Mojo
Is this the best for its price? or are there better ones out there, i was thinking of getting a tz10 should i get this instead i dont mind buying a zoom lense for this if there is one


This is a much more capable camera than a TZ10. But they are completely different. The TZ range are point and shoot with some manual settings and a long zoom. The Nex range are trying to offer you the creativity that you get from a DSLR in a 'smaller' package, if you're willing to spend the time and money with a Nex you will create better photos, if your going to leave the camera in full auto mode all the time, you may as well get something like the TZ.
#14
colonel
carleast
Don't see the point in this camera. It's too big to fit in a pocket so you still need a camera bag. But it's not as good as a DSLR and is less felxible because there are far less lens options. Plus the sensor won't be as big as a DSLR and the glass and aperture in the lenses will be inferior.

the sensor is the same size as a dslr (bigger then canon aps-c)
its as good as a DSLR without the weight
ISO performance and IQ is better then most current APS-C DSLRs
The 18-200mm is the best travel lens and a 24mm zeiss is coming soon. Not to mention the voigtlander, zeiss and leica lens you can put on
this camera is tiny, nothing smaller with the picture quality.
actually its the APS-C DSLR which will be phased out over the next few years ......

I have a 5Dii BTW but use my NEX5 more

please don't comment if you don't know !

What isn't there to know. There's still much less flexibility with lens choice and I just can't for the life of me understand how this can produce a better pictures than a DSLR. Are you telling me that Sony should just pack in producing their ever increasing line of DSLR camera's because this beats them? I afraid not.

And I'm not sure what you mean about the APS-C DSLR being phased out. Are you talking about the camera size or the sensor size? Either way neither will be phased out. The fact remains that DSLR's will always be the professionals choice and unless you can reduced it enough to fit in your pocket without compromising on quality things won't change. Plus a bigger sensor will always be a better sensor of the same type.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/reviews/7877573/Canon-550D-vs-Sony-NEX-5.html

Review of DSLR Nikon D5000 versus the Panasonic GF1 (as good as the NEX-5!) - The Nikon comes out on top:

http://www.photoradar.com/reviews/buying-guides/dslr-vs-micro-four-thirds-head-to-head-review

Edited By: carleast on Feb 17, 2011 22:09
#15
I wouldn't say the GF1 is as good as the NEX as it has a larger sensor so it is better at the high iso and i prefered the focusing on the NEX.. The GF1 does have better range of lenses due to it being the more common M4/3 lens mount and GF1 has more easier control.

Voted hot as good deal and good camera imo

Edited By: Throttle on Feb 17, 2011 22:19
banned 1 Like #16
carleast
Don't see the point in this camera. It's too big to fit in a pocket so you still need a camera bag. But it's not as good as a DSLR and is less felxible because there are far less lens options. Plus the sensor won't be as big as a DSLR and the glass and aperture in the lenses will be inferior.

wake up... to reality
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/SonyNex5Nex3
smallest APS-C sized sensor camera (only a fool can compare APS-C with a full-frame)
as flexible as any other interchangeable camera
(agree, less lenses available for now.. true for any new generation system)
compare kit lens with kit (not G series)

little knowledge is dangerous:
check/compare pixel density among your favourites (like for like)
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

low light IQ, it surpasses many semi-pros
check/compare http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/SonyNex5Nex3/page16.asp

more:
http://www.dantestella.com/technical/nex.html (note, bythom review is based on pre-firmware 03)
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1101/11011110sonyinterview.asp


Finally, you may have your reasons of dis-lke but definetly not the one you have mentioned above
1 Like #17
The Sony NEX cameras are outstanding. I bought an NEX-5 when it was cheap just to try it out with the intent of selling it on and I ended up falling in love with it. I'm now selling my Nikon D5000, which still sounds crazy to me because I love Nikon DSLRs (owned a D40, D60, D90 previously), but the fact is the Sony is the camera I chose 9/10 times now so it doesn't make sense to have both.
#18
Rather than this consider the Panasonic G10 with 14-42mm lens which will cost about the same. It is just as light, only slightly bigger and you have a nice EVF as well as LCD screen and built in flash that is ready to use at all times. Add in easy to use controls that allow fast operation and you have a nice package.

You can fit it in a really small camera case and carry it around all day without noticing the weight. It may not be as "sexy" as the Sony NEX range but far more practical!

Wen the sun shines you will really appreciate the EVF as will those who waer glasses!
#19
Decent camera for the point and shoot crowd, in fair conditions and a bargain for the price so have some heat. :) Its my opinion/understanding from reading the reviews and specs that the sensor in this range is excellent and comparable to most DSLR's in the 400-500 price range but the lens' are not great.

Grossly oversimplifed but - Image quality = photgrapher's skill x lens quality + sensor quality

If i were in the market for a low end camera right now i would stump up for something like a d3100 / 18-55mm lens, it gives you alot more flexibility, expansion options, sensor quality etc.. It is of course £400 so prehaps better to compare to a Nex-5 but will produce better images 9/10 times.
#20
Shine600
royals
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shootdslr quality pics - er, no
In good light if you know what you are doing you can produce comparable shots from even the most modest digicam.

not any old old pos you cant, some dont have manual settings and as for lens quality, not a chance
#21
andyken
royals
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shootdslr quality pics - er, no
er.....yes, actually. I've got a NEX-5 and a friend and I have done some very careful comparisons with his Canon EOS 500D and there is virtually no discernible difference in picture quality between the two.NEX-3 takes the same quality photos as the NEX-5, both of which are very definitely as good as any entry level to lower mid range SLR. Only real drawback is the lack of dedicated buttons for changing various functions, if this is an issue for you.Cracking price. Heat added.

you should tell your friend to sell his camera or buy a decent lens (if you are comparing it to the bog standard 500d with 18-55 lens then lol, thats the worst lens on any slr by a mile)

there is no way in cats hell chance of this camera taking a better pic than even a bog standard slr like a 400d with a decent lens like my canon 24-70 pro lens (thats a £1300 lens btw!)....and yes ive used a nex alot, its great for what it is and im sure they will get better in years to come, just dont kid yourself thinking it takes slr pics...it takes good pics (superb for size) but its not without its faults - same goes for my tz10 which again is amazing for its size and features but is rubbish compared to my dslr and is worse and better than the nex5 (i personally thought the images were sharper on the tz10, but the nex wins hands down for funactionality, low light etc)

check the extensive review on dp.....doesnt fare too well tbh


Edited By: royals on Feb 18, 2011 04:47
#22
colonel
carleast
Don't see the point in this camera. It's too big to fit in a pocket so you still need a camera bag. But it's not as good as a DSLR and is less felxible because there are far less lens options. Plus the sensor won't be as big as a DSLR and the glass and aperture in the lenses will be inferior.
the sensor is the same size as a dslr (bigger then canon aps-c)its as good as a DSLR without the weightISO performance and IQ is better then most current APS-C DSLRsThe 18-200mm is the best travel lens and a 24mm zeiss is coming soon. Not to mention the voigtlander, zeiss and leica lens you can put onthis camera is tiny, nothing smaller with the picture quality.actually its the APS-C DSLR which will be phased out over the next few years ......I have a 5Dii BTW but use my NEX5 moreplease don't comment if you don't know !

just because it has the same sensor doesnt mean its as good!
if you knew anything then you know that as well as the sensor, theres the processing, lens quality, lens range (im sure this would be useless at motorsport events like silverstone as even 200 isnt enough, 400 is ideal for longe range close ups)

anyway good price i guess, silly rrp


Edited By: royals on Feb 18, 2011 04:54
#23
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Kojo Mojo
Is this the best for its price? or are there better ones out there, i was thinking of getting a tz10 should i get this instead i dont mind buying a zoom lense for this if there is one
This is a much more capable camera than a TZ10. But they are completely different. The TZ range are point and shoot with some manual settings and a long zoom. The Nex range are trying to offer you the creativity that you get from a DSLR in a 'smaller' package, if you're willing to spend the time and money with a Nex you will create better photos, if your going to leave the camera in full auto mode all the time, you may as well get something like the TZ.

spot on, i have a tz10 and i just want it for half decent pics when skiing (oh look its white!!),

pros - the nex is a much better featured camera - interchangeable silly priced lens (typical sony), more controls/more manual controls..

cons are size, slightly extra cost, i found the tz10 pics a little sharper (alot of reviewers have said this too), bit ugly -not that should worry you lol as so are dslr's , tz10 is simpler to use and auto setup makes it childs play to get half decent pics...the nex requires a bit more effort and the auto settings arent great
#24
sigma lenses on the way
1 Like #25
royals
andyken
royals
good camera but too big, prefer my canon dslr (quality pics) and tz10 (smallish size, ok pics) point and shootdslr quality pics - er, no
er.....yes, actually. I've got a NEX-5 and a friend and I have done some very careful comparisons with his Canon EOS 500D and there is virtually no discernible difference in picture quality between the two.NEX-3 takes the same quality photos as the NEX-5, both of which are very definitely as good as any entry level to lower mid range SLR. Only real drawback is the lack of dedicated buttons for changing various functions, if this is an issue for you.Cracking price. Heat added.

you should tell your friend to sell his camera or buy a decent lens (if you are comparing it to the bog standard 500d with 18-55 lens then lol, thats the worst lens on any slr by a mile)

there is no way in cats hell chance of this camera taking a better pic than even a bog standard slr like a 400d with a decent lens like my canon 24-70 pro lens (thats a £1300 lens btw!)....and yes ive used a nex alot, its great for what it is and im sure they will get better in years to come, just dont kid yourself thinking it takes slr pics...it takes good pics (superb for size) but its not without its faults - same goes for my tz10 which again is amazing for its size and features but is rubbish compared to my dslr and is worse and better than the nex5 (i personally thought the images were sharper on the tz10, but the nex wins hands down for funactionality, low light etc)

check the extensive review on dp.....doesnt fare too well tbh


I have a 5Dii and only shoot primes with it, so I know about pic quality. I have also had a nikon d700, d300s, 7D and 550D.
there is really nothing worth buying in sensor terms between the nex and FF.
the nex is far superior to the 400D (which I used to have).
it's basically a new generation of camera from the aps-c dslr.
sure, get the 7D if you need the speed, or the 7000d if you want slightly better iso performance (although the nex 7 will have this new sensor). but the weight of these cameras just means you leave them home more often.

also comparing it with the tz range is ludicrous.

its true that the Sony lens range has been sparse, but cracking pictures can be obtained with voightlander, zeiss or leica lenses. In addition, the Sony EA1 adaptor and the super-cheapr 50mm f1.8 produce bleedingly sharp pictures, showing the capability of the sensor.
the new lens range, sony zeiss 24mm, sony 50mm, sony 55-200mm and many other lenses, incluidng sigma, tamron and native zeiss and voigtlander will accelerate this platform to be the number 1 platform, particularly given the dynamic range and iso issues with the M4/3s sensor system.
Anyone doubting this can simply google for sony camera sales growth in comparison to nikon and canon since they lauched the nex.

For anyone in doubt of the NEX capabilities, just look at DXOMARK. Particularly comparing it to M4/3s, top compacts, such as the S95, LX5 and new DSLRs, like the D3100 or A55 (SLT) is illuminating.

if nikon and canon do not produce an evil camera quickly they will be consigned to niche players in a couple of years.




Edited By: colonel on Feb 18, 2011 09:06: edit
#26
godsakes
had sony made a 35mm pancake lens instead of this 16mm i would buy it in a flash. 16mm is too wide for general purpose use (fine for landscapes though)


Its 24mm equivalent which is fine IMO, just step closer to your subject.
3 Likes #27
There's a lot of snobbery from DSLR owners here, trying to justify their more expensive and bulkier camera in the face of this new competition?

I've had several DSLRs, including the legendary Fuji S5 Pro, and I will state now that the differences you're arguing about make next to no difference to the final photographs you take.
#28
weiran

Its 24mm equivalent which is fine IMO, just step closer to your subject.


Sorry i disagree, most of my shots are people shots, so other than group shots 16mm is way too wide for me and would introduce unnecessary distortion even if I did decide to get uncomfortably close (sometimes you kinda need to be discrete)

but great deal none the less, no doubt i'll end up with a NEX at some point as a backup camera, just waiting for a few more pancake lenses to get released.

Edited By: godsakes on Feb 18, 2011 09:43
1 Like #29
weiran
There's a lot of snobbery from DSLR owners here, trying to justify their more expensive and bulkier camera in the face of this new competition?I've had several DSLRs, including the legendary Fuji S5 Pro, and I will state now that the differences you're arguing about make next to no difference to the final photographs you take.

+1
1 Like #30
Well, after reading up a bit on this camera I went ahead and bought it.

I can sell the lens for around 100 on ebay and get an adaptor and everyday sort of lens - manual focus - and learn how to use it properly! Should be challenging/fun; can't do that with a normal compact. Maybe some time in the future I'll be interested in moving up to a dslr and will at least have some knowledge from using this.

With the new lenses coming out there's plenty of scope for variety and ease of use.
#31
Hot.

Though I wish it was with the 18-55mm. 16mm is a daft lens to pair it with as a first lens, 35mm would make so much more sense as your first prime.
#32
Good deal but need a better lens.
#33
Thinking about this (because great deal) or the new Olympus XZ-1, can't decide
#34
price has gone up to £446

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