Sony NEX-3 / 14.2 MP / 720p HD Movie / Sweep Panorama / 3 inch Tilt LCD Compact Digital Camera / Dual Lens / Black Now £419.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Cracking price......best ever lowest price as per camera buster is £484.99

# DSLR-style quality and shooting responses from the Sony NEX-3D 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 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Lens and 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
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#1
Now that's the one I want! It's on the Gadget show tonight as a winner of the category.
#2
OOO, but the NEX-5 shoots in 3D http://fwd.five.tv/search?q=nex-5&commit=Search

Quidco too with Play
#3
COLD
cheaper HERE

EDIT:sorry you guys're right!
oO
voted HOT then
#4
Only one lens there!

This deal includes the pancake lens plus the 18-55mm lens.

radissimo
COLD
cheaper HERE
#5
Bryan839
Only one lens there!

This deal includes the pancake lens plus the 18-55mm lens.

radissimo
COLD
cheaper HERE


NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dats only with one lens :P this Deal is too hot
#6
Steal at that price - just watched the impressive review on gadget show
#7
Available in other colours too. They are in the sale! Sooo tempting if only I had £419 spare ;(
1 Like #8
davestavros
I really wanted the NEX-5 to be great but sony ruined it by putting all of the manual controls in the menus instead of making them dials. Having said that, if you are choosing between this and a compact (even the high end ones) the image quality on this will be vastly superior because of the size of the sensor. I ended going for a panasonic GF1 because I like the styling+manual controls but I paid £500 for mine duty free with the 20mm lens so this is a bargain with the two lenses! Heat from from me. Sweep panorama looks like a really cool feature too. I just wished they would call it aperture priority mode instead of "background defocus". There is only ISO, shutter speed and aperture. I think people are smart enough to work it out and don't need it spoon-fed to them.


I completely agree with your comments (not with your camera choice though).

The NEX models are marketed to people moving up from a compact camera. It's not for people who want creative manual controls. However, the quality, especially low noise at high ISO is very good. I just wished Sony would release another model with manual dials and option for AA batteries (as Pentax do with the new K-r).

I feel the price is too high for what you can do with the NEX. Most people wont be able to benefit from the potential because of above shortcomings.

(BTW, did you know that the Gadget Show is on a private channel, financed by advertising revenue? Not really a guarantee for neutrality/)
#9
btw the you could shoot 3D with NEX 3 too with a firmware update
#10
The NEX models are marketed to people moving up from a compact camera. It's not for people who want creative manual controls. However, the quality, especially low noise at high ISO is very good. I just wished Sony would release another model with manual dials and option for AA batteries (as Pentax do with the new K-r).

...pet2000 and his usual cry for use of AA batteries....:D
#11
Rudz
btw the you could shoot 3D with NEX 3 too with a firmware update


Isnt the 3d shooting limited to just the Panoramic shots?
Shame you couldn't apply it too all shots or video.
#12
good price for the dual lens kit,

not suprised the price has dropped this quickly, this used to be the price for just the camera and 16mm pancake lens!
#13
fantafan
Now that's the one I want! It's on the Gadget show tonight as a winner of the category.


gadget show had the NEX-5, it's got a magnesium body, this one only has a plastic one, along with a few other advanced features.
1 Like #14
sod the camera did anyone see the new girls tatolattes shes awesome
#15
radissimo
...pet2000 and his usual cry for use of AA batteries....:D
Maybe he wants it to double up as a dumb-bell? :p
#16
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_nex_3_review/sample_images/

I don't think these look very good myself!? Too soft?

Much better here though http://www.dpreview.com/news/1005/10051202sonynex5samplesgallery.asp

Edited By: cRuNcHiE on Sep 20, 2010 23:26: added links
#17
Is the flash come within the box or have to buy that separately? didnt say what comes within the box from the play.com product page
#18
Is this not a bit of an odd camera. Its not a compact, so why make it with such a small body? If you're going to be able to carry a fat lens around like that then you're surely better with a DSLR that can be handled well and has the manual controls in traditional configuration?

Images on above review look pretty average. For this money I'd probably be looking at a deal on the Canon G11. Accessory lenses applied would give you similar results I reckon, and would be a better 'stuff it in your bag' camera. Just my opinion; I'm no expert.
#19
superego
Is the flash come within the box or have to buy that separately? didnt say what comes within the box from the play.com product page


I'm pretty sure the flash unit comes with the camera
#20
I would rather pay a bit more money and go for a DSLR.
#21
I deleted my comment because I was going to edit it but ended up going to bed. The 3D could only work on the sweep panorama mode because there would be no other way to tell the location of objects with one lens. I guess you could do some kind of sweep focus thing but that would only work on a tripod. GF1 with the firmware hack rocks, though. The 20mm f/1.7 is the sharper than the olympus or sony equiv+100Mb/s 720p motion jpeg or 40Mbs 720P AVCHD lite. Full manual control on the video too. I know that the NEX cameras is for people moving up from compacts but I kind of think you should throw yourself in at the deep end, buy a photography book (I recommend this one) and force yourself to use A mode 90% of the time and S mode for the rest. If you have important shots that you don't want to mess up then there is always P mode but it would nice to have the option. I still think this will take superior shots to any small sensor compact. Superior noise control, dynamic range and depth of field.

Edited By: davestavros on Sep 21, 2010 06:53: typo
#22
radissimo
The NEX models are marketed to people moving up from a compact camera. It's not for people who want creative manual controls. However, the quality, especially low noise at high ISO is very good. I just wished Sony would release another model with manual dials and option for AA batteries (as Pentax do with the new K-r)....pet2000 and his usual cry for use of AA batteries....:D

Think he must be sponsored by Duracell! Keeps banging away on this hopeless cause (though frankly the real disadvantages are on compacts, not these small bricks).
#23
GF1 owner, I would seriously be tempted by this if I didn't already have the GF1. This is a bargain withboth lenses, for me the fixed pancake lens is the way to go with these types of cameras otherwise you may as well get a better full sized DSLR with viewfinder.
#24
Besford
radissimo
The NEX models are marketed to people moving up from a compact camera. It's not for people who want creative manual controls. However, the quality, especially low noise at high ISO is very good. I just wished Sony would release another model with manual dials and option for AA batteries (as Pentax do with the new K-r)....pet2000 and his usual cry for use of AA batteries....:D


Think he must be sponsored by Duracell! Keeps banging away on this hopeless cause (though frankly the real disadvantages are on compacts, not these small bricks).


Really? Why is it that most reputable DSLR makers offer battery grips with AA option? (Pentax actually provides AA option in-camera). AA batteries have developed to be equal to propriator batteries. Having no AA option is like running a computer without making a backup of the hard disk. The best and most sophisticated digital camera without power is useless. I do not wish that to happen to anyone, this is why I am "banging on" about it (and I'm not the only one).
#25
fantastic camera
I have a FF, but I use this for light use and also bought for my wife to do video and pics of the kids.

The sensor will blow you away. I don't like to annoy D300s / 7D users but this sensor is as good (I wanted to say better, but I will get spanked).

I use on P with variable focus point and everything else auto. The bottom button becomes the focus selector (with the joystick) and the middle allows you to change mode. I flip into A occasionally and then the wheel becomes A pick. Don't need anything else for this camera.

Now Sony have announced the V3 firmware for the middle of October which will allow custom assignment of buttons.
#26
hot!

agree with pet2000 - AA battery may be useful, and available - but its bulky.
#27
pet2000
Really? Why is it that most reputable DSLR makers offer battery grips with AA option?
The clue is in what you say - it's an option, and it's a battery grip - because it adds a great deal of bulk.
AA batteries have developed to be equal to propriator batteries.
Not unless they are LiIon. NiMH cells have a fundamentally lower energy density in both volume and weight terms. Furthermore, the camera will be unable to monitor their remaining capacity with anything like the same accuracy. Are there LiIon AA cells available? I'd have thought not, as they have a higher terminal voltage (more than double) than NiMH.
Having no AA option is like running a computer without making a backup of the hard disk.
I don't think so. If your batteries go flat you don't lose your pictures! I presume the point you are trying to make is that if you get caught short you can go to the nearest shop and buy some disposables, but why do you instead make yourself look silly by making laughably inaccurate comparisons?
The best and most sophisticated digital camera without power is useless.
So you just buy an extra original battery if you must. For most people the supplied one will be more than adequate, and carrying round another is far more convenient than lugging around a lot of AA cells, which will be its equivalent.
#28
can we take this AA chat offline. There are very few cameras with AA batteries as they don't last that long and are heavy.
If you want fully manual for mount everest buy a voigtlander ...
#29
fantafan
Now that's the one I want! It's on the Gadget show tonight as a winner of the category.


Ah yes the gadget show as sponsored by apple, sony or whoever has paid for their product to come out on top in this weeks comparison test between deliberately mismatched items.
#30
colonel
can we take this AA chat offline. There are very few cameras with AA batteries as they don't last that long and are heavy.
If you want fully manual for mount everest buy a voigtlander ...
You can't buy AA cells on Mount Everest. (_;)
#31
zurich
fantafan
Now that's the one I want! It's on the Gadget show tonight as a winner of the category.
Ah yes the gadget show as sponsored by apple, sony or whoever has paid for their product to come out on top in this weeks comparison test between deliberately mismatched items.

Would have to agree - gadget show not really an impartial and comprehensive reviewer. Esp since it is clearly sponsored or gets some cash from apple.

Good camera for its class - compact with changable lense

Personally with its bulk the canon 500d would be better (thats the one in comet on offer).

I am looking to purchase a high end compact but would prefer to wait to see what the new canon G12 and nikon coolpix p7000 have to offer. PLus both of these have viewfinders which I prefer - ever tried using an LCD in blazing sun or pitch black??
#32
Looks good. But couldnt ever see myself using one. Not really small enough to really carry around in your pocket... and if I had to carry it around seperately I'd just go DSLR.
#33
scottg
ever tried using an LCD in blazing sun or pitch black??
Ever tried using a viewfinder in pitch black? :p
#35
zurich
fantafan
Now that's the one I want! It's on the Gadget show tonight as a winner of the category.


Ah yes the gadget show as sponsored by apple, sony or whoever has paid for their product to come out on top in this weeks comparison test between deliberately mismatched items.


Agreed. The multi room audio test was a joke a sonos vs squeezebox touch vs iTunes extender?

What next? "we test a Sony 50" 3d LCD against a 40" Bush from Argos in the sales. Who will win?
That's right, the iPad"
#36

not sure picture on amazon site shows 2 lenses,but title says 1 lens only! oO
#37
there are some decent real DSLRs in this price range out there. i dont know much about this camera, but still
#38
MajorCockUp
there are some decent real DSLRs in this price range out there. i dont know much about this camera, but still

come on
this is very lightweight and compact. a real piece of advanced technology.
if you want a dslr you want a dslr but some people want the same quality without hurting their back
#39
philby27
Is this not a bit of an odd camera. Its not a compact, so why make it with such a small body? If you're going to be able to carry a fat lens around like that then you're surely better with a DSLR that can be handled well and has the manual controls in traditional configuration?

Images on above review look pretty average. For this money I'd probably be looking at a deal on the Canon G11. Accessory lenses applied would give you similar results I reckon, and would be a better 'stuff it in your bag' camera. Just my opinion; I'm no expert.

The Nex images with it's APS-C sensor are way superior to anything a G11 could output with it's tiny little sensor.

boltyboy] - Sep 21, 2010 06:38
I would rather pay a bit more money and go for a DSLR.

The whole point of the Nex series is the compact size compared with a DSLR, yet they both have the same size sensors.

The Nex 5 is the one to go for though, as it's an all magnesium body, better to hold and does superb 1080HD video.
#40
i'd probably go for it had the pancake lens been say 35mm (16mm just seems a tad wide as a walkabout)

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