Sony NEX-3 D / 14.2 MP / 720p HD Movie / Sweep Panorama / 3 inch Tilt LCD Compact Digital Camera / Dual Lens / Black @ Play.com 399.99 - HotUKDeals
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Cheapest yet for the Dual lens option at this price :)

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
High speed burst shooting
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#1
Just seen this for £389 on Play.
#2
pet2000
Just seen this for £389 on Play.

sorry i mistyped, i was checking it wasnt a repost and the prev price was 419.99 thanks :)
#3
Sooooooo tempted :/ but wondering whether to splash out for the NEX-5.

Are the lenses very specific for these cameras? What I mean is, is the connector type individucal to the NEX range and do just Sony manufacture lenses for them?

Edited By: -BA- on Sep 28, 2010 11:58: Added question
#4
There's a detailed review of the pancake lens at dpreview; it seems well worth the £70-80 extra over the deal for the NEX-3 with 18-55 only they sell for around £200 separately.

Dpreview also have a detailed review of the NEX-3 and 5 here.

Personally I'd avoid these cameras with a bargepole - most reviews comment on manual control of the camera being a pain and the 18-55 lens doesn't get the greatest press.
#5
-BA-
Sooooooo tempted :/ but wondering whether to splash out for the NEX-5.Are the lenses very specific for these cameras? What I mean is, is the connector type individucal to the NEX range and do just Sony manufacture lenses for them?

The connector is individual to the NEX range; there is an adaptor (around £160) to allow you to use a-mount lenses - I'm not sure whether you can use auto-focus with the NEX-3/5 or it'll need a firmware update. Looking at the 'roadmap' at photography blog this seems very new technology - perhaps prices will drop or it may be best to wait for the new range of NEX cameras...

Edit: I should read my own links
Sony also announced a firmware upgrade will be made available in October supporting AF operation with both A-mount SAM and SSM lenses when using the optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor.


Edited By: wombat6025 on Sep 28, 2010 12:32: correction
#6
-BA-
Sooooooo tempted :/ but wondering whether to splash out for the NEX-5.

Are the lenses very specific for these cameras? What I mean is, is the connector type individucal to the NEX range and do just Sony manufacture lenses for them?

Lens mount is propriator Sony NEX. It is possible to mount Sony/Minolta A type lenses with an adapter (only manual focus) but this will make handling even worse, because the A-type lenses are so big. Very good photo quality but very little creative potential. If you want point-and-shoot you'll probably be happy with this camera.
#7
wombat6025
There's a detailed review of the pancake lens at dpreview; it seems well worth the £70-80 extra over the deal for the NEX-3 with 18-55 only they sell for around £200 separately.

Dpreview also have a detailed review of the NEX-3 and 5 here.

Personally I'd avoid these cameras with a bargepole - most reviews comment on manual control of the camera being a pain and the 18-55 lens doesn't get the greatest press.


The menu issues have been over played in my view, they are still easy to use and the new firmware out next month should sort it out. The 15-55 lens is fine and very good when stopped down a little. These are fantastic cameras for someone stepping up from a compact or for more experienced photographers who don't want to lug a large DSLR around.
#8
An expensive point and shoot at that!

pet2000
-BA-
Sooooooo tempted :/ but wondering whether to splash out for the NEX-5.Are the lenses very specific for these cameras? What I mean is, is the connector type individucal to the NEX range and do just Sony manufacture lenses for them?
Lens mount is propriator Sony NEX. It is possible to mount Sony/Minolta A type lenses with an adapter (only manual focus) but this will make handling even worse, because the A-type lenses are so big. Very good photo quality but very little creative potential. If you want point-and-shoot you'll probably be happy with this camera.
#9
Good price for the dual lens set
#10
now im really getting tempted, i was only saying to a mate yesterday that i think they'll keep dropping
shame its only the Red one is 389.99, fingers crissed it'll be 299 by christmas
#11
Still struggling what the point of this is? The reason to get a compact camera over a DSLR is that it can fit in your pocket. You still need to carry this in a shoulder bag like a DSLR so what's the advantage?
#12
Am confused! What's the difference between the nex-3 and this one being a nex-3-d?! The nex-3 is £419 on play so there must be a difference? Why can't they just do nex 3 or 5? Keep it simples!
#13
If you want a quality camera you can fit in a (large) pocket then the new Nikon P7000would be a better option. If you want interchangeable lens package then get a Panasonic G2 or GH1 (GH2) or similar as it is more compact and lighter than a normal D-SLR. An alternative is the Sony A33 or Nikon D3100.

Alternatly get a bridge camera like the Panasonic FZ38 or FZ100 so at least you get a viewfinder you can use in bright sunlight!

The NEX-3 and 5 seem to be too compromised.
#14
My problem with Sony NEX is that all-in-one zoom lens (18-200mm) is unusable-its sooo big (defeat the purpose of small body) and pricey as well (almost £700). And I need long zoom!
But for those who are happy with miniscule x3 zoom range....
#15
pet2000
-BA-
Sooooooo tempted :/ but wondering whether to splash out for the NEX-5.

Are the lenses very specific for these cameras? What I mean is, is the connector type individucal to the NEX range and do just Sony manufacture lenses for them?

Lens mount is propriator Sony NEX. It is possible to mount Sony/Minolta A type lenses with an adapter (only manual focus) but this will make handling even worse, because the A-type lenses are so big. Very good photo quality but very little creative potential. If you want point-and-shoot you'll probably be happy with this camera.


How do you work that out? Its a cracking camera for the priceSeems to be showing as £419 again now if you use the link.

Edited By: safc1967 on Sep 29, 2010 00:30: added some info
#16
Dpreview's review is worth reading before going for one of these I reckon. It has good image quality but it has a badly designed user interface (iA uses a very limited ISO range even tho the camera has great high ISO performance, in P,A etc mode it takes a lot of menu trawling to change settings like ISO), and also a 16mm f/2.8 prime lens is not exactly a good walkabout lens. A 35mm pancake would be a lot more tempting.
#17
just wonder how cheaply play bought them at.
#18
John Mason
[quote=wombat6025]The menu issues have been over played in my view, they are still easy to use and the new firmware out next month should sort it out. The 15-55 lens is fine and very good when stopped down a little. These are fantastic cameras for someone stepping up from a compact or for more experienced photographers who don't want to lug a large DSLR around.

Possibly you are right on the menu issues; however in my view firmware fixes can't add more / better controls to the camera - this is basically a point-and-shoot (like my panasonic FZ38) but with a proper lens and sensor - I'm sure it's perfect for some folks.

stonebear
...also a 16mm f/2.8 prime lens is not exactly a good walkabout lens. A 35mm pancake would be a lot more tempting.

The deal here has the 16mm pancake and 18-55 - that should be a good starting set while you wait for the new E-mount lenses to be released...
#19
wombat6025
Possibly you are right on the menu issues; however in my view firmware fixes can't add more / better controls to the camera - this is basically a point-and-shoot (like my panasonic FZ38) but with a proper lens and sensor - I'm sure it's perfect for some folks.


The new firmware fixes a lot of the gripes with the menu system and also lets 2 buttons become user programmable so can be assigned to a large number of functions such as ISO, white balance etc. They have also added support for autofocus on the Sony A mount lenses with the adapter if the lens has an autofocus motor in it.
#20
I have had the NEX5 since June and it's brilliant. I would say that it suits the advanced photographer better because of all the tinkering that you can do with it but it's low light ability is incredible and pretty good video too.
#21
These must be selling if they put the price up to £419.99
1 Like #22
I don't get the point of this sytle of camera.

If you want compact and quality buy a Panasonic LX5, a Canon Powershot G12 or a Sigma compact.
If you want something fairly small with DSLR quality and features get an Olympus or Pentax DSLR.

These mirrorless system cameras offer neither true compact size, nor SLR control.

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