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Sony NEX-3 Compact Digital Camera / 18-55mm Lens / Silver £319 @ Play.com
Sony NEX-3 Compact Digital Camera / 18-55mm Lens / Silver £319 @ Play.com

Sony NEX-3 Compact Digital Camera / 18-55mm Lens / Silver £319 @ Play.com

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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
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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Great step-up from a compact, and great price.

Good price, wonder if Play.com are included in the approved VAT cashback retailers?

Jammer

Good price, wonder if Play.com are included in the approved VAT cashback … Good price, wonder if Play.com are included in the approved VAT cashback retailers?



They are, but this camera isn't included in the VAT back offer. The NEX-5 is.

"DSLR style quality"

What does that mean exactly? Meaningless drivel in my opinion.

londislagerhound

"DSLR style quality"What does that mean exactly? Meaningless drivel in my … "DSLR style quality"What does that mean exactly? Meaningless drivel in my opinion.



Its obvious what it means.... images at dslr quality. The question is whether it actually lives up to this. It is much more likely than on normal compacts due to it having a much bigger sensor, to allow more light and so on into the camera. All these things make a difference to the overall image quality.

Compacts = small sensors + lots of megapixels = poorer quality
This = a larger sensor + lots of megapixels = much improved quality
SLR's = a much bigger sensor + lots of megapixels = significantly superior quality.

In my opinion this will be really quite a surprising step up from standard compact quality and will really be pretty good. But I would be very surprised if it lived up to true slr quality.... although having said this, unless you are a real photo expert (which I'm not) I doubt you would notice. SLR's also have things like greater aperture control, shutter priority etc and these all combine to give a huge advantage in creating a good photo. Things such as 3 point autofocus systems and so on don't tend to show up in compacts. These appear to try and bridge this gap, but saying SLR quality is a pretty bold claim. They could well be right, and it will certainly be a great improvement - but see what the reviews say first.
Edited by: "williamj1" 23rd Dec 2010

What this like compared to a Panasonic TZ10 ? As they are a lot cheaper but on paper seem just as good ?

jamadaia

What this like compared to a Panasonic TZ10 ? As they are a lot cheaper … What this like compared to a Panasonic TZ10 ? As they are a lot cheaper but on paper seem just as good ?



The TZ10 and NEX-3 are two different types of camera. While the TZ10 has a massive zoom range it has a small sensor and therefore struggles in low light. You need to decide what type of camera you need.

If you are looking for DSLR quality in in a smaller package the the NEX-3 would be a good choice. But if you want a compact travel camera you will find the TZ10 excellent. This is all from personal experience as I own both.

The sensor in the NEX 3 i sthe same size and type used in a full size SLR
This is about 4 times the size of the sensor in a comapct camera such as a TZ10
It is confusing to undeerstand because both compact cameras and SLRs and Compact system cameras such as these qoute a similar number of pixles - ie 12 megapixells etc
This does not mean that they will take the same quality picture due to the size of the sensor
The lens optics on NEX 3 / 5 will also be superior and let in more light for more vivid pictures
Hope this helps a bit

williamj1

Its obvious what it means.... images at dslr quality.



Yes, but it says 'DSLR style'. Now that's like 'Maple flavour syrup' i.e - syrup that isn't genuine Maple syrup.

So what are 'DSLR style' images?

londislagerhound

Yes, but it says 'DSLR style'. Now that's like 'Maple flavour syrup' i.e … Yes, but it says 'DSLR style'. Now that's like 'Maple flavour syrup' i.e - syrup that isn't genuine Maple syrup.So what are 'DSLR style' images?

The main thing it means is shallower depth of field than a compact camera, i.e. you get nice blurred backgrounds to your subjects. It should also perform better in low light (less noise or blur). There are plenty of explanations of this out there on the net.

twas £20 cheaper a few days ago. **** the uk's ancient chequeing system...

pibpob

The main thing it means is shallower depth of field than a compact … The main thing it means is shallower depth of field than a compact camera, i.e. you get nice blurred backgrounds to your subjects. It should also perform better in low light (less noise or blur). There are plenty of explanations of this out there on the net.



Ah right. That's a reasonable answer and as a pretty competent photographer it hadn't occurred to me.

Depth of field is what seperates snapshots from photographs in my opinion, but interestingly I don't think Joe Public knows that. They know that certain photographs look more 'professional' than others but I'm not sure they know why.

For me THE huge drawback of compact cameras is that everything is always close to being in focus, and until you get a fast lens and a decent sized sensor I guess that's always going to be the case.

Do note that it doesn't have a built in flash if you are wanting to use it as a point-and-shoot type camera and that due to having a larger sensor, it'll need larger lenses to get the zoom range you would get off something like the TZ10. Saying that the pictures will be less grainy and will be better in lower light with less need for a flash, but where it's really dark you'll need to use an external flash.

I would have considered one, but if I'm wanting something portable, I don't want to be carrying around a separate flash.
Edited by: "andrewpmoore" 24th Dec 2010

it does come with a external flash, which is very small (here) but from what i read it is a tad bit fidderly to get on and off.

it does come with a external flash, which is very small (here) but from what i read it is a tad bit fidderly to get on and off.

p.nwood

it does come with a external flash, which is very small (here) but from … it does come with a external flash, which is very small (here) but from what i read it is a tad bit fidderly to get on and off.



Is there an echo in here?

John Mason

Is there an echo in here?



woops my bad. must have refreshed the page when i turned ma computer back on.

does anyone have the cost/link for the pancake 16mm lens only?

Expired. Back up to £423.99.

Jan sales over already?
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