Sony NEX-3N CSC - Providing Excellent Image Quality Without Affecting The Processing Or Design (Part 2)

9/15/2013 11:50:35 AM


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There’s some red-eye phenomenon which is visible in portrait shooting with flash, though the skin tone and the color are good. Light and color are good with brilliant saturated results in many cases. The images show good detail level, though the slightly sharper results may happen due to the sharp images on your laptop or the changes in colors settings in the camera.

Lens quality

Testing images from the lens

Testing images from the lens

16-50mm OSS PZ lens works well with a compact toggling electric zoom lens , with the good level of detail at the corner despite using it at widest setting or farthest zoom. Macroscopic mode is not the main point of PZ 16-50mm lens, and we find that it has struggled to have a perfectly sharp image at the closest focusing distance. However, the best result is obtainable when using the lens at the distance of 30-38mm, as this allows us to get closest to the object.

Illustrating images and pincushion-shape distorted image are well processed, though if you see the raw files, there’re heavily distorted images, illustrative images and other faults need correcting. If you shoot JPEG, then the camera does an amazing job which is edit these problems automatically, and there’re some additional options to peripheral shade (illustrative images), and chromatic aberration.

ISO image noise level

ISO testing images

ISO testing images

ISO standard is very good at ISO 200 and ISO 400 with very little visible image noise. at ISO 800 there’s noise but it’s mild. Noise level increase once again at ISO 1600, but details remain pretty good and noise level is nothing to worry about. Image noise becomes more noticeable at ISO 3200, and details begin to be affected. Details are lost at ISO 6400 as the noise increases; however, the company handles well in controlling image noise level and providing useful images. At ISO 12800 noise again increases and the details are affected, and that’s the time we recommend you using cautiously, as the images may need to continue going through the process or change the size before using.

White balance effect

White balance testing images

White balance testing images

Auto white balance (AWB) produces a pretty warm result under tungsten light with tungsten preset offering a better result. AWB works well under fluorescent light, with the fluorescent presets giving a slightly cold tune – though there’re some fluorescent preset for choosing, we prefer the AWB results.

Panoramic mode

Panoramic | 1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 16.0 mm | ISO 200

Panoramic | 1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 16.0 mm | ISO 200

Panoramic mode allows you to simply pan the camera while holding the shutter button, the camera auto joins the images together. The images have good detail level and are well-joined.

Operating range is good, and it can improve operating range, using dynamic range optimization (DRO), or HDR shooting option includes auto or manual selection. The raw files are not saved when using at HDR mode, though it will save the JPEG version of the image (no HDR).

Digital filter

Digital filter

Digital filter

When using the image effects, the camera records the JPEG changes but doesn’t allow you to use this feature with raw shooting. There’re available color selections that can be customized, allowing you to set up the contrast, saturation and sharpness.


Video is recorded at AVCHD or MP4 format, at 50i or 25p 1080p, with lower res than when recording MP4. Quality seems to be good though having ripples is noticeable in area with high detail level. By using the zoom lens there’re some different ways to control zooming in, including the rotational ring on the front of the lens, near-by zoom and zoom control on the top. Reducing wind noise is available in the menu setting, and some noises can be heard when using zoom.


Sony NEX-3N is a mirror less camera, and though the price is low, it doesn’t feel like a budget product, with compelling and useful compact 16-50mm OSS electric lens, it’s available at $487.5, being one of the cheapest mirror less camera at present. Sony NEX-5R, with Wi-Fi and touch screen are the next steps, however, it costs about $748.5 with a 16-50mm kit lens. The considerable alternatives include: Nikon 1 S1, 10MP, $622.5, Samsung NX1000, 20mp, Wi-Fi, $388.5, Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2, 16MP, Wi-Fi, $600, Panasonic Lumix GF6, 16MP, Wi-Fi, $748.5.

You will also need to buy a memory card and a sleeve or bag to keep your camera safe and protected – depending on our full instruction to buy the camera bag.


Sony NEX-3N is an amazing mirror less camera, providing excellent image quality, without affecting the processing or design. This camera has 3 inch tilted screen with good res, and it has flash, as well as some options that will be suitable for beginners or those who’re looking for more creativity when shooting. 16-50mm OSS PZ lens option makes Sony NEX-3N become extremely compact and can be put into your pocket but still provide you an amazing wide-angled lens, and SLR digital image quality thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor. With more advanced photographers, the center focusing feature will be used for anyone who uses the adapter and lens manually.

The price of about $487.5 with flexible wide-angled 16-50mm OSS PZ lens, NEX-3N is affordable for the budget, cheaper than most of other mirror less cameras, as well as cheaper (and more compact) than most of the SLR digital cameras. This camera should be on your list, especially when it comes with the compact wide-angled 16-50mm OSS electric zoom lens. To beginners or those who want to use a compact mirror less camera, without the allowance of the budget, Sony NEX-3N should be recommended.


·         Good image quality

·         Image noise processing

·         Good color reproduction

·         Fast processing

·         Panoramic mode

·         Info Lithium battery at 480 shots

·         Wide-angled 16-50 mm electric zoom lens

·         Affordable price


·         Lack of touch screen

·         ISO 100 option will be better

·         Ripples are visible in the video

·         Image effect is JPEG (raw is not available)

Technical specs

Image sensor

·         CCD pixels: 16.1 Mp (Megapixels)

·         Pixels (W): 4912

·         Pixels (H): 3264

·         Sensor type: CMOS

·         Sensor size: APS-C

·         Sensor size (width): 23.5 mm

·         Sensor size (height) : 15.6 mm

·         Image aspect ratio: 3:2, 16:9


LCD screen

·         LCD screen: 3in   

·         Screen res: 460k dot

·         Touch screen: No


Focusing process

·         Focusing mode: auto


Brightness adjustment

·         Shortest shutter speed: 1/ 4,000 sec

·         Longest shutter speed: 30 sec     

·         Light mode: Program, Scene modes, Manual, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, AB

·         Format: Centre-weighted – Average, Multi Pattern, Spot

·         ISO light sensitivity: 100-16,000

·         White balance: auto, manual, outdoor/daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, shade

·         Exposure: +/-3



·         Lens res: no data 


Shooting option

·         Continuous shooting: 4fps



·         Filming mode: yes

·         Res: 1,920x1,080

·         Video FPS: 25p, 50p

·         Stereo sound: yes

·         Video close-up zoom: yes


Other features

·         Image stabilization: no



·         HDMI: yes

·         USB: USB 2



·         Memory type: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS

·         File type: RAW, JPG, RAW+JPG


Power source

·         Battery type: NP-FW50

·         CIPA reading: 480


Coming with the box

·         Camera

·         Battery Charger

·         Info lithium Battery (NP-FW50)

·         Shoulder strap

·         USB Cable

·         Flash

·         CD-ROM

·         Standard Zoom Lens (18-55 mm OSS)



·         Weight: 210 g       

·         Width: 109.9 mm

·         Height: 62 mm

·         Depth: 34.6 mm


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