Sony NEX-3 with 16mm Lens 14 Megapixel Digital Camera with Tiltable LCD, Sweep Panorama, Live View, up to 7 fps shooting, Black - NEX3A/B

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Product Overview

So small, yet so good
Sony has engineered an impressively small camera that takes incredibly good photographs. In fact, the a NEX-3 camera has all quality of a DSLR in about half the size and weight5. Pulling off this minor miracle took some clever innovations in glass, silicon and software code.

Bigger Sensor, Better Pictures

Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living In technical terms, the APS-C image sensor is 13 times the size of the typical sensor. In human terms, you'll be taking photographs, not snapshots. The bigger sensor means softer backgrounds, for more attractive portraits. You'll see better into the dark after sunset, and all your pictures will benefit from 14.2 megapixel resolution.

World's Smallest and Lightest

Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living The NEX-3 delivers the quality of a DSLR in a camera that's ready to go wherever you go. In fact, this is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (as of April 2010). It's roughly half the size and weight of Sony's smallest, lightest DSLR, the a230.

The Creativity of Changing Lenses

Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living The beauty of SLR photography is the ability to change lenses to match your shooting situation. Now Sony brings that beauty to a compact camera. The NEX-3 gives you a choice of dedicated E-mount lenses, plus a choice of 28 A-mount lenses via an adaptor, sold separately.

Expect More from a Camera

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HD Movie

Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in the PC-friendly MP4 format. The NEX-3 gives you a choice of 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p.

Sophistication Made Simple

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Product Measurement

The performance of a DSLR without the size and weight. The Sony a NEX-3 stands apart as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera (as of April 2010). Experience gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots and Live View on a tilting 3.0" LCD (measured diagonally). Additionally, this a NEX-3 camera comes with an E-mount 18-55mm lens.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# NEX3A/B
SKU 215984536
UPC 027242785564
UPC 14 00027242785564
Smallest in class
HD movie recording
ISO 12800 sensitivity
Anti Motion Blur mode
Live View LCD
Fast Auto Focus
On-screen Help Guide
Sony Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Accepts a DSLR A-mount lenses
Manual Focus Assist
Accepts image stabilized lenses
Smile Shutter™ technology
Six Creative Style settings
Up to 300 Shots8 of battery life
PhotoTV HD compatibility
Interchangeable lenses
14.2 megapixel resolution
Sweep Panorama
Hand-held Twilight Mode
Tiltable 3” LCD screen
Intelligent Auto Focus
On-screen Shooting Tips
BIONZ® image processor
25-point Auto Focus
RAW image capture
Powerful supplied software
HDMI™ output for HD viewing
P/A/S/M operating modes
Supplied detachable flash
Index and Slide Show Display
APS-C size HD image sensor
Up to 7 frames per second
3D Panorama
Auto HDR built into camera
920K pixel TruBlack™ LCD screen
iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode
Control Wheel + Soft Keys
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Multi-segment measuring
"Background Defocus" control
Face Detection technology
Eight Scene Selection Modes
Anti-Dust Technology
Dual Media Slots
In the Box
SEL16F28 E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens
Case for flash
NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
Lens cap
BC-VW1 Battery Charger
Shoulder strap
HVL-F7S detachable flash
Power cord
USB cable (Mini B)
Tech Specs
Drive System:
Burst Buffer : JPEG (unlimited to card capacity) RAW (8 shots) RAW+JPEG (5 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (2.3fps) Speed Priority (7fps)
Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing
Flash Sync Speed : 1/160 seconds
Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds : 1/4000 - 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Focus Control:
Focus System : Contrast AF
Focus Points : 25 points
AF Modes : Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Sensitivity : 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focus
Focus Features : Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
AF Illuminator : Built-in, LED type
Advanced Features:
Face Detection : Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
Smile Shutter™ technology : Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Advanced User Interface : Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur : 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Shooting Tips : 80 expert advice shooting tips
Sweep Panorama : Horizontal, Vertical, and 3D Panorama
Imaging Sensor:
Imaging Sensor : Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
Anti-Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross : Approx. 14.6 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5x
Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
Lens Type : E-mount 16mm F2.8
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
Aperture (Max.) : F2.8
Aperture (Min.) : F22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 24mm (35mm equivalent)
Filter Diameter : 49mm
Lens Groups-Elements : 5 groups, 5 elements (1 aspheric surfaces)
Minimum Focus Distance : 9.4" (0.24m)
Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture?
Non-rotating Focusing Ring : No rotation
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect : Yes, via USB
HD Output : HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot : Dual slot: - Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync™ enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Weights and Measurements:
Dimensions (Approx.) : Appx 4-5/8 × 2-1/2 × 1-3/8" (117.2x62.6x33.4mm) (W/H/D); 1" (25.4mm) excl grip and lens mount
Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 8.4 oz (239g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 10.5 oz (297g) (w/battery & media)
Magnification : 0.073x (APS-C)
Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount lens, (Sony a lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
Lens Mount : Sony E-mount
Camera Type : Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Flash Bracketing : 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
Flash Compensation : +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes : Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type : Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
Guide Number : 7 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space : sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 : L (12M): 4592 X 2576 M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872 S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
Still Image Size 3:2 : L (14M): 4592 X 3056 M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224 S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
Video Format : MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution : MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p
Audio Format : MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Exposure System:
Auto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation : ±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings : iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
ISO : Auto, 200 to 12800
Metering : 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity : 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction : Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak)
Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
White Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature,Custom
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50,7.2V
Number of Still Images : Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
Service and Warranty Information:
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
LCD Display:
LCD Type : 3” TFT TruBlack™ LCD (921,600 pixels)
Angle Adjustment : Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control : Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
Coverage : 100%
Live View : Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display : Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
Histogram : Yes (On/off)
Grid Display : Yes (On/off)
Customization : Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 4.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.1 Image Data Lightbox SR
Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 14.2
Color Black
Color Class Black
Focal Length (mm) 16
Focus Mode Auto
Max Shutter Speed o 1/4000
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO Duo
Min Shutter Speed 30
Minimum Aperture f/2.8
Product Line alpha
Resolution 4592 x 3056
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