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Superior shooting on the cheap

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Sony's latest entry-level mirrorless camera is hard to beat.

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7.7
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    8.0
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    7.0
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    9.0
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8.0
Engadget Apr 17, 2013

Is this Sony's strongest NEX to date? No, it's not. But it's by far the most impressive entry-level Sony ILC we've seen, and one of the very best options for less than 600 bucks.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 12, 2013

The Sony Alpha NEX-3N isn't as good a performer as its predecessor, but it does include a collapsible power zoom lens and it comes at a lower price.

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7.0
Reviewed.com Cameras May 15, 2013

With the NEX-3N, Sony's put together a winning package, hitting the sweet spot in price and features. Although this camera isn't perfect (as we found with its video features), many first-time camera buyers will probably love it anyway.

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8.0
Digital Versus Mar 7, 2013

The Sony NEX-3N is our new star model in the entry-level mirrorless camera market. With the kind of quality and versatility you'd usually expect from an SLR all packed into a camera that's smaller than many expert compacts, this NEX has enormous potential.

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8.0
TechRadar May 1, 2013

What we have here is something that anybody can pick up and be assured of great image quality. It's a shame that there are a few small bugbears along the way with operability ... but overall this is a very competent compact system camera.

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MSN Mar 19, 2013

The Sony NEX-3N makes an ideal middle ground solution, offering much more power than you’ll ever get from even the best compacts out there, while being a lot more slender than a big and bulky DSLR that’ll need to be lugged around along with lenses too.

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9.0
The Phoblographer Apr 29, 2013

For the person getting into the mirrorless camera world, the NEX 3N is perhaps the best choice. Not only are the controls simple for the person who would use this camera, but the image quality is also really, really good except at the higher ISOs.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jun 10, 2013

The Sony NEX-3N is one of the cheapest compact system cameras on the market, but remarkably it's also one of the more accomplished, providing an intuitive upgrade path for compact camera owners, or simply being a small and light camera that delivers great results.

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Engadget Feb 28, 2013

While its predecessor, the F3, seemed a bit like a mini NEX-7 in a few ways, the 3N is focused on being as compact as possible (it weighs just about 7.5 ounces). This time, the camera itself is a semi-svelte slab, with small rubber grips added-on.

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Digital Photography Review Feb 25, 2013

Despite its down-sizing, the NEX-3N fits pretty well in the hand. ... The small and smooth zoom lever is a little subtle but can still be operated without any great difficulty.

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CNET Feb 28, 2013

The most notable thing about Sony's new Alpha NEX-3N is the price: list of $500 for the kit with a power zoom lens... while it's not as low as I'd like for a model designed to appeal to potential point-and-shoot upgraders, it's certainly a step in the right direction in a generally overpriced field.

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Gizmodo Feb 28, 2013

The 3N handled well despite its small size. The side grip is slim, but just big enough for your hand to really latch onto. The buttons all felt familiar and totally adequate.

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Imaging Resource Feb 25, 2013

And so, I return to my initial question: does the NEX-3N better its predecessor? My answer, so far, is a definite "maybe." There are more than a few changes I like, and equally, several that concern me.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Mar 5, 2013

It’s a well-built camera that closely follows the design of other NEX models. Advanced shooters will probably be happier with something a little further up the NEX hierarchy, but the 3N should be a great option for people who want to learn at their own pace.

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TechRadar Feb 19, 2013

As it stands, Sony says that people have been willing to spend extra to get the NEX-5R, with its more premium construction and extra features. It'll therefore be interesting to see if the new NEX-3N can tempt even more users to trade up from their compact cameras.

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T3 Feb 20, 2013

At first glance, the Sony NEX-3N looks like a worthy successor to the NEX-F3, with the re-designed chassis, new processor, additional zoom lever, and Auto Object Framing mode offering compelling reasons to buy.

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DigitalCameraReview Mar 6, 2013

I believe it does a good job of bridging the gap between point-and-shoots and ILCs. It was able to produce strong enough images to please ILC newbies and even those that have been around the block a time or two.

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ePHOTOzine Feb 19, 2013

The new Sony NEX-3N is Sony's latest entry level mirrorless compact system camera, and is the World's smallest APS-C sized sensor mirrorless camera, it even has a built in pop-up flash. The camera has been redesigned, with improved handling and a more classic design.

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Expert Reviews Feb 26, 2013

Generally though, we're very optimistic about the new Sony NEX-3N. it's not a revolution, but the new slimmer and lighter design, the new kit lens and other tweaks all make it an impressive step up.

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The Phoblographer Feb 28, 2013

It still seems a bit too plain vanilla for me personally as an advanced user. But if you’re just stepping into the interchangeable lens market world, then this may be the one for you with the zoom lever, excellent image quality, and the really sweet LCD screen.

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Photography Blog Feb 20, 2013

Want to see exactly what the new Sony NEX-3N compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony NEX-3N compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous NEX-F3 model and the more expensive NEX-5R camera.

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9.0
maxaudet maxaudet

Replaced my NEX-F3 for the new NEX-3N mostly because it's a lot smaller. I had an AF issue with the first I bought but I got it exchanged and so far so good. I really love the size of it. It doesn't have the port for accessories but I don't care as I never used it with my F3. Image quality is...

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