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Sony Alpha NEX-3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1029 reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the lens and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the optics and reliability, while many are negative about the contrast and energy efficiency.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, lens

battery, viewfinder, zoom, energy, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the focus and zoom. There are mixed opinions on the viewfinder and lens.

usability, portability, image quality, size, performance

reliability, durability, zoom, focus

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and image quality. The performance and usability also get good views, whereas reviews about the battery and reliability are mixed. Many are critical about the glare and contrast.

portability, usability, performance, image quality, lens

viewfinder, energy, optics, contrast, glare

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony Alpha NEX-3 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

Offering DSLR quality in compact form, Sony's first hybrid camera also introduces HD video shooting and 3D panoramas to the Alpha range. How does it fair against existing rivals?

Very high quality photos, Tilt screen, Very compact body, Clever sweep panorama feature

Unfamiliar and over simplistic controls, Body almost too small, Image quality not quite as good as an SLR, Only 720p video, No built in flash of viewfinder

May, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is the not-so-identical twin of the Sony Alpha NEX-5 . There are cosmetic as well as technical differences, but the first thing to understand is the similarity. Importantly, both feature the same E-mount and will accept the same...

Vari-angle display, compact, well-built lenses, on-screen graphics can guide novices, excellent ISO noise handling

Controls are too obscured, screen reflections a problem in bright conditions, for best performance you have to dive into the settings and take control

For all the great advantages that the NEX-3 offers, there is always something that detracts. Great results from advanced shooting are obstructed by the controls. For all the work to shrink the camera in all directions, the lens still governs the...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha NEX-3 review

 

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is an interchangeable-lens camera with the sleek dimensions of a compact.

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is a good starter option, but both the second-generation Olympus PEN E-PL2 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 are more fully rounded packages.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Smalley (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Alpha NEX-3 review

 

The new firmware makes a remarkable difference and the NEX-3 produces identical image quality to the NEX-5. It's £110 cheaper and that makes it mighty attractive.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Sony Nex-3

 

The Sony Nex-3 is not a cheap option, but it is a quality option. You can pick up the majority of features this camera has with an entry level Digital SLR. It main attractions are its picture quality and a portability that a Digital SLR simply cannot...

Small size - clarity of pictures - build quality

Fiddly flash unit - limited range of compatible lenses with E mount - can overexpose photos

The Sony Nex-3 is not a cheap option, but it is a quality option. You can pick up the majority of features this camera has with an entry level Digital SLR and pay less if you prefer to. The main attractions are its picture quality and a portability...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Sony NEX-3 review

 

Sony's entry-level NEX-3 Micro System Camera is compact-like in appearance but has changeable lenses and produces DSLR quality. The What Digital Camera Sony NEX-3 review...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by (professionalphotographer.co.uk)

Sony announces further enhancements for NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras

 

A new firmware upgrade adds further operating refinements to the NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Mike Joubert (techsmart.co.za)

Sony Alpha NEX-3

 

Sony goes head to head with the Micro Four Thirds contingent with their petite Alpha NEX-3, a camera with a great screen and 720p video recording.

High shooting speed, excellent screen, good movie mode.

Takes its time to switch on, no flash, no quick access to certain key functionality.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Rosie Tanner (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Sony NEX-3

 

Meet the new wave of super-slim hybrids with interchangeable lenses

An excellent model, capable of fantastic images. Perfect for newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras or equally usable as a small second camera for DSLR users

Sep, 2010

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Sony NEX-3 Review and NEX-5 Preview

 

The latest arrival on the system camera scene is the Sony NEX-3. It is on test here with Will Cheung.

Sweep panorama mode; APS-C sensor; Great looks; 18-55 lens allows excellent grip; ISO range; Small body; APS-C sensor; Easy-to-use interface

Shooting tips dedicated button will be obsolete once it's been read

Jul, 2010

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