Sony has announced the impending release of the NEX-3N, which will replace the NEX-3F at the entry-level point in its E-mount interchangeable-lens compact camera line-up.


The new Sony NEX-3N, shown with the SELP 1650 zoom lens, which will be offered as the standard kit lens with the new camera. (Source: Sony.)

Weighing approximately 210grams, the NEX-3N features 16.1-megapixel effective resolution and comes with a 180 ° tiltable LCD screen and  built-in pop-up flash. A new zoom lever, similar to those on Sony’s Cyber-shots,  provides easy control over the lens focal length plus adjustment to the digital zoom position with unpowered lenses. It also enables one-handed portrait framing. The new camera also features Auto Object Framing, which enables it to evaluate the scene and  automatically crop the shot to create more attractively-framed compositions.


A pop-up flash adds versatility to the new camera.(Source: Sony.)

Other features include the ability to create background blurring with  E-mount lenses and record Full HD movies, although with a limited range of frame sizes. The camera’s large sensor also boosts maximum sensitivity to ISO 16000. It’s complemented by an evolved BIONZ processor with the same area-specific noise reduction techniques  as used by the processor in the A99 camera. The NEX-3N is also the first NEX interchangeable lens camera from Sony that offers support for new ‘TRILUMINOS Colour’, which provides an expanded colour palette for images and movies displayed on Sony’s BRAVIA TV sets. The new camera is scheduled for release in Europe next month.

Technical specifications



Image sensor

Exmor APS HD CMOS with approx. 16.1 effective megapixels

Autofocus system

Contrast-detection with 25 AF points

ISO sensitivity range

Still images: ISO 200 ““ 16000

Movies: ISO 200 ““ 3200 equivalent

Movie recording format

AVCHD 50i/25p

Optical viewfinder


LCD screen

7.5cm / 3.0-type, 460K-dot; tilt angle up 180 °

Continuous shooting

4 fps (approx.)

Picture Effect

11 modes, 15 effects

Battery life (approx.)

480 shots (CIPA standard)

Connections / interfaces

Multi/Micro USB* (allows charging); HDMI Type D

*Supports Micro USB compatible device

Built-in flash

GN4; ISO 100 ·m / (GN6; ISO 200 ·m)


109.9 x 62.0 x 34.6 mm (approx.)

Weight (with battery and memory card; approx.)

269 grams

Weight (body only; approx.)

210 grams