Sony NEX-3N in the Test

The new NEX entry-level Sony NEX-3N is only 450 euros at an unchanged 16-Megapixel resolution, something else is more compact than the NEX-F3, but lacks the accessory shoe. We undergo the mirrorless system camera to the test in the laboratory.

Sony NEX-3N in the Test

As currently the smallest system camera with APS-C sensor, the Sony NEX-3N probably most likely meets the needs of Compact camera car of all NEX models. The NEX-3N is smaller than the predecessor NEX-F3 and an ergonomic handle ensures that it lies well in the hand.

The 16-Megapixel Exmor HD sensor together with further developed image processor is good for maximum ISO of 16,000. However lacks a cleaning mode the sensor, it has only an antistatic dust protection cover.

Use and exposure

The housing of the Sony NEX-3N is very clear. There are only three items on the rear right side of the monitor, to the Flash button top left and right the movie button. The menu button calls six icons on the main menu groups. Navigated to with the 4 directional-rocker and swivel with OK button.

The folding monitor can be for self timer photos upwards up to 180 ° to the front.

In addition to the usual functions of exposure shows the Dial icon the “intelligent auto” in two versions, additionally sweep panorama and SCN with scene modes. Including contrast enhancement DRO or auto HDR, also 11 digital image effects and the creative modes see brightness/color.

Auto focus and speed

In the NEX-3N works the well-known Sony sensor contrast AF system with 25 points. The flexible Spot AF lets move almost in the entire image. The AF system derSony digital camera works with 0.37 s at 1000 lux still slightly faster than in the F3 and almost twice as fast as the hybrid AF of the NEX-5R. If the auto focus of the NEX-3N videos to retighten the sharpness, he needs enough light and contrast however, so this goes quickly. The colored edge drawing in the sharp areas is useful for manual focusing.

When shooting continuously , the NEX-3N with 4 B / s is not quite as fast as the others. Also the 3N-Pufferspeicher is smaller. The new power zoom lenses offer more a power zoom, but not purely mechanical. The motor Zoom can be set by rotating ring of the zoom, slide control left or a rocker switch on the shutter button collar, as he for the first time is on a NEX. Slide and rocker zoom with each same speed and allow a smoother zooming in videos. The manual Rotary ring but remains the more practical and precise solution for photos.

The memory card can be changed more quickly thanks to the lateral tray. HDMI and USB port behind the same flap.

Monitor and housing

The Sony NEX-3N has a 180 ° after top folding LCD monitor. He has only half of the resolution of F3 and 5R 153600 RGB pixels. A touchscreen function is missing the digital camera, as well as the Systemzubehörschuh of other NEX models. The integrated pop up mini Flash of the NEX-3N is very weak with code 3.

Loaded is known from other NEX models battery NP-FW50 in the camera via micro-USB connector. The SD card slot under the flap on the left side next to the mini-USB and mini-HDMI-ports is always easily accessible.

Image quality

In image quality, the Sony NEX-3N at the same level plays like its sister models of Sony NEX-F3 (Test) and Sony NEX-5R (test) . At ISO 100 and 400 scores it at maximum resolutions of 1,380 or 1,384 LP/bra. The NEX-3N is the relevant for a detailed impression of the image DL (dead leaves) values at ISO 100 with 1,132 LP/bra at a good level virtually neck and neck with F3 and 5R. At ISO 6,400 the 3N has the edge with another 885 LP/bra.

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Total DL curve progression shows a somewhat more moderate enhancement than the sister models of the 3N. But also the NEX-3N pulls the low frequencies in the contrast too far upwards. Kurtosis values of 3.3 at ISO 6,400 to 4.7 at 12,800 are available for losses in the detail drawing in the high ISO ranges. Here, the F3 hit better.

Moderate noise practically nothing has changed with V/N values starting with 0.7 at ISO 100 up 1.6 at ISO 12,800 compared to the F3. In the dynamics of the 3N offers the same values as the 5R and the average starting with 10.3/9.7/9.7 EV for the lower sensitivities practically over the entire ISO range about 0.3 EV better as the F3.

Compactness is trump card at the new Sony NEX-3N, who also wants to win compact camera riser with a clearly arranged housing for themselves. For get the menu extensive, remain but most clearly.

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Review conclusion

In overall performance, the Sony NEX-3N with 47 points , just behind NEX-F3 and NEX-5R is located. With similar image quality, a poorer facilities facing the compact size and the more moderate price.

NEX-3N buyer must waive the higher resolution LCD monitor and the Zubehörport for the on camera Flash, as well as the optional electronic viewfinder over the NEX-F3 . Both offers also the NEX-5R, plus touch-screen control and Wi-Fi, which overall is the more convincing NEX model if it does not arrive on the euro.