Following weeks of speculation, Sony has announced the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor, called NEX-3N.
Sony has officially introduced the NEX-3N mirrorless camera, a replacement for the older NEX-F3. The company did not wait for the PlayStation event, which takes place later today or for February 25th, like previously rumored to reveal the next-gen entry-level mirrorless shooter.
Sony NEX-3N, an entry-level camera with plenty of features
The Sony NEX-3N is the company’s first camera in this series with an electronic zoom lever. The mirrorless shooter also features a 3-inch tilting LCD screen, which comes in handy when taking self-portraits. The zoom lever will also lend a hand when taking such photos.
The PlayStation maker has addressed another important problem of many beginner photographers: composition. The so-called Auto Object Framing is a new feature which can automatically detect the scene and then automatically crop a photo, in order to make the images look more professional.
As stated above, Sony has confirmed that this is the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor and a pop-up flash. It weighs only 210 grams (without the batteries) and measures 4.33 x 2.44 x 1.38 inches.
The camera is powered by a BIONZ processor with noise reduction technology. It supports a maximum ISO of 16,000, enough sensitivity to take good photos even in low-light conditions. According to Sony, very little noise will be spotted in photos taken in dim light.
Spec sheet and availability
The Sony NEX-3N features a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor, RAW support, 25 focus points, electronic viewfinder, full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording, SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card support, and a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom E-mount lens.
Moreover, this is the first Sony NEX camera to support the company’s new Triluminos Color. This technology is intended for Bravia TVs which boast support for Triluminos Display. It displays “vivid, ultra-realistic” images and videos on Bravia HDTVs.
No less than 13 Sony and Carl Zeiss lenses are available for the NEX3-N. Photographers can choose from zoom, macro, telephoto, and wide-angle E-mount lenses to match their needs.
Sony NEX-3N’s release date is scheduled for mid-March with a price tag of £399.