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Sony Alpha NEX-3 with 16mm f/2.8 (Silver)

Model: NEX3AS
SKU: SON-10630

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2x (Four-Thirds) Crop
14 Megapixels
2 Frames-Per-Second
HD (1080) Video
3" LCD
  • Description
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
The Sony a NEX-5 Digital Camera with an E-mount 16mm lens captures images with a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. This camera features a 3-inch LCD monitor as well. The Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens offers you impressive low-light performance so you can capture images wherever you are.



  • Smallest in class : This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera (as of April 2010). We removed the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, reducing the "flange back" distance from 44.5 mm to 18 mm. The result has all the quality of an a-DSLR, but is 48% smaller and 49% lighter than our a230.
  • Interchangeable lenses : Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for a-compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
  • APS-C size HD image sensor : The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized a-DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical3 image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between "snapshots" and "photographs," delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
  • HD movie recording : Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in the PC-friendly MP4 format. Shoot 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p.1
  • 14.2 megapixel resolution : You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • Up to 7 frames per second : You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • ISO 12800 sensitivity : Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. As of April 2010, this is best-in-class performance, made possible by low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
  • Sweep Panorama : Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
  • Anti Motion Blur mode : Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode : Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
  • Auto HDR built into camera : High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Live View LCD : The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
  • Tiltable 3" LCD screen4 : Empowers your photography with a different point or view. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
  • 920K pixel TruBlack LCD screen : Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has best-in-class resolution (as of April 2010). The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.
  • Fast Auto Focus : Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony's fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.10
  • Intelligent Auto Focus : Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.10
  • iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode : Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
  • On-screen Help Guide : Provides ready reference, explains the camera's modes and settings. Walks you through camera operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication.
  • On-screen Shooting Tips : Offers expert advice so you can shoot like a pro.
  • Control Wheel + Soft Keys : Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-3 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive.
  • Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor : Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The NEX-3 Exmor sensor provides 4,592 column-parallel A/D converters. You get fast response, superb image clarity.
  • BIONZ image processor : The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 megapixel images. Sweep Panorama and 6 image layering.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) : Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • Accepts a-DSLR A-mount lenses6 : Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of  A-mount system lenses, which includes 28 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.6
  • 25-point Auto Focus : 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.10
  • Multi-segment measuring : Optimizes exposure based on 49 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
  • Manual Focus Assist : Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.
  • RAW image capture : The NEX-3 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
  • "Background Defocus" control : Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you've had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus.
  • Accepts image stabilized lenses : Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light.
  • Powerful supplied software11 : To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).11
  • Face Detection technology : The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
  • Smile Shutter technology : Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
  • HDMI output for HD viewing : Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output.8 In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote7.
  • Eight Scene Selection Modes : These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Night Shot modes.
  • Six Creative Style settings : Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
  • P/A/S/M operating modes : The NEX-3 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
  • Anti-Dust Technology : Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
  • Up to 300 Shots8 of battery life : Take up to 300 shots on a single charge8 with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
  • Supplied detachable flash : To help you shoot more effectively in formal portraits, the supplied flash has a Guide Number of 7.
  • Dual Media Slots : For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required. All are sold separately.)
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility9 : Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.
  • Index and Slide Show Display : Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
  • Footnotes:
    1. Movie recording is limited to segments of 29 minutes, maximum. When using movie mode Memory Stick PRO Duo with MARK2 logo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo or Class 4 or higher for SD/SDHC media are recommended.
    2. More than 13 times the area of 1/2.4-inch type sensor of the Sony DSC-WX1.
    3. World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera as of April 2010
    4. Viewable area measured diagonally
    5. 48.8% smaller and 49.1% lighter compared to Sony a230.
    6. Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately). Manual focus and full open aperture shooting only.
    7. Works with other BRAVIA Sync or Theatre Sync labeled HDTVs when connected via HDMI interface. Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable required, sold separately.
    8. When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
    9. Compatible BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI or component cable (all sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications for BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.
    10. Auto Focus function is only available with Sony E-Mount lenses.
    11. PMB requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7. Mac OS not supported. Movie format is compatible with iMovie '09 or later versions.
    12. HD Viewing requires a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.

In The Box

  • Sony NEX-3 Body
  • SEL16F28 E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens
  • Lens cap
  • HVL-F7S detachable flash
  • Case for flash
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • Power cord
  • NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable (Mini B)
  • CD-ROM

Additional Information

Manufacturer Sony
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Megapixels 14
Crop Factor 2x (Four-Thirds)
Frames-Per-Second 2
Best Available Video Mode HD (1080)
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Weather-sealed None
Mounts Micro Four-Thirds

Advanced User Interface: Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Face Detection: Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
Shooting Tips: 80 expert advice shooting tips
Smile Shutter: Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Sweep Panorama: Horizontal and Vertical Panorama
Camera Type: Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera Lens Compatibility: Sony E-mount lens, (Sony a lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
Lens Converstion Factor: 1.5x
Lens Mount: Sony E-mount
Burst Buffer: JPEG (unlimited to card capacity) RAW (8 shots) RAW+JPEG (5 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (2.3fps) Speed Priority (7fps)
Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing; Remote
Flash Sync Speed: 1/160 seconds
Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 - 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Auto Exposure Lock: Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
Color Temperature: 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
D-Range Optimizer: Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation: ±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings: iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
ISO: Auto, 200 to 12800
Metering: 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction: Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak)
Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
White Balance Mode: Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature,Custom
Flash Bracketing: 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
Flash Compensation: +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type: Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
Guide Number: 7 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec
AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type
AF Modes: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area: Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Features: Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
Focus Points: 25 points
Focus Sensitivity: 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Focus System: Contrast AF
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus
Anti-Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Imaging Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Pixel Gross: Approx. 14.6 megapixels
Processor: BIONZ image processor
BRAVIA Sync: Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect: Yes, via USB
HD Output: HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot: Dual slot: - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control: Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
Coverage: 100%
Customization: Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
Histogram: Yes (On/off)
Live View: Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
Type: 3" TFT TruBlack LCD (921,600 pixels)
Operating Temperature: 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
Aperture (Max.): F2.8
Aperture (Min.): F22
Blades: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Focal Length: 24mm (35mm equivalent)
Lens Groups-Elements: 5 groups, 5 elements (1 aspheric surfaces)
Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount
Lens Type: E-mount 16mm F2.8
Magnification 0.073x (APS-C)
Minimum Focus Distance: 9.4" (0.24m)
Non-rotating Focusing Ring: No rotation
Battery Type: InfoLitium NP-FW50,7.2V
Number of Shots: Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
Audio Format: MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9: L (12M): 4592 X 2576 M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872 S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
Still Image Size 3:2: L (14M): 4592 X 3056 M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224 S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
Video Format: MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode: MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p
Limited Warranty Term: 1 Year Parts & Labor
Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
Supplied Software: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 4.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.1 Image Data Lightbox SR
Dimensions (Approx.): Appx 4-3/8 × 2-3/8 × 1-9/16" (110.8x58.8x38.2mm) (W/H/D); 15/16" (24.2mm) excl grip & lens mount
Weight (Approx.): Approx. 8.1 oz (229g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 10.1 oz (287g) (w/battery & media))
  • SEL16F28 E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens
  • Lens cap
  • Lens rear cap
  • HVL-F7S detachable flash
  • Case for flash
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • Power cord
  • NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable (Mini B)
  • CD-ROM

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