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Alpha NEX-3N with 16-50mm Lens

16.1MP Exmor® APS-C Sensor, Motor Zoom Lever, 180-Degree Table LCD, AVCHD™ 1080/60i/24p HD Movies, Built-in Flash, Up to ISO 16000 Sensitivity, Advanced Noise Reduction, Intelligent AF, Up to 4fps, 16-50mm Retractable Zoom Lens


Every Detail of Life, Beautifully Revealed

Meet your new partner for capturing life's most inspiring moments. The Alpha NEX-3N delivers high-resolution photos and exquisite Full HD movies, all with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. This thoughtfully designed, feature-filled interchangeable-lens camera features a large APS-C size sensor, a built-in pop-up flash, 4fps continuous shooting and much more. The 180-degree tiltable LCD makes self-portraits foolproof and fun. And with Auto Object Framing, it's easy to produce beautifully balanced, perfectly framed shots of nearly any subject.


"By far the most impressive entry-level Sony ILC (interchangeable lens camera) we've seen...It's a fantastically capable camera, and it looks great, too."


Large Sensor for Gorgeous Images

The NEX-3N features a large 16.1-Megapixel Exmor HD APS-C sensor – the same sensor format typically found in full-size DSLR cameras. Combined with premium Sony CMOS technology, the NEX-3N achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise. You'll achieve lavishly detailed photos that make lovely enlargements, not to mention Full HD video of incredible richness and clarity.


Smooth zoom.

The easily-accessible zoom lever on the body of the camera allows effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming – even when shooting self-portraits – bringing compact camera convenience to the realm of interchangeable-lens models.


Self-Portraits Made Easy

Thanks to the NEX-3N's tiltable LCD screen, snapping self-portraits has never been easier – or more successful. Say goodbye to all those throwaways – since the LCD screen flips up a whole 180 degrees, you can make sure you're perfectly positioned in the frame before pressing the shutter. Include your friends for a group shot, experiment with interesting angles, or star in your own video clip.


Fantastic Full HD video.

Record stunning, high-quality movies at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution in either 60i or 24p frames per second (records in 29-minute segments). Choose the AVCHD™ codec for exquisite Blu-ray Disc™ picture quality, or record in the PC-friendly MP4 format which lets you compress files for easy upload to sites like Facebook® and YouTube™.


Brighten Up

The NEX-3N offers the convenience of a built-in flash right at your fingertips. Perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to nail the shot, the powerful pop-up flash illuminates the frame so no detail is left in the dark. Combined with high ISO sensitivity, you'll be able to shoot in nearly any setting.



The Perfect Composition

Give your photos a professional look with the help of Auto Object Framing. Featuring advancements like exceptional two-person portrait capability along with Face Detection and Tracking Focus technology, Auto Object Framing turns ordinary photos into beautifully-balanced compositions by automatically recognizing the scene then cropping accordingly. It's an effortless way to achieve perfectly-framed photos every time.


Learn more about the Sony Alpha NEX-3NL/B


Alpha NEX-3NL/B


Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.5 X 15.6mm
Gross Pixels
16.5M pixels (approx.)
Effective Pixels
16.1M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Dust Cleaning System
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Image Stabilization
Lens-based (where applicable)
Image Processor
L (14 MP) 4912 x 2760,
M (7.1 MP) 3568 x 2000,
S (3.4 MP) 2448 x 1376

L (16 MP) 4912 x 3264,
M (8.4 MP) 3568 x 2368,
S (4 MP) 2448 x 1624

Panorama Still Image Size
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color temperature range 2500 to 9900K, Custom

LCD Monitor

3.0 460K
LCD Coverage
Brightness Adjustment
Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)


Focus Type
Contrast-detect AF
Focusing Modes
Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Auto Focus, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focusing Point Selection
25 points
Focus Lock


Exposure Control
iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Exposure Compensation
Still images: +/-3.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
Movies: +/-2.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
Metering System
Metering: Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity: EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
ISO Sensitivity
Stills: ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (100-3200)
Movies: ISO 100-3200 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (200-3200)
AE Lock
Yes (AE Lock button). Can be disabled from menu


Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay


Flash Type
Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Flash Mode
Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Flash Range
16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures), Bracketing
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous mode: 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous mode: 4 fps


Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Live View Function
Continuous Live View

Recording System

Image Type
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Color Space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card


Movie Format
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Movie Recording
AVCHD: FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24MbpsFH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17MbpsFX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24MbpsFH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12MbpsVGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Compatible Lenses
Sony E-mount, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adaptor
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Lens Spec



Power Source

InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Life
Approx. 480 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)


16.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor

New SELP1650 power zoom lens with motor zoom lever and body control

Beautifully composed self-portraits made easy

Full HD 1080/60i/24p or 1080/30p MP4 movies4

Built-in flash built into compact body

Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction

Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject

Newly designed anti-slip grip

Compact, easy-to-carry PZ 16-50mm kit lens

Picture Effect modes

Photo Creativity feature

Superior Auto mode

Anti-Motion Blur mode

Hand-held Twilight Mode

Face Detection/Smile Shutter

Creative Style

Speed Priority Continuous mode

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 4-3/8 x 2-2-1/2 x 1-3/8 in (109.9 x 62 x 34.6 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 9.5 oz. (269 g)
Main unit only: Approx. 7.4 oz. (210 g)

Package Contents

Package Contents
Sony Alpha NEX-3N with 16-50mm Lens
AC adaptor (AC-UB10)
Micro USB cable
Lens cap
Shoulder strap
Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
Body capSony Alpha NEX-3N with 16-50mm Lens
AC adaptor (AC-UB10)
Micro USB cable
Lens cap
Shoulder strap
Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
Body cap
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