(alpha) NEX-3A/S 14.2 Megapixels Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16mm F2.8 E-mount Lens in Silver

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(alpha) NEX-3A/S 14.2 Megapixels Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16mm F2.8 E-mount Lens in Silver
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  • Color: Silver
  • Battery Type: NP-FW50
  • Width: 4.625"
  • Megapixels: 14.2
  • Height: 2.5"
  • Depth: "
  • Filter Size: 49mm

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With the Sony (alpha) NEX-3 interchangeable lens camera, you can take professional-grade pictures without looking like a professional photographer. Enjoy gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots and Live View on a tilting 3.0-inch LCD. Get the performance of a DSLR without the size and weight. The NEX-3 stands apart as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera


With the Sony (alpha) NEX-3 interchangeable lens camera, you can take professional-grade pictures without looking like a professional photographer. Enjoy gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots and Live View on a tilting 3.0-inch LCD. Get the performance of a DSLR without the size and weight. The NEX-3 stands apart as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera.

Unlike conventional DSLR models, the "mirrorless" construction of the NEX-3 reduces the thickness of camera body to just about an inch at its slimmest point (excluding grip and mount portions). The NEX-3 is constructed with a polycarbonate casing. It offers a newly developed 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. About 60 percent larger than the sensor in micro four-thirds cameras, this sensor is key to the exceptional image quality, extremely low image noise and creative defocus background effects that are familiar to DSLR users.

The NEX-3 is the first Alpha camera featuring Sweep Panorama. With this feature capturing large group shots is as easy as press-and-sweep. Sweep Panorama mode lets you capture breathtaking shots up to 226-degree horizontal or 151-degree vertical shots.

Ideal for everyday shooting, the low-profile E 16mm F2.8 lens minimizes bulk, allowing the camera to easily be carried in a coat, pants pocket, or purse. This lens' creative possibilities can be expanded even further by the VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Converter which provides a 12mm view and VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter that delivers impressive curvi-linear distortion.


Smallest in class: This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera. Sony has removed the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, reducing the "flange back" distance from 44.5 mm to 18 mm.
  • Interchangeable lenses: Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
  • APS-C size HD image sensor: With 13 times the area of the typical 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.
  • 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: Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 7 fps continuous shooting at full 14.2 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.3 fps.
  • ISO 12800 sensitivity: Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. 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: Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second.
  • 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.
  • 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 screen: 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. 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. Sony's fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.
  • Intelligent Auto Focus: Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
  • 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-res, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 MP images.
  • 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 lenses: Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A-mount system lenses, which includes 28 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide.
  • 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.


    Camera Type Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
    Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount
    Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lens, (Sony a lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
    Lens Conversion Factor 1.5x
    Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
    Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism (Power off or Manual)
    Processor BIONZ image processor
    Pixel Gross Approx. 14.6 megapixels
    Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 14.2 megapixels
    Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
    Recording: Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media
    SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
    Recording: Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
    Recording: Image Size 3:2 L (14M): 4592 X 3056
    M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224
    S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
    Recording: Image Size 16:9 L (12M): 4592 X 2576
    M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872
    S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
    Recording: Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
    Recording: Video Format MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
    Recording: Video Mode MP4 HD: 1280 x 720/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx.9Mbps/6Mbps (Average bit-rate)
    MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate)
    Recording: Audio Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC
    Focus System Contrast AF
    Focus Points 25 points
    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 Sensitivity 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
    Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus
    Focus Features Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
    AF illuminator Built-in, LED type
    Advanced User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
    Shooting Tips 80 expert advice shooting tips
    Sweep Panorama Horizontal Panorama Size:
    - Wide 23MP (12,416 x 1,856), 226 (16mm focal), 201 (18mm focal)
    - Standard 15.2MP (8,192 x 1,856), 149 (16mm focal), 133 (18mm focal)
    Vertical Panorama Size:
    - Wide 12MP (5,536 x 2,160), 151 (16mm focal), 135 (18mm focal)
    - Standard 8.4MP (3,872 x 2,160), 106 (16mm focal), 94 (18mm focal)
    Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
    Anti Motion Blur 6-image layering
    Face Detection Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
    Smile Shutter Off, Slight, Normal, Big
    Exposure: Metering 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
    Exposure: Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    Exposure: Metering Sensitivity 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
    Exposure Compensation 2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Exposure settings iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
    Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
    D-Range Optimizer Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
    Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
    ISO Auto, 200 to 12800
    Noise Reduction Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second)
    High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak)
    Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
    Adjustable: Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps)
    White Balance Mode Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom
    Color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
    Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
    Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing; Remote Commander
    Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (2.3fps)
    Speed Priority (7fps)
    Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 30 seconds, bulb
    Flash Sync Speed 1/160 second
    Burst Buffer JPEG (unlimited to card capacity)
    RAW (8 shots)
    RAW+JPEG (5 shots)
    LCD Type 3" TFT TruBlack LCD (921,600 pixels)
    LCD Angle Adjustment Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
    LCD Brightness Control Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
    LCD Coverage 100%
    LCD Live View Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
    LCD Real-time image-adjustment display Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
    LCD Histogram Yes (On/off)
    LCD Grid Display Yes (On/off)
    LCD Customization Brightness: Auto Manual, Sunny Weather
    Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
    Wide Image: Full Screen, Normal
    Flash Type Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
    Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
    Flash Modes Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
    Flash Compensation +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
    Flash Coverage FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
    Flash Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec
    Flash Guide Number 7 (in meters at ISO 100)
    Flash Bracketing 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
    Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot:
    - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media
    - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
    HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
    USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
    BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
    PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
    DVDirect Yes, via USB
    Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 4.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.1 Image Data Lightbox SR
    Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
    Battery Type InfoLitium NP-FW50, 7.2V
    Number of Shots Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
    Operating Temperature 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
    Optics/Lens SEL16F28
    Lens Type E-mount 16mm F2.8
    Lens Mount Sony E-mount
    Lens Construction 5 groups, 5 elements (1 aspheric surface)
    Lens: Focal length (35mm equivalent) 24mm
    Lens: Angle of view 83
    Lens: Aperture blade 7 blades (Circular aperture)
    Lens: Aperture (Max.) F2.8
    Lens: Aperture (Min.) F22
    Lens: Maximum Magnification 0.073x (APS-C)
    Lens: Minimum Focusing Distance 9.4" (0.24m)
    Lens: Filter Diameter 49mm
    Lens: Internal Motor Yes (Stepping motor)
    Lens: Image Stabilization N/A
    Lens: Low Noise During Movie Capture Excellent
    Lens: Direct Manual Focus Yes
    Lens: Focus Ring in AF Mode No rotation
    Lens: Mount Material Metal
    Lens: Exterior Finish Aluminum
    Lens: Dimensions(Max. Diameter x Length) 2-7/16 x 7/8" (62x22.5mm)
    Lens: Weight 2.5 oz (70g)
    Camera: Dimensions (Approx.) Approx 4-5/8 2-1/2 1-3/8" (117.2x62.6x33.4mm) (W/H/D); 1" (25.4mm) excl grip and lens mount
    Camera: Weight (Approx.) Approx. 8.4 oz (239g) (excl battery & media)
    Approx. 10.5 oz (297g) (w/battery & media)

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    Types of Cameras:

    There are many different types of cameras.  Depending on how often and for what purpose you are using the camera, there is a camera out there for all users.

    Starter Cameras:
    For users who are looking to start digital photography, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the type of camera for you. A decent point-and-shoot camera should be suitable for 4”x6” photo prints.

    Amateur Cameras:
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    Professional Cameras:
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    Power Conservation Tips:

    Turn off the LCD:
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    Stop the Zoom:
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    Turn off the Flash:
    If you think the lighting is adequate for pictures, turn off the flash. Flashes will consume a large amount of energy, which is wasted if not in use.

    Plug it in:
    Some cameras have power adapter which allows you to plug in your camera to a wall socket.  This will allow you to save your battery power when you are using the camera near a power socket.

    Accessories to boost your Digital Experience:

    Batteries are an important resource to digital cameras because if there is no power left, you can miss a special moment. If your camera uses disposable alkaline batteries, you should get a set of rechargeable batteries, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run, compared to purchasing new disposable batteries each time. For cameras that use Lithium Ion, it is suggested to purchase a backup battery for instances when you will be away from home for a period longer than 2 hours.

    Memory Cards:
    Memory card are equivalent to film in digital cameras. Each type of camera will use a different type of card, so make sure to check which card is compatible with your camera. Secure Digital (SD) is currently the most popular because it has become relatively cheap. Capacities of up to 16GB are currently available. Remember, you can never have too much memory, so invest in a larger capacity memory card when you purchase your digital camera. Here is a chart to help you make a decision on the memory card size right for yourself.

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    Card Readers:
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    Lenses and Flash:
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