Sony NEX-3N review: Stylish replacement to NEX-F3

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday April 02 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Sony NEX-3N sensor performance | Sony NEX-3N versus competition | Conclusion



Just edging in front of its predecessor the F3, the Sony NEX-3N has a good Overall DxOMark Score of 74, ranking 46th for all sensor sizes in our database, and a healthy 6th place for ‘Hybrids’ overall.  

 Each of the individual metrics show the sensor is very efficient and has a good balanced performance.

A 12.5 Evs score for Landscape (Dynamic Range) places the NEX-3N 42nd overall, and 7th just behind the Samsung NX20 in the mirrorless ‘Hybrid’ category.

A Portrait Score (color depth) at 22.8 bits is also a good score, placing 53rd out of every camera in our database and 6th for its type, one place in front of the Olympus OM-D.


The NX-3N has of control of noise and narrowly avoids the 20dB threshold for SNR 18% at maximum sensitivity.

The APS-C sensor in the NEX-3N also has good control of noise with a 1067 ISO Low-light score. That puts it just ahead of the NEX-6 and NEX-7 placing it 4th in the mirrorless ‘Hybrid’ list and at 38th overall out of all the cameras tested.

From this, there’s no doubt the NEX-3N is a capable performer, but on the downside, there are no performance gains over its predecessor.


The NEX-3N has some promising features for beginners, including full HD video, and it’s using a very efficient sensor, albeit one that’s been in use before


The NEX-3N ranks just above the out-going NEX-F3 model but the sensor doesn’t quite match that of last year’s NEX-5N