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Sony NEX-3N

By Norman Chan

More delineation between models.

Yesterday, Sony announced this year's refresh to its entry-level 3-series NEX mirrorless camera. While it's not an upgrade for anyone who already owns a APS-C mirrorless camera, the NEX-3N looks to be designed to be even more familiar and user-friendly for point-and-shoot owners. A new zoom lever and power zoom lens are features adopted from point-and-shoot cameras, though it's not something I would want to use. I do like the reduced body size (210 grams) that's more in line with the NEX-C3; I always thought the F3 was unnecessarily bulky. Keep in mind this has the same 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor found in previous NEX 3 and 5 models, though it doesn't have the phase-detect hybrid autofocus system found in the 5R.