I had always wanted to invest in a DSLR camera, mainly because I wanted to be able to document all my memories and adventures. I wanted great photos that I could look back on and cherish for a lifetime. Another part of me was also interested in the world of photography and I wanted to learn the ins and outs of capturing a great photo. So when I got my first big girl job, I did just that. I bought a Sony NEX-3 and this is the camera that started it all.
Sony makes cameras that are easy to love and I loved my NEX-3. It was a great starter camera and it gave me the ability to learn so much. It was the camera that taught me the elements of exposure and how to have artistic control over the images I took. This was the camera that turned my interest into a love and my hobby into a passion.
I wanted to put together my own review of this camera. I've included a general overview and some pros/cons from my own experiences with the NEX:
If you are new to the world of photography and are considering getting a DSLR, I would recommend a Sony NEX series camera. The bodies are lightweight and compact with interchangeable lenses. Overall, these cameras have a great design and excellent image quality. They are user friendly and offer many features to explore and learn from. My NEX-3 camera specs and pros & cons are spelled out below. Please note that the current NEX cameras may have upgraded specs and features in certain areas and may yield to different pros and cons.
- Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000
- 14.2 Megapixels
- ISO: 200 – 12800
- 7fps at a very fast speed priority
- Sensor size: APS-C
- Great design and great camera specs
- Can capture fast moving action shots
- Excellent details at 14.2 megapixels
- High ISO performance which means that the camera does pretty well in low light. I can start seeing noise at ISO 1600
- LCD panel that can tilt up and down, this is a great feature for those awkward angles
- Has a variety of features such as creative style pre-sets and panoramas
- HD movie capabilities
- The camera comes with a pretty great kit lens (18-55 mm f3.5-6.3). Sony also offers a variety of interchangeable lenses. It is also compatible with regular Sony Alpha lenses if you purchase an adapter.
- The camera comes with a removable flash
- In my opinion this is not a camera for a seasoned professional
- The camera does not have a built in viewfinder. I found this to be a con on those bright sunny days when you are trying to make sure everything on your screen is in place and in focus.
- The flash seems to be too short. With certain lenses, the flash can cast shadows.
- No support for a wireless remote
- Auto-exposure seems to struggle with low light.
The Sony Nex-3 camera was launched in July 2010 and Sony has since released newer models. If you are interested in the newer models check out these links:
Here are some of the first images I took with the Sony NEX-3.
P.S. Before I had clients I would drag my then boyfriend on photo-shoots. He was such a good sport about it (another reason why I married this guy ;-) )