Sony NEX-3N

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sony NEX-3NSony’s new NEX-3N digital camera delivers photos and Full HD videos in an ultra-compact body weighing in at just under 7.5 ounces, making it the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C size sensor, says Sony.

The new NEX-3N camera will be offered as a kit with the 16-50 mm motorized zoom lens.

The camera features a newly added zoom lever on top of the body, allowing for smooth fingertip control of lens focal length. The lever can also adjust digital zoom on the camera if a powered zoom lens is not being used.

The 16.1-megapixel (effective) APS HD CMOS sensor is identical in size to those found in DSLRs. Its large surface area takes in more light during image capture, allowing the camera to produce low-noise photographs with blurred backgrounds and highly detailed full HD videos (60i/24p). It also boosts maximum camera sensitivity to ISO 16,000.

The NEX-3N camera debuts new Auto Object Framing technology which identifies the main object of the framed scene – whether it’s one person, two people or even macro and moving subjects – and then automatically trims the scene around the object to create a professionally-styled composition. The cropped photo is then boosted to full resolution using Sony’s By Pixel Super Resolution technology, which uses pattern matching to maintain image detail, tones and textures. Both the original and cropped image files are saved.

Additionally, the NEX-3N is built with an evolved BIONZ processor that utilizes the same area-specific noise reduction technology featured on Sony’s full-frame alpha 99 camera. The processor individually adjusts level of noise reduction and sharpness in different imaging areas, assuring crisp, ultra-low noise handheld shots in all types of lighting situations without loss of detail, claims the company.

Other convenient essentials include a 7.5 cm (3.0-inch) LCD screen that flips 180 degrees for hassle-free self-portraits, as well as a new, easy-to-hold textured grip.

The NEX-3N will be available this April in black in a kit with the motorized 16-50 mm zoom lens for about $500.

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