Sony NEX3KB Alpha NEX-3K 14.2MP Compact Interchangeable Lens HD Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens in Black and SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens
Date first available at Amazon.com: July 27, 2010
– PRICE BEFORE INSTANT REBATE $849.95
– INSTANT REBATE AMOUNT $150
– PRICE AFTER INSTANT REBATE $699.95
– OFFER VALID 7/15/2010-12/31/2010
Sony’s Alpha NEX-3 takes mirror-less/finder-less, interchangeable-lens camera technology to the next level by integrating the resolving power of an APS-format imaging sensor in a camera body that’s 48% smaller and 49% lighter than traditional compact DSLRs.
While the camera is physically smaller than a compact DSLR, it retains the imaging qualities of an APS imaging sensor, which contains 58% more surface area than a Four Thirds imaging sensor, and about 13 times the surface area of point-and-shoot imaging sensors. The end result is true pro-quality resolving power in a far smaller package. For still imaging, the NEX-3 captures JPEGs (Fine or Standard), RAW, or JPEG+RAW in a choice of sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces. In addition to stills, the NEX-3 also captures extremely vivid 720p video @ 30 fps as well as standard-definition video recording. For more precise audio there is an optional shoe-mounted shotgun mic that features 90°/120° tilt movement.
The NEX-3 is designed to use Sony E-series lenses, a compact line of optics designed to work with the reduced flange distance that resulted from the removal of the reflex viewing system. The new E-series optics are smaller than Sony’s traditional DSLR optics while retaining the imaging qualities Sony is recognized for. In addition to Sony E-series optics, you can also use any of Sony’s traditional DSLR lenses (as well as all Minolta AF-mount optics) on the NEX-3 by using the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter. (Note – Manual focus and full-open aperture metering only when using LA-EA1 lens adapter).