LCD and Viewfinder
Sony NEX-3 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 920k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
NEX-3 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony NEX-3 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately NEX-3 doesn't have a built-in flash but it has a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
Sony NEX-3 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 25 points to choose from.
Sony NEX-3 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony NEX-3, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and MPEG-4 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
NEX-3 has a built-in Stereo microphone but no speaker.
Sony NEX-3 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung NX mini or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect NEX-3 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony NEX-3 is powered by NPFW50 battery which provides a shooting life of 330 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 352 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Sony NEX-3 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Sony NEX-3 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony NEX-3 is $278.95