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First Look: Hands-on with Sony's smallest and cheapest interchangeable-lens camera

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First Look: Hands-on with Sony's smallest and cheapest interchangeable-lens camera

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Though you can see where the company took some shortcuts, the NEX-3N has some very nice design characteristics.

Hi. I'm Lori Grunin with CNET and this is my first hands-on with the Sony NEX-3N. It's the replacement for the NEX-F3 and it's also $100 less so it's cheapest entry level ILC at about $500 for the kit with the body and the 16-15 power zoom lens. Now, one of the notable things about the camera is that the zoom switch is built into the body so that unlike most other ILCs with the zoom lens that can actually control it much the way you can like a point and shoot. However, while there are some things that are nice about the camera including lower price point, there are some things that really kinda irritate me on the plus side. The SD card slot is actually on the side of the camera instead of in the battery compartments, it's just in much nicer place to put it. The other thing that I like is it has the really nice built-in flash that you can tilt back to take better flash photos. On the downside, the grip is lot smaller and even though it's there, I found-- I'm squeezing my hand a little too tightly when I shoot with it. And the other thing is, the LCD screen, it tilts all the way out for taking self portraits but it doesn't tilt down. That I really can't believe because that means you can't take overhead shots easily the way you can with the LCDs that tilt down. So those are my first impressions of the camera. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.

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