no longer NEX-3N, but not yet NEX-5T / Digital photo and video

The ILCE-3000 was just the first step towards the complete renaming of the Sony camera range. Sooner or later the NEX and SLT series will most likely merge into one series of ILCE – but it will not happen immediately. In the transition period, confusion may well arise, so the manufacturer has to focus on the positioning of the camera. More precisely, to re-position each family. For example, the novelty, Sony α5000, seems to be a logical development of NEX-5, but in fact it is not so. The manufacturer puts the camera half a step below. The formally tested camera is located between ILCE-3000 and NEX-5T on which the speakers emphasized during the presentation. Apparently, the continuation of the NEX-3 series is simply not waiting for us.

What is the lag behind the NEX-5T? For example, the tested camera does not have a full "hot shoe", or even a special flash installation connector that was used in the NEX cameras of the 3rd and 5th series, but there is a small built-in flash. But in the camera there was a zoom control lever, which makes it easier to work with lenses with a motorized drive. In addition, the battery and memory card are now under separate doors, which is very convenient.

# Specifications stated by the manufacturer

[Sony Ericsson]

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The image sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS type APS-C (23.5×15.6 mm), the general resolution is 20.4 Mp
Effective number of points, Mn 20.1
Format of saving the image Photo frame : RAW, JPEG
Video : AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
The Bayonet of the Lens Sony E
The size of the frame in pixels Photocamera : 5456×3064, 3872×2576, 3872×2176, 2736×1824, 2736×1536
Video : 1920×1080, 1440×1080, 640×480
Sensitivity, units in the ISO equivalent Auto, 100-16000
The range of extracts, from 1/4000 to 30
The Exposure Measurement System 1200-zone
Multi-zone, point, centrally-weighted
The expo correction -3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3
The built-in flash There is a leading number of 4 at ISO 100
The self-timer, with the 2, 10
The device of information storage Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo,
SD Memory Card, SDHC, SDXC
The LCD display Inclined display measuring 7.6 cm (3.0 inches) and resolution 460.8 thousand points
Viewfinder No
The interfaces HDMI, USB 2.0
The module Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n (2.4 GHz)
The module NFC
The food Lithium-ion battery NP-FW50, 7.3 W · h
Dimensions (WxHxD), mm 109.6×62.8×35.7
Mass, g 292 (with battery and memory card, but without protective cover)
210 (without accessories)

# Appearance and usability

The camera is rather small, and even with the motorized zoom SEL1650 lens and does seem tiny. There are three variants of coloring – white, silver and black. We were tested for the black sample. The plus of this color is that most of the optics for the bayonet Sony E are made in a black case, but the minus is the prints that instantly cover all the panels of the camera. In principle, wiping them is not so difficult, but increased march is still a little frustrating.

In the case of the white version, fingerprints are almost invisible, but the camera itself gets dirty faster. In general, the most practical is the silver version, and silvery lenses are enough. The camera – traditionally for the "mirrorless" Sony – went off the assembly line of the Thai factory of the company. However, it is simply impossible to find fault with the materials or the quality of the assembly. To some ergonomic solutions – maybe, but not exactly to the assembly, because when trying to twist and squeeze the case does not creak and does not bend, and the paintwork is quite reliable: it can withstand even contact with sharp objects.

The front is the bayonet and the AF-assist illumination lamp, which also serves as an indicator for the automatic shutter timer.

On the back side of the ILCE-5000 is slightly different from all NEX cameras, and from the younger ILCE-3000. Instead of the upper and lower soft keys, you use the keys to enter the main menu and go to the viewing mode. In addition, a separate help button appeared, which initiates the removal of the footage. The round multifunctional rotary key with the center entry button remained unchanged. In the upper right corner there is a video recording button, and in the left – the button of the mechanical lock of the lifting flash. It should be noted that the button is very inconvenient – firstly, it is small, and secondly, it does not protrude above the surface of the case, therefore it is not always possible to press it with a finger pad, and for reliability it is necessary to press with a fingernail.

Above it are a lift flash, a pair of microphones, and a shutter release button with a zoom control ring and a power lever.

Below are the speaker, the tripod mount connector, and the battery compartment.

Traditionally the memory card bay adjoining the battery is transferred to the left side surface, for which many thanks Sony, because now the memory card is easy to get, even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. Here, only the camera is relatively inexpensive, so it does not rely on a separate door, because of what the compartment has to side by side with the HDMI and USB cables. The latter, by the way, is used to charge the battery. On the right, only the pictograph NFC flaunts.

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