The most recent camera we’ve been handed for review is the tiny yet surprisingly capable Sony NEX-3N, dubbed the smallest, lightest and most compact mirrorless camera on the market today. How small can a mirrorless camera get? Well, this model really is not much bigger than your average compact, even with the 16-50mm kit lens attached. And this means absolute, 100% discretion as you roam the streets in search of the perfect photo.
I took the camera out for some serious testing on San Giovanni Day, Torino’s national holiday when everyone heads out to Piazza Vittorio to watch the fireworks show. It was a decision I almost regretted, as near the end of the show, the throngs began to push and shove into one another, causing mass chaos and an injured toe (ouch) on my part. Good thing the little NEX made it through without a scratch!
Below are some quick sample JPGs from the festival, and the hours leading up to it. As you can see, the NEX does a very good job of reducing noise even at high ISO thanks to its APS-C sensor, a topic which I’ll be covering later on in the full review.