Sony NEX-3 Photos and Specs Leaked

Everyone knows that Sony’s going to announce the new NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras at a big press event tomorrow. However, it looks like Digital Photography School accidentally let the cat out of the bag by publishing their review a day too soon. The review was published and taken down within the span of an hour. Here’s how it started:

A few days ago I could tell nobody about this newbie. I was under an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) from Sony. The Sony NEX-3 was a hot camera!

So Sony gave me a review unit of the Sony NEX-3 three days, explaining that they were so fearful of leaks that a Sony person would collect it from me when my time was up: “Can’t trust couriers — they’ve been known to open up boxes and leak the info to competitors!”

That’s pretty ironic, huh? Looks like Sony just had an Apple experience. My guess is that the embargo ended at 4pm on May 11th after the press event, but Digital Photography School accidentally scheduled their review to be published at 4pm on May 10th, a day early.

One thing I found interesting about the camera is how the LCD swivels in both directions vertically:

Here are the official specifications according to the review:

Image Sensor: 14.2 million effective pixels.
Metering: Multi pattern, centre-weighted and spot.
Sensor Size: APS-C-sized CMOS (23.4×15.6mm).
Lens: Sony E Series mount.
Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 second. Flash sync: 1/160 sec.
Continuous Shooting: seven fps.
Memory: Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): 4592×3056, 4592×2576, 3344×2224, 3344×1872, 2288×1520, 2288×1280.
Movies: 1280×720, 848×480, 640×480 at 30 fps.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
LCD Screen: 7.5cm LCD (921,600 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 200 to 12,800.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMNI, AV.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 117.2×62.6×33.4mm WHDmm.
Weight: 297 g (inc battery and card).
Price: Around AUD1000 for body and kit lens.

Seven frames per second is pretty amazing. Did anything else in the photographs or specifications pop out to you?

  • bruckl

    Too bad about the leak. That camera's pretty epic.

  • QuBe

    For the bulk and the price, I'd take a T2i for more lens options, optical viewfinder and durability.
    If the LCD is a touch screen, that might be a nice feature.

  • Michael Zhang

    Yeah it'd be cool. Don't think it is though.

  • Matthew

    Glad to see that the tripod mount looks like it's centered on the lens centerline. I wish they would do that with their point-and-shoots. And I'm glad Sony now offers the choice of using an SD card. ISO 200 is the lowest? Hmmm… That might be okay if it was a Canon or Nikon. This would be a neat little camera if you could get it with a thin pancake lens like the Olympus has. But like QuBe said, for $900 US I think my money could be spent better on something else.

  • Michael Young

    Could you explain “LCD swivels in both directions vertically” a little more? Does that mean there's a screen on both sides, giving different information? A neat looking camera and specification anyway. Not so sure about the price though. Without even a starter lens.

  • Bergur

    The camera stunned me at first, but upon realizing that it does not have an optical viewfinder, I stopped reading.

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  • Michael Zhang

    I meant that you can push the LCD upwards to view when you're holding it pointed forward above your head, or you can push it downwards, to view it from above when holding it near your waist.

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