Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera and A58 SLT Become Official


After having their photos and some specs leaked this past weekend, the Sony NEX-3N and A58 finally became real today through an official announcement by Sony. The new mirrorless and pellicle mirror cameras were unveiled alongside a set of new lenses, and offer some pretty standard upgrades to current models.


First off the NEX-3N is a compact mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor within that snaps 16.1 megapixel photographs. Sony claims that this camera is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable camera that uses an APS-C-sized sensor.

Sony is introducing a new pop-up flash in this camera, but perhaps you won’t need it too often, as the NEX-3N also has a max ISO of 16000.


There’s a 3-inch LCD screen on the back that can be tilted up to 180 degrees.

On the top of the camera is a new zoom lever that allows focal length control by wire — great for smooth zooms during video recording using Sony’s new Power Zoom lenses.

An interesting new feature being introduced in the NEX-3N is “Auto Object Framing.” The camera can actually compose a shot for you. It analyzes what’s inside the frame (e.g. people, moving objects) and then crops the shot for you to deliver “professional results without effort.” (Hmmm. It will be interesting to see how this feature performs in reviews.)

Other features include HD video recording and a new BIONZ processor that does the same noise reduction mojo as the A99.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but NEX-3N will be available starting in March 2013. Well, in Europe at least — no word yet on when it will hit shelves stateside.

For lovers of larger cameras, Sony’s new A58 features a 20.1 APS-C CMOS sensor in a DSLR-style body.


The translucent mirror camera features 8fps continuous shooting, a BIONZ image processor that does noise reduction, full HD video recording, an ISO range of 100 to 16000, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, a 15-point autofocus system that features Lock-on Autofocus for tracking moving subjects, Auto Portrait Framing, Auto Object Framing (same as what’s described for the NEX-3N), and 15 artistic filters (e.g. Toy Camera, Partial Color).




The A58 will hit store shelves starting in April 2013.

Finally, in terms of glass, Sony has announced three new A-mount lenses: the 70-400mm (featuring 4x faster AF and better IQ), the Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4, and the DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II.




The lenses will arrive in Europe in March 2013 (pricing and international availability TBA).

  • lidocaineus

    The zoom-by-wire comment confuses me. Why would anyone like that versus a standard optical barrel zoom? If you’re shooting stills it’s way faster to grab the barrel. If you’re shooting video, you definitely don’t want to be zooming in and out a lot unless you really like the amateur video look, and those times when you do want zoom, you want it to be under full control of either a pull-focus/zoom type device or electronically controlled at a set rate – three speeds don’t exactly give you a lot to work with.

    I suppose it might be useful for people shooting macro things? Sort of? …

  • Chris Lyn

    It’s probably for those people coming from a point and shoot camera with that type of zoom mechanism.
    But I agree with you, a traditional SLR lens zoom ring gives the user much more control.

  • Richard

    The “by wire” control wheel on the RX100 sucks, it’s terrible and slow as molasses. It’s one of the worst features of an otherwise amazing little camera.

    The Canon S100, by comparison (also a point and shoot camera) has a click wheel which is a much better way to control zoom or whatever you assign to the front wheel. It’s a positive link rather than a wire link. Too bad it lacks the 1″ sensor of the RX100…

  • FYI

    The 16-50 can be zoomed using the button (terrible) as well as conventionally through a barrels style zoom, only is by wire versus through a a mechanism. To me, it feels and behaves 99% the same. No real reason to pan this lens just because you dont have it or know what it is capable of.