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8/10

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Review Price £359.99

Sony Alpha NEX-3 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

Here are some general test shots taken with the NEX-3 and 18-55mm and 16mm lenses attached as stated to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the lenses' focal range.

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An image taken with the 16mm pancake lens attached which has provided a shallow depth of field to draw the eye to the natural colours of our subject, shot with the Sony on its default colour settings. If anything, colour-wise this particular image could do with being slightly warmer than it is.

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More natural colours, this time with the 18-55mm test lens attached and at the wide angle end of its focal range. Detail is held well from front to back of frame. Could do with a bit more contrast perhaps, but otherwise we're happy with the NEX-3's results straight out of camera.

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Again, although Sony Cyber-shot snapshot cameras have historically tended to produce colours that err on the side of being flatteringly warm, the NEX-3's performance is more akin to the natural results achievable with a digital SLR. And here with a level of detail that's also a near match for a such a camera with a physically larger lens.

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And here's a daylight interior shot of the same venue. Again realistic colours and a level of detail that provides the image with sufficient 'bite' to draw the eye inwards.

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8/10
Image Quality
9/10

Our Score

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