Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn vs Sony NEX-3N

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn and Sony NEX-3N. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn is manufacturered by Canon but Sony NEX-3N is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn were released 2005 and Sony NEX-3N was released 2013. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005
Sony NEX-3N 2013

Type of camera

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn is a DSLR camera while Sony NEX-3N is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has a "Canon APS-H"-sensor while Sony NEX-3N has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3
Sony NEX-3N 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony NEX-3N has 16 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Sony NEX-3N 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264

Sony NEX-3N has a 96 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony NEX-3N has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn. Sony NEX-3N has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 16000 while Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 50-3200
Sony NEX-3N 200-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Lens compatibility chart for Sony NEX-3N

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn can shoot up to 8,5 pictures per seconds and Sony NEX-3N can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 8,5
Sony NEX-3N 4

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Sony NEX-3N. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3.45 lb) which is 482% heavier than Sony NEX-3N and its 269 gr (or 0.59 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 1565 gr
3.45 lb
Sony NEX-3N 269 gr
0.59 lb

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn vs Sony NEX-3N Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn and Sony NEX-3N, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Name Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn Sony NEX-3N
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Release Year 2005 2013
Release Date 2005-08-22 2013-02-20
MSRP 3999 USD 499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Sensor Size APS-H (approx 27.9 x 18.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 4912 x 3264 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 16 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 Bionz
Image
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
ISO Range 50 - 3200 200 - 16000
White Balance Presets 8 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Focus Points 45 25
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-H Sensor
1.3x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 31 mm
50 mm becomes 65 mm
100 mm becomes 130 mm
200 mm becomes 260 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 2.5 3
Screen dots 230000 460000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72 (0.55 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Frames per second 8,5 fps 4 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes No
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) N/A
Videography features
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
AVCHD
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) No
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Sony NEX-3N
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 480 shots
Width 156 mm 110 mm
Height 158 mm 62 mm
Depth 80 mm 35 mm
Weight 1565 gram 269 gram