Sony a77 II vs Sony NEX-3N

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a77 II and Sony NEX-3N. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Sony.

Sony a77 II were released 2014 and Sony NEX-3N was released 2013. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a77 II 2014
Sony NEX-3N 2013

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Sony APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a77 II 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
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 (Sony)

Resolution

Sony a77 II has a 24 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
Sony a77 II 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Sony NEX-3N 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264

Sony a77 II has a 50 % larger resolution than Sony NEX-3N. 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 a77 II has a larger ISO-range than Sony NEX-3N. Sony a77 II has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Sony NEX-3N has 200 to 16000.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a77 II 100-51200
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 Sony a77 II
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. Sony a77 II can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Sony NEX-3N can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a77 II 12
Sony NEX-3N 4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Sony a77 II and Sony NEX-3N can shoot movies.

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.

Sony a77 II weighs 647 gr (equal to 1.43 lb) which is 141% heavier than Sony NEX-3N and its 269 gr (or 0.59 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a77 II 647 gr
1.43 lb
Sony NEX-3N 269 gr
0.59 lb

Sony a77 II vs Sony NEX-3N Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a77 II 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
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Name Sony a77 II Sony NEX-3N
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Release Date and Price
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Release Year 2014 2013
Release Date 2014-05-01 2013-02-20
MSRP 1199 USD 499 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Camera Type SLT Mirrorless
Sensor
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4912 x 3264 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 16 MP
Image Processor Bionz X Bionz
Image
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
ISO Range 100 - 51200 200 - 16000
White Balance Presets 9 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Focus Points 79 25
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1229000 460000
Touch screen No No
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.09 (0.73 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Frames per second 12 fps 4 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes No
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) N/A
Videography features
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
AVCHD
MPEG4
AVCHD
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
No
Remote Control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone) No
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a77 II
Sony NEX-3N
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery and charger
Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 480 shots 480 shots
Width 143 mm 110 mm
Height 104 mm 62 mm
Depth 81 mm 35 mm
Weight 647 gram 269 gram