Sony Alpha Rumors has posted what it claims is the first image of Sony's new entry-level NEX-3N. The camera is set to replace the company's current "low-end" model, the NEX-F3, and will reportedly include the same 16-megapixel sensor as its predecessor. The major alteration we can see is the inclusion of a zoom control lever, which hints that Sony may bundle its 16-50mm power zoom lens with the camera, rather than the 18-55mm manual zoom lens included with the F3. If this image is accurate, it marks the first time that Sony has fitted a NEX camera with zoom controls, and we'd expect the feature to trickle up to Sony's more expensive cameras.
Zoom controls are likely to trickle up to the rest of the NEX series
Other differences from the NEX-F3 include the apparent removal of the NEX-F3's expansion port — the fact that there's a flash key in the bottom left of the image suggests that the NEX-F3's integrated pop-up flash will be carried over, but NEX-3N users won't be able to use an external flash or mic. The playback button has also moved to the top of the device; it used to be situated next to the video record key. There aren't many details on the camera yet, but Sony Alpha Rumors speculates that Sony may announce the NEX-3N at its press event on February 20th. The company is expected to launch a next-gen console at the same event.