Product Review

Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony NEX-C3

Key Features

· 16.2MP APS HD CMOS Sensor

· Interchangeable-lens versatility

· ISO 200-1600 (12,800 selectable)

· HD video recording

· 3-inch articulating LCD screen, 921,600 pixels

· 3D sweep panorama

· Anti-dust system

· Photo creativity interface

· Hand-held twilight

· 25 multi-point AF

· HDMI mini connector

Sony introduced the NEX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with the NEX-3 and NEX-5 in 2010. Following the success of this range, the NEX-C3 has been added to the line up.

The NEX-C3 has been designed to attract amateur photographers who want a quality camera with the versatility of interchangeable lenses, without moving to a DSLR. It has an even smaller and lighter body than its predecessors, which appeals to compact owners who are used to a lightweight, smaller sized camera.

Highlights of the model include an increase to a 16.2 MP APS HD sensor, 3-inch high resolution articulating screen, HD movies (720p30) and 25 multi-point autofocus, along with 3D sweep panorama, picture effect and photo creativity modes.

A comparison of the NEX-C3 and its closest competition is listed in the following table;



SLR Cameras – Key Features Comparison

Sony NEX-C3

Panasonic GF3

Olympus E-PL3

Sensor

16.2 effective Megapixels

12.1 effective Megapixels

12.3 effective Megapixels

ISO

200-12800

160-6400

200-12800

Autofocus

25 multi-point AF

23 area-focusing AF

35-area multiple AF

Touch screen

No

Yes

No

Flash

External

Built-in

External

Viewfinder

No

No

Optional

LCD panel

3-inch TFT articulating
921,600 pixels
100% frame coverage

3-inch TFT
460,000 pixels
100% frame coverage

3-inch tilting HyperCrystal

460,000 pixels
100% frame coverage

Movie mode

MP4

720p 29.97fps
(7 or 6 mbps)

AVCHD & Motion JPEG

1080 60i (17mbps)

720 60p (17mbps)

AVCHD & Motion JPEG


1080 60i (17mbps)
720 60p (17mbps)

Dimensions

110 x 60 x 33mm

108 x 67 x 33 mm

109mm x 64 x 37 mm

Weight
(Body only)

225g

222g

313g


The NEX-C3 is ideal for compact owners who are looking for greater versatility, creative options and an easy to use automatic mode (iAuto), all in a small body. The NEX-C3 delivers excellent image quality with the added benefit of HD video, without moving to a DSLR camera.

Due to the lightweight design, it is ideal for outdoor photography and activities such as hiking. Although it is a little heavier with the lens attached, it is still a much lighter body option than using a SLR.

The Sony NEX-C3 camera is available with the following lenses;



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