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Sony NEX-C3
7.1 out of 10

Sony NEX-C3

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Camera Review

technave.com
1 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Sony has added the NEX-C3 to its range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The C3 features the same 16.2MP seen in the SLT A35, again promising improved battery life. The latest model is directly aimed at offering a compact-camera-like experience to users looking to upgrade to a large-sensor...
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Overall 7
6.9

Expert Review

reviewed
20 April 2012
  • Summary: The Sony NEX-C3 is the best way for casual photogs to step up to a serious camera.
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Sony NEX-C3 Review

photographybay.com
9 April 2012
  • Excerpt: The Sony NEX-C3 rounds out the bottom end of the NEX line; however, it’s still quite the full-featured camera. I’ve already raved about the Sony NEX-5n (aside from a now-fixed problem with the audio capture in movie mode). The NEX-C3 is just as impressive of a camera to me.
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DP Review
20 December 2011
  • Conclusion: The Mirrorless sector may be relatively young but it's already starting to offer some pretty mature products. There are still manufacturers such as Canon and Fujifilm that have yet to show their hands but, even as it stands, there are plenty of impressive products that we've really enjoyed shooting...
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Sony NEX-C3 Review

What Digital Camera
21 October 2011
  • Summary: At around £450 with either the 18-55mm or 16mm f/2.8 lens, the NEX-C3 represents good value for money and the latest release hasn’t driven up the cost compared to its predecessor.
  • Pros: Good image quality, improved start up time, button customization, small size
  • Cons: Poor menu system, no Quick Menu layout, Smart Accessory Terminal fitting, no viewfinder (nor accessory option), battery life still not long lasting enough
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Overall 9
8.6

Sony Alpha NEX-C3

Camera Labs
1 October 2011
  • Summary: The Alpha NEX-C3 is the first of Sony's second generation mirrorless ILC, or 'compact system cameras'. Appearing a little more than a year after the first NEX models, the NEX-C3 is smaller than both the NEX-3 and NEX-5 that preceded it and the pixel count is increased by 2 Megapixels to 16.2.
  • Pros: APS-C sensor with superb noise performance., Aperture priority movie exposure mode., Results-based Photo Creativity modes., Improved Custom menu layout.
  • Cons: Custom button replaces shooting mode., Lacks 1080 AVCHD video., No hotshoe - fiddly flash connector., 1600 ISO limit in iAuto mode.
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Camera Test: sony NEX–C3 ILC

Pop Photo
13 September 2011
  • Summary: Though Sony has addressed some of the interface issues that led to our cold reception of the first NEX bodies, the C3 still feels like it’s a step behind the competition. The body remains among the smallest you can find in an ILC (at least until Pentax’s tiny Q model hits the market this fall), but...
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Overall 7
7.4

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DP Review
22 August 2011
  • Summary: The NEX-C3, like its predecessors the NEX-3/5, is a well-built, easy-to-use interchangeable-lens camera. The NEX-C3 is capable of image quality that rivals the best of its APS-C DSLR competition while being significantly smaller and lighter.
  • Pros: Improved interface with increased customization options compared to NEX-3/5, High resolution sensor with excellent High ISO performance, Very good JPEG output quality, Very good build quality, Versatile, high-resolution LCD screen, Easy to use but versatile iAuto mode, Interesting and effective e...
  • Cons: iAuto mode does not take full advantage of the large sensor's low-light capability. (ISO is capped at 1600), Optional flash is underpowered (and adds bulk), Auto HDR is only available while shooting in JPEG only modes, Operation is very different in photo creativity modes compared to PASM modes -...
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Sony NEX-C3 Mirrorless Camera Review

Shutterbug
15 August 2011
  • Excerpt: The Sony NEX-C3 is an ultra compact CSC (compact system cameras) system with an APS-C sized sensor. The camera offers a resolution of 16 MP (megapixels), which is similar to some Sony SLT cameras like the SLT-A35.
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Overall 9
9.0

Sony Alpha NEX-C3

PC Magazine
5 August 2011
  • Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 builds on the already-excellent NEX-3, but manages to be lighter and more compact. Not only does the NEX-C3 produce stunning images, even at high ISO settings, it easily earns our Editors' Choice for compact interchangeable lens cameras.
  • Pros: Smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Large APS-C sensor. High-resolution, tilting 3-inch LCD. Includes removable flash. Customizable control buttons. Outstanding low-light performance.
  • Cons: No eye-level EVF. Limited E-mount lens selection. Only supports 720p MP4 video. Ergonomics can be a bit tricky depending on lens selection.
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