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Sony NEX-C3

Model Features: 16.2-megapixel, up to 5.5 fps shooting, ISO 1280 Read more

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Camera Test: sony NEX–C3 ILC

Pop Photo
1 September 2013
  • 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 the big lenses negate much of this benefit.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

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

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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Overall 7

Review: Sony NEX-C3

3 January 2012
  • Excerpt: It’s hard to appreciate how tiny it is if you’re using it with the protruding zoom kit lens, which makes this slender camera look like a metallic toucan. It’s front heavy and a bit awkward, almost like it hasn’t fully grown out of puberty.
  • Pros: Incredibly small and light, considering the large sensor and bevy of features inside. Excellent low light performance with DSLR-like low noise images at high ISOs. Tilting 3-inch LCD screen for composing over-the-head “Hail Mary” shots is helpful. Takes 400 shots on a single charge, so leave the battery charger at home. Comes in silver, black or pink.
  • Cons: Loses much of its portability with even a basic zoom kit lens attached. Too many menus to dig through to change functions. More experienced photographers may find the simplified settings condescending. HD video mode only goes to 720p.
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Overall 9

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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Overall 7
Value for money 6
Features 6
Performance 5
Picture quality 8
Ergonomics 6
Build quality 6

Expert Review

DP Review
23 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. As well as effective handling and excellent image quality the C3's user-friendly iAuto mode as well as full featured PASM modes should satisfy most photographers.
  • 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 extra features such as in-camera HDR and sweep panorama, Good, clear live view magnification (particularly useful for using non E-mount lenses), Useful built-in user guide (Sho...
  • 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 - may be confusing for ambitious novices., No hotshoe, No EVF option, 'Bkground Defocus' feature can encourage the use of the wrong settings
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Overall 9
Design 9
Value for money 9
Features 9
Performance 9
Picture quality 10

Sony NEX-C3 Review

What Digital Camera
12 August 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. However, in the year since the original NEX-3 was launched, other manufacturers have been releasing products with similarly fierce pricing – the Panasonic GF3 with 14-42mm lens is available for around £430, as is Samsung’s NX100 with 20mm lens.
  • 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 8
Features 8
Build quality 8
Autofocus 8

Sony NEX-C3 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: Although Sony clearly had the consumer market in mind when it created the NEX-C3, enthusiast photographers shouldn't dismiss the camera. The fully customisable buttons help improve the handling over the first-generation NEX models, although another couple would be an even better improvement. However, it is the quality of the images from this little camera that steals the show.
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha NEX-C3 review

PC Advisor
26 January 2012
  • Summary: The Alpha NEX-C3 is the smallest and least expensive interchangeable-lens camera in Sony's line-up, but this 16.2Mp snapper has plenty of features.
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Overall 6
Design 10
Features 10
Ease of use 8
Performance 8

Sony NEX-C3K Digital Camera : Sony NEXC3KB Digital Camera System

25 November 2011
  • Summary: The Sony NEXC3KB is described as an Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera , what a lot of people would call a DSLR, it is small and easy to use but still has most of the ability you would expect from a DSLR unit, meaning excellent images.
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