Sony NEX-C3 review

June 25, 2011

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Sony NEX-C3

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Sony’s new 16.2-million-pixel NEX-C3 may be the smallest compact system camera available, but is that the only improvement on the original NEX-3? We find out



With the NEX-C3 aimed primarily at point-and-shoot photographers, the metering must produce good exposures without having to perform major post-capture image-editing adjustments.

Like other Sony system cameras we have tested, the evaluative metering of the NEX-C3 produces well-exposed images. In fact, there was only a handful of images for which I needed to adjust the exposure compensation or switch to spot or centreweighted metering.

When the metering is combined with the sensor’s dynamic range and in-camera colour and contrast, the NEX-C3 produces images that require little or no editing.

  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom and Kelvin settings
  • Dioptre Adjustment: N/A
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Built-in Flash: No, external supplied – GN 7m @ ISO 100
  • Output Size: 4912x3264 pixels
  • AF Points: 25 automatically selectable points, 187 selectable single points
  • Field of View: N/A
  • LCD: 3in widescreen TFT LCD screen with 921,600 dots
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Sensor: APS-C-sized CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, iAuto, 8 scene modes
  • Weight: 225g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Drive Mode: 2.3fps for 14 JPEGs or 6 raw images, 5.5fps for 7 images in speed priority mode
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • ISO: 200-12,800 in 1EV steps
  • Lens Mount: Sony E mount
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, continuous, multi-point, manual, DMF, face detection
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 109.6x60x33mm
  • Metering System: 49-zone multi, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • RRP: Expected European price 630 Euros
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps

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