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Model Name: Sony Alpha NEX-C3 
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General
Model Number: NEX-C3
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $599.99
Street Price: $559.47
Date Available: 2011-08-01
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 17.5 oz (497 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3 in.
(110 x 60 x 33 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony
Effective Megapixels: 16.2
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 365.04mm2 (23.40mm x 15.60mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.76 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2, 16:9
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Built-in image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4912 x 3264 (16.0 MP, 3:2),
4912 x 2760 (13.6 MP, Other),
3568 x 2368 (8.4 MP, 3:2),
3568 x 2000 (7.1 MP, Other),
2448 x 1624 (4.0 MP, 3:2),
2448 x 1376 (3.4 MP, 16:9),
12416 x 1856 (23.0 MP, Other),
8192 x 1856 (15.2 MP, Other),
2160 x 5536 (12.0 MP, Other),
2160 x 3872 (8.4 MP, Other),
7152 x 1080 (7.7 MP, Other),
4912 x 1080 (5.3 MP, Other),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9)
Image File Format: JPEG, RAW (ARW 2.2), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 5.5
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280x720 (30)
640x480 (30)
Movie File Format: MP4
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Sony E
Lens Thread: 49mm
Lens Thread Type: n/a
Kit Lens: Sony SEL1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 83 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 34 (T)
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: Yes
Digital Zoom:
Digital Zoom Values:  
Filter Thread: 49mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: 25-area, Center, Flexible Spot (11x17 areas); with Face Detection
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: (Optional FDA-SV1 optical viewfinder available with 16mm FOV)
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution In Pixels:  
EVF Resolution In Dots:  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom: 11.8x
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 0
Minimum ISO (native): 0
ISO Settings: Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800.
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Color Temp./ Filter (2500 – 9900K with 19-step Magenta/Green compensation)
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 49-zone Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual (PASM) Modes: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro,Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight (6 shot layering), 2D/3D Sweep Panorama
Self Timer: 2, 10; 3 or 5 after 10 sec seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Guide Number: 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Smart Accessory Terminal (flash is detachable)
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: RAW (ARW 2.2), RAW+JPEG
CCD Raw Format: Yes
Movie File Format: MP4
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC:
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type C), Mic via Smart Accessory Terminal
Performance Timing
Cycle Time RAW Format (secs): 0.940
Buffer Size (Frames, RAW format): Unlimited
Cycle Time Max Res JPEG (secs): 0.970
Buffer Size (Frames, Max Res JPEG): Unlimited
Cycle Time Min Res (secs)  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? Yes
Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 5.520
Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 10
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode Rate (fps):  
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.430
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.226
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE: 0.424
Shutter Lag with Flash: 0.710
Shutter Lag (prefocus): 0.114
Shutter Lag (continuous auto): 0.499
Shutter Lag (notes): Multi-area full AF lag: 0.456s
Startup Time: 1.200
Shutdown Time: 2.000
Play -> Record Time: 0.800
Record -> Play Max Res Time: 2.300
Record -> Play Min Res Time:  
Download Speed (KB/sec): 14,203.00
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-FW50
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (external or internal): Yes
External Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 400
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Software CD-ROM (includes Picture Motion Browser, Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR)
OS Compatibility: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7, Mac OS X (v.10.3 +)
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 720p HD Video, Picture Effects, Photo Creativity, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, Auto HDR, D-Range Optimizer, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama, Smile Shutter, 5.5fps Full-res Burst Mode. Available in Silver, Black or Pink.

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