Sony NEX-C3 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Resolution: 16.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.4mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Native ISO: 0 - 0
Extended ISO: 200 - 12,800
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3 in.
(110 x 60 x 33 mm)
Weight: 17.5 oz (497 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $600
Availability: 08/2011
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony NEX-C3 specifications

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NEX-C3 Summary

The Sony NEX-C3 continues the move toward smaller and smaller compact system cameras, with a build and software design that works well. Image quality is quite good, and though the interface isn't as straightforward as we'd like, the NEX-C3 is easy to recommend.

Pros

Very small body, refined build. Large sensor for good light gathering. Various low-light shooting modes to improve results. HD video mode with real-time autofocus.

Cons

Menu-driven interface is sometimes confusing, making quickly finding what you want difficult. Camera may be too small for some.

Price and availability

The Sony NEX-C3 began shipping August 2011, and is available in Black, Silver, and Pink. With an 18-55mm kit lens the price is about US$600. A 16mm kit is available with a black body only, for about US$550.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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