Sony NEX C3

Released June, 2011
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The LED flash is also 'soft' which is usually a trick used to illuminate faces, and combined with Sony's Superior Auto mode and augmented reality effects (laser eyes, anyone)?
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony NEX C3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX C3
9.2
SLT A37
8.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX C3
6.4
SLT A37
9.2
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX C3
8.3
SLT A37
9.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX C3
9.6
SLT A37
9.4
Reviews from techradar.com and sonyalpharumors.com

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX C3
9.0
SLT A37
9.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony NEX C3

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NEX C3
1,083 ISO
Nikon 1 J3
420 ISO
NX100
563 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX C3
2,800 LPH
Nikon 1 J3
2,000 LPH
Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX C3
430 ms
SLT A37
109 ms
NEX-3
670 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX C3
1,200 ms
Alpha NEX-3N
2,200 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX C3
5.5 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
NEX F3
2.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX C3
400 photos
SLT A37
500 photos
Alpha NEX-3N
480 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.8 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 25
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 110 x 60 x 33 mm
Thickness 33 mm
Weight 225 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Optical

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Battery life 400 photos
Continuous shooting 5.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 430 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms
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