Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of C3 vs J2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX C3
6.4
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX C3
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX C3
9.6
Reviews from techradar.com and sonyalpharumors.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX C3
9.0

Winner
Sony NEX C3 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony NEX C3  based on its image quality and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX C3 vs Nikon 1 J2

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

NEX C3
1,083 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
363 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX C3
2,800 LPH
Nikon 1 J2
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX C3
430 ms
Nikon 1 J2
94 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX C3
1,200 ms
Nikon 1 J2
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX C3
5.5 fps
Nikon 1 J2
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX C3
400 photos
Nikon 1 J2
230 photos

Features Key features of the NEX C3  vs Nikon 1 J2 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX C3
16 MP
Nikon 1 J2
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX C3
12,800 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

NEX C3
22.8 microns
Nikon 1 J2
11.6 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX C3  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 25 135
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 110 x 60 x 33 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 33 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 225 g 280 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

NEX C3  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 60 fps
Battery life 400 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps, JPEG
10 fps
Focus lag 430 ms 94 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms 1,400 ms
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