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Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3

Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
37
Overall
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Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
57
Features
57
Overall
57

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Key Specs

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28mm (F2.5) lens
  • 140g - 113 x 70 x 56mm
  • Released September 2010
Sony NEX-C3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 225g - 110 x 60 x 33mm
  • Revealed August 2011
  • Older Model is Sony NEX-3
  • Updated by Sony NEX-F3
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Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 versus Sony NEX-C3, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Ricoh and Sony. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 (12MP) and NEX-C3 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 was unveiled 11 months before the NEX-C3 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a complete comparison, below is a short summation of how the GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 grades versus the NEX-C3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 over the Sony NEX-C3

 GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 NEX-C3 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5

 NEX-C3 GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 
RevealedAugust 2011September 2010Fresher by 11 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 and Sony NEX-C3

 GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 NEX-C3 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution920k920kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 enjoys exterior measurements of 113mm x 70mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 2.2") and a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-C3 has specifications of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs).

Take a look at the Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 versus Sony NEX-C3 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is the front view scale comparison of the GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 versus the NEX-C3.

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 and NEX-C3 is 88 and 91 respectively.

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's tough to see the gap in sensor sizing merely by seeing specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 and NEX-C3.

All in all, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Sony NEX-C3 to produce more detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The older GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 sensor size comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-C3 as a Portrait photography camera
58
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
no liveview
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
74
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 Street photography info
Sony NEX-C3 Street photography info
70
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than average (140 grams)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5
Sports photography with Sony NEX-C3
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good sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (28mm)
no liveview
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
not so great battery power (320 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
53
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery (400 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 Travel photography highlights
Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography highlights
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lighter than average (140g)
has built in flash
not so great battery power (320 per charge)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
71
better than average battery (400 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
decent MP (16MP)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 Landscape photography features
Sony NEX-C3 Landscape photography features
48
focusing manually
good sized screen (3 inch)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
not so great battery power (320 CIPA)
70
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (400 shots)
no image stabilization
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging info
28
has face detect focusing
lighter than average (140 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone support
27
lighter than competitors in class (225 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic port
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Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 vs Sony NEX-C3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 and Sony NEX-C3
 Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5Sony Alpha NEX-C3
General Information
Make Ricoh Sony
Model type Ricoh GXR GR Lens A12 28mm F2.5 Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Category Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-09-21 2011-08-22
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip GR Engine III Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 370.5mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 2848 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.5 -
Amount of lenses - 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT color LCD TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 180 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (24 fps), 320 x 240 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 140 grams (0.31 lb) 225 grams (0.50 lb)
Dimensions 113 x 70 x 56mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 2.2") 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 73
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 1083
Other
Battery life 320 photos 400 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DB-90 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images) ) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $566 $343