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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3

Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
52
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
57
Features
57
Overall
57

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Key Specs

Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Introduced February 2013
  • Succeeded the Sony NEX-F3
  • Later Model is Sony a5000
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
  • Launched August 2011
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-3
  • Updated by Sony NEX-F3
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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Overview

The following is a in-depth overview of the Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are built by Sony. The image resolution of the NEX-3N (16MP) and the NEX-C3 (16MP) is very comparable and they possess the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The NEX-3N was unveiled 19 months after the NEX-C3 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple overview of how the NEX-3N grades vs the NEX-C3 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Sony NEX-C3

 NEX-3N NEX-C3 
LaunchedFebruary 2013August 2011Newer by 19 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Sony NEX-3N

 NEX-C3 NEX-3N 
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-3N and Sony NEX-C3

 NEX-3N NEX-C3 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-3N offers exterior measurements of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-C3 has proportions of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs).

Examine the Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the NEX-3N vs the NEX-C3.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-3N and NEX-C3 is 89 and 91 respectively.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions just by seeing a spec sheet. The image underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-3N and NEX-C3.

Clearly, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of photographs although you need to take the launch date of the cameras into account. The younger NEX-3N is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Portrait photography features
Sony NEX-C3 Portrait photography features
66
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
74
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Street photography factors
Sony NEX-C3 Street photography factors
77
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than others in class (225g)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Sports photography advice
Sony NEX-C3 Sports photography advice
54
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery (480 CIPA)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
53
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good battery power (400 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Travel photography details
Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography details
71
better than average battery (480 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
71
good battery power (400 per charge)
lighter than others in class (225g)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony NEX-3N
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-C3
70
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (480 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
70
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (400 shots)
lack of image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-3N Vlogging details
Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging details
28
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external mic jack
27
lighter than others in class (225 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic jack
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Sony NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-C3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-3N and Sony NEX-C3
 Sony Alpha NEX-3NSony Alpha NEX-C3
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-02-25 2011-08-22
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 16000 12800
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E Sony E
Total lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
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 269 grams (0.59 lb) 225 grams (0.50 lb)
Dimensions 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 74 73
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 12.2
DXO Low light rating 1067 1083
Other
Battery life 480 pictures 400 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Launch price $399 $343