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Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3

Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
79
Overall
66
Sony Alpha NEX-5T front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
57
Features
57
Overall
57

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5T
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Released August 2013
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-C3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 225g - 110 x 60 x 33mm
  • Introduced August 2011
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-3
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-F3
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Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are produced by Sony. The image resolution of the NEX-5T (16MP) and the NEX-C3 (16MP) is relatively close and both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The NEX-5T was announced 2 years after the NEX-C3 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a concise summary of how the NEX-5T matches up vs the NEX-C3 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5T over the Sony NEX-C3

 NEX-5T NEX-C3 
IntroducedAugust 2013August 2011Newer by 25 months
Screen resolution922k920kCrisper screen (+2k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Sony NEX-5T

 NEX-C3 NEX-5T 

Common features in the Sony NEX-5T and Sony NEX-C3

 NEX-5T NEX-C3 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-5T has got physical dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) and the Sony NEX-C3 has proportions of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs).

See the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you use at that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the NEX-5T and the NEX-C3.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5T and NEX-C3 is 89 and 91 respectively.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to see the contrast in sensor dimensions only by looking through a spec sheet. The image below will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the NEX-5T and NEX-C3.

As you can see, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same MP so you should expect comparable quality of pictures but you would want to take the production date of the cameras into account. The younger NEX-5T is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Portrait photography features
Sony NEX-C3 Portrait photography features
74
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
74
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5T
Street photography with Sony NEX-C3
80
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lighter than average (225 grams)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Sports photography information
Sony NEX-C3 Sports photography information
69
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
53
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
better than average battery life (400 shots)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Travel photography information
Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography information
77
includes touch focus
good resolution (16MP)
selfie friendly display
lack of Time Lapse mode
71
better than average battery life (400 per charge)
lighter than average (225g)
megapixel count good (16MP)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Landscape photography highlights
Sony NEX-C3 Landscape photography highlights
70
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
70
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (400 shots)
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5T as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-C3 as a Vlogging camera
73
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lack of image stabilization
lack of mic jack
27
lighter than average (225g)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone support
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Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-C3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5T and Sony NEX-C3
 Sony Alpha NEX-5TSony Alpha NEX-C3
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5T Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2013-08-27 2011-08-22
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 99 25
Cross focus points 25 -
Lens
Lens mount Sony E Sony E
Number of lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 922k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech Tilt Up 180° Down 50° TFT LCD TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO100) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x1080 (60p/60i/24p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 276 grams (0.61 lb) 225 grams (0.50 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 78 73
DXO Color Depth score 23.6 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 12.2
DXO Low light score 1015 1083
Other
Battery life 330 photos 400 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes ((10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures)) 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
Card slots One One
Cost at release $400 $343