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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350

Portability
91
Imaging
58
Features
57
Overall
57
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 front
Portability
62
Imaging
47
Features
51
Overall
48

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Key Specs

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
  • Announced August 2011
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-3
  • Renewed by Sony NEX-F3
Sony HX350
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 652g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Revealed December 2016
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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are manufactured by Sony. The image resolution of the NEX-C3 (16MP) and the HX350 (20MP) is fairly well matched but the NEX-C3 (APS-C) and HX350 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor measurements.

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The NEX-C3 was manufactured 6 years before the HX350 which is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony NEX-C3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX350 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise overview of how the NEX-C3 grades versus the HX350 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Sony HX350

 NEX-C3 HX350 

Reasons to pick Sony HX350 over the Sony NEX-C3

 HX350 NEX-C3 
RevealedDecember 2016August 2011More modern by 64 months
Display resolution922k920kSharper display (+2k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-C3 and Sony HX350

 NEX-C3 HX350 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-C3 provides outside measurements of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Sony HX350 has sizing of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") with a weight of 652 grams (1.44 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the NEX-C3 vs the HX350.

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the NEX-C3 and HX350 is 91 and 62 respectively.

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to see the gap between sensor sizes merely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture here may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-C3 and HX350.

Clearly, both the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The NEX-C3 featuring a larger sensor will make getting bokeh less difficult and the Sony HX350 will give you extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more aged NEX-C3 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony HX350 as a Portrait photography camera
74
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
48
you can focus manually
decent MP (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Street photography factors
Sony HX350 Street photography factors
80
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
lack of image stabilization
50
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than others (652 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX350 as a Sports photography camera
54
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (400 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
53
excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography info
Sony HX350 Travel photography info
72
better than average battery life (400 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
54
decent MP (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (652 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX350 Landscape photography highlights
71
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (400 shots)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
50
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging information
Sony HX350 Vlogging information
28
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
27
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone support
more heavy than others (652 grams)
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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony HX350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-C3 and Sony HX350
 Sony Alpha NEX-C3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2011-08-22 2016-12-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4912 x 3264 5184 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 25 -
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8-6.3
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Xtra Fine LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 202k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 8.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Off, auto, fill, slow sync, advanced, rear sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 225 grams (0.50 lbs) 652 grams (1.44 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1083 not tested
Other
Battery life 400 photos 300 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots One One
Launch cost $343 -