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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III

Portability
91
Imaging
58
Features
57
Overall
57
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III 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
  • Introduced August 2011
  • Old Model is Sony NEX-3
  • Replacement is Sony NEX-F3
Sony RX100 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 290g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Released May 2014
  • Replaced the Sony RX100 II
  • Updated by Sony RX100 IV
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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Overview

On this page, we are matching up the Sony NEX-C3 and Sony RX100 III, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both are designed by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-C3 (16MP) and the RX100 III (20MP) is very comparable but the NEX-C3 (APS-C) and RX100 III (1") have totally different sensor sizing.

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The NEX-C3 was brought out 3 years earlier than the RX100 III which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Sony NEX-C3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony RX100 III being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the NEX-C3 matches up against the RX100 III in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Sony RX100 III

 NEX-C3 RX100 III 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 III over the Sony NEX-C3

 RX100 III NEX-C3 
ReleasedMay 2014August 2011More modern by 33 months
Display resolution1229k920kClearer display (+309k dot)
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Common features in the Sony NEX-C3 and Sony RX100 III

 NEX-C3 RX100 III 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and size. The Sony NEX-C3 has got physical measurements of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Sony RX100 III has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") having a weight of 290 grams (0.64 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the NEX-C3 against the RX100 III.

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-C3 and RX100 III is 91 and 89 respectively.

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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to see the difference in sensor sizes purely by checking out specifications. The image below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-C3 and RX100 III.

To sum up, each of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The NEX-C3 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving bokeh easier and the Sony RX100 III will provide extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged NEX-C3 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Portrait photography details
Sony RX100 III Portrait photography details
74
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
66
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
features face detection focus
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Street photography information
Sony RX100 III Street photography information
80
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than average (225g)
does not have image stabilization
85
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (290g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Sports photography details
Sony RX100 III Sports photography details
54
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery power (400 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
66
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
features tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography advice
Sony RX100 III Travel photography advice
72
great battery power (400 CIPA)
lighter than average (225 grams)
good megapixels (16MP)
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
86
lighter than competition in class (290g)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Landscape photography info
Sony RX100 III Landscape photography info
71
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (400 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
74
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging information
Sony RX100 III Vlogging information
28
lighter than average (225 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
81
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (290 grams)
lack of external mic port
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Sony NEX-C3 vs Sony RX100 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-C3 and Sony RX100 III
 Sony Alpha NEX-C3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-08-22 2014-05-15
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4912 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-70mm (2.9x)
Highest aperture - f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 2.7
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 920k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT Xtra Fine LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160s 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 225g (0.50 lb) 290g (0.64 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 73 67
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 22.4
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 12.3
DXO Low light score 1083 495
Other
Battery life 400 photographs 320 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images) Yes (2 or 10 sec, self-portrait, continuous)
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
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 Single Single
Launch price $343 $748