Sony NEX-C3 overview
Sony NEX-C3 is Sony's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first released on August of 2011. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4912 x 3264.
The NEX-C3 stands at #72 out of 112 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #332 out of 1436 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
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Sony NEX-C3 family
The Sony NEX-C3 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can see all past and current models alongside key specifications.
Sony NEX-C3 Gallery
You can see the NEX-C3 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony NEX-C3 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Sony NEX-C3 based on features which are often viewed as important in a camera.
Sony NEX-C3 Sensor specifications
The Sony NEX-C3 features the Bionz chip. The specification of the sensor in the Sony NEX-C3 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4912 x 3264 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW files are supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the NEX-C3's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The NEX-C3 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony NEX-C3 dimensions
Sony NEX-C3 weighs about 0.50 lb (225 gr / 7.94 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 325 gr so the Sony NEX-C3 is lighter compared with its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a shot of the Sony NEX-C3 with a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the NEX-C3.
Sony NEX-C3 Lens specifications
The NEX-C3 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses on sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the NEX-C3.
Sony NEX-C3 Connectivity
The NEX-C3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Several applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Sony NEX-C3 Video specifications
The maximum video quality in the Sony NEX-C3 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really go for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you have got no control over the audio. It is probably best to have a look at a different model should you want decent audio for your video clips.
Sony NEX-C3 Weather Sealing
Sony NEX-C3 doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.
Sony NEX-C3 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony NEX-C3 has got a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder specifications for Sony NEX-C3 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful during sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Sony NEX-C3 Shutter specifications
Sony NEX-C3 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony NEX-C3 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony NEX-C3 comes with external flash ability but is without in-built flash. The highest flash sync is 1/160 sec.
Sony NEX-C3 Autofocusing specifications
Sony NEX-C3 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The AF system has got 25 focus points to choose from. Sony NEX-C3 has got manual focus in case it is required during low light conditions or you need more exact focus control.
Sony NEX-C3 Battery life
The battery (NPFW50) on the Sony NEX-C3 is designed to last for 400 shutters according to the CIPA standards making it higher than the usual for its class. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 338. Samsung NX mini has the highest possible (650) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Here is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the best battery life:
Sony NEX-C3 for varying categories of photography
The following diagram presents a overview of the Sony NEX-C3 for varying categories of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-C3
The Sony NEX-C3 receives a points tally of 74 which is above average, and means the camera is a fine pick for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Sony NEX-C3 Street photography features
Getting a great score of 80, the Sony NEX-C3 is a wonderful option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sony NEX-C3 Sports photography highlights
A average sports photography points total of 54 indicates the Sony NEX-C3 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography factors
Weight is pretty important when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony NEX-C3 gets a nice 72 as a travel camera which is a fine option to purchase for your trips.
Sony NEX-C3 Landscape photography details
For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony NEX-C3 with it's very good rating of 71 as a landscape camera is a fine option in the current market.
Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony NEX-C3 is just not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a terrible score of 28.
Sony NEX-C3 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the NEX-C3, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The graph here offers you a summary of the NEX-C3 compared to it's top scored competitors suggested above.
Following are additional cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.