Sony NEX-C3

June 8, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera | 7 Comments |
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Billed as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the new Sony NEX-C3 is a tiny compact system camera offering a resolution of 16.2 megapixels. Weighing in at 225 grams, the Sony NEX-C3 is approximately 6% lighter than last year’s NEX-3. In addition to capturing high-resolution photographs, the NEX-C3 can also record 720p HD video. A new in-camera ‘Picture Effect’ setting lets users add extra impact to stills or HD video during shooting. Options include Partial Colour, Retro Photo, Pop Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterisation, High-key and Toy Camera. There’s also a ‘Soft Skin’ effect that removes wrinkles and blemishes from portrait subjects. Improved energy efficiency boosts battery stamina to 400 still shots per charge – over 20% more than the NEX-5/NEX-3. The new NEX-C3 will be available this August in silver, black and pink with an 18-55mm kit zoom and will cost about $650.  It will also be offered in black only with a 16mm lens for about $600.

Sony Press Release

Sony introduces world’s smallest, lightest* interchangeable lens camera with APS-C sized sensor

Easy-to-use ? NEX-C3 with 16.2 effective megapixels, HD video and friendly new interface

DSLR-quality images with 16.2 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Intuitive new ‘Photo Creativity’ interface for easy adjustment of picture settings
In-camera ‘Picture Effect’ with real-time preview Multi-frame imaging techniques including 3D Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR and Handheld Twilight mode
Optional accessories including compact HVL-F20S travel flash and 30mm F3.5 E-mount macro lens
* Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras with APS-C size image sensor, as of 8th June 2011

The new ? NEX-C3 from Sony is the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera in its class.

Offered in stylish silver or black, the NEX-C3 features an attractive new body design that combines a satisfyingly solid metal top casing with an easy-to-use streamlined grip shape. Reducing the size of the main circuitry shrinks the camera body weight to just 225g – that’s almost 6% less than the NEX-3.

Image quality, functions and usability of the NEX-C3 also surpasses that of the NEX-3.

Resolution of the large Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor is boosted to 16.2 effective megapixels, capturing stills and 720p HD video with breathtaking clarity. The large, DSLR-sized sensor also lets you produce pro-quality ‘bokeh’ background defocus effects, whether you’re shooting HD video or stills.

If you’re not familiar with specialist photo terminology, the NEX-C3 puts sophisticated picture controls within easy reach, whether you’re shooting stills or HD video. The intuitive new Photo Creativity interface replaces technical terms like ‘aperture’, ‘exposure value’ and ‘white balance’ with the friendlier and more intuitive ‘background defocus’, ‘brightness’ and ‘colour’.

There’s no need to dig into confusing menu options or guess their effect on your composition. Just turn the camera’s rear-mounted control wheel and instantly see the effect of your settings previewed on screen. If you wish, two or more different settings can be combined to create more sophisticated creative effects.

A new in-camera ‘Picture Effect’ setting lets users add extra impact to stills or HD video during shooting, without the worry of editing images afterwards. ‘Picture Effect’ options include Partial Colour, Retro Photo, Pop Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterisation, High-key and Toy Camera. There’s also a ‘Soft Skin’ effect that removes wrinkles and blemishes from portrait subjects.

Tilting for comfortable viewing at any angle, the high contrast 7.5cm Xtra Fine LCD screen features TruBlack screen technology for high-contrast images with rich, deep blacks. It’s a great way to compose shots and judge the effect of adjusting picture settings, even when you’re viewing outdoors in bright sunlight.

Advanced multi-frame imaging technologies from Sony broaden the possibilities of the NEX-C3 further still. 3D Sweep Panorama captures extra-wide images in 3D to enjoy on your 3D TV. Auto HDR ‘stacks’ a high speed burst of three successive exposures to capture extreme shadow and highlight details in a single frame. Similarly, Handheld Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur modes automatically combine six exposures to capture smooth, low-noise images: this avoids hand-blur and subject-blur when you’re shooting in available light.

The NEX-C3 works even harder to capture more amazing images and HD video between battery charges. Improved energy efficiency boosts battery stamina to a generous 400 still shots per charge – over 20% more than the NEX-5/NEX-3.



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#1 Low Budget Dave

August is too long. We live in an age where photos that print in 60 seconds are "too slow". I want one right now.

5:52 pm - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#2 BB

Don't worry - you can buy Nex-3 so far.
And remember, Pentax, Nikon and Canon do not have hybrid either... even in august.

7:41 pm - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#3 Anthony

After a second look at this camera I have to say I am pretty satisfied with the result it produces and I really like the fact that it is mirror less. This is a nice addition to Sony's lineup and a camera I would recommend in it's price range. The fact that a new lenses system has been introduced is a downside for me though.

7:50 pm - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#4 Sherlyn

Hi! i'm currently in the midst of consider to purchase Sony Nex 3 or C3. As there are some gap difference in the price between these two. Not sure is worth to pay the different for the enhancement of C3? I wish to take good landscape photo. Hope to get advice from you guys :)

4:40 am - Friday, July 29, 2011

#5 Mr Alan Hunt

can you watch 3d panorama sweep on any 3d tv with this model thank you

1:51 pm - Saturday, July 30, 2011

#6 Pierre Lehu

It's bad enough that in bright light you can't see the LCD well enough to compose your shot, but in a camera where most settings are done on the same screen, how are you supposed to use all this manual control when at the beach, for example? The Samsung NX11 has the same sensor but an EVF as well. That's the camera I'm considering at the moment.

1:20 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2011

#7 Low Budget Dave

Pierre, The sensor on the Samsung is not the same at all. It does not have the dynamic range or the low light capabilities of the Sony sensor. At most iso settings, the noise from the Samsung sensor is more visible and more uneven.

If you are only taking pictures in bright sunlight at the beach, the Samsung camera will do a better job, especially for the money.

For low light, you may want to look at a few sample pictures to see if the Samsung delivers the quality you want.

2:45 pm - Friday, August 19, 2011