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Sony Alpha NEX-C3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 403 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and lens. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but the image stabilizer and viewfinder get less positive reviews.

portability, usability, image quality, lens, responsiveness

battery, features, viewfinder, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3Digital Camera Review


The best things come in small packages with comically large lenses. The Alpha NEX-C3 is Sony's entry-level compact mirrorless system camera, and the best way for casual photographers to step up from a point-and-shoot or smartphone to a proper...

The market for entry-level system cameras is in full bloom. Casual photographers who want something better than their old point-and-shoot or smartphone can choose from at least a dozen affordable interchangeable-lens models. We’re almost at the point...


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Sony Alpha NEX-C3


The NEX-C3 is the first of Sony's second generation of mirrorless cameras, following the introduction of the 14MP NEX-3 and NEX-5 in mid-2010. If these first two models showed how committed Sony is to offering APS-C capabilities in a compact form...

Improved interface with increased customization options compared to NEX-3/5 ; High resolution sensor with excellent High ISO performance ; Very good JPEG output quality ; Very good build quality ; Versatile, high-resolution LCD screen ; Easy to use but...

iAuto mode does not take full advantage of the large sensor's low-light capability. (ISO is capped at 1600) ; Optional flash is underpowered (and adds bulk) ; Auto HDR is only available while shooting in JPEG only modes ; Operation is very different in...

The NEX-C3, like its predecessors the NEX-3/5, is a well built, easy to use interchangeable lens camera. The NEX-C3 is capable of image quality that rivals the best of its APS-C DSLR competition while being significantly smaller and lighter. As well as...

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Sony's Compact System Camera Has Enough Skill to Perform on Broadway


The Sony NEX-C3 is absurdly small considering what's packed inside. We tested it at a rehearsal for a Broadway musical, where it showed off some nimble moves.

Incredibly small and light, considering the large sensor and bevy of features inside. Excellent low light performance with DSLR-like low noise images at high ISOs. Tilting 3-inch LCD screen for composing over-the-head “Hail Mary” shots is helpful....

Loses much of its portability with even a basic zoom kit lens attached. Too many menus to dig through to change functions. More experienced photographers may find the simplified settings condescending. HD video mode only goes to 720p


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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 (with 16mm lens, Black)


Now in its second generation, the NEX line has proven to be popular; I generally liked the NEX-5 (we never reviewed the NEX-3) thanks to excellent photo quality and an attractive, compact design, though I still think the line is a bit expensive for...

Compact and attractive, with a tilting LCD and excellent photo quality, the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 has some compelling aspects

With the 18-55mm lens the camera becomes substantially less compact, there's no EVF option, and the video capabilities are more limited than I'd expect for the price

A lot of people will like the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 for its excellent photo quality and a now more usable design, but it can get unexpectedly heavy with the zoom E-mount lenses and it's still a bit more expensive than many point-and-shoot upgraders will like.

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Sony NEX-C3


Traditionally known as DSLRs, interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) have always promised excellent image quality, speed, and versatility. But their enormous size and weight, lofty price tags, and intimidating design have forced casual photographers to...

Affordable price ; Incredible image quality ; Compact, attractive design

Limited lens selection ; No 1080p video capture ; Proprietary accessory connector

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Sony NEX-C3 Preview


Along side their SLT-α35 announcement, Sony has introduced yet another powerful NEX model, withe NEX-C3. While building off both the NEX-3 and NEX-5, the NEX-C3 carries over most of its features from the NEX-3. Like it's Alpha sibling (the α35), the C3...

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Sony Alpha NEX-C3. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

The NEX-C3 did reasonably well in our video tests, but the camera is not a top choice for someone looking to primarily shoot video. The camera tops out with a 1280 × 720 video resolution, which is technically HD, but is not the same resolution as Full...

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3


The Sony NEX-C3 continues the move toward smaller and smaller compact system cameras, with a build and software design that works well. Image quality is quite good, and though the interface isn't as straightforward as we'd like, the NEX-C3 is easy to...

Very small body, refined build. Large sensor for good light gathering. Various low-light shooting modes to improve results. HD video mode with real-time autofocus

Menu-driven interface is sometimes confusing, making quickly finding what you want difficult. Camera may be too small for some

When Sony set out to revamp and more clearly delineate its consumer NEX camera, they did so by making it about as small as the more enthusiast-targeted NEX-5. Now that we've seen the launch of the NEX-5N and NEX-7, we see quite well where the NEX-C3...

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Sony NEX-C3


The Alpha NEX-C3 is the cheapest of Sony's NEX interchangeable lens cameras. For around $600 bucks you can shoot 720p HD video with a new NEX-C3 and an 18-55mm kit lens. While that is Sony's cheapest NEX option, it is only around $50 dollars less than...

The NEX-C3 did reasonably well in our video tests, but the camera is not a top choice for someone looking to primarily shoot video. The camera tops out with a 1280 × 720 video resolution, which is technically HD, but is not the same resolution as Full...

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3


The Sony NEX-C3 is the best way for casual photogs to step up to a serious camera.

Regardless of the sales intentions, the NEX-C3 is a fantastic value for the money.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes