Sony NEX-C3 review

Does 16.2MP, a flip out screen and 720p video recording come at a price?

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Our lab tests confirm what we have seen in real-world images from the Sony NEX-C3 with low noise levels – even at very high sensitivities – and good dynamic range being recorded.

When the Sony NEX-C3 is compared to the competition it holds its own against Panasonic's GF3, showing very similar, if slightly inferior noise performance at high sensitivities.

Dynamic range is very good when compared to the competition, with the Sony capturing a range of 10.81 EV at ISO200. It's a close competitor for the Olympus PEN E-PL2.

These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Sony nex c3 snr
Sony nex-c3 snr

JPEG images from the Sony NEX-C3 show a good result for signal to noise ratio at high sensitivity settings only just beaten by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

Dynamic range

Sony nex c3 dynamic range
Sony nex-c3 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Sony NEX-C3's JPEGs just have the edge over the comparison cameras, except for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product Familyalpha NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom10x
Brand NameSony
DurabilityDust Proof
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)225 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height60 mm
Width109.6 mm
Depth33 mm
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-C3
Product Namealpha NEX-C3 Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEXC3KS.CEE5
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Capture stunning images with DSLR-like picture quality, plus the convenience of interchangeable lenses - all without the size and weight of a DSLR. Compact, beautifully styled and brilliantly easy to use, with amazing features like 3D Sweep Panorama and HD video shooting.

Package Contents
  • alpha NEX-C3 Mirrorless Camera
  • SEL-1855 Lens
  • NP-FW50 Battery
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year