Sony NEX-C3 review

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

Sony NEX-C3
The Sony NEX-C3 is a compact system camera with a very big lens

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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.