Thoughts on my new Nex C3
Sep 6, 2011
I know everyone’s fixated on the new Nex 7 and Nex 5n right now but I want to share my thoughts on my new Nex C3 (twin lens kit). I bought it whilst on holiday in Singapore in July…obviously no other new Nex’s about at that time. Hope this helps others looking for a camera.
I wanted to replace my Lumix LX3. It’s been a good camera, nice build, compact and can take some great photos (in good light) but wanted a camera with better picture quality that I can still take fishing (my main hobby where most of the time the photos are taken in low light) and a camera I will take everywhere with me.
I’ve been pretty happy with C3. What I like:
Great ISO range. A huge improvement on the LX3. I have not used the flash yet!
Dynamic range and better control over depth of field.
The pancake lens on the C3 makes a nice compact package. The 16mm lens is good for the confines of my boat. I also bought the UW converter.
The kit zoom is versatile.
The video is great…did not think I would use it but has come in handy.
Image quality is better than the LX3 over a wider range of conditions.
Tilty LCD is great especially for photos of the kids and candids.
love the HDR mode, Toy camera, panoramic and the manual focus assist. Have found that this is the most foolproof method of focusing.
I like the UI. I use mainly Aperture or Shutter priority and have customised the buttons as follows so most functions I use are one button access:
Left key = shoot mode
Right key = metering mode
Soft key B =ISO (and the ISO icon is displayed at the bottom right of the LCD)
Soft key C = Access to ‘custom’ buttons which are White Balance, Flash Mode, Drive Mode, AF/MF Mode, HDR and DRO
What I don’t like:
Kit zoom is not smooth. Feels a bit wobbly/cheap. Not a huge problem. Seems to take pictures ok.
No inbuilt flash. Would have accepted a slightly bigger body to accommodate a flash. Lucky the ISO range is so good.
Autofocus is not always spot on. I have found manual focus better.
Battery life is just ok.
Can’t change many settings in macro mode? Could just be me.
The salesman threw in a camera bag which is bigger than I need and holds everything including my old Hoya 28mm lens and 50mm Nikon lens I had with my FM2. (yet to get an adapter). Fine for walking about to take photos but for throwing in the boat of just carrying in a backpack or my work bag I purchased a plastic water tight box from an outdoor store ($30). The inside has some foam but I added some more as dividers and to make it more snug. This box works great. I don’t have to worry about salt spray and water. I have drowned 2 other cameras in the past 10 years.
Heres some pics of the dry box and some pics from the C3. Constructive comments appreciated. Be kind I’m still learning : )