Sony Alpha NEX-C3

Announced Jun 8, 2011 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
dpreview conclusion

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 effective handling and excellent image quality the C3's user-friendly iAuto mode as well as full featured PASM modes should satisfy most photographers.

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Silver Award
74%
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Good for

Compact shooters looking to upgrade but don't want the bulk or complication of a DSLR, as well as DSLR owners looking for a smaller alternative.

Not so good for

People looking for a truly 'pocketable' DSLR alternative.

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Other reviews
Sony NEX-C3 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Aug 12, 2011)

The Sony NEX-C3 takes an already successful Compact System Camera concept (NEX-3 and NEX-5) and improves upon it yet further. The C3's new sensor is a success, images look great and the camera's smaller design looks the part too. The price is held at a very reasonable sub-£450 point and there's very little not to like bar some control issues. While more buttons are available for customisation...

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 review

The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 is the first of the second generation NEX models. The big selling point of the NEX range is its sensor which is the same size as most DSLRs. It's significantly bigger than the Micro Four Thirds sensor used in the Panasonic Lumix GF3 and Olympus Pen E-PL2 and, if the new mirrorless ILC models appearing from Pentax and Nikon are anything to go by, Sony has the small camera...

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