Sony NEX-C3 Camera Review

The NEX-C3 will be the initially 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 would be to offering APS-C capabilities in a compact form factor, the point is underlined from the arrival in the still-smaller C3.

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Sony NEX-C3 Digicam Features

The NEX-C3 gets an all-new 16.2MP version, records inside the sensor's native 3:2 aspect, although also shoot in 16:9. There isn't any 1:1 or 4:3 options though. Maximum output with the full resolution jumps to 4912 x 3264 pixels, which is plenty big enough for poster-sized prints.Shooting mode options feature a normal quartet of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and fully Manual modes all at hand. There is a fully automatic Intelligent Automatic mode, together with eight individual Scene modes. Sony also provides excellent Sweep Panorama mode, although there isn't any replacement for record these in high-resolution.

With the usual variety of Creative Styles (colour profiles), Dynamic Range Optimisation and Automatic HDR options, that could be tweaked as you see fit, the NEX-C3 further benefits from a range of 11 Picture Effect digital effects including Toy Camera, Posterization, Pop Colour, Retro, and Partial Colour effects. There's no Miniaturisation option though.It capabilities with the NEX-C3 remain just like we were holding before, with 1080 x 720p at 30fps High-Definition is the top setting. Sound is recorded in stereo by default, and there's no external microphone port.

Design and Performance ofSony NEX-C3 Digicam

The NEX-C3 follows quite similar design cues since the NEX-3, but is noticeably smaller along with a less pronounced finger grip.Together with the 16mm f/2.8 lens attached the NEX-C3 is perfectly jacket-pocket friendly as well as quite discreet, rendering it suitable for street photography. Using the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom attached however, the entire package feels a lttle bit lopsided and lens-heavy - http://vibral.co.za/groups/micromax-x50-affordable-and-sleek/ .

The rear of the NEX-3 is attired with 3in, 921k-dirt TruBlack monitor. About the plus side, still tilts up by 80 degrees and down by 45 degrees.Start-up time is about the two-second mark, which but not as quickly as a DSLR, it ought to be sufficient for most purposes.Battery performance is much improved through the NEX-3, around over 400 images on a single charge. It displays remaining power supply like a percentage, rather than just a picture.

Picture quality and Verdict

Overall image quality is very good. As the NEX-C3 offers compact camera proportions, the main advantages of the bigger APS-C sensor are clear to see.The NEX-C3 features a mechanical High Dynamic Range function that works through three successive shots and then blending the outcomes together into a single image.

It's 49-segment metering system to get generally accurate, although just occasionally there exists a tendency because of it to err along the side of caution by underexposing in high-contrast situations in an attempt to retain highlight detail.Low light performance is another area in which the NEX-C3 shows its APS-C credentials, with functionality that's easily with a par with regular DSLRs, and a lot beyond that relating to the best-performing compacts.Leaving the NEX-C3 to its own devices on Automatic White Balance isn't significant issues, with colour temperature proving consistently accurate.

Verdict

While a lot of the NEX-C3 remains identical to its predecessor, adding a newly developed 16.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor does raise overall image quality up a notch from what we've previously seen. In addition the roll-out of digital effects filters plus a lowering of overall size and also the NEX-C3 holds a good amount of appeal. That said it's really a shame that Sony hasn't seen fit to raise the bar with regards to the new model's movie recording abilities, while the fiddly flash attachment remains something of a fudged solution too. Therefore the NEX-C3 doesn't quite make 9/10.