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Sony NEX-C3 review

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

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony NEX-C3, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Sony NEX-C3 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 200
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 200

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 200
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 400
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 800
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 18 (see full image)

Sony NEX-C3: RAW Images

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 200
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 400
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 800
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex c3 resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-c3 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 18 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha NEX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
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
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
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)
Height60 mm
Width109.6 mm
Depth33 mm
Autofocus Points25
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-C3
Product Namealpha NEX-C3 Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEXC3KS.CEE5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.

Battery Life400 Shot
Package Contents
  • alpha NEX-C3 Mirrorless Camera
  • SEL-1855 Lens
  • NP-FW50 Battery
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year