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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.2Mp Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack
  • 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens
  • Lens Equivalent to 24mm in 35mm Format
  • Sony E-mount Lens Mount
  • Memory Stick & SD Media Slot
  • 1280 x 720p HD Movies
  • RAW Image Capture
  • Live View on LCD

The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens gives you the versatility of a larger SLR digital camera but in a compact, lightweight form factor. Perfect for traveling, parties, or any time you don't want to carry a bulky camera around your neck, the NEX-C3 is a styling piece with enticing lines and an understated, yet modern design. But it's not just appealing in the looks department, the NEX-C3 backs up that enticing style with a 16.2Mp sensor and a BIONZ image processor that enable RAW image capture, a 3.0" LCD screen with TruBlack technology, and 1080/60i HD movie mode with Live View. The included 16 mm f/2.8 lens is equivalent to a 24 mm wide-angle lens in the 35 mm format.

Perhaps most notable though, is the NEX-C3's ability to interchange lenses. The camera comes with a 16mm wide-angle lens included to get you started shooting from day one with a lens that makes easy work of large group shots, tight interiors, and sweeping vistas. However, any of the Sony E-mount or A-mount lenses will work with the NEX-C3, allowing you to stock up your lens arsenal for whatever the shoot calls for, knowing you'll able to able to capture it all without being weighed down by a heavy camera body.

Among the plethora of features and functions, Sony gave the NEX-C3 a 25-point auto focus to ensure that your images will be accurate and precise no matter what the situation. Other features designed to keep your images looking sharp include face detection, smile shutter, and image stabilization. While the camera provides manual options for shooting it also makes things super-simple for those times when you just want to snap away. The numerous auto scene modes can take all the guesswork out of shooting, turning the NEX-C3 into a point-and-shoot when that's what you want.

One of the Smallest in Class
This is the one of the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera using an APS-C size sensor (as of June 2011). Sony removed the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, reducing the "flange back" distance from 44.5mm to 18mm. The result has all the quality of an Alpha DSLR, in about half the size and weight
Interchangeable Lenses
Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options
APS-C Size HD Image Sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between "snapshots" and "photographs," delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds
HD Movie Recording
Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in the PC-friendly MP4 format. Shoot 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p
16.2Mp Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise
Up to 5.5 Frames Per Second
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting at full 16.2Mp resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.5 fps
ISO 12800 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. This remarkable performance, is made possible by low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
3D Sweep Panorama View
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats
Sweep Panorama
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23Mp image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length)
Anti Motion Blur Mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur
Hand-Held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise
Auto HDR Built Into Camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects)
Live View LCD
The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen
Empowers your photography with a different point or view. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss
Fast Auto Focus
Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony's fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies
Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum
921K Pixel TruBlack LCD Screen
The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight
On-Screen Shooting Tips
Offers advice so you can shoot like a pro
iAuto (Intelligent Auto) Mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot
On-Screen Help Guide
Provides ready reference, explains the camera's modes and settings. Walks you through camera operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication
BIONZ Image Processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.2Mp images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama and 6 image layering
Control Wheel + Customizable Soft Keys
Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-C3 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive
Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The NEX-C3 Exmor sensor provides 4,912 column-parallel A/D converters. You get fast response, superb image clarity
25-Point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
Accepts Alpha DSLR A-mount Lenses
Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of Alpha A-mount system lenses, which includes 34 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide (operational restrictions apply)
Peaking for Precise Focus
The Peaking function makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors ( white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot
Multi-Segment Metering
Optimizes exposure based on 49 segments. Choice of Multi, Center, and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only
Accepts Image Stabilized Lenses
Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light
RAW Image Capture
The NEX-C3 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC
"Background Defocus" Control
Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you've had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
Powerful Supplied Software
To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Face Detection Technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults
Six Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B/W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote
Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Night Shot modes
P/A/S/M Operating Modes
The NEX-C3 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Photo Creativity Interface
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging. Changes can be combined / removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from seven different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button: Picture Effect, Background Defocus Control, Soft Skin Effect, Color, Brightness, Vividness, and Self-timer / Continuous Advance
Picture Effect Mode
There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6 or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor
Up to 400 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 400 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures
Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended. Memory card is required. All are sold separately)
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 25
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 200-12800
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Preset Manual
Flash
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
External Flash Connection Proprietary
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3" / 11.0 x 6.0 x 3.3 cm
Weight 7.9 oz / 224 g Camera body only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 16 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 83°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4" (23.88 cm)
Magnification 0.073x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:14
Elements/Groups 5/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 0.89 x 2.44" (2.26 x 6.20 cm)
Weight 2.47 oz (70 g)
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • BC-VW1 AC Charger for W Series Battery
  • Mini B USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyAlpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

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      (5)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (12)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • High ISO performance (8)
    • Large clear LCD (8)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Travel (11)
    • Low light (7)
    • Family photos (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    NEX-C3 for amateurs only?

    ---non native English speaker, efforts required----
    I owned a Sony NEX5 before buying this camera. I decided to change, after one year, due to the fact that it...Read complete review

    ---non native English speaker, efforts required----
    I owned a Sony NEX5 before buying this camera. I decided to change, after one year, due to the fact that it was a Japanese only menu version. I can't deal with it anymore..
    Anyway, this camera is even better - cheaper, smaller, faster. I don't feel at all the difference in terms of construction. I use it only with the 16mm prime lens. The ISO capability still surprise me quite often. I own a EOS 5Dii with a bunch of top primes from Canon and Zeiss. I only see the optical quality of the lens that can be improved but, for this price range, come on!
    I don't do pro videos, but I will buy the external mic to improve the sound recording.
    I use it on aperture mode all the time, auto ISO most of the time and I set a permanent exposure bias of 1/3 or 1/2 as default. I like very much the possibility to adjust the focus manually, with the camera showing a magnified view as soon you turn the focus ring on the lens - easy and fast.
    voilà.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but not Great

    I purchased this camera because I wanted something compact that would resemble my dSLR (Canon 5D2) more than it does my compact camera (Casio S10). Although the fast focus/shutter had that...Read complete review

    I purchased this camera because I wanted something compact that would resemble my dSLR (Canon 5D2) more than it does my compact camera (Casio S10). Although the fast focus/shutter had that dSLR feel, the picture quality just wasn't there.

    I tried shooting RAW, but the Sony software was a pain to use... so I ended up using JPGs instead. The default Dynamic Range optimizer made the color too vivid and skin tones harsh. Note that you can change with the settings to get more "natural" colors.

    The other features, such as Auto-HDR were nice and I could see this camera being better with one of the nicer lenses, but it would no longer be "compact" if it was.

    Overall, I'd recommend an entry level dSLR over this camera.

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    4.0

    Sweet little package delivers big!

    By Scofield

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet
    • Sharp large image
    • Small compact size
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Focusing could be faster
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Street photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

    I was surprised to find so much oomph coming out of such a small package! The 16mm lens packed with this camera is pretty amazing. The menu settings take a little getting used to, but once you do - you are off to the races!
    Great camera w/ 16mm lens will become a cult classic!

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    5.0

    Great alternative to a DSLR

    By bentsn

    from Lexington, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good lenses available
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

        I love that this cammera is small enough to put in a pocket. It has the performance and veratility of a DSLR, but is much smaller. The 16mm wide angle is great for indoor shots. It gives very low noise at high ISO so that you can take good shots in very low light without flash.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
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        • No

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        4.0

        Best entry level ILC

        By Photonicat

        from SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Small inexpensive
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

        I bought this to replace an NEX-3 I thought was having problems - it turned up that it was the SD card that died. The C3 is very similar to the 3, but just a little smaller. It is faster in bootup and other operations. I tested the 16mm lens side by side with the one I had and there was no difference that I could detect, a great deal as a knock around wide angle, and good enough when properly processed in RAW converter. Overall this is a great combination and a fairly inexpensive way to enter the whole system of thin bodied interchangeable lens world of making use of so many fine manual lenses at bargain prices!

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        5.0

        Wow! Great Camera for the price!

        By rhiebert

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • IAUTO works great

        Cons

        • IAUTO limited to 1600 ISO

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

        I needed a camera that was small but took good low light photos without flash. I was blown away by the low light settings as I got great shots not possible without a large sensor and high ISO settings.
        I was initially concerned about the 16mm lens distortion but with RAW files and LR4 acceptable corrections are only a click away.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 4
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        5.0

        good size for traveling

        By JD

        from Oregon

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Loud shutter
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

        I'm pleased with this purchase. I wanted a smallish camera package for travel, but access to manual control and good image quality, and this delivers well. The 16mm lens is not the best or most versatile option, but works well for what I need/want. (I am looking forward to the predicted longer focal length pancake lens that is on the sony roadmap.) With the compact body and smallish lens, I can easily carry this camera in a jacket pocket or small purse.

        A feature that I didn't think I would use but have been pleasantly surprised by is the tilting screen. It seems sturdy, not likely to break, and I've used it several times now for shooting low or high.

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        5.0

        NEX-C3 for amateurs only?

        By Ch_Vermare

        from Misawa, Japan

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Size and weight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

          ---non native English speaker, efforts required----
          I owned a Sony NEX5 before buying this camera. I decided to change, after one year, due to the fact that it was a Japanese only menu version. I can't deal with it anymore..
          Anyway, this camera is even better - cheaper, smaller, faster. I don't feel at all the difference in terms of construction. I use it only with the 16mm prime lens. The ISO capability still surprise me quite often. I own a EOS 5Dii with a bunch of top primes from Canon and Zeiss. I only see the optical quality of the lens that can be improved but, for this price range, come on!
          I don't do pro videos, but I will buy the external mic to improve the sound recording.
          I use it on aperture mode all the time, auto ISO most of the time and I set a permanent exposure bias of 1/3 or 1/2 as default. I like very much the possibility to adjust the focus manually, with the camera showing a magnified view as soon you turn the focus ring on the lens - easy and fast.
          voilà.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Excelent!!! I used it all my trip in USA

          By Márcia

          from Brasil

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

            I used the camera all my trip in USA with my two daugthers. It was marvelous!!!!! The trip and the camera. The lens are easy to change, zoom excelent, wide angle lens amazing!
            I recommend.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            4.0

            Almost professional

            By Aferrite

            from Sao Paulo - Brasil

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

            Easy to use and the results are very satisfatory. Anybody can use it. i'm happy with this product.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            Good things do come in small packages!

            By Mike

            from Fredericksburg, VA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD
            • Very compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

                It is amazing the large camera features they crammed into this compact little camera.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                5.0

                Great, light weight, compact camera

                By JW

                from Sedona, AZ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

                  The camera was very easy to pack into the wilderness due to its compact design. Photos were extremely high quality, even in poor light.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Good, but not Great

                  By Mukul

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Poor Image Stabilization

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

                  I purchased this camera because I wanted something compact that would resemble my dSLR (Canon 5D2) more than it does my compact camera (Casio S10). Although the fast focus/shutter had that dSLR feel, the picture quality just wasn't there.

                  I tried shooting RAW, but the Sony software was a pain to use... so I ended up using JPGs instead. The default Dynamic Range optimizer made the color too vivid and skin tones harsh. Note that you can change with the settings to get more "natural" colors.

                  The other features, such as Auto-HDR were nice and I could see this camera being better with one of the nicer lenses, but it would no longer be "compact" if it was.

                  Overall, I'd recommend an entry level dSLR over this camera.

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                  5.0

                  Easy to handle with great pictures!

                  By Norwegian Babywearer

                  from Santa Barbara, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

                    I am a super amateur, but I love the look of SLR photos but hate the bulk! This is all I ever wanted, the bulk is gone and the pictures are stunning and it fits in my pocket! LOVE IT!!

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                    4.0

                    Great Little Camera

                    By Swills

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 16mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black):

                    this compact camera has been great to lug on hiking trips and just to families houses for fun pics. the video is rather impressive as well, always staying in focus. we also have a nikon d90 but i find them very comparible besides that the sony is a little harder to get to certain controles. the low light settings are great for random inside pictures.

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                    Sony -  30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
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                    Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                    Sony -  NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
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                    Pearstone -  Onyx 260 Camera Pouch (5.6 x 2.8 x 2", Black)
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                    Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                    Tiffen -  49mm UV Protector Filter
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                    Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                    Sony -  HVL-F20S External Flash for NEX Still Cameras
                    • You Pay: $148.00
                     

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                    Balance the colors in your image with a color balancing lens or filter.

                    Vello -  White Balance Card Set for Digital Photography (Small, 3.25 x 2")
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