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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.2Mp Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack
  • 18-55mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • Sony E-mount Lens Mount
  • Memory Stick & SD Media Slot
  • HD 1280 x 720 Movies
  • RAW Image Capture
  • Live View on LCD

The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens gives you the versatility of a larger SLR digital camera but in a compact, light weight 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 an 16.2Mp sensor and a BIONZ image processor that enable RAW image capture and a 3.0" LCD screen with TruBlack technology.

Perhaps most notable though, is the NEX-C3's ability to interchange lenses. The camera comes with a 18-55mm zoom lens included to get you started shooting from day one with a lens that's ready for just about anything. The 18-55 is a versatile lens that can shoot in wide-angle to your standard 55mm, making it a great all purpose lens. 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 teh 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 brain 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
Supplied Detachable Flash
to help you shoot more effectively in formal portraits, the supplied flash has a Guide Number of 7
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 18-55 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27-82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Viewing Angle 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.3x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:  49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.36" (6.20 x 5.99 cm)
Weight 6.84 oz (194 g)
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver)
  • E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • BC-VW1 AC Charger for W Series Battery
  • HVL-F7S Flash
  • Mini B USB Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Memory Cards

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    Transcend -  16GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
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    Get a wide-angle, zoom, or other effect for various photography applications.

    Sony -  30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras
    • You Pay: $278.00
     

    Batteries & Power

    Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

    Sony -  NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
    • You Pay: $49.95
     

    Slings & Straps

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    Carry or wear your camera in comfort & style.

    OP/TECH USA -  Classic Strap (Black)
    • You Pay: $17.95
     

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    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

    OP/TECH USA -  Digital D Soft Pouch, Compact (Black)
     

    Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

    Tiffen -  49mm UV Protector Filter
    • You Pay: $3.99
     
    Tiffen -  49mm Circular Polarizing Filter
    • You Pay: $19.68
     

    Flash & Accessories

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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
     

    Color Balancing

    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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