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SonyAlpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Good image quality (19)
  • Image stabilization (16)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
  • Large clear LCD (15)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Family photos (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Casual photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great little camera

As a long time digital SLR user I have never really been happy with the picture quality from compact cameras. This camera has completely changed my mind. The photos are beautiful with accurate color...Read complete review

As a long time digital SLR user I have never really been happy with the picture quality from compact cameras. This camera has completely changed my mind. The photos are beautiful with accurate color rendition, sharp focus and very little noise. The camera itself is like a little jewel - well made and easy to handle. The features are excellent, even the intelligent auto mode works surprisingly well. It recognizes scene types and sets the camera accordingly. I just came back from vacation and found that the 400 or so photos that I took all looked sharp and accurately exposed. I am most pleased with this camera. Anyone looking to purchase a small, light weight camera with the quality of a full size SLR should seriously consider this camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid Camera, not as solid optics

I really enjoyed using the camera, and the sensor is fantastic, especially shooting raw. But the 18-55 is just a so-so lens. I feel the sensor is wasted. I ended up...Read complete review

I really enjoyed using the camera, and the sensor is fantastic, especially shooting raw. But the 18-55 is just a so-so lens. I feel the sensor is wasted. I ended up going with a Panasonic G3; sensor nearly as good at high ISO, but with worse dynamic range. Plus it has a built-in viewfinder. The lenses (20 f1.7, 14-45, 100-300) are simply fantastic for the size and price. As a system, I find it superior overall.

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4.0

Great Little Camera

By Cat Soos

from Buffalo Grove, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

I have a Nikon D300 and wanted something lighter weight and after much research I went with this camera. I love it now can carry it in my purse so whenever I see a photo I can take it immediately.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Definitely impressed. Plus, it's pink! :

By berengere

from boston, ma

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Pink):

      Have only done a few experimental runs with the new toy so far. Significantly more powerful, and thus also more complicated, than my point-and-shoot, which I must say is a great little camera for what it does. But this one has the outstanding low light ability, and the crispness of the results speaks for itself. Colors seem truer as well. Not crazy about the case that came in the bundle. Everything else, well worth it. And, well, it's pink! (I know, the pink is discontinued. But it's still awesome.)The few I've printed so far look great even on my lousy printer.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good Camera For Price Paid

      By Big D

      from Wilmington Ca.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

      I Have Not Used This Camera Very Much Yet, What Photos I Have Taken Are Very Good, Sharp, Accurate Colors, Well Made Body,I Wish Sony Would Include A Better Made Strap And A Viewfinder, But For That Sony Has The nex7.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I Love It

      By nortonkingman

      from Tucson

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      I bought this camera because i could use my dormant Olympus OM lenses with it. I love my old manual analog cameras. I was originally scared at how small it was, because my hands are big. But it is so easy to use. Fewer controls than most digital cameras and explanations of each function. In this case small is beautiful and the pictures are too. I love the manual operation.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Remarkable Camera

      By Doug Brown

      from Anchorage, Alaska

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Noisy At High ISO
      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

      I use the Sony NEX-C3 as a 'second camera' to my high-end Canon DSLR equipment. I use the 18-55mm lens but I ordered the Sony 18-200mm lens and should get it soon.

      The image quality is excellent. I have yet to get the kind of high ISO performance I read about in reviews but that could be partly operator error... but I do think this could be somewhat exaggerated. I've been producing good quality, reasonably low noise images at 1600 ISO. 3200 IS and 6400 ISO were unacceptable to me.

      The panoramaic fucntion is fantastic and the in-camera stitching software is outstanding. I love this feature!

      It's nice to have external, physical buttons to adjust a camera but I've found the menuing system is just fine. It's intuitive and easy to learn and then it gets very easy to use in practice. Some reviews have critisized this design feature and I do not find it a problem in reality.

      The 'fit and finish' is excellent and I'm used to expensive, high-quality equipment. The Sony fits in just fine and I do not get the feeling that it's somehow all plastic and cheap. It's not. Great feeling of quality to the body and the one lens I have today.

      In terms of negative aspects of the camera, I was disappointed in the high ISO performance... I've gotten use to no view-finder through a series of compact cameras I've owned and I can deal with it. Still an view-finder would be great but unrealistic with the size and design of the Sony.

      Like any compact camera in this price range, I wish it had a higher fps rate. It's shots slowly compared to high-end DSLR's. Obviously, for around $550.00, this camera performs extremely well. Wonderful image quality, great fit and finish, easy to operate, and a size that allows you to carry it concealed or in a small bag hung over your shoulder.

      Personally, I think this mirror-less design used by Sony in the NEX-C3 is a ground breaking camera, kinda like the Canon 5D Mark 2. My guess is that Sony is gonna sell millions of these cameras!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Jack

      from Brazil

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Pink):

      great camera

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Perfect size and quality

      By Gary

      from Seattle, WA

      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
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      The size of this camera is just right, and the image quality is outstanding. I've taken mostly handheld, low-light photos, and they all turn out perfectly. The size and weight are right on, and the build quality is outstanding. It feels like I'm using a high quality SLR, but getting away with a portable point and shoot. I do wish Sony made a digital viewfinder -- sometimes it would be nice to frame a photo without using the lcd screen.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      The machine is wonderful, the best buy!!

      By Flávio Areal

      from Brazil, RJ

      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
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      the camera is very dynamics. I used both for meeting and places and parties and all of over.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      The great small camera

      By EuMesmo

      from SCS, Brazil

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

        I'm using this camera at 3 month. It's really amazing taking pictures at night both inside and outside. With stabilizing the camera, shooting at night landscape I can get very clear images. It's very easy to setup the camera even the shortcuts at the manual mode. The recording in HD resolution has a good quality, even seen on Full HD LED TV. I think the frame rate would be better or even it would have slow motion mode. I was thinking that the built-in effects would be useless (my wife is specialist in editing pictures), but I was astonished with the capacity of the image processor. This processor can correct the blur when taking pictures in moviment with great efficiency. The cost-effective is very good. The possibility of change lens is a great positive point. The Panorama function is nice and the software can do the union of all pictures taken without distorting the final image when using something to stabilize the camera. The battery-life is good and it can be recharged quickly.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Wonderful camera for the money

        By Babes

        from Amherst, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

          We are using the camera to video our horses we have offered for sale and then post the video on our website. We also will be using it to video our cowboy church services each week to post that on the website. Really like the camera.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Pretty in Pink

          By Ruthiebear

          from Titusville, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          See all my reviews

          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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Pink):

            I was looking to upgrade from a point and shoot digital camera, but intimidated by the thought of a digital SLR. This is the perfect choice. It is easy to set up and use out of the box. The display is big and tilts for easy to see use. It took a little getting used to setting the dials on the display, but is very user friendly. The lens which came with it is also easy to use. The camera is a lightweight,even with the large lens. It takes beautiful, high quality photos. It comes with a detachable flash. ANd I love it in the color pink!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great Camera

            By Justin

            from Houston, TX

            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
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                I wanted an in-between point and shoot and dslr....this is great. the only issue I've had is getting images in clear focus using the LCD screen. A viewfinder is in order if you want to use Manual Focus.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Very happy with product, would buy again

                By BethRN

                from birmingham, AL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                Absolutely love this camera! I am very novice when dealing with cameras but I knew I wanted a camera with great quality and interchangeable lenses. This camera is very user friendly, is a great size, very manageable to tote with you everyday! The images look great!

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

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                3.0

                Body Cap & Rear Lens Cover Not Included

                By AZBob

                from AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I was disappointed that the NEX-C3 kit. with the Sony E 18-55mm lens, didn't include either the camera body cap or the rear lens cover. The lens came attached to the body. Maybe it's just me but, an inconvenience to order them separately.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  great little snapper

                  By judats

                  from eden prairie minnesota

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  nice very portable dslr like camera with great image quality.i hope they would make good quality lenses. coz the 16mm pancake as well as the 18mm-55mm lens arent so great.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 5
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  APS Sensor Makes the Difference

                  By bubba

                  from rural deep South

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                    Great point and shoot camera. Fine resolution because of the sensor size. The kit lens is highly satisfactory. This camera is rather a bargin and if one is comfortable with the ergonomics, it is a great alternative to an entry level DSLR. I am a raw shooter and run everything through LR3. The beta is out for the NEX-C3 and it works well. Otherwise the JPEG output is very satisfactory. i don't use video so I can't comment on that feature.

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

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                    5.0

                    GREAT upgrade from my point-and-shoot

                    By CMC "Cartier-Bresson wannabe"

                    from New York NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                      My old point-and-shoot died, and I decided rather than replace it, I'd prefer to splurge on a serious upgrade. This camera is perfect: simple menus let you make adjustments without a PhD. For example, my pictures taken with my kitchen cabinets in the background often turn out too red. Easy solution: press the button at the center of the wheel for the Photo Creativity menu, choose Color, turn the wheel to make the picture cooler. The menu is intuitive, not really technical (although it also has options to change the settings if you really know what you're doing, which I don't). I've been really happy with the pictures I've taken so far.
                      On the downside, the accessories are expensive, and also, when attaching the flash, the connectors seem a little delicate and I worry about breaking them. The camera was a gift but I selected it & asked my spouse to get it for me.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Simply perfect example of a total qualit

                      By Ricardo Figueiredo

                      from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Perfect
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                        This camera in my opinion is like a ferrari, compact, fast and convenient use.
                        In professional quality photos with just a touch ...
                        My use is just recreational, but I think investing in upgrading courses.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Superior performance

                        By John

                        from Long Island, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light

                        Cons

                        • Stock flash not great

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                        high quality photographs...brings back my 8x10 view camera days

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

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Little Camera

                        By Pat

                        from NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Alpha NEX-C3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                          I purchased this camera as a reeplacement to my point and shoot, and as a supplement to my traditional film SLR, and really, I don't even use my SLR now. This camera's quality is much better than expected. My girlfriend, with no photography experience at all, loves all of the creative photo options in the intelligent auto mode ( showing only certain colors, retro looks, background defocus, etc etc etc). I did buy an adapter to use a few of my old school nikon lenses with it and the pictures come out amazing.

                          Hands down my favorite camera ever. It's portable when I want to to be, and powerful when I need it to be.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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