Sony alpha NEX-C3 16.2 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18 mm-55 mm Lens, Silver - NEXC3K/S

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Amazing camera

on 2/24/2012

So I bought this camera last week and took it on a 5 day trip to Arches, Bryce Canyon, & Canyonlands Nation Parks. It was great! We took video, pics, and everything. I sold my Nikon D80 and bought this and between the two, I think the photos are much nicer on the NEX C3. My only gripe is that the battery could last a little longer. I bought a big 16GB card and I have to charge the battery about 3-4 times in order to fill the card now. So it would be nice to have a little extra juice on the battery. The camera is super small. I read all kinds of reviews, watched videos, etc.... but was not ready for how small it was once I held it in my hands. I have pretty big hands and it was a little weird to hold because of it. It wasn't a deal breaker by any means, but something to be aware. It is tiny. The weight and main bulk of the camera is the 18-55mm lens that comes with it, and not the camera body. I've gone back and reviewed the video and photos I took. I can't say anymore how much I have fallen in love with the camera. There is just so much quality and value in this machine and I will recommend it to anyone in the market for something. I sold my HD camcorder and DSLR, then bought this which replaces both with shining colors. I am pretty excited to continue using it during the next few weeks to learn more and more about it. Again, excellent purchase and highly encourage those who are thinking about it do just buy it. They won't regret it. Read More

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Excellent Camera must buy

by Tejas Chonkar on 9/27/2012

This is awesome piece of technology I was just amazed that it gives me so much control without having to worry about too much intricacies of the SLR Lots of features at your finger tips Lots of accessories Read More

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Product Overview

Small Wonder

Get all the performance of a DSLR in about half the size and half the weight. The NEX-C3's exquisitely compact dimensions make it the smallest interchangeable lens camera in the world with a large, image enhancing APS-C size sensor3 — you'll want to take everywhere. Experience gorgeous HD movies1, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 5.5 frames per second, incredible panorama shots and Live View on the tiltable 3" LCD.

Bigger Sensor, Better Pictures

Get the same sensor format as a full-sized a DSLR, minus the mass. Since the APS-C image sensor is 13 times the size of a typical sensor, you'll be taking 16.2MP photographs, not snapshots. Capture more attractive portraits and gorgeously blurred backgrounds. See better in low light thanks to the larger APS-C sensor and Sony Exmor™ APS HD CMOS technology.

World's Smallest and Lightest

The NEX-C3 delivers the quality of a DSLR in a compact camera that's ready to go wherever you go. At roughly half the size and half the weight of a conventional DSLR it's the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (as of August 2012).

Photo Creativity Interface

Get creative with artistic SLR-quality digital imaging made easy by the Photo Creativity interface. Use the control wheel to access seven functions including: Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Skin Effect, Color, Brightness, Vividness and Self-timer. Review changes in real time and even combine or remove selections, all on the 3.0" LCD.

Expect More from a Camera

Sony has always recognized that a digital camera could take pictures in ways that film cameras never dreamed of. That's why we've created new capabilities to take your photography further than ever. These include Sweep Panorama in 2D and 3D, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes.

HD Movie

Capture vivid, lifelike HD movies in a PC-friendly MP4 format. The NEX-C3 gives you a choice of 720/30p high definition or standard definition 480/30p.

The Creativity of Changing Lenses

The beauty of SLR photography is the ability to change lenses to match your shooting situation. Now Sony brings that beauty to a compact camera. The NEX-C3 gives you a choice of dedicated E-mount lenses, plus a choice of 28 A-mount lenses via an adaptor, sold separately.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# NEXC3K/S
SKU 222453456
UPC 027242826861
UPC 14 00027242826861
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
ISO 12800 sensitivity
Fast Auto Focus
Accepts DSLR A-mount lenses
Photo Creativity interface
Anti-Dust Technology
What's in the Box
Sony alpha NEX-C3 16.2 MP Compact System Camera
SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens
Power cord
USB cable (Mini B)
Lens cap
NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
BC-VW1 Battery Charger
Shoulder strap
Tech Specs
Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount lens, (Sony A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
Lens Mount : Sony E-mount
Camera Type : Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Type : E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
Aperture (Max.) : f/3.5-5.6
Aperture (Min.) : f/22-34
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 27mm-82.5mm (35mm equivalent)
Filter Diameter : 49mm
Lens Construction : Metal
Lens Groups-Elements : 9 groups, 11 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Minimum Focus Distance : 9.8" (0.25m)
Angle of View : 76o - 29o
Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 62 x 60mm
Exterior Finish : Metal
Internal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)
Lens Weight : 2.5oz (70g)
Low Noise During Movie Capture : Excellent
Maximum Magnification : 0.25x (APS-C)
Non-rotating Focusing Ring : No rotation
Focus Control
Focus System : Contrast AF
Focus Points : 25 points
AF Modes : Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Sensitivity : 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focus
Focus Features : Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
AF Illuminator : Built-in, LED type
Flash Bracketing : 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
Flash Compensation : +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes : Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type : Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
Guide Number : 7 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 4-3/8 × 2-3/8 × 1-5/16" (109.6 x 60.0 x 33.0mm) (W/H/D); 1 1/16" (25.9mm) excl grip and lens mount
Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 7.9 oz (225g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 10.0 oz (283g) (w/battery & media)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor : Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross : Approx. 16.5 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 16.2 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5x
Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
Magnification : 0.073x (APS-C)(when attached)
Exposure System
Picture Effect(s) : Toy Camera,Pop Color,Posterization (Color),Posterization (B/W)),Retro Photo,High-key,Partial Color(R),Partial Color(G),Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y),High Contrast Monochrome
Auto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation : ±2.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings : iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), Sweep Panorama (3D), Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene Selection
ISO : Auto, 200 to 12800
Metering : 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity : 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction : Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak)
Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
White Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Advanced Features
Face Detection : Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
Smile Shutter™ technology : Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Advanced User Interface : Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur : 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off
Photo Creativity : Yes (via iAuto Mode)
Shooting Tips : 80 expert advice shooting tips
Sweep Panorama : Horizontal, Vertical, and 3D Panorama
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images : Approx. 400 images (CIPA standard)
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space : sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 : L (14M): 4912 X 2760 M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000 S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376
Still Image Size 3:2 : L (16M): 4912 X 3264 M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368 S (4M): 2448 X 1624
Video Format : MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution : MP4 HD: 1280 x 720/ 30p MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p
Audio Format : MPEG-4 AAC-LC
LCD Display
LCD Type : 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology
Angle Adjustment : Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control : Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
Coverage : 100%
Live View : Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display : Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
Histogram : Yes (On/off)
Peaking : Yes (MF only, Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off), (Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display : Yes (On/off)
Customization : Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Drive System
Burst Buffer : JPEG (Fine: 14 shots, Standard: 18 shots), RAW (6 shots), RAW+JPEG (6 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (2.5fps) Speed Priority (5.5fps)
Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing
Flash Sync Speed : 1/160 seconds
Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds : 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect : Yes, via USB
HD Output : HDMI® (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot : Dual slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync™ enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
USB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7; Mac OS X (v10.3-10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS
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