Sony NEX-C3: a Hybrid Camera

Even thinner than its forebears, the Sony NEX – C3 is a compact interchangeable optics just as powerful.

A year after the release of its first compact cameras with interchangeable lenses-the NEX-3 and NEX-5-, Sony is changing its range with the NEX – C3 entry-level camera. Exit the NEX-3, even if the technical basis remains: the sensor gains two small megapixels (going from 14.2 to 16 Mpix) but the rest of the components is preserved. Understand: swivel screen of 7.6 cm diagonal for a definition of 921 000 points, high sensitivities up to ISO 12,800, the panorama by scanning, the burst of five frames per second and a flanged 720 p video mode. In short the fundamentals are there…

Thinner than the NEX5!

The first novelty is the fineness of the unit, had a small calf next to the NEX-5 NEX-3, NEX – C3 is thinner than the top model. So thin that, quite frankly, to have had a prototype in hand, find us it difficult to make smaller: 33 mm thick and 225 g on the balance (naked camera without lens, card, nor battery). A jewel of engineering plus battery life improved from about 300 images on the older generation to 400 on the NEX – C3.

Creative modes for beginners

Inspired by the creative modes you see bloom with competition – make the primacy of the thing-at Olympus, Sony finally offers creative ways for this public camera: black and white surcontrasté, pop colors, toy camera, etc. This will allow the allergic editing to add character to their images without going through the computer box.

Area of focus for experts

If one thing well surprised Sony, this is how experts and informed amateurs took the NEX to adapt all kinds of lenses (Voigtlander, Leica, Canon, Nikon, etc.). They benefit from a lightweight device of excellent quality, with as limit the lack of auto focus. A development manual sometimes not easy because of the sighting by the (much slower than through a viewfinder) screen. To overcome this deficiency, Sony has included an assistance to the development tool: a color appears in the part of the image that the sensor detects it as NET. A true more than looking forward to experiment…

Updates and optical: Sony goes in the right direction

The most beautiful with this NEX-C3 is that apart from the new sensor (that of the Alpha A55 actually) and finesse, all its software enhancements will be available to holders of NEX3 and NEX5 by an update of the firmware. A practice at odds with the philosophy of the brand, little accustomed to the fact, as the pride of Sony engineers was to deliver a product ‘perfect’ – and so not improvable. Nonsense at the time where the development cycles are accelerating.

Another significant improvement, the position on the optics: conscious that the demand is there-our video interview, Sony thought the development of optics would be minimal because of the general public of the unit positioning-the Japanese manufacturer plans to launch several optics this year including the new 30 mm F3.5 macro (eq. 45 mm) to the format pancake which will be available for 250 euros in July.

The NEX-C3 camera will be available in July at at a price of 580 euros with the 16 mm (24 mm EQ.), 630 euros with the classic 18-55 mm (EQ. 27-83 mm) and 730 euros with two optics. Note also that if the external flash is always delivered with the NEX – C3, a more powerful Speedlight is finally available at hand – the HVL-F20S for 150 euros.