Sep 22, 2011|
The buzz: Following the success of its first mirror-less camera series (the NEX5 and NEX3), Sony is rolling out yet another NEX camera—the NEX-C3. Positioned as a more affordable option, the C3 is a newer, smaller version of the NEX3: its lenses are interchangeable, but it comes in a plastic case (as opposed to the metal case of the NEX5).
Sharp: Despite its compact size, this camera uses sensors borrowed from big DSLR cameras. The result is a super high pixel count (16MP) and good image quality even in low light (pictures taken at ISO12,800 are still usable). But the handling is more like a compact: iAuto mode is easy to use and there are new, fun filters to play with, like toy camera and vignette. Your pictures will be as cool as those coming from an iPhone, but with professional image quality. Also, the C3’s big LCD screen can be tilted, making it easier to take photographs at creative angles.
Blurred: The smaller body makes it’s more difficult to hold the camera with one hand, especially when you’re using the 18-55mm lens, which is twice as big as the actual camera. The user interface has been improved, but advanced amateurs will find it difficult to quickly adjust exposure and color temperature, or even delete multiple pictures.
Verdict: If you just need a point-and-shoot to take great photos while traveling, get it: the image quality is great and it’s easy to use. But if you are looking for something more advanced and can wait a few months, the NEX-7 will have a bigger body, a 24MP sensor and a viewfinder.
Specs: 16.2MP, 225 grams, ISO 200-12,800, 720p HD video, 3 colors (black, silver, shocking pink).
Price: B24,990 with a 18-55mm and a fixed 28mm lens. www.sony.co.th.