Summary Sony C3

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 1
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 36
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 16 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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The Sony C3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size Quite small Help
Compact (110×60×33 mm)
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Thickness Thin Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
225 g


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The Sony C3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
June 2011
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
430 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
30 seconds




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Avatar for Jeff Schepers Jeff Schepers (4:19 PM, December 22, 2011)
Yes, I bought one and it came with the external flash.
studyabroad2012 (5:36 PM, November 09, 2011)
wait, so can you use an external flash?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:01 PM, July 11, 2011)
Thanks James, we've added those to the Sony NEX C3's specs now!
Avatar for James McDonnell James McDonnell (3:40 PM, July 08, 2011)
DXOMARK Info Out Now

Overall Score 73

(Colour Depth) 22.7 bits

(Dynamic Range) 12.2 Evs

(Low-Light ISO)  1083 ISO

Pretty Dam impressive if you as me =)