Updated (February 2013): Compare the Sony NEX C3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony NEX C3 vs Sony NEX-F3

Winner
Sony NEX C3

71

Sony NEX-F3

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
314 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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differences

Advantages of the Sony C3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
110×60×33 mm vs 117×67×42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
225 g vs 314 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$212.29 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
314 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
470 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              C3430 ms
              NEX-F3314 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $181 body only

              $335 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $400 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX C3.

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-F3.

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