Sony NEX C3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Sony NEX C3

100

Sony Alpha NEX-5

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Light-weight
Weight
225 g
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX C3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony NEX C3 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$333 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$648

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$606 body only

$699 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 body only

$737 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Weight Heavier

discussion

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Showing 5 comments

Avatar for Chris Weyer Chris Weyer (10:46 PM, January 11, 2012)
That is the wrong pic for the front view of the NEX-5, the one shown is a NEX-3
 
Fr4nk01 (11:25 PM, December 19, 2011)
Where? I'm going there now...
 
Avatar for Sedge8 Sedge8 (3:01 PM, December 04, 2011)
The NEX-5 can't shoot 1080p at 30fps, it shoots at 1080i at 25fps. Though the NEX-5 is nice to hold with it's all metal body, the C3 should easily win with it's improved sensor, clearly producing better IQ and low light noise than the NEX-5, better battey life etc. I've seen the C3 as low as £290 this week with Sony cashback.
 
Javier Cabrera (2:43 AM, August 28, 2011)
??? sp the c3 have better quality but the nex 5 win because of popularity? snapsort you should not consider that matter.
 
Tiger Alitiger (6:43 AM, August 14, 2011)
what do you think i should buy is the image quality a similar or better on c3