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

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Really small
Size
Compact (110×60×33 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$602 body only

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57

Entry-level DSLR

$1,994 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 - $498 body only

$479 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$1,094 with 18-135mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p

discussion

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Sony Alpha NEX-5
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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