Sony NEX C3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Sony NEX C3

70

Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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 Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$318 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$559 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

discussion

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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