Sony NEX C3

Yes…After months of pondering, I finally took the ‘plunge’ and bought the Sony NEX C3 about 2 months ago. This is my first foray into the mirrorless compact system camera. I am not going to go into details about specs as you can get them elsewhere at the web. Well, briefly, the Sony NEX C3 has 16 megapixels, APS-C size sensor, interchangeable lens, standard HD video rec and can shoot at ISO 200-12800. I have been wanting to upgrade to the Nikon D7000, but the prices was high (and still is at the time of writing) due to the Thailand floods in 2011.  My attention was then shifted to the CSCs (compact system cameras). I have read good reviews of the Sony NEX C3 and 5N, and thought to myself perhaps I should try one of these babies out. With the current huge trend on mirrorless cameras, it’s good to keep myself updated for my camera sales business.

All I can say is…Wow! This camera is great and I’m really enjoying the DSLR like functions and quality of the photos. I have since sold my Nikon D200 and most lenses (that I hardly use), and will plan to upgrade my Nikon DSLR in the future for my serious macro and flash shoots. But in the meantime, I will definitely enjoy using this camera and plan to add some lenses and a bigger flash. I believe the CSCs are here to stay and will be a part of the digital camera line for many years to come.

Here’s a rear view of the camera. Note that the LCD can articulate/tilt, which means you can flip it up and shoot from the waist or down to shoot overhead. There is minimal buttons and at the rear and those who prefer a plethora of buttons may not like the C3. The auto focus is not blazing fast and may hunt in low light. As for me, I am cool with all that. What matters most for me are good image quality (it uses similar CMOS sensor as the Nikon D5100, D7000, NEX 5N), great high ISO (pretty good up to ISO 6400) and good dynamic range (great punchy JPEGs out of the camera; I use ‘Vivid’ setting). The NEX C3 may not be the best of them all, but it works great for me. And for RM1750 (with kit lens), it’s a steal for a DSLR quality with an almost compact size camera (depending on the lens you use).

Some first shots with the NEX C3

Here are some first shots with the NEX C3. I will post more at my flickr soon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/raymondchia).

Exposure: 1/60 sec at F4.5 ISO 800, Flash comp. -0.3. I kinda like the colors with flash, which in my opinion, quite similiar to the Nikon DSLR flash white balance.

Exposure: 1/40 sec at F4, ISO 1600, Exp Comp -0.7

Exposure: 1/50 sec at F5, ISO 3200, with minor color and fill light adjustments with Picasa. Minimal noise at ISO 3200 means that I will be taking a lot of pictures at this ISO!

Exposure: 1/250 sec at F5, ISO 6400. Still very usable for web and prints up to A4 with ISO 6400. Wonderful!

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