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Sony NEX-C3 review - Sample Images: General Images

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

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The D-Range Optimizer boosts shadow detail and resolution levels are very good...

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...as this 100% crop from the above image shows

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The larger APS-C sensor can also generate a much shallower depth of field than compact cameras

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There's a handy Macro mode tucked away in the Scene mode menu that works well

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Used at its maximum f/2.8 aperture, the 16mm lens can be used for creative portraiture

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This image shows that, even at ISO 12,800, the NEX-C3 can produce usable results

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Used on the 'Standard' setting the NEX-C3 delivers lifelike colour...

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...but can also deliver plenty of punch when needed

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We're big fans of the seamless Sweep Panorama mode, although it's a shame there's no high resolution option

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 9
  • Design & Features 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Value 8

Voldenuit

September 14, 2011, 6:34 am

Re: "Quite what Nikon and Canon will come up with when they finally decide to enter the mirrorless market is anyone's guess."

Nikon is announcing its CX mount mirrorless system (2.7x crop, 12.8 x 9.6mm sensor) in a manner of days.

What sony really needs with the NEX are smaller lenses, though (see Samsung NX 20-50/3.5-5.6 and the new Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6 X lenses) and more fast compact primes. Many more.

Metalex

September 14, 2011, 1:53 pm

You would classify the 16mm as a "handy portrait lens"? Really?!

Audley

September 14, 2011, 5:03 pm

Hi Metalex. Yes, on reflection that was a bit of a misleading statement from me, so thanks for pointing it out. Personally I quite like shooting portraits with wideangle lenses (my Chaplin impersonator portrait in the sample images gallery was taken with the 16mm) although I'm happy to concede that not everyone does. I also appreciate that traditionalists would define the ideal 'portrait lens' as something closer to the 80mm mark (in 35mm terms) than the 24mm offered here. A 16mm f/2.8 lens like this is, of course, much more commonly associated with street photography and low-light reportage. Hope that clears things up.

Audley

September 14, 2011, 5:34 pm

Hi Voldenuit. I've seen the 2.7x crop factor mentioned on various Nikon rumour sites too and while they could well be correct, let's just wait and see shall we...

Agree totally with regards to the need for smaller lenses. The 16mm f/2.8 feels just right on the NEX-C3 (in the same way that the 20mm pancake lens feels just right on the Lumix GF3), whereas the 18-55mm makes the overall package a little lens-heavy. And yes, more fast primes please too.

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