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Sony NEX-C3 review - Sample Images: ISO Performance

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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Sony NEX-C3 iso 200

As this 100% crop shows, the baseline sensitivity of ISO 200 is free of noise

Sony NEX-C3 iso 400

ISO 400 is also clear of noise, although at 100% you can see a slight softening

Sony NEX-C3 iso 800

At ISO 800 there is the faintest hint of further softening, but overall the image holds up very well indeed

Sony NEX-C3 iso 1600

At ISO 1600 the image has become softer, but still holds together well overall

Sony NEX-C3 iso 3200

By ISO 3200 noise has become visible, although the image remains usable

Sony NEX-C3 iso 6400

By ISO 6400 noise has become visible, even at lower image sizes

Sony NEX-C3 iso 12800

By ISO 12,800 the image has become fairly noisy and soft, but is still usable at smaller sizes


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.


September 14, 2011, 1:53 pm

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


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.


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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