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Sony NEXC3KB Compact Digital Camera System - Black (16.2MP, With 18-55mm Lens) 3inch Screen

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Black (18-55mm Lens)
  • Small Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • 16.2 Mega Pixels
  • Manual Settings Available

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Style Name: Black (18-55mm Lens)
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.9 x 6 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: NEXC3KB.CEH
  • ASIN: B0053PD6G2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jun. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,390 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Sony NEX-c3 SLR Camera Black 16MP E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

Manufacturer's Description

Ultra light for go anywhere shooting

Looking for a camera that captures your memories in Digital SLR quality yet is digital compact camera? The NEX-C3 is an interchangeable lens camera weighing just 225 grams that’s slim enough to slip in and out of a bag or pocket. Like NEX-3 and NEX-5, this camera eliminates the mirror box and viewfinder optics found in conventional SLRs to offer a perfect combination of low weight, compact size and SLR photographic performance. It’s one of the lightest, thinnest interchangeable lens cameras in the world today.

Combine a compact camera and a lens to get the NEX-C3. One of the lightest, thinnest interchangeable lens cameras in the world today.
Combine a compact camera and a lens to get the NEX-C3. One of the lightest, thinnest interchangeable lens cameras in the world today.
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Your memories in exquisite D-SLR quality

Despite its size, NEX-C3 performs like a pro. On board is a large and powerful 16.2 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor enabling you to take D-SLR quality images with intense colour, rich tonal gradation and subtle background defocusing effects. This sophisticated sensor is identical in size and performance to those used in Sony α digital SLR cameras and more than 13 times larger than the 1/2.4" sensors found in most digital compact cameras. Which is over 1 and a half times bigger than micro four thirds cameras. Combined with an advanced BIONZ™ image processing engine, the sensor provides crystal clear imaging with exceptionally low noise.

The NEX-C3 has a 16.2 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor which means you capture more in every shot.
The NEX-C3 has a 16.2 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor which means you capture more in every shot.
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Easy creative photography

Put off by too much complexity? With NEX-C3, anyone can experience the artistic satisfaction of creative photography. The easy-to-use Photo Creativity interface gives quick access to a range of creative settings simply by pressing the centre button on the control wheel. Seven different functions and settings can be accessed via the control wheel including Picture Effect, Background Defocus Control, Soft Skin Effect, Color, Brightness, Vividness and Self Timer or Continuous Advance. The effects of various settings can be viewed in real-time on the LCD monitor for ease of operation.

The easy-to-use Photo Creativity interface gives quick access to a range of creative settings simply by pressing the centre button on the control wheel.
The easy-to-use Photo Creativity interface gives quick access to a range of creative settings simply by pressing the centre button on the control wheel.
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See the difference with exceptional D-SLR quality

Although lightweight and compact in size for easy carrying, NEX-C3 includes a large high resolution 16.2 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor. Shoot D-SLR quality images with intense colour, rich tonal gradation and subtle background defocusing effects. This sophisticated sensor is identical in size and performance to those used in Sony a digital SLR cameras and more than 13 times larger than the sensors found in most digital compact cameras and over 1.5 times bigger than the sensors found in micro four thirds cameras. Combined with an advanced BIONZ™ image processing engine and high ISO sensitivity (ISO 100–ISO12800), the sensor provides crystal clear imaging with exceptionally low noise, even in low light.

One touch movies and 3D photos

Capture your memories anyway you choose. Press the MOVIE button to film HD 720p High Definition videos in razor-sharp detail with stereo sound, even in low light. Still pictures are clear and precise with 16.2 megapixels and the freedom to utilise a wide range of E-mount interchangeable lenses. You can also shoot high resolution landscapes in 3D with 3D Sweep Panorama. This impressive feature captures two Sweep Panorama images from a single series of photos, then creates a 3D image up to 23 megapixels in size for viewing on a 3D compatible TV.

Supplied with a choice of lenses

The Sony NEX-C3 comes in black or silver with either a 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS standard zoom lens (SEL1855) or a twin kit of 16mm F2.8 ultra compact wide angle lens and the 18-55mm standard zoom lens.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Vanessa Hardin on 20 Dec. 2011
Style Name: Black (18-55mm & 16mm F28 Wide Angle Lens)
Debated for several months about upgrading from my sony point and shoot that was good but not so brilliant in low light and for photographing my dogs doing agility which is high speed and the continous shooting meant I did not always get the ideal shot although in good light the ph otos were fine. Decided I also wanted more creative options and manual control but did not was full dslr because of size etc. So pleased I chose another sony - low light pictures with no flash are amazing and have done several shots with the old camera and the new and the Nex is so superior - you can easily see the difference and the photos are as good as any professional photo shoot I have seen. Every hair on the dog stands out and because I had a Sony before I find the menus easy to use plus the creative point and shoot options are great as I learn to use the manual controls better. I look at other options but based on reviews went for the Sony Nex C3 purely as it scored highest on image quality and low light conditions and very pleased that I shelled out the hard earned cash for this one. For a point and shoot amateur who wants to go up a level but still have a camera they can carry around I would always recommend this one as a contender. Did not see any point going to Nex 5 as not bothered about touchscreen or higher end video - what I have suits my needs. Only downside is that it is a bit top heavy with the lens but just need to learn to hold it properly. Instruction book good but for any new users you need to experiment a bit to find the menus that suit you and to navigate around. The resounding click as you press the button still thrills - treat yourself and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan. 2012
Style Name: Silver (18-55mm & 16mm F28 Wide Angle Lens) Verified Purchase
Marvellous camera, intuitive and sexy, adore the way the tips guide you along at your own speed, starting from basic to more advanced techniques, already my comprehension and understanding of photography has expanded.With the 18-55 Zoom the camera feels well balanced in the hands, im happy with the adjustable lcd screen and have not so far missed a more traditonal viewfinder.The camera exudes quality, beautiful metal build, exactly the right weight in the hand.Not printed any pics out as of yet but on screen colours look perfect.Have had much fun with panoramic mode.I have found using this camera a joy and so easy to pick up and start taking interesting pics, just need some skill to go with the quality of the kit.Saving for the 200 mm zoom lens which I have heard is a cracker.If you are trepidant about buying a more "advanced camera" then believe me you could do worse than giving this little beauty a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 11 Nov. 2011
Style Name: Black (18-55mm Lens)
This is a great little camera which I bought to replace my rather bulky old Sony DSLR. While the menus and software on this model are much more modern, as there are very few physical buttons on the camera it is hard to access basic things to personalise a shot e.g. ISO settings. However, this is made up for by the excellent effects feature which includes toy camera, single colour exposure and so on. The lack of integrated flash is easily solved - the detachable one can be safely left on the camera at all times and folded down when not in use.

Definitely worth the money as many crossovers have problems coping without physical controls, but this camera overcomes the issues well with its pleasant UI and great image quality.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D Deacon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2011
Style Name: Black (18-55mm Lens)
Big-little powerful camera. Looks cute but that's a deception. It is well made and generally quick to operate. The buttons are few but can be customised for your most-used functions. The menus are quick enough and items generally near the surface layer of the menus to be quickly accessible. As ever a little practice is required. The SEL 18-55 f3.5-5.6 lens is fine for everyday use but not a stellar lens - tends to softness at the edges and f5.6 is a bit slow at 55mm. However, there are many many manual lenses available for good prices, eg Pentax 50mm f1.2, f1.4, f1.7 etc. All you need is a cheap adapter and away you go. Pentax has a long list of excellent manual lenses as does Canon et al. Searching the Net will reveal lots of information about them.

Before you spit and exclaim manual! you need to know that Sony has a 'peaking' function. This outlines on the LCD the infocus area of a prospective image. This peaking function can be altered to suit your taste. Needs a little practice to get right. Added to which is that the LCD screen is excellent - very clear. Sadly not so good in sunlight but a cheap LCD shade can solve that as well as upping the brightness on the LCD.

Just a thought. The NEX C3 here is about £400. The 18-55 lense is about £230. That means you get a great 16.2MP APS-C sensored camera for £170 ish that will knock any other compact system camera for six and will give many DSLRs a hard time. I think its greta value.

Okay it's not a NEX 5n but its IQ is. If you need an EVF (optional 5n add-on), a touch screen and 1080p video, then the 5n is fine. If not then the C3 at 720p is fine too. Both great value. Better than any compact camera and many DSLRs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia on 15 Feb. 2012
Style Name: Silver (18-55mm & 16mm F28 Wide Angle Lens) Verified Purchase
I am totally thrilled with my new camera. I am a long way from being a pro. but I can genuinely say that I find the operation of this camera very easy and clear. I did read a previous review (possible from another site) to say that the instructions and navigation are too technical. This I completely dispute! The main body of the camera is small and I would suggest that if you are the owner of a large pair of hands this could present a problem. For a novice I have taken some photos that I think are rather good and very creative. At the time of purchase I really considered this option to be the best for my available budget.
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