Sony NEX-C3 digital camera preview

Sony NEX-C3 digital camera, black, front view

Sony NEX-C3 digital camera, silver, front angle

The upcoming Sony NEX-C3 interchangeable lens digital camera is Sony’s most compact camera to date in its mirrorless camera range.

It’s a 16.2 megapixel camera, weighing 225 grams, a mass that is 6% lighter than its predecessor, the Sony NEX-3. Size reduction is echoed in an upcoming competitor to the NEX-C3, the Panasonic G3. The image sensor is a large Exmor APS HD CMOS, and the camera will also shoot high definition video at 720p.

Sony NEX-C3 digital camera, black, front view

The screen on the NEX-C3 is a 7.5 cm LCD, that you can tilt for a more comfortable or creative shot, or to minimise glare when shooting outdoors. A full battery charge should see you able to fire off 400 still photographs.

From the compact digital camera world comes a variety of in-camera picture effects for the NEX-C3, including Partial Colour, Retro Photo, Pop Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterisation, High-key and Toy Camera.

In an attempt to make the camera more user-friendly, terms such as aperture, exposure value and white balance have been replaced with background defocus, brightness and colour. I don’t know effective this will be – once you learn a camera function you learn it whatever the label, and I’m not sure that the new language is any more transparent.

In addition to the new camera, Sony is adding a new lens to the range, the Sony SEL30M35, a 30mm F3.5 macro lens. The RRP for the lens will be $399.

Sony NEX-C3 digital camera, pink, front angle

Sony NEX-C3 release date and price

The Sony NEX-C3 will be available in two configurations. The NEXC3KB (Single Lens) will sell for $849 RRP, while the NEXC3D (Twin Lens) kit will be $999 RRP. Camera colour choices are black, sllver and pink.

The Sony NEX-C3 is set for a July release date.

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