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Sony updates NEX camera range with NEX-C3

DSLR sensor in smallest ever camera body

Sony NEX-C3 compact system camera with kit lens

Sony has unveiled its newest compact system camera – the Sony NEX-C3 – which features the same sensor as in the company’s Alpha A35 DSLR.

The new NEX-C3 joins the NEX-5 in Sony’s compact system camera (CSC) range, and has a 16.2Mp APS-C image sensor, compared with the the 14.2Mp on offer in previous NEX models. The NEX-C3’s body is slightly (Sony claims 6%) smaller and lighter (225g) than the NEX-3but it still includes a 3-inch LCD screen.

The Sony NEX-C3 can also shoot 720p video in MPEG4 format, like the NEX-3. The NEX-C3’s other photo features include:

  • Picture Effect function – creative filters
  • 3D sweep panorama – gives a 3D effect when viewed on a 3D TV screen
  • Auto-HDR – high dynamic range correctly exposes both shadows and highlights in the same photo

To see how the popular Sony NEX-3 fared in our lab-based tests, read our compact system camera and digital SLR reviews

NEX-3 and NEX-5 CSCs get firmware update

Sony has also decided to roll out the NEX-C3’s Picture Effect function to owners of the NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras via a firmware upgrade (v.04), due on the Sony camera website from 20 June. This update will also reportedly make the cameras’ manual functioning more accurate.

The Sony NEX-C3’s pricing and release date haven’t yet been announced, but we expect it to be bundled with a 16mm or 18-55mm kit lens when it arrives in the UK. The NEX-3 is currently available for around £360, and the NEX-5 starts from £410.

Sony’s also announced the SLE30M35, a 30mm f3.5 macro lens, and a useful addition to the NEX Alpha E-mount range of lenses. Finally, there will be a new flash gun – the Sony HVL-F20S – which has a tilting head and is powered by the NEX cameras.

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