Sleeker Sony NEX-C3 with 16.2 MP Sensor

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New Sony NEX-C3 with New Flash

Here is the new Sony NEX-C3, the update to the NEX-3. The NEX-C3 uses the same 16.2 MP APS-C sensor (1.5x crop factor) as the Sony Alpha A580, Nikon D7000, Pentax K5. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 has a 14.2 MP APS-C sensor. The NEX-C3 image above shows a larger accessory flash than the NEX-3 kit.

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If the images are accurate and the rear lcd / screen is still 3" diagonal then the NEX-C3 is more compact than the NEX-3. The control wheel is now closer to the outer edge and the graphics for the shutter and flash modes are missing - customizable? The NEX-C3 rear buttons are now bars instead of the round buttons on the NEX-3.

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The rear screen seems to have the same tiltable mechanism. We wished they added flexibility to flip it to the side for vertical shots.

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The microphones are now in the front of the C3 instead of on the top. The grip looks to be a bit bulkier and should provide better ergonomics.

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The power switch of the NEX-C3 is now on the 2 o'clock to 3 o'clock position instead of the 6 o'clock position of the NEX-3. This will make it harder to accidentally turn the switch when the camera is inside your pocket or a bag.

Below is the NEX-3 for comparison. We do not know the price of the NEX-C3 yet but the NEX-3 is still available for $549 with the 18-55 OSS lens.

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Update: We had a glimpse at the instruction manual and posted more details about the Sony NEX-C3.

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