DxOMark Sony NEX C3 Review: a great sensor in a tiny camera

Friday July 08 2011

Camera Review
DxOMark Sony NEX C3 Review: a great sensor in a tiny camera

Here are the image quality results for Sony’s newest member of the NEX family.

The NEX C3 is a Hybrid with an SLR-sized sensor. This sensor is a newly developed 16.2 megapixels APS-C dubbed “Exmor” that has long been rumored to be the same as the one powering the acclaimed Sony A580 and the Pentax K5. In theory, we should get the same IQ as the aforementioned DSLRs with just an entry-level camera. Let’s see if this is the case…

Sony NEX C-3 vs the previous Sony NEX 3 improvements in every aspect.

 In this comparison it is the Sony Nex C3 that takes the lead in regards to its predecessor, the Sony NEX 3

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DxOMark Score, on Portait, Landscape and Sport (lowlight), every metric goes a nudge up.

Looking at the details, the noise is clearly better on this new camera by 1/3 TStop.

See the full comparison of Sony NEX C3 vs Sony NEX 3

You also can compare it with the Sony EX 5 here: Sony NEX C3 vs NEX 5

Sony NEX C-3  vs Sony A580 vs Pentax K5 vs Nikon D7000: is it really the same sensor?

 The scores say no, but our measurements loudly say yes, this is the same sensor but it has been tuned differently:

  • Strangely, the lowest ISO available on the NEX C3 is a mere ISO 200, this limitation does not allow the user to take full advantage of the built characteristics of this sensor in Low-ISO.
  • Not being able to go further down than ISO 200 explains the difference in scores as far as dynamic range and color sensitivity are concerned.

On the other hand the Sony NEX C3 should be able to provide the same Image Quality scores in High ISO (the lowlight ISO Score is of 1083).

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See how does this camera’s image quality fares when compared to much larger DSLRs:

Sony NEX C3 vs Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha A580
Sony NEX C3 vs NikonD5100 vs Pentax K5 

Other comparisons are available:

Sony NEX C3 comparisons with other hybrid cameras:
Sony NEX C3 vs Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX11 

Sony NEX C3 versus the high-end compact Fujifilm X100 camera:
Sony NEX C3 vs Fuji X100

Sony NEX C3 comparisons against micro 4/3 cameras:
Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic GF2 vs Olympus PEN EPL2