Sony Alpha NEXC3K
16-megapixel digital camera with 18-55mm zoom lens (Black)
Item #: 158NEXC3KK
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Original Price: $499.99
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Item #: 158NEXC3KK
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $499.99
DSLR features in a pocket-sized package
It's not often possible to be all things to all people, but Sony keeps pushing the envelope with its innovative NEX hybrid cameras. This latest iteration, the Sony Alpha NEXC3K, has managed to shrink the body size from that of its predecessor, while increasing the pixel count and sensitivity at the same time. The NEX cameras made a big splash when they first appeared on the scene, and for good reason: they give you a large, pixel-dense APS-C sensor, the added benefit of interchangeable lenses, and a form factor that's compact and easy to carry around. Consequently, this little dynamo gives you the tools for clean, vibrant images and video, even in subdued light.
Something to hold on to
Thoughtful touches that enhance the user experience are evident everywhere. The right hand grip is subtly textured to improve hand-held work. The generous 3" LCD display on the back tilts up or down so that you can explore a variety of angles (and avoid glare on sunny days). The supplied flash is detachable to keep things streamlined when you're working in well-lit environments. And the controls are sensibly placed and easy to decipher.
Highlight your surroundings
A versatile 18-55mm zoom lens gives you everything you need for day-to-day, opportunity-driven photography. You'll be ready for vacation cityscapes and flattering long-lens close-ups of your family and pets, as you've got about a 3X zoom range between wide and tight. It's just the thing when you don't know what you'll be shooting next, but you want your images to look their best.
You'll need to pick up an SD card or Memory Stick PRO Duo as this camera has no internal memory and does not come with any included media. Don't forget to explore other available lenses like the 16mm wide-angle SEL lens. You'll make an incredibly useful camera even more so.
These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.
bought this camera for my daughter's birthday. she LOVES it! It's compact size has all the features of a full sized DSLR. She's used to using my Nikon D40 so she has a great camera to compare it to.
Pros: compact size, fabulous pictures, great for action photography, perfect for traveling
Cons: wish it came in more colors!!!
This is a great product. I was very impressed with the picture quality coming out of something half the size (maybe even smaller) of a T3i (which I also own). What makes this a joy to use is it's ease. It has a level of customization that does allow you to change some settings pretty quickly if needed, but I would think the biggest reason to purchase something like this is DSLR quality images without having to think about it much. It has numerous effects and what could be called cool tricks that most DSLRs don't have, but when I want something very portable, but I don't want to carry the DSLR, I take this one and I don't feel like I'm missing much. Is it a DSLR replacement? I would say no; however, it takes tweaking and the right lenses for me to get better shots out of the t3i. Of course, there other advantages to a DSLR like speed, the ability to really adjust your settings on the fly, and more non-adapter lens options, but as a back-up/travel version of a DSLR, I'm sold. I can hand this to my wife or anyone and can reasonably expect almost every time they will come away with a good picture. That simply can't be said with a typical DSLR, let alone an advanced point and shoot (which was also a travel/back-up option I considered). I'm not a pro, but I do like great quality pictures, and this delivers that very easily.
Pros: Low Light, Ease of use, Features, Video
Cons: Should have 1080p video like every other camera in this price range, but not a deal breaker
I bought this camera for my wife because she wanted to improve her ability to take flower pictures at close range. The camera is definitely a step up from the Canon SX200 she was using. The images have more bits! You can crop and blow up pictures much more. We still have difficulties with sunlight on the "viewfinder" screen, and we have not yet made big steps on flower pictures. There is a lot to learn with this camera. I expect to buy a macro lens for it quite soon. The lens cap is a bit of a pain, too. It's hard to remember where you put it when you take it off. The penalties of age!
Pros: Greater clarity due to the larger chip.
Cons: Not so easy to grip as the old camera - you need to support the lens. Just a learning thing. Viewscreen can be overpowered by sunlight.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-82.5mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.2|
|Highest Resolution||4912 x 3264|
|HD Video Recording||1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||16.87|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Package Contents: The Sony NEX-C3K kit contains the α (alpha series) NEX-C3 camera and the SEL1855 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount zoom lens.
Lens Compatibility: The NEX-C3 is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses, such as the included 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens, as well as the optional 16mm F2.8 pancake lens (SEL16F28), and 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 (SEL18200) zoom lens. With the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter, the Sony α (alpha) lenses can be used.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The NEX-C3 uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections and increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. The screen tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.
Versatile Recording Formats: Images can be captured in the following modes:
Image Sensor: The NEX-C3 features an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS HD image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 16.5-million total pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.
Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:
|3:2||L: 16M||4912 x 3264|
|M: 8.4M||3568 x 2368|
|S: 4M||2448 x 1624|
|16:9||L: 14M||4912 x 2760|
|M: 7.1M||3568 x 2000|
|S: 3.4M||2448 x 1376|
Movie Recording: The NEX-C3 can record High Definition movies in 1280 x 720 in Fine (9 Mbps) and Standard (6 Mbps) resolution. Standard Definition (640 x 480) movies are recorded in VGA 640 x 480 (3 Mbps). Continuous recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes.
Dual Media Options: The NEX-C3 accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which can upload images from the memory card wirelessly to your computer via Wi-Fi. Images recorded on SDXC cards cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card is as follows:
Still Image Capacity based on images taken at L 16M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2:
|Size \ Capacity||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|RAW & JPEG||74||154||319||657||1304|
Movie Recording Capacity:
|Size \ Capacity||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|1280 x 720 (Fine)||26 min||53 min||1 hr 48 min||3 hrs 37 min||7 hrs 16 min|
|1280 x 720 (Standard)||40 min||1 hr 20 min||2 hrs 42 min||5 hrs 26 min||10 hrs 54 min|
SteadyShot: When the supplied 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount lens is attached to the NEX-C3, you can turn on the Steady Shot function to reduce the effect of camera shake. You cannot set Steady Shot when the optional 16mm F2.8 E-mount lens or an A-mount lens is attached.
25-Point AF System: The NEX-C3's high-performance auto focus system uses 25 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Face Detection: When activated, the camera detects the faces of your subjects and adjusts the focus, flash exposure, and white balance settings automatically. You can also select the priority face to be focused on, or register the faces on which to automatically focus upon.
Metering Mode: An advanced 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:
Creative Style: This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically at ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or 12800.
Flash: In a dark location, using the supplied HVL-F7S flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The NEX-C3 features a special multi-pin jack for attaching the flash. When attached, you can turn the flash on or off by raising or lowering the flash head. When the flash is attached, it adds approximately 1/2" to the overall height of the camera, and adds 1-1/4" when raised. The NEX-C3 offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Optics: The Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm, and a 76°-29° field of view for excellent low-light performance. It also has a smooth and quiet Auto Focus operation.
Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.
Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.5", Length=2.375" (without lens caps).
|Lens||E 18-55mm F3.5-56|
|Angle of View||76°-29°|
|Minimum Focus||0.82' (9.84")|
|f-stop||f/3.5 - f/5.6 maximum
f/22 - f/32 minimum
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image, depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6.7x, Medium images to 10x, and Large images up to 13x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The NEX-C3 provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The NEX-C3 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 400 shots on a fully charged battery.
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied BC-VW1 charger. The battery must be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the NEX-C3:
Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.5: Windows Only
Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh
Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh
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