Pros + Stunning Image Quality
+ Absolutely amazing Low-light capabilities
+ Feels sturdy and well-built
+ Interface is mostly easy to use and understand
Cons - Difficult to use outdoors in bright sunlight
Summary I've had many different digital cameras, but this one has rapidly become my favorite in most respects.
Camara Body and Feel
It is very small and comfortable to hold. It feels sturdy and well-built. All of the buttons are solid to the touch. Changing lenses is simple and fast, and it comes with an attachable flash.
The interface is mostly easy to use and understand. It will take a little time to get used to, but it shouldn't be too much of a hindrance. There are only a couple of buttons on the camera that specifically do one function. Most of the buttons are assignable, so you can quickly get at the options you use most.
Stunning. Unless you're a professional who is used to cameras that cost several times as much as this, you will be impressed at the image quality. The large sensor allows for a lot of fine detail and really helps when there's not much light. The low-light capabilities of this camera are absolutely amazing. I can take clear photos in situations where all of my other cameras would require a flash or tripod to prevent blur. I'm a big fan of unique lighting, so this is very important to me.
I bought the one with the fixed 16mm lens, however I've also tried the 18-55mm zoom lens. The 16mm lens is surprisingly wide for the only included lens. Its very small, and I'll use it primarily for its portability and situations where I'll be focusing on something other than photography. The 16mm lens doesn't have SteadyShot.
I fully intend on buying the 18-55mm lens. I borrowed one and immediately fell in love with it. Its substantially more bulky, but its much more versatile. Full zoom on close subjects allows for a very good macro as well. I'm anxious to see how the upcoming macro lens will improve on this. This lens does have SteadyShot.
Improvements Over Older Models
If you own the NEX-3 or NEX-5 you probably won't need to get this new one. The C3 has a small edge in several areas including resolution, low light capabilities, battery life, weight, size, color depth, and general image quality. Yes, that's a long list, but they are all minor improvements. The only real advantage of the older NEX-5 is that it takes 1080p video rather than 720p.
This is an amazingly functional little camera which takes surprisingly high quality photographs. Its lightning fast and extremely good at what it does. If you will buy the NEX-C3 I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at -> Lowest-pricing.info/NEX-C3
I would recommend this camera without hesitation to anyone looking for a prosumer/mid-range camera.
Pros I really like the shots it makes in nearly unlighted areas. I like the zoom feature on the lens, and the large number of photos that it will take. Rapid shots are possible as well as movies, they are great too. There is really nothing I can say against
Cons I think the on off switch should be moved or more difficult to accidentally turn on and run down the battery, I feel they need to make a DVD to teach consumers how to use it, I bought the book by David Busch "Sony a Nex5/Nex3" which has many details but
Summary I feel the camera in itself is a great investment, I would love to get the Zoom lens $$$$, and I have been challenged by my wife to "did I make a good choice?" Always the answer is yes.
Pros * Stunning photo quality
* High ISO peformance comparable to entry level DSLR
* Responsive (short start up time + good AF speed)
* Light weight * small size
* Good function (anti-blur, MF assist etc)
* Good battery life (over 300 photos)
Cons 1. Strange user interface (eg. red-eye reduction not within flash mode. Instead it is under Setup menu)
2. Quality of kit lens not the best among its competitor
3. Poor flash (need to zoon in to around 24mm to eliminate the dark corners)
Summary I was looking for a replacement to my old entry level DLSR (which I only have the lens that comes with the camera). What I mainly shoot is my young child (in door + outdoor) as well as landscape. The size and weight of the DLSR kept me away from bringing it everywhere with me. Therefore I decided to go for ILC.
Initially I checked out Olympus E-PM1, Panasonic GF3 and Nikon J1. You are right, no Sony. I was never a Sony fan as I thought Sony = fancy + pricey. My mom has a Sony compact camera but I've never liked it. However after I've looked at this camera and compared it with what Panasonic, Olympus, and Nikon offers in the market, I decided to give this NEX C3 a try and bought the dual lens package (16F24 + 1855).
"Outstanding" is the word I'll give this camera after I've used it for a few months. AF is slower than my old DSLR but fast enough for shooting my young child. Outdoor is as crispy and indoor (especially under low light) is better then my old DSLR. Even under ISO3200, it can still capture lots of detail. After removing the grainy noise and applying lens correction in Photoshop, big prints as large as S8R still looks very good to me. Someone may say that the kit lens are not very good. Yes, it suffers from some degree barrel distortion at wide angle and chromatic aberration at wide-angle. But it can easily be corrected/removed in Photoshop lens correction.
However the menu system is really "Sony". Likely it has 4 custom buttons which I can set the functions I need most. Basically I don't need to go to the "Sony" menu when I am shooting. The flash included is another thing that I don't like much. The coverage is similar to other ILC in-camera flash but it has dark corners at wide angle. You need to zoom in to about 24mm to take away the dark corners. However, thanks to the excellent high-ISO performance, I seldom need to use the flash.
Pros Great looking pictures. Even indoor photos with sub-optimal lighting look great.
Easy to use. Many program options. Panoramic shots work great.
Great cam for a first time SLR user.
Terrific HD video, however only if you keep your hand super steady.
Cons I worry I may bump and break the flash.
Battery life could be better.
Any small shake while taking a video seems to get greatly amplified on TV - the optical image stabilization is perhaps not as good as those in video cameras.
Summary A compact SLR providing great looking pictures and videos, however you'll need a steady hand for shooting videos.