Sony Announces NEX-C3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony has just announced the NEX-C3 digital camera—the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on the market, according to the manufacturer. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel EXMOR sensor (24mm APS-C size) and “press and rotate” operating with real time preview of different effects, the NEX-C3 comes on the heels of last year’s ground-breaking NEX-5 and NEX-3, which were “the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust focus and exposure while recording video.” A new feature for this generation of the NEX lineup is called Picture Effects (essentially, art filters), which includes a Background Defocus effect to create the look of shallow depth of field in a photograph. A bonus to Sony’s new Picture Effects is that multiple effects can be applied to one shot and previewed simultaneously.

The NEX-C3 will be available in August for $599.99 (16mm f/2.8 kit) and $649.99 (18-55mm kit). Ten new lenses will be available by 2012 in addition to the three existing E-Mount lenses that are now available, turning the system into a lasting investment for those photographers who find the NEX system preferable to the DSLR format. More images and Sony’s official press release below.


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2 Responses to “Sony Announces NEX-C3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera”

  1. Luke watts says:

    Good to have this one, i will also now become professional photographer.This post is informative.

  2. Soni says:

    I can’t wait for the NEX-C3 camera to be released next month. Although at $600 is pricey, the new features are definitely worth the investment.

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