Sony NEX-C3 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Alpha NEX-C3? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the NEX-C3 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
In any case, the NEX-C3 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was announced on June 8th, 2011, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4240 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the NEX-C3 from Sony.
Sony's handbook for the NEX-C3
The camera's handbook is 170 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the NEX-C3 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
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Sony NEX-C3 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the NEX-C3.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the NEX-C3?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the NEX-C3 with the BIONZ image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the NEX-C3?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Sony provides the FDA-SV1 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the NEX-C3 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony Alpha NEX-C3?
Sony does not publish a shutter rating for the NEX-C3. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my NEX-C3?
Sony embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your NEX-C3 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Does the Sony NEX-C3 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The NEX-C3's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Which battery does the NEX-C3 use?
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Alpha NEX-C3.
|Camera Model||Sony NEX-C3|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Sony E mount lenses|
|Launch Date||June 2011|
|Launch Price||USD 599|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||365 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.1 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||16 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 912 x 3 264 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.78 μm|
|Pixel Density||4.39 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||720/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||73|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.7|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.2|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||1083|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||920k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||Front-flip possible|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||NP-FW50 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400 shots per charge|
110 x 60 x 33 mm
(4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3 in)
|Camera Weight||225 g (7.9 oz)|
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