Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Sigma DP3 Merrill belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Sigma DP3 Merrill is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Sigma DP3 Merrill comes with CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor that has a resolution of 15.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Alpha NEX-C3 features a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sigma DP3 Merrill Key Features:
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Key Features:
|Sensor Area||384 mm2 vs 365.04 mm2||4.9% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 15.0 MP||6.3% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 4 fps||2 fps faster|
|Weight||225 g vs 330 g||105 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720 vs 640 x 480||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 920k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Sensor Resolution||15.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 6.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha NEX-C3 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 105g less than the Sigma DP3 Merrill. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sigma DP3 Merrill features a 15.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor and boasts of a Dual TRUE II engine processor . Sony Alpha NEX-C3, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 by the size of their sensors.
Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sigma DP3 Merrill||Sony Alpha NEX-C3|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sigma DP3 Merrill or Sony Alpha NEX-C3, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sigma DP3 Merrill and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha NEX-C3 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sigma DP3 Merrill. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sigma DP3 Merrill||Sony Alpha NEX-C3|
|Model||DP3 Merrill||Alpha NEX-C3|
|Announced||Jan 08, 2013||Aug 22, 2011|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Type||CMOS (Foveon X3)||CMOS|
|Sensor Dimensions||24 x 16 mm||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||384.00 mm2||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||15.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4704 x 3136||4912 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG||MPEG-4|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||330 g||225 g|
|Physical Dimensions||122 x 67 x 59 mm||110 x 60 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||400 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||n/a||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|