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!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Entry-Level Mirrorless category, introduced by Sony. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are Alpha a5000 and Alpha NEX-C3. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. Thus, Sony Alpha a5000 comes with a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor, while the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 features a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Alpha a5000 and Sony Alpha NEX-C3.
Sony Alpha a5000 Key Features:
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Key Features:
Since Sony Alpha a5000 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Sony a5100.
Being a newer model, Sony Alpha a5000 substituted Sony NEX-3N.
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||4 vs No||4 better flash range|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Battery Life||420 shots vs 400 shots||20 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.8 vs 22.7||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13 vs 12.2||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1089 vs 1083||Better High ISO performance|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2 vs 357.28 mm2||2.1% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 4 fps||2 fps faster|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||225 g vs 269 g||44 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots | 920k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 6.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|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 Sony Alpha a5000 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 44g less than the Sony Alpha a5000. 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 Sony Alpha a5000 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. Sony Alpha a5000 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X 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 Sony Alpha a5000 and Sony Alpha NEX-C3 by the size of their sensors.
Sony Alpha a5000 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 Sony Alpha a5000 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||Sony Alpha a5000||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, Sony Alpha a5000 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 Sony Alpha a5000 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 a5000 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha NEX-C3. 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:
|Sony Alpha a5000||Sony Alpha NEX-C3|
|Model||Alpha a5000||Alpha NEX-C3|
|Announced||Jan 07, 2014||Aug 22, 2011|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.2 x 15.4 mm||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||357.28 mm2||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632||4912 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||16,000||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||79||73|
|DxO Color Depth||23.8||22.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.0||12.2|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1089||1083|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||269 g||225 g|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 63 x 36 mm||110 x 60 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||420 shots||400 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|