Sony NEX-C3: de kleinste en lichtste systeemcamera

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Er waren al maanden geruchten en zelfs productfoto’s en specificaties waren al uitgelekt, maar sinds deze week is het dan eindelijk zover. De NEX-C3 is door Sony officieel aangekondigd en zal de NEX-3 vervangen. De C3 is volgens Sony de kleinste en lichtste camera met een APS-C sensor en een verwisselbaar objectief. De NEX-C3 is uitgerust met een nieuwe APS-C CMOS sensor met 16,2 megapixels (dezelfgde sensor als die van de Sony a55). Ten opzichte van de NEX-3 is hij 6% lichter; slechts 225 gram (exclusief lens). Ook is de body nog een fractie platter. De C3 kan ook filmen in 720p hd-kwaliteit. Verder is het energieverbruik verbeterd, waardoor de C3 20% langer op een volle accu werkt, ten opzichte van de NEX-3 en -5 (circa 400 opnamen). Natuurlijk ondersteunt hij ook ‘Sweep Panorama’, 3D fotografie en Auto HDR (op basis van drie verschillende foto’s). 

Accessoires

Net als zijn voorganger beschikt de C3 niet over een interne flitser, maar Sony heeft ter compensatie wel een supercompacte externe flitser uitgebracht (de HVL-F20S). Tegelijk met de C3 werd ook een 30mm f3.5 macrolens aangekondigd die een 1:1 vergroting biedt en een werkafstand van slechts 2,4 cm. De C3 ondersteunt de eerder uitgelekte ‘Picture Effect’ modi, die vanaf 20 juni ook beschikbaar komen voor huidige bezitters van de NEX-3 en -5 (via een firmware-update). 

Beschikbaarheid

Als je interesse hebt in de C3 moet je helaas nog even geduld hebben. De C3 wordt pas in augustus in de winkels verwacht (in zilver en zwart). De C3 met 18-55 kitlens heeft een adviesprijs van € 630.

Ga met je muis op de bovenstaande camera staan om het verschil met de NEX-3 te zien. Ook de nieuwe externe flitser bovenop de NEX-C3 is duidelijk verbeterd.

Specificaties:

  • Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with aprox. 16.2 effective megapixels
  • BIONZ image processing engine
  • Contrast-detection AF (25-point Multi / Center / Flexible Spot)
  • 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. shutter speeds
  • 200-12800 ISO sensitivity settings
  • 49-segment Multi, Center-wighted average, and Spot metering modes
  • HD movie recording (MP4, 1280 x 720p)
  • 3-inch, 921,000-dot, tiltable Xtra Fine LCD monitor with TruBlack technology
  • iAuto (intelligent Auto) mode
  • Scene Selection modes
  • Photo Creativity modes )Background Defocus ? Color ? Brightness / etc.)
  • Picture Effect (Toy Camera / Pop Color / Posterization / Retro Photo / High-key / Partial Color / High Contrast Monochrome, see previous Photo Rumors post on the new picture effects)
  • Face-detection AF/AE/AWB and Smile Shutter (for still photos only)
  • Creative Style
  • Auto HDR
  • D-Range Optimizer
  • Soft Skin Effect
  • 5.5 fps Speed Priority Continuous shooting
  • 10x precision digital zoom
  • Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama modes
  • Anti-dust system
  • Customizable Soft Keys
  • Shooting Tips and Help Guide
  • MF assist and Peaking function
  • Grid lines
  • MS Duo / SDXC multi memory card slots
  • HDMI, PhotoTV HD, and BRAVIA Sync support
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 support
  • Smart accessory terminal
  • Automatic LCD monitor brightness control
  • Eye-Fi ready
  • Built-in stereo microphone and monaural speaker
  • 400-shot battery life
  • PERSBERICHT:

    Sony introduces world’s smallest, lightest* interchangeable lens camera with APS-C sized sensor

     Easy-to-use α NEX-C3 with 16.2 effective megapixels, HD video and friendly new interface 

  • DSLR-quality images with 16.2 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor

  • Intuitive new ‘Photo Creativity’ interface for jargon-free adjustment of picture settings

  • In-camera Picture Effect with real-time preview

  • Multi-frame imaging techniques including 3D Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR and Handheld Twilight mode
  • Optional accessories including compactHVL-F20S travel flash and 30mm F3.5 E-mount macro lens

  • * Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras with APS-C size image sensor, as of 8th June 2011

    The new α NEX-C3 by Sony is the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera in its class.

    Offered in a choice of stylish colours, the NEX-C3 features an attractive new body design that combines a satisfyingly solid metal top casing with an easy-to-use streamlined grip shape. Reducing the size of main circuitry shrinks camera body weight to just 225g – that’s almost 6% less than the NEX-3.

    Image quality, functions and usability of the NEX-C3 also surpasses that of the NEX-3.

    Resolution of the large Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor is boosted to 16.2 effective megapixels, capturing stills and 720p HD video with breath-taking clarity. The large, DSLR-sized sensor also lets you produce pro-quality ‘bokeh’ background defocus effects, whether you’re shooting HD video or stills.

    Even if you’re not familiar with specialist photo jargon, the NEX-C3 puts sophisticated picture controls within easy reach, whether you’re shooting stills or HD video. The intuitive new Photo Creativity interface replaces technical terms like ‘aperture’, ‘exposure value’ and ‘white balance’ with the friendlier and more intuitive ‘background defocus’, ‘brightness’ and ‘colour’.

    There’s no need to dig into confusing menu options or guess their effect on your composition. Just turn the camera’s rear-mounted control wheel and instantly see the effect of your settings previewed on screen. If you wish, two or more different settings can be combined to create more sophisticated creative effects.

    A new in-camera ‘Picture Effect’ setting lets users add extra impact to stills or HD video during shooting, without the worry of editing images afterwards. ‘Picture Effect’ options include Partial Colour, Retro Photo, Pop Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterisation, High-key and Toy Camera. There’s also a ‘Soft Skin’ effect that removes wrinkles and blemishes from portrait subjects.

    Tilting for comfortable viewing at any angle, the high contrast 7.5cm Xtra Fine LCD features TruBlack screen technology for high-contrast images with rich, deep blacks. It’s a great way to compose shots and judge the effect of adjusting picture settings, even when you’re viewing outdoors in bright sunlight.

    Advanced multi-frame imaging technologies by Sony broaden the possibilities of the NEX-C3 further still.3D Sweep Panorama captures extra-wide images in 3D to enjoy on your 3D TV. Auto HDR ‘stacks’ a high speed burst of three successive exposures to capture extreme shadow and highlight details in a single frame. Similarly, Handheld Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur modes automatically combine six exposures to capture smooth, low-noise images: this avoids hand-blur and subject-blur when you’re shooting in available light.

    The NEX-C3 works even harder to capture more amazing images and HD video between battery charges. Improved energy efficiency boosts battery stamina to a generous 400 still shots per charge – over 20% more than the NEX-3/NEX-5.

    New E-mount 30mm macro lens (“E 30mm F3.5 Macro”) and accessories
    The versatility of the α E-mount compact camera system grows with new style-matched accessories to expand your shooting possibilities even further.

    Joining the range of E-mount interchangeable lenses, the SEL30M35 is currently the world’s lightest1 life-size macro lens (138g) for interchangeable-lens cameras. This high-quality 30mm F3.5 macro lens features a 1:1 magnification ratio and minimum working distance of just 2.4 cm, making it ideal for capturing detail-packed close-ups of small subjects like flowers and insects. Despite its extremely compact size, the SEL30M35 employs one ED glass and three aspherical lens elements for excellent optical performance, with minimised aberration and very high edge-to-edge sharpness and contrast. It also offers smooth, quiet autofocus operation whether you’re shooting stills or HD video. The macro lens is supplied with a matching lens hood.

    HVL-F20S Flash
    Also available as an option, the new HVL-F20S is a style-matching flash that clips onto the camera’s Smart Accessory Terminal. Powered directly by the camera, the flash requires no batteries, achieving an ultra-compact size and light weight when you’re travelling. With a generous GN20 (50mm, at ISO 100, m) flash power rating and adjustable head, it’s ideal for creating natural fill-in and bounce flash effects with portraits and everyday shooting subjects.

    The expanded range of co-ordinating accessories features a new body case/lens jacket, soft carrying case, straps and value accessory kits. 

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