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Sony Alpha NEX-C3 (photos)

The most recent iteration of the NEX series ILC has a more usable interface than its predecessors.

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Kit

While the C3 has a nice, compact body, the E-mount lenses are significantly bigger and heavier than their Micro Four Thirds competitors. They have a nice build quality and lovely ring movements, but they do detract from the camera's portability quotient.
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Body

You can see how small the body looks when not overwhelmed by the lens.
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Interface

The NEX interface has improved over the implementation in previous models. The dial has unlabeled buttons that you can program for frequently used settings, which makes a huge difference in usability.
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Top

There's still no built-in flash for the NEX models; that cover hides a port which accommodates the bundled flash or an add-on microphone. Still no EVF option, though.
Because it's so narrow, it's a bit difficult to hold and shoot single-handed, despite the small grip.

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