Although Sony clearly had the consumer market in mind when it created the NEX-C3, enthusiast photographers shouldn’t dismiss the camera.

The fully customisable buttons help improve the handling over the first-generation NEX models, although another couple would be an even better improvement. However, it is the quality of the images from this little camera that steals the show. The 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-format sensor produces great images straight from the camera, which is exactly what you want in a small compact system.

With a total of ten NEX lenses available by the end of next year, a new more powerful flashgun and Sony’s embracing of third-party lenses, NEX cameras have real potential to become a secondary system for most photographers. If only there were a couple more buttons and an EVF…

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