every now and then it pays to look through the bargain basket. i am the first to admit that most of the time it’s more a ‘bin’ than a ‘basket’ but on very rare occasions you can come across a gem.


this time it was a sony nex 3c kit with 2 lenses for less than a third of the recommended resale price. only problem: they had lost the charger. evilbay to the rescue …

oh and to be fair, the nex 3c came out in 2011. time is usually not too kind when it comes to electronics but the reviews the camera got were good enough to conclude that this was one bargain was indeed a great deal. thank god for wireless internet and smart phones with large screens.


the nex came with 2 lenses: a really small 16mm f2.8 lens and a useful if somewhat short (and slow) 18-55mm zoom lens. the camera body itself is very small and light and most of the bulk is actually in the lens. i really don’t mind that, though, it is not a problem to hold the camera by the lens.

the only thing i miss at times is the fact that the c3 does not have a view finder, only a rather large and reasonably good screen. the only problem is that in the sunlight it is really difficult to get a good sense of what the photo will look like; luckily the display can be rotated up & down and in many cases that helps avoid direct sunlight.

the screen is also used to change the shooting parameters. shall we¬†call the way sony has implemented this ‘interesting’? settings are not always where you would expect them to be but with a little practice it’s not too hard to find the right menu.


i’m normally not a fan of small cameras with weird user interfaces, but the c3 has two things i do respect: a aps-c sensor (if you don;t know, that’s the same size sensor they also use in most consumer dslr cameras) and a mount fro interchangeable lenses. the problem with most small cameras is that the lenses are not up to scratch and when they do have a zoom it generally is more a problem than a solution.


sony offers a rather large selection of lenses for it’s e-mount cameras, at prices that often dwarf the cost of the camera itself. it’s easy to turn the bargain into a major investment, but given the surprising quality of the output maybe not a waste of money.


so far i am quite impressed with the little camera. the image quality is definitely on par with kris’ canon dslr (unless she uses the massive 70-200 l lens, that thing is a real monster). not bad for such a little thing out of the bargain bin.