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3C or 5N

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by jlabate, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. jlabate

    jlabate TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 25, 2011
    What are the important differences between the 3C and the 5N? Don't they use the same sensor so image quality should be similar?
     
  2. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    5N takes Full-HD 1080x24/30/60p videos vs. 720p on the C3 and features a magnesium alloy body vs plastic on the C3. Oh, and the 3 don't has the infrared port. And the 5N has a built-in touchscreen, where the C3 has the same display without touch.

    However, image quality is the same.
     
  3. jlabate

    jlabate TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Thanks Poki. What is the infrared port?

     
  4. K6-III

    K6-III New to TalkEmount

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    Dec 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The 5n also gives you the ability to use the electronic viewfinder and to set a base ISO of 100 (rather than 200).
     
  5. jlabate

    jlabate TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Thanks.

     
  6. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    The infrared port is for wireless remotes.
     
  7. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 10, 2011
    The 5n — 100 ISO, HD 1080p video, touch screen and the option for an EVF too!
     
  8. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 10, 2011
    The 5n — 100 ISO, HD 1080p video, touch screen and the option for an EVF too!
     
  9. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

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  10. jlabate

    jlabate TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 25, 2011
    I ended up getting a 3C. The cost was a couple of hundred less than the 5N. I realize the 5N is the better of the two cameras but the money was an issue for me. I have never had a touch screen so can live without that, don't do video so the 5N advantage there wasn't an issue and don't want the additional cost of the EVF at this time so that advantage was lost. Bottom line for me, same image quality at close to 50% of the cost. I hope to get an Nex-7 someday and am happy with the 3C for now. I have a shelf full of legacy lenses and have ordered some adapters for the Nex. This is my first Nex so no doubt I'll be posting questions here.
     
  11. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    50% of the cost? Wow, okay, then it's totally worth it. Back when the original NEX 3 and 5 where released, the price difference was about 100 USD (okay, with less advantages for the 5, to be fair), so it wasn't too hard to decide. But it was much harder to get one anywhere here in Austria ...

    Anyway, much fun with your new NEX camera!
     
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    I went with a C3 as well because of the cost savings. I got a used C3 and 16mm lens for about $250 less than I could get the 5N for at the time. With some 5N users now switching to the 7, I'm guessing the used market for the 5N will improve (for buyers).
     
  13. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 10, 2011
    I'm ending my nex-5n back as its got that clicking sound when replaying video. Don't know if they just repair it or replace it though.
     
  14. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    Feb 8, 2012
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    John
    I'm sure that you will be happy with your choice....
     
  15. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 10, 2011
    They're sending it to be repaired. I'm hoping they just send me a new one but we'll see.