Panasonic S5 has a 24.0MP Full frame
(35.6 x 23.8 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Venus Engine processor. On the other hand, Sony NEX-C3 has a 16.0MP APS-C
(23.4 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Bionz processor.
Panasonic S5's sensor provides 8MP more than Sony NEX-C3's sensor, which gives a significant advantage in real life. You can print your images larger or crop more freely.
On the other hand, please keep in mind that Max sensor resolution is not the only determinant of resolving power. Factors such as the optical elements, low pass filter, pixel size and sensor technology also affects the final resolution of the captured image.
Another difference between these two cameras is that Panasonic S5's sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. Removing anti-alias filter increases the sharpness and level of detail but at the same time, it increases the chance of moiré occurring in certain scenes.
Below you can see the S5 and NEX-C3 sensor size comparison.
As seen above, Panasonic S5 has a 2.3x Larger sensor area than Sony NEX-C3. Larger sensors give photographer more control on the depth of field and blurry background compared to smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.
DxOMark Sensor Scores
Both Panasonic S5 and Sony NEX-C3 sensors have been tested by DxoMark. DxoMark scores camera sensors for color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape) and low-light sensitivity (DXO Sports), and also gives them an overall score. Of the two cameras that we are comparing, S5 has scored 94, 21 points higher than NEX-C3.