Sony Alpha NEX-F3

Announced May 17, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced May 17, 2012

The Sony NEX-F3 is Sony's latest entry-level model, replacing the C3. It's built around the company's second-generation 16MP CMOS sensor, as featured in the NEX-5N, and gains a built-in flash. It's also the first NEX to feature a screen that flips all the way into a vertical position, to make it easier to shoot self-portraits.

If you're looking for a low-priced interchangeable lens camera, then the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 should certainly be on your list. It has great photo quality, a complete set of features, and snappy performance. The only thing we'd recommend is trying one out in person before you buy, as the user interface leaves much to be desired. If it doesn't bother you, then you'll definitely get your $600 worth if you pick up the NEX-F3.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 314 g (0.69 lb / 11.08 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 67 x 42 mm (4.61 x 2.64 x 1.65)
GPS None

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Our review

The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. While its menu-driven interface isn't for everyone, its impressive photo quality and host of useful features offer a lot of bang for the buck.

Good for: Anyone looking for high quality photos in a small package, with an easy-to-use interface

Not so good for: Enthusiasts who want direct controls and less menu diving, and frequent burst mode users who will want more buffer memory.

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