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The Sony NEX-F3 is a new entry-level compact system camera. Successor to the NEX-C3 model, the NEX-F3 features a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, full HD AVCHD (50i/25p) video recording, 5.5fps burst shooting, 25-point contrast-detect autofocus system, 49-segment exposure meter, 3-inch tilting LCD panel with 921,000-dot resolution, built-in pop-up flash, a range of Picture Effects and extended 470 shot battery life. The Sony NEX-F3 is available now in silver or black with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens for about $600 / £530. The Sony NEX-F3 is quite similar in design to last year's NEX-C3 model, so a lot of the comments that we made in our Sony NEX-C3 review apply equally to the new NEX-F3. The rectangular body shape lacks the immediately appealing retro finesse of an Olympus Pen, or the modernist curves of the Panasonic G series. Despite weighing just 225g (without the lens and battery fitted), the NEX-F3 still feels solid gripped in the palm, though with a lens attached it's too large for most jacket pockets.
The Alpha NEX-F3 ($599) is Sony's entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It's the replacement to the NEX-C3, with the most significant change being a new 3-inch LCD that can flip upward 180 degrees and face your subject. In addition, the F3 now sports a built-in flash, so you'll no longer need to carry around an external one. It also has a wider ISO range, an improved movie mode, and a new Superior Auto mode. Check out this chart for all the differences between the old NEX-C3 and the new NEX-F3: As you can see, there are plenty of improvements on the NEX-F3, bringing it closer to Sony's midrange model, the NEX-5N. The NEX-F3 is available in just one kit (at least in the U.S.), which includes an F3.5-5.6, 18 - 55 mm IS lens for $599. Here's what you'll find when you crack open the box: Should you choose the lens kit, then you'll be find the F3.5-5.6, 18-55 mm OSS (Sony's term for image stabilization) lens that came with the original NEX models. This lens offers solid build quality, good sharpness, and minimal purple fringing. I also tried out the new 18-200 mm lens, which has the same traits of the 18-55, just with a much larger focal range.
Aside from the stand-out NEX-7, Sony's previous interchangeable lens compacts have all had the same basic problem—no built-in flash—which means you have to hook up an external accessory supplied each time you want a bit of extra light. However, the NEX-F3 changes all that, with a new pop-up flash built into the top of the camera. Otherwise, its tech specs are pretty similar to the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N. On first contact, the NEX-F3 is a little surprising for regular NEX users. It clearly has a similar design to Sony's other NEX cameras, particularly the NEX-5N with its square grip handle, but there's a noticeable new ridge on the top part of the camera. Could it be ... ? Yes, that's right, a mid-range NEX has finally been treated to a built-in flash! But to make room for this pop-up flash, Sony has had to make the camera body taller, so the NEX-F3 doesn't quite have the same ultra-compact, almost squat design as previous NEX cameras. Otherwise, the NEX-F3 is easy to keep hold of and the nice, deep grip handle keeps it stable and well-balanced. However, its height and general balance feel closer to a Samsung NX200 than to previous Sony NEX cameras.
The Sony NEX-F3 is the follow-up to the critical darling Sony NEX-C3, the most petite offering in Sony's lineup of APS-C image sensor-packing compact interchangeable lens cameras. The NEX-F3 offers some significant upgrades to the NEX-C3's internals, but what is most interesting is its actual shape. While Sony's NEX line seemed hell-bent on being the slimmest body in town (despite the fact that APS-C sensor cameras have almost all large, bulky lenses), the NEX-F3 actually comes in larger than the C3, with a redesigned grip that is far easier to hold than its predecessor. The F3 is otherwise a similar formula, with the same menu system as previous NEX cameras, an almost identical control scheme to the C3, and the additions of a built-in flash and new image sensor. The Sony NEX-F3 is available starting at $599.99 in black, white, and silver. The Sony NEX-F3 is a pivot away from the initial design philosophies of the NEX line, as it seems to eschew being as slim as possible in favor of including some extra photo-centric touches, like a larger grip and a built-in flash. That’s no minor thing, as it seemed that Sony’s initial designs were hoping to simply hope to grab the customer who’d walk into a store and say “give me the thinnest thing possible.”
Despite having a rather odd progression in model names, the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 ($599.99 direct with 18-55mm lens) is the direct successor to our Editors' Choice Sony Alpha NEX-C3 ($649.99, 4.5 stars). Like its predecessor, the F3 sports a 16-megapixel APS-C image sensor that delivers top-notch images in challenging light, and can focus and fire off images with impressive speed. It adds a built-in flash, an LCD that tilts all the way to face the front of the camera, and support for the FDAEV1S Electronic Viewfinder ($349.99), and in doing so wrangles our Editors' Choice award for entry-level compact interchangeable lens cameras away from the NEX-C3. Design and Features Taking many of its design cues from the NEX-C3, the NEX-F3 sports a deeper grip, like the one found on the mid-range NEX-5N ($699.99, 4.5 stars). It's a bit larger and heavier than either camera, measuring 2.6 by 4.6 by 1.7 inches and weighing 11.1 ounces without a lens. (The NEX-5N is 2.4 by 4.4 by 1.6 inches, 9.5 ounces.) The rear LCD tilts, but unlike other NEX cameras, it can face all the way to the front for self portraits.
I've recommended Sony's NEX cameras to a lot of people over the last year or so. The NEX-7 is too expensive for most people, but the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N are relatively inexpensive cameras that offer big APS-C sensors, interchangeable lenses, and a lot of nifty features and functionality. To anyone looking for something better than an iPhone or a point-and-shoot but without the size or expenditure associated with a DSLR, the NEX cameras have been a perfect fit. The NEX-F3 is the successor to last year's C3, and takes over the bottom spot in the NEX lineup. It's the same price as the C3 — $599.99 with an 18-55mm kit lens — but it offers some nice upgrades over last year's model: it records 1080p video, has a great tilting LCD that even lets you shoot self-portraits, and has upgraded internals that should make the 16-megapixel shooter faster and better than ever. Of course, the NEX-5N offers some additional features like a touchscreen and more video recording options, but it's also $100 more expensive. (There's also the excellent NEX-7, but it's playing in a whole different league.) Competition is stiff and getting stiffer, though, as Olympus and Panasonic's lineups of Micro Four Thirds cameras continue to get better and cheaper.
Sony's NEX-F3 is the latest entry-level model from Sony's compact mirrorless camera line, replacing the NEX-C3 from last year. The NEX-F3 brings with it some interesting design changes that should better accommodate shooters, as well as some hardware improvements. The result is a camera that follows well in the C3's steps, providing NEX lens compatibility and a new APS-C image sensor for a relatively affordable price. The Sony NEX-F3 will be available in silver, black, and white with an 18-55mm E-mount lens for around $600, according to Sony. When you put the NEX-C3 and NEX-F3 side-by-side, one thing is immediately apparent: the F3 has put on a few pounds over the winter. The F3’s grip protrudes slightly further than the C3, better accommodating the hand, especially when using longer zoom lenses. The change also results in a repositioning of the shutter release button, with it now shaped in a way that better aligns with your index finger while shooting. Beyond that, the NEX-F3 is very similar to previous NEX cameras. It features unlabeled soft keys alongside the rear articulated LCD, with the function for the keys called out on the screen itself. In addition, there’s a rear scroll wheel that is your primary method of interacting with the camera.
Buying GuideBest compact system camera 2012At first glance, the Sony NEX-F3 looks very similar to the Sony NEX-C3 that it replaces, but we discovered there are a few key differences when we used a pre-production sample.At 16.1 million, the new compact system camera (CSC)'s effective pixel count, for example, is near identical to the Sony NEX-C3's 16.2 million pixels, but we are told that the sensor is newly designed to match perfectly with the third generation Bionz processing engine borrowed from the Sony Alpha 77.This processor enables faster response times so the Sony NEX-F3 can shoot continuously at up to 5.5fps (in Speed Priority mode). It also enables better noise control, and this has given Sony the confidence to push the Sony NEX-F3's maximum sensitivity setting to ISO 16,000.Perhaps the most noticeable change since the Sony NEX-C3 is the extra flexibility of the Sony NEX-F3's LCD screen, which can now flip through 180 degrees to make it easier to shoot self-portraits.This is further enhanced by the new Self-Portrait mode, which uses face detection to identify the correct focus point and fires the shutter three seconds after the shutter release has been depressed.
The Sony alpha NEX-F3 continues to refine Sony's winning blend of compact size and performance with an even better sensor.On May 17, Sony announced the replacement for its NEX-C3 mirrorless Compact System Camera. The new NEX-F3 due mid-June is the same price but makes several key improvements. We got a sneak peek at this interchangeable lens camera along with the $599 Sony alpha SLT-A37, the new version of the entry-level A35 Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR also due in June. Nothing against the A37, but we preferred shooting with the F3. Let's see if this diminutive camera delivered.Sony NEX cameras have a distinctive gestalt — in other words, it's hard telling them apart! They are small and have a minimal amount of buttons or logos. This CSC is very menu driven, unlike DSLRs which are peppered with dials and keys. We like pushing buttons as much as the next person, but to get the small form factor something has to give. Although the NEX-F3 is slightly larger than the C3, it's still small measuring 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 (W x H x D, in inches), tipping the scales at 9 ounces without battery and card. The camera is available in silver, black or white.Check out the accompanying images and you'll see the NEX-F3 has very clean lines with a minimal amount of controls.
The NEX-F3 is the latest entry to Sony's mirrorless camera lineup, replacing the NEX-C3. It was only two years ago that the company introduced their NEX line of small form-factor cameras housing DSLR-sized APS-C sensors. Yet in a sign of the company's unmistakable belief in the growth potential of the Mirrorless market, Sony is now offering what is essentially a third generation model, one that sits below the mid-range NEX-5N and the highly regarded enthusiast offering, the NEX-7. The NEX-F3 shares many of the core features of its predecessor, the NEX-C3. Yet the NEX-F3 also incorporates specs and functionality that come from more recent NEX and SLT cameras. A built-in flash is one of the more prominent additions, along with a design and styling aesthetic that calls to mind both the NEX-5N and NEX-7. Like those cameras, the NEX-F3 features a prominent hand grip and a shutter button that sits forward of the camera's top plate. Video specifications are improved over its predecessor, with the NEX-F3 outputting AVCHD 1080 video at 60i or 24p. The camera includes Sony's most current accessory port which can be used to connect an electronic viewfinder or a stereo microphone.
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