Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video at 24fps with stereo sound
  • 3-inch tilt 920,000 dot LCD screen
  • 5.5fps continuous burst
  • Manual modes
  • RAW capture
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-08
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Alpha NEX-F3
An entry-level mirrorless camera from 2012.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

The NEX-F3 camera is the logical upgrade to Sony's NEX-C3, replacing the former with a slightly thicker build but adding a couple much-needed features. First and most importantly, the F3 now has a built-in flash, eschewing the former's bulky and awkward clip-on unit. The body is .3" thicker than the C3, but we think the pop-up flash alone is worth it. Video has also been improved to 1080/24p, and the flip-out screen now flips a full 180 degrees upward for self-portraits. Reviews have noted improved image quality over the C3 as well, a truly impressive feat, although autofocus isn't as good as Panasonic's G1X. The F3 looks to be a near-flawless entry-level mirrorless shooter.

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