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Sony NEX-F3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and usability. The screen and responsiveness also get good feedback. Many are critical about the storage and features, and opinions are divided on the color.

portability, responsiveness, screen, usability, image quality

features, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony NEX-F3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony NEX-F3 Review


With the release of the Sony NEX-F3 camera, Sony Electronics is basically refreshing its entry-level compact and interchangeable camera offering. The overall goal of the release is to offer the latest software updates in terms of effects and image...

In the end, the largest added-value of this camera is its ease of use, image quality, the “Superior” auto-mode (Sony’s own feature name) and the ability to charge and sync with Micro-USB. If you have checked the photos and videos that I have posted on...


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Sony Alpha NEX-F3


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...

Very good photo quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light, ISO 12800 (!) in good light ; Good value for the money ; Sharp 3-inch LCD display can flip upward 180 degrees, allowing for easy self-portraits ; Snappy performance in most respects ;...

Consistently seems to underexpose by 1/3 or 2/3 stop ; Menu-driven user interface still frustrating to use, even with addition of custom button ; Design annoyances: camera's size advantage lost when a lens is attached; LCD's 16:9 aspect ratio not...

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.

Editor's Choice!

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3


The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a worthy successor to the Editors' Choice NEX-C3. The latest iteration impresses with superb image quality, even at very high ISO settings, and you get a deeper handgrip, built-in flash, and support for an optional EVF.

Built-in flash. Optional EVF available. Great high ISO performance. Customizable controls. 180° tilting LCD. 1080p video support

Front-facing LCD limits downward tilt. APS-C lenses are larger than some other mirrorless systems. Limited lens library. No dedicated battery charger

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...


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Sony NEX-F3 review


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...

Well--built ; Solid image quality ; Really simple to use and learn ; 1080p video recording

Lens ecosystem is still small ; A bit larger than previous versions ; Slow autofocus ; Dynamic range hurts image quality

NEX cameras still set the bar for this kind of shooter, but there's some good competition now

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Sony NEX-F3


Just shy of a year ago, we reviewed the Sony NEX-C3, a mirrorless camera that quickly became our benchmark when it came to entry-level interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs). We praised its excellent image quality, generally consistent performance,...

Built-in flash ; Fantastic battery life ; Excellent image quality ; Low suggested retail price

Bulkier design ; Few improvements over NEX-C3

Sony's NEX-F3 is one of the top buys in the mirrorless category, but it fails to best its predecessor.

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Sony NEX-F3 Preview


Replacing the popular NEX-C3, Sony has announced the α NEX-F3 entry-level interchangeable lens camera system. The NEX-F3 includes many of the same features of the α37 -- a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, full HD video recording, Superior...

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3First Impressions Review


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...

The Sony NEX-F3 replaces the Sony NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in the company’s line of compact mirrorless system cameras. While it’s entry-level, the F3 has quite a bit of punch to it, with 5.5FPS continuous shooting, a maximum ISO speed of 16000,...


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Sony Alpha NEX-F3


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...

Quality 16-megapixel stills and AVCHD movies ; APS-C sized sensor ; Tilting 3-inch LCD screen

As usual, puzzling NEX menu system ; Don’t expect to capture super-fast action

The small size, quality of the stills and videos and the nicely-loaded feature set make this camera a good option for anyone shopping for a CSC or entry-level DSLR this season.

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)


Sony has really hit its stride with the latest generation of Alpha NEX mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact cameras. With a streamlined interface, small -- but not too small -- bodies, solid performance, and very good photo quality for a modest...

The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 produces very nice low- to midrange sensitivity pictures, plus you can configure it for streamlined shooting, and delivers solid overall performance. The new automated self-portrait is also a boon for people who like to put...

The LCD can be difficult to view in bright light, and the SD card slot is in a bad spot for tripod users.

Though it doesn't wow us for any particular aspect, the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a nice overall package for photographers looking for something with better photo quality and more flexible than a point-and-shoot.

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3


Sony's NEX-F3 is a superb entry-level camera for photographers looking to break out of point-and-shoot mode but who aren't quite ready to splurge on -- or shoulder the weight of -- a more robust camera.

Lightweight. Excellent manual capabilities and good lenses that lead to sharp pictures. Surprisingly good for a $500 camera

Flimsy-feeling plastic body does not inspire confidence. Anemic hand grip. Touchy joystick interface can get in the way of the camera’s best performance. No external battery charger, so you have to plug the camera into the wall

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes