With a built-in flash and an over-the-top, front-viewable rear screen, Sony’s entry-level NEX-F3 is targeted at all family members

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Sony NEX-F3 at a glance:

  • 16.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Bionz processor
  • ISO 200-16,000
  • 180° rotating LCD for self-portraiture
  • Built-in flash
  • Street price £499

The NEX-F3 is the first model in Sony’s third generation of compact system cameras. The first generation included the NEX-5, the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera at the time, and the NEX-3, which was a fractionally larger, plastic-bodied version that sold for a more affordable price.

These cameras had sleek and slender bodies thanks to the fact they did not have electronic viewfinders and the flashgun was a separate device included in the box. While this worked for the body size, the lenses needed to be quite large to cover the APS-C-sized sensor, so they appeared taller than the body. The flagship NEX-7 was added to the second generation, and included both flash and viewfinder in the body, which resulted in a more even match between lens and camera.

The NEX-F3 is the new entry-level model in the range and is a progression from the NEX-3 and NEX-C3 models, but like the NEX-7 it now offers a built-in flash unit. The ‘F’ in its name stands for family, as this camera has been designed to be used by all members, from granddad to granddaughter, and includes a new feature to aid the popular practice of taking self-portraits.

  1. 1. Sony NEX-F3 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Verdict
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