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Digital Camera Review: Sony Alpha NEX-F3

by K.T. Bradford on April 14, 2013

Editor's Choice: Entry-Level Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony Alpha NEX-F3The Alpha NEX series of cameras straddle two worlds. They have the sensors of DSLR cameras but compact bodies reminiscent of point-and-shoots. The large lenses signal their serious semi-pro nature, though small pancake lenses are available, too. The NEX-F3 proves why compact mirrorless cameras are a great idea. The 16.1MP APS-C image sensor (same as found in most DSLRs) and high ISO settings mean pictures detailed enough to print large without having to put in a lot of effort. The lens and sensor balance a wide range of contrasts automatically, but you still have access to the full range of manual controls (even when shooting video). Images come out sharp and balanced with rich color. The LCD in the back flips up all the way to make self portraits easier. We also like that the built-in flash can be tilted up for softer light bursts.


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Key Specs

Image Sensor: 16.1 Megapixels (effective), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Kit Lens: 27-82.5mm equivalent in 35mm photography
Lit Lens Zoom: 3x Optical Zoom
Like Lens Aperture Range: f3.5 (W) - f5.6 (T)
Display: 3.0" tilt LCD 921K dots
Dimension: 4.63 (W) x 2.63 (H) x 1.69 (D) body only
Weight: 11.1 oz with battery and SD card, body only

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