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Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Tilting 3.0" LCD Display
  • Full 1080/60i/24p HD Video Capture
  • Up to 5.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 3D Sweep Panorama viewable on 3DTVs
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Auto HDR and Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • Accepts Sony E-Mount Lenses
  • Adaptor Accepts Sony A-Mount Lenses

The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens is not a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR, but it holds its place in the market, intriguing those who want the flexibility that interchangeable lenses and numerous manual and creative features can give them, without having to lug around a huge DSLR body. The body is packaged along with an 18-55mm Sony lens, allowing you to start shooting right from day one.

Size aside, the Alpha NEX-F3 embodies a number of features that make it a worthy option for any connoisseur of digital cameras. First and foremost would be the 16.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor. With 16.1MP, your images will have lush color and impressive detail. Your options for making enlarged prints are boundless as well. Sony's Exmor APS HD CMOS technology works together with the BIONZ image processor for excellent low light sensitivity and a distinct lack of sensor noise. On the back of the body is a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD that boasts Sony's TruBlack screen which suppresses internal reflections. This LCD also tilts down 45° and up 80° for framing hard-to-get shots.

In addition to capturing still images, the NEX-F3's video capabilities do not disappoint. In addition to versatility in lens options, along with a small form-factor, the HD video capture is right up there in importance. Video can be recorded at 1920 x 1080 in a number of frame rates, including 60p and 24p. The camera also uses the AVCHD codec for high-quality capture, and the MP4 codec for easy upload to the Internet. The camera also sports an HDMI output for one-cable sharing of your favorite videos on the big screen (AKA: your HDTV).

When it comes to what lenses the NEX-F3 takes, Sony made it compatible with their E-Mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Using optional LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters you can also attach A-Mount lenses to the camera as well. The LA-EA2 also provides Phase Detection AF as well. The mirror built-in between the two mounts directs a small portion of light to the phase detection AF sensor in the bottom of the unit, making this feature available to you when the adapter is connected.

As for shooting options and modes, the NEX-F3 has a number of them. First up is the 5.5 frames per second burst shooting mode, at the camera's full 16.1Mp resolution. This mode enables great sports and kids photos. Another notable feature is Photo Creativity Touch. This mode allows you to be creative with your photos in-camera, right on the LCD screen, in real time. Sweep Panorama and 3D Sweep Panorama modes allow for capture of scenic vistas and 16:9 (wide angle) shots as panoramas and in wondrous 3D, respectively. Among the other features you'll find Object Tracking AF, Auto HDR, Intelligent Auto Focus, iAUTO mode, and many others.

18-55mm Zoom Lens Included
With the included 18-55mm zoom lens you'll have a great all-purpose lens to get you started, right from day one
16.1 Megapixel resolution
Thanks to the 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise. So you get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements
APS-C Size HD Image Sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized DSLRs--with 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor--APS-C makes the difference between "snapshots" and "photographs," delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds
Full HD 1080 / 60i / 24p Video
Record super smooth 1080 Full HD Video in either 60i or 24p frames per second. Records in your choice of 1080/60i or 24p AVCHD format, or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format
3.0" Tiltable LCD
180° tiltable 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen for easy self portraits
Photo Creativity interface
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging. Changes can be combined/removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from seven different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button: Picture Effect, Background Defocus Control, Soft Skin Effect, Color, Brightness, Vividness, and Self-timer / Continuous Advance
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits
Picture Effect mode
There are 11 types (15 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R), Partial Color (G), Partial Color (B), Partial Color (Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key , Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature. Each is unique, giving you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos stand out
Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you're using providing greater shooting flexibility
Built-in flash
Perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot, the built-in flash combines with high ISO sensitivity to enable shooting in just about any setting
Interchangeable lenses
Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for compact interchangeable lens cameras--opening up a world of creative options
Up to 5.5 frames per second
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.5 fps
ISO 16000 sensitivity
Capture incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. The excellent ISO performance is made possible by a low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television4. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats
Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length)
Anti-Motion Blur mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur
Hand-held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures--beyond the capability of traditional cameras--without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise
Auto HDR built into camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second
Live View LCD
The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays
Tiltable 3" LCD screen
Empowers your photography with a different point of view. Tilts down 13° and up 180° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss
921K pixel TruBlack LCD screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor features a TruBlack screen that includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight
Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum
iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving Auto Mode so you always get the best shot
On-screen Help Guide
Provides a ready-reference that explains the camera's modes and settings. It walks through the camera's operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication
Control Wheel + Customizable Soft Keys
Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-F3 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive
BIONZ image processor
The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.1 megapixel images, 2D / 3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6 image layering
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
Accepts Alpha DSLR A-mount lenses
Using the LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of A-mount system lenses, which includes 34 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply
25-point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
Multi-segment metering
Optimizes exposure based on 49 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only
Peaking for Precise Focus
The Peaking function makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot
RAW image capture
The NEX-F3 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to compression, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC
"Background Defocus" control
Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you've had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus
Accepts image stabilized lenses
Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light
Powerful supplied software
To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and PlayMemories Home software
Face Detection technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
HDMI® output for HD viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote
Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Twilight modes
Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste
P/A/S/M operating modes
The NEX-F3 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor
Up to 470 Shots of battery life
Take up to 470 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium-ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD / SDHC media. Class 4 or higher cards are recommended--memory card is required and sold separately
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 25
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual, Shade
Flash
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection Proprietary
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.5 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18-55 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27-82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Viewing Angle 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.3x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:  49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.36" (6.20 x 5.99 cm)
Weight 6.84 oz (194 g)
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
  • E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable (Mini B)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyAlpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 25 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (23)
    • Large clear LCD (17)
    • Fast shutter speed (12)
    • Great resolution (12)
    • Good battery life (11)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (11)
    • Limited zoom (4)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (18)
    • Travel (16)
    • Low light (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sony's Alpha NEX-F3

    If your a beginner to SLR & you have used Sony products before, this camera is for you. This is my first SLR and I love it. I have used Canon's SLRs...Read complete review

    If your a beginner to SLR & you have used Sony products before, this camera is for you. This is my first SLR and I love it. I have used Canon's SLRs before but I prefer Sony cameras because I'm familiar with the technology. The camera features explanation on the features included which helps for someone who has not used an SLR or even a regular point & shoot. There is no viewfinder included but you can purchase it separately and mount it to the camera. The controls are in the camera and there is no function to change the features from the outside. Over all, a really good buy that I would recommend to anyone interested in getting their first SLR.

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    Nice camera at a great price

    I use this camera for shooting my baby indoors most of the time. The camera is great and I like the photo quality majority of times; but there are still some cases where I...Read complete review

    I use this camera for shooting my baby indoors most of the time. The camera is great and I like the photo quality majority of times; but there are still some cases where I would prefer my previous Canon S95 camera over this. I got a good deal with its pricing ($) as it was getting replaced by a newer model; otherwise I would not be satisfied if I had to pay the original price of $ .

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    5.0

    A great first step up towards a DSLR

    By Michelle Princess Backpacker

    from London UK

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

    This is such a nifty camera. Very intuitive and easy to use. It is perfect for those who want more flexibility and options than a standard point and shoot can offer but are not yet sure a DSLR would be right for them. As with DSLRs, you do need to invest in accessories to get the true camera you want, but it is worth it.

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    5.0

    Awesome baby!

    By nikolasvm

    from São Paulo, SP - Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • APS-C sensor
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • RAW
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      I work with video for some years now... I own a 7D, a 5D Mark 2, a Mark 3, lots of gear, accessories, you name it...
      I bought this camera as a gift for my wife for her birthday. She wanted a camera for our family, you know, for snapshots, travel pics and stuff. My initial feeling were towards buying a T3, since I already have a couple of spare Canon lenses I could just give her.
      For this price range, also, I've strongly considered getting a Canon Sx50 Superzoom. This was all before I visited BH's store in NY.
      There, a nice attendant heard my story and showed me the Sony Nexus. I admit I got a little coldfeeted first, however, after being aware of the APS-C fullframe sensor, features, RAW capability and seeing it's image quality I had no further doubts.
      For it's purpose, size and price it can't get any better than this as of today. Some features are oversold (like the panorama shots) and some I haven't tested yet. But for a non-professional-intended-use camera, this baby is just awesome.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Good mirrorless camrea

      By John918

      from san francisco

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

        the tilting screen for self picture

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent picture quality & easy to use

        By V for the doting father

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

          This is a great step-up from compact cameras without the complications of a DSLR. The fast focus and shutter speed are great for capturing pictures of my kids that won't pose for a picture.

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          5.0

          Excellent product

          By Lu in NY

          from Poughkeepsie, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            This camera is excellent for vacation; has all the features needed for excellent pictures. I recommend it.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Handy, Dandy, Sweet Candy

            By Robert

            from Sarver, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Display Is Hard To See In

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            This is such a great camera! So much inside yet so small outside. I have huge hands and the camera fits my grip very well. Excellent image quality!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Phenomenal Camera!!

            By Reelfaster

            from South Jersey

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Shot To Shot Time
            • Speed
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • CHILDREN
            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (White):

            I've been searching to replace my P&S camera since my daughter was born 2 years ago. My P&S simply could not keep up with her movements. It was so slow to focus and shot to shot time was brutal making me miss allot of good shots. I was looking to step up in speed and quickness but not to DSLR level as they are too big, bulky, and pricey. When I saw this and tested at [*] it was perfect in every way. Speed and performance were amazing, image quality at DSLR level and size was great as well. I am so impressed with the speed and performance of this camera. Shot to shot time is so fast I caputure so many shots I would have otherwise missed with my P&S. Fantastic step up from a P&S.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera and photos - little too big

            By randy

            from detroit

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            Great photo quality. Wish I had a better zoom. Too big to put in pocket. Bought due to the larger sensor and image stabilization. May go to a DSLR in future.

            Some peopel said it took to long to focus - I have no problems with this. Glad

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Nice camera at a great price

            By Rajesh

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

              I use this camera for shooting my baby indoors most of the time. The camera is great and I like the photo quality majority of times; but there are still some cases where I would prefer my previous Canon S95 camera over this. I got a good deal with its pricing ($) as it was getting replaced by a newer model; otherwise I would not be satisfied if I had to pay the original price of $ .

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              • No

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              5.0

              excellent camera

              By Northern California

              from El Cerrito, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

              I am very happy with the Sony Nex F3. I bought it to be a carry-around complement to my Nikon D5100 dSLR and it functions perfectly in that role. I still choose the d5100 if I am out for a day of shooting. But for a carry around when I walk around town or around the block it is perfect. Its photos are just about as good as the dSLR. It also has a number of cool functions that are fun to play with. I did have a slight concern with seeing the LCD screen in sunlight but after I learned how to adjust that in the menu it is better. Still, at some point I might get the electronic viewfinder. I ordered this camera just before I learned of the existence of its successor, the Nex 3N. I considered returning the F3 and getting the 3N. The advantage of the 3N is that it comes with a collapsible 16-50 lens which makes it smaller to carry around. However its monitor is not as good, which is important to these old eyes, and it does not have the capacity to have an electronic viewfinder attached. In addition, even with the smaller lens it still wouldn't fit into one of my coat pockets. Finally, I prefer the slightly larger body of the F3 for holding. For those reasons I decided to keep the F3 and I'm glad I did.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              • No

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              5.0

              Very Good Camera

              By Northern Californian

              from El Cerrito, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                So far I am very pleased with this camera. It takes excellent photos. My significant other wants me to give it to her when I'm done with it. I bought it as a second, carry around camera to my Nikon d5100 and while I still prefer to use the Nikon when I am out on a trip to take photos, I love having this along when I go for a walk around the block or downtown. Its photos are just about as good. If I could I would give it 4 ½ stars. I would ding it a half a star for its monitor. My old eyes have trouble seeing it in direct sunlight, compared to the monitors on two older Canon point and shoots I have. Shortly after I got it I became aware that Sony had just come out with its successor, the 3N. Its advantage is that it comes with a 16-50 collapsible lens that make it a bit smaller. I debated whether to return the F3 and get the 3N. However the monitor issue dissuaded me. The monitor on the F3 is better, and I already have trouble with that as it is. And I can attach an electronic viewfinder to the F3 when I can afford to get it and I cannot do that with the 3N. Besides, even with the collapsible lens, the 3N wasn't small enough to conveniently fit into my pocket anyway. So I am happily keeping the F3. Since I cannot give it 4 ½ stars I'll round up to 5.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great travel camera

                By Audioguy

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Built-In Flash
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great image stabilization
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                I bought this for use as a travel camera for those times when I can't bring my DSLR along. It is larger than a pocket camera, but the improvement in image quality is significant. During travel, I remove the lens and store it in a separate bag to reduce the amount of space it takes up in my carry-on bag.

                The large sensor contributes to excellent sensitivity. I was able to take phenomenal hand-held shots at night that would have been blurred or noisy with my point-and-shoot. Likewise, I was rewarded with sharp indoor photos taken with available light.

                This camera has some unique features that I really like. First, it has a total of 4 fluorescent light compensation settings, including warm white, cool white, day white, and daylight. It also has a direct Kelvin setting, which is usually only found on high end cameras. Another very useful feature is the auto zoom function. After you autofocus, if you touch the focus ring on the lens, the display automatically zooms to enable precise manual focusing. Even so, I was pretty impressed with the performance of the AF system once I set it to use the center of the frame.

                The 18-55mm kit lens has a solid feel and operates smoothly. With the 1.6 crop factor, the effective range is 28.8 to 88, which is perfect for most situations. The camera has a nice grip that makes it easy to hold steady.

                The menu is well organized and it is very complete, but it takes a little getting used to. It's well worth spending the time to dig into all of the various settings to customize the camera to your preferences.

                I liked having the built-in flash because I sometimes need it for indoor photos. You do have to be careful with it as the mechanism looks a bit frail. The tradeoff is that you don't have an EVF unless you are willing to pay extra for it. This might be a necessity if you do a lot of work outdoors in bright sun.

                Finally, all cameras have "personalities" and I have to say that I really like the quality of Sony images. They are very engaging.

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                5.0

                Great pictures and incredible resolution

                By Mauricio Maestro

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Personal Photos For Profe
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I'm a musician and I often need to take pictures and make videos during presentations at some venues that are not well iluminated, and where I'm not able to use flash. That Sony camera takes very clear pictures on that occasions and I can use the photos for professional purposes, at incredible resolution.
                  I have the camera from Christmas and I became addicted. My wife is also a singer, performer, and is having great time taking night pictures everywhere with wonderful results. The only problem: Now I have to buy another to give her.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, NEX-F3

                  By Luisa

                  from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact
                  • Tilting LCD

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Self Photos Tilting Lcd
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  The Sony nex-f3 is my first semi-professional, and I can declare I'm totally satisfied. Even without parameters, I think it's easy to use and the proprieties meets my needs. The tilting LCD is awesome. I reccomend for people who take photos casually and prefer something pratical and compact.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Pretty nice

                  By phunkster

                  from NY, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver):

                    I've been playing w. the camera for 2 wks,and the pics look like SLR quality. I love that it can sharpen my target and blur the background like a pro camera. The panoramic feature is great for streetscapes. The battery life lasts a long time. The menu buttons are easy to understand. It also takes good night sharp photos without the lenses staying open too long like an SLR camera does. I got this because I wanted SLR without the bulk and the complex functions.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Excellent easy use Camera

                    By Barbara

                    from Georgia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                    I bought this camera for a trip to Alaska. Just a few hitches at the beginning which is excellent for me. The pictures are awesome and the camera is light and easy to pull out and use. Only negatives... poor lens cap which does not attach and very easy to lose, which I did easily the first week. I was very surprised at the excellent quality of the pictures, I expected good to very good but the pictures were superb! Needs a friendlier camera case.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8

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                    3.0

                    Good camera; could be better

                    By Jake

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls
                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                    The Sony NEX-F3 takes photos that are as good as any of the current crop of mirrorless mini-SLR cameras, but I have three gripes: (1) My biggest complaint is the lack of wireless capability-- in 2012, wireless is common on cheap point and shoots, and should be a given for a camera that costs [$]. (2) The LED swivel screen could also be improved - it swivels up so that you can take a self portrait, but it doesn't swivel to the side or down, a feature that other cameras in this class have. (3) there's no optical viewfinder, which makes it difficult to take photos in very bright sun because the screen is very tough to see.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Sony's Alpha NEX-F3

                    By K

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Light-weight
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                    If your a beginner to SLR & you have used Sony products before, this camera is for you. This is my first SLR and I love it. I have used Canon's SLRs before but I prefer Sony cameras because I'm familiar with the technology. The camera features explanation on the features included which helps for someone who has not used an SLR or even a regular point & shoot. There is no viewfinder included but you can purchase it separately and mount it to the camera. The controls are in the camera and there is no function to change the features from the outside. Over all, a really good buy that I would recommend to anyone interested in getting their first SLR.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    So great! So easy!

                    By sculptress

                    from Millersville, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                    Love this camera, I use it to take pictures of my sculptures and other artwork. Really user friendly and much more compact than a chunky D-SLR.

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                    4.0

                    Beautiful pictures

                    By Thalita

                    from Rio de Janeiro

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                      Easy to use, and it takes amazing pictures

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      Sony -  8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
                      • You Pay: $8.39
                       

                      Get a wide-angle, zoom, or other effect for various photography applications.

                      Sony -  E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens (Silver)
                      • You Pay: $348.00
                       

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                      Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                      LensCoat -  BodyBag 4/3 (Black)
                      • You Pay: $19.99
                       

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                      Tiffen -  49mm UV Protector Filter
                      • You Pay: $3.99
                       
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                      • You Pay: $19.48
                       

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                      Birns & Sawyer -  Hot Shoe Adapter for Sony NEX Digital Cameras
                      • You Pay: $44.95
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