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SonyAlpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (White)
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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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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  • No

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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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        • No

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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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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
          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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 $ .

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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
            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

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                • 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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