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Sony NEX-F3 Comparison Review

The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was officially introduced in May 2012 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 16 megapixel.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Sony NEX-F3 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Sony NEX-F3 vs credit card front
NEX-F3 versus credit card top view
NEX-F3 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony NEX-F3 alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
Camera Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Camera
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Sony NEX-F3 4.6 in 2.6 in 1.7 in 11.1 oz 470 no 2012 599discont. check
Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 10.5 oz 230 no 2012 599discont. check
Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.7 in 2.6 in 1.8 in 12.1 oz 360 no 2014 599discont. check
Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.3 in 2.4 in 1.4 in 9.5 oz 480 no 2013 499discont. check
Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 97.9 oz 330 no 2013 699discont. check
Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 9.7 oz 330 no 2012 749discont. check
Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.7 in 2.6 in 1.7 in 12.2 oz 360 no 2012 999discont. check
Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 9.5 oz 460 no 2011 699discont. check
Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.3 in 2.4 in 1.3 in 7.9 oz 400 no 2011 599discont. check
Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.6 in 2.4 in 1.3 in 10.5 oz 330 no 2010 599discont. check
Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 10.1 oz 330 no 2010 699discont. check

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sony NEX-F3 was launched in the US market at a price of $599. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Sony NEX-F3 features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony NEX-F3 among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Sony NEX-F3 sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
Camera Sensor
Class
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Sony NEX-F3 APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60i 22.7 12.3 1114 73
Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 17.9 5184 3456 1080/30p 22.1 11.2 827 65
Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 1080/60p 24.1 13.1 1347 82
Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60i 22.8 12.5 1067 74
Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60p 23.6 13.0 1015 78
Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60i 23.7 13.1 910 78
Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60i 23.7 13.1 1018 78
Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 1080/60i 23.6 12.7 1079 77
Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.0 4912 3264 720/30p 22.7 12.2 1083 73
Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 14.0 4592 3056 720/30p 22.1 12.0 830 68
Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 14.0 4592 3056 1080/60i 22.2 12.2 796 69

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Sony NEX-F3 along with similar information for a selection of comparators. If needed, the dpreview camera hub, for example, contains further detail on the cameras' specs.

Core Features
Camera Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(Y/n)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(Y/n)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Build-in
Flash
(GN)
Build-in
Image
Stab
Sony NEX-F3 no no 3.0 920 tilting no 4000 5.5 6 no
Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 1040 fixed YES 4000 4.3 no no
Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1440 no 3.0 922 tilting no 4000 11.0 6 no
Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 460 tilting no 4000 4.0 4 no
Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 922 tilting YES 4000 10.0 no no
Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 920 tilting YES 4000 10.0 no no
Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt) 2359 no 3.0 921 tilting no 4000 10.0 6 no
Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 920 tilting YES 4000 10.0 no no
Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 920 tilting no 4000 5.5 no no
Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 920 tilting no 4000 7.0 no no
Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 920 tilting no 4000 7.0 no no

Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the NEX-F3 handle or perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). You can find the full text of the reviews by clicking on the site logo in the table header.

Review scores
Camera cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Sony NEX-F3 - 74/100 Silver 4.5/5 4.5/5 4.5/5 2012 599discont. check
Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec - 4/5 3.5/5 4/5 2012 599discont. check
Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec 80/100 Gold 4.5/5 5/5 5/5 2014 599discont. check
Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt) - - 4.5/5 4/5 4.5/5 2013 499discont. check
Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt) - - 4.5/5 - 4.5/5 2013 699discont. check
Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt) - - 4.5/5 - 4.5/5 2012 749discont. check
Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec 78/100 Silver 4.5/5 5/5 4.5/5 2012 999discont. check
Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec 79/100 Gold 4.5/5 5/5 4.5/5 2011 699discont. check
Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec 74/100 Silver 4.5/5 4.5/5 4/5 2011 599discont. check
Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt) - 70/100 Silver 4.5/5 5/5 4/5 2010 599discont. check
Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec 71/100 Silver 4.5/5 4/5 4/5 2010 699discont. check

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Sony NEX-F3 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the NEX-F3.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the NEX-F3?

The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Sony equipped the NEX-F3 with the BIONZ image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the NEX-F3?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the NEX-F3 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

Does the Sony NEX-F3 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp build-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The NEX-F3's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.

Which battery does the NEX-F3 use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-FW50, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

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