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.
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
|Sony NEX-F3||4.6 in||2.6 in||1.7 in||11.1 oz||470||no||2012||599||discont.||check|
|Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.3 in||2.6 in||1.3 in||10.5 oz||230||no||2012||599||discont.||check|
|Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.7 in||2.6 in||1.8 in||12.1 oz||360||no||2014||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.3 in||2.4 in||1.4 in||9.5 oz||480||no||2013||499||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.4 in||2.3 in||1.5 in||97.9 oz||330||no||2013||699||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.4 in||2.3 in||1.5 in||9.7 oz||330||no||2012||749||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.7 in||2.6 in||1.7 in||12.2 oz||360||no||2012||999||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.4 in||2.3 in||1.5 in||9.5 oz||460||no||2011||699||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.3 in||2.4 in||1.3 in||7.9 oz||400||no||2011||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.6 in||2.4 in||1.3 in||10.5 oz||330||no||2010||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt)||4.4 in||2.3 in||1.5 in||10.1 oz||330||no||2010||699||discont.||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.
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|Sony NEX-F3||-||74/100 Silver||4.5/5||4.5/5||4.5/5||2012||599||discont.||check|
|Canon M (⇒ lft | rgt)||Rec||-||4/5||3.5/5||4/5||2012||599||discont.||check|
|Sony A6000 (⇒ lft | rgt)||Rec||80/100 Gold||4.5/5||5/5||5/5||2014||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-3N (⇒ lft | rgt)||-||-||4.5/5||4/5||4.5/5||2013||499||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5T (⇒ lft | rgt)||-||-||4.5/5||-||4.5/5||2013||699||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5R (⇒ lft | rgt)||-||-||4.5/5||-||4.5/5||2012||749||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-6 (⇒ lft | rgt)||HiRec||78/100 Silver||4.5/5||5/5||4.5/5||2012||999||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5N (⇒ lft | rgt)||HiRec||79/100 Gold||4.5/5||5/5||4.5/5||2011||699||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-C3 (⇒ lft | rgt)||HiRec||74/100 Silver||4.5/5||4.5/5||4/5||2011||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-3 (⇒ lft | rgt)||-||70/100 Silver||4.5/5||5/5||4/5||2010||599||discont.||check|
|Sony NEX-5 (⇒ lft | rgt)||HiRec||71/100 Silver||4.5/5||4/5||4/5||2010||699||discont.||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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