Summary: I've recommended Sony's NEX cameras to a lot of people over the last year or so. The NEX-7 is too expensive for most people, but the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N are relatively inexpensive cameras that offer big APS-C sensors, interchangeable lenses, and a lot of nifty features and functionality. To anyone looking for something better than an iPhone or a point-and-shoot but without the size or expenditure associated with a DSLR, the NEX cameras have been a perfect fit.
Pros: Well--built, Solid image quality, Really simple to use and learn, 1080p video recording
Cons: Lens ecosystem is still small, A bit larger than previous versions, Slow autofocus, Dynamic range hurts image quality
Excerpt: The Alpha NEX series of cameras straddle two worlds. They have the sensors of DSLR cameras but compact bodies reminiscent of point-and-shoots. The large lenses signal their serious semi-pro nature, though small pancake lenses are available, too. The NEX-F3 proves why compact mirrorless cameras are a great idea.
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a worthy successor to the Editors' Choice NEX-C3. The latest iteration impresses with superb image quality, even at very high ISO settings, and you get a deeper handgrip, built-in flash, and support for an optional EVF.
Pros: Built-in flash. Optional EVF available. Great high ISO performance. Customizable controls. 180° tilting LCD. 1080p video support.
Cons: Front-facing LCD limits downward tilt. APS-C lenses are larger than some other mirrorless systems. Limited lens library. No dedicated battery charger.
Summary: We had a great time with the Sony NEX â€“F3. From its solid construction down to its usability, it’s really a great entry level NEX camera. In our opinion, this will be a good intro camera for photography beginners who are transitioning from their point-and-shoot camera. As with other MILC, users would basically get the best of both worlds by having the ease of use of a POS and the controls of a DSLR.
Excerpt: The Alpha NEX-F3 ($599) is Sony's entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It's the replacement to the NEX-C3, with the most significant change being a new 3-inch LCD that can flip upward 180 degrees and face your subject. In addition, the F3 now sports a built-in flash, so you'll no longer need to carry around an external one. It also has a higher ISO top end, an improved movie mode, and a new Superior Auto mode.
Summary: In the end, the largest added-value of this camera is its ease of use, image quality, the “Superior” auto-mode (Sony’s own feature name) and the ability to charge and sync with Micro-USB. If you have checked the photos and videos that I have posted on Flickr , you can see that the image quality is very good. I have not had any particular issue with the LCD in terms of not being able to see, but again, this may vary depending on your own environment.
Summary: The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. While its menu-driven interface isn't for everyone, its impressive photo quality and host of useful features offer a lot of bang for the buck.
Pros: Very good photo quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light, ISO 12800 (!) in good light, Good value for the money, Sharp 3-inch LCD display can flip upward 180 degrees, allowing for easy self-portraits, Snappy performance in most respects, Full manual controls, including RAW support; focus peaking feature comes in very handy when manually focusing, Intelligent and Superior Auto modes make point-and-shoot photography a snap, D-Range Optimizer and HDR features imp...
Cons: Consistently seems to underexpose by 1/3 or 2/3 stop, Menu-driven user interface still frustrating to use, even with addition of custom button, Design annoyances: camera's size advantage lost when a lens is attached; LCD's 16:9 aspect ratio not suited for still shooting; LCD doesn't tilt downward very much, Buffer fills quickly in burst mode, Bare bones playback mode; can't view stills and movies at the same time, Internal battery charging is slow, can't be used for a...
Sony NEX-F3 with 16MP CMOS sensor and 180-degree tilting LCD
20 May 2012
Conclusion: Sony took a huge leap with Alpha NEX-F3 coming from NEX-C3. Plenty of hardware was upgraded, features were added, and minor changes were made on its design for a better point-and-shoot experience. With just a $599 price tag, it’s a great mirrorless ILC option for the midrange market. Even if Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 were to sell for a cheaper price, it’s still a better deal.
Conclusion: Sony has packed the NEX-F3 with plenty of features to satisfy both novices and advanced photographers alike. Many of the shortcomings of its predecessor have been addressed and image quality improved. It should make a good choice for anyone in the market for a good quality compact system camera.