Summary: Though it doesn't wow us for any particular aspect, the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a nice overall package for photographers looking for something with better photo quality and more flexible than a point-and-shoot.
Cons: The LCD can be difficult to view in bright light, and the SD card slot is in a bad spot for tripod users.
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.
Excerpt: When I first picked up Sony’s new NEX-F3 , I could only wonder whether its sensors would be dynamic enough to capture the giant chip on my shoulder. The camera is aimed squarely at what I think of as the purgatory market; “compact” with interchangeable lenses and mirrorless shutter. That’s all code for not big enough to perform like an SLR, but too big to conveniently tuck into a pocket. In other words, what’s the point?
Pros: Lightweight. Excellent manual capabilities and good lenses that lead to sharp pictures. Surprisingly good for a $500 camera.
Cons: Flimsy-feeling plastic body does not inspire confidence. Anemic hand grip. Touchy joystick interface can get in the way of the camera’s best performance. No external battery charger, so you have to plug the camera into the wall.
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...