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
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...
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.
Conclusion: With cameras like this around, you can understand why we had reservations about the Panasonic Lumix G DMC-GX1 . We feel this is very nice move up from an enthusiast point-and-shoot. The small size, quality of the stills and videos and the nicely-loaded feature set make this camera a good option for anyone shopping for a CSC or entry-level DSLR this season.
The NEX-F3 makes a good compromise between DSLR and compact cameras
Good Gear Guide.au
8 August 2012
Summary: Sony’s cheapest, simple NEX mirrorless camera is easy to use, as long as you don’t want to exert too much control. One picture quality quirk doesn’t detract significantly from the F3’s appeal.
Pros: Good image quality, Quick operation, simple controls, Good ergonomics and add-on features
Cons: Pictures are slightly underexposed, No compact kit offered