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.
Excerpt: The Sony NEX-F3 is a pocket-sized, entry-level compact system camera, announced in May 2012. It is being tested here with the standard Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 27-82.5mm. It is available in black or silver for £449.00 with the above lens.
Pros: Superior Auto mode works really well, 5.5 fps continuous shooting, Tiltable screen, Substantial rubber grip, Very good battery life, Image quality is excellent with great colour reproduction, Good noise performance throughout ISO range
Cons: Occasionally focused on wrong place in low light, Lenses are quite large, Non standard flash mount, Menu system is unusual and takes some getting used to
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You're looking for a compact, large-sensor interchangeable-lens camera with PASM shooting modes plus support for raw file capture and Full HD video recording. - You prefer shooting with automated exposure control settings. - You would enjoy the multi-shot modes this camera provides. Don't buy this camera if: - You require high burst capacity at high resolution. - You require quick access to key camera settings. - You want an optical viewfinder.