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: The Sony NEX-F3 significantly improves on its predecessor with a more versatile 180 degree tilting screen, fully integrated pop-up flash and 1080 50i/25p HD video recording. The resulting camera provides a compelling upgrade path for frustrated compact owners, even if its usability and price still...