- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 200 - 16000
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony E Mount
- 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
- Launched August 2012
- Older Model is Sony NEX-C3
- Refreshed by Sony NEX-3N
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony NEX-F3 summary
Sony NEX-F3 is Sony's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally introduced on August of 2012. The camera comes with a 16MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 4912 x 3264.
Sony released this camera in order to replace the older Sony NEX-C3 (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the fresher Sony NEX-3N (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.
The NEX-F3 ranks at #68 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #336 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony NEX-F3 family
The Sony NEX-F3 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list below.
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NEX-F3 vs NEX-616MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
NEX-F3 vs NEX-3N16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2013
NEX-F3 vs NEX-5R16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2012
NEX-F3 vs NEX-724MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
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NEX-F3 vs NEX-C316MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
NEX-F3 vs NEX-314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
NEX-F3 vs NEX-514MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony NEX-F3 Gallery
You can look at the NEX-F3 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony NEX-F3 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Sony NEX-F3 based on criterias that are normally regarded as important in a camera.
Sony NEX-F3 Sensor specs
The Sony NEX-F3 is run by the Bionz processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony NEX-F3 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4912 x 3264 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 200 - 16000. RAW files are supported therefore you have more margin for error.
The image below displays the NEX-F3's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The NEX-F3 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony NEX-F3 dimensions
Sony NEX-F3 weighs around 0.69 pounds (314 gr or 11.08 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 gr so the Sony NEX-F3 is similar as compared with various rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The following is a photo of the Sony NEX-F3 next to a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view here will highlight the button layout on the NEX-F3.
Sony NEX-F3 Lens details
The NEX-F3 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses to select from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the NEX-F3.
Sony NEX-F3 Connectivity
The NEX-F3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send photos and at times alter settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony NEX-F3 Video details
The highest possible video quality in the Sony NEX-F3 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for quality vs file size but 1080p will not leave you with any room to crop. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone jack which means that you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to get another camera if you need decent sound for your video clips.
Sony NEX-F3 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Sony NEX-F3 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Sony NEX-F3 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony NEX-F3 comes with a 3" tilting screen having a resolution of 920k dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder details for Sony NEX-F3 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders are quite useful for bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Sony NEX-F3 Shutter details
Sony NEX-F3 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony NEX-F3 Flash and Hot shoe details
Sony NEX-F3 features both integrated flash along with external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160s.
Sony NEX-F3 Autofocusing details
Sony NEX-F3 features only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor comes with 25 focus points to choose from. Sony NEX-F3 has got manual focusing if required for low light or you want to have more accurate focusing control.
Sony NEX-F3 Battery life
The battery life (NPFW50) on the Sony NEX-F3 is designed to last for 470 shutters based on the CIPA requirements making it above average when compared to its category. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini features the best (650) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Here is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:
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Sony NEX-F3 for various forms of photography
The following illustration provides a summary of the Sony NEX-F3 for various forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Sony NEX-F3 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony NEX-F3 has a points total of 74 which is very good, and means the camera is a good option for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support and potential to utilize external lighting.
Sony NEX-F3 Street photography information
With a outstanding rating of 76, the Sony NEX-F3 is a brilliant option for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography features
A modest sports photography points tally of 54 indicates the Sony NEX-F3 is fairly suited for photographing sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony NEX-F3 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is super crucial when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony NEX-F3 gets a nice 70 as a travel camera which is a good fit to purchase for your holidays.
Sony NEX-F3 Landscape photography information
When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony NEX-F3 and it's nice grade of 70 for a landscape camera is a fine fit in the current market.
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony NEX-F3 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful score of 28.
Sony NEX-F3 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the NEX-F3, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The diagram down below will give you a summary of the NEX-F3 versus it's top ranking competitors suggested above.
Following are several cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.