The Sony Nex-F3 is your new Best Friend
The flip-tilt Screen lets you Self-Portrait Anywhere
This new Sony compact system is a fine addition to their CSC range and their reputation for producing good cameras. Whilst it doesn’t push the technological boundaries in any particular direction, it is competent in them all and boasts a great tilt-flip back screen which is great for arms-length self portraits.
In fact, this Sony is a great entry-level CSC, designed for the fun user who wants a camera to fit into his or her lifestyle. The Auto settings cover most requirements with panache and it also has a range of creative settings to create the kind of effects popular with the Instagram generation.
These include posterization, partial colour, retro, high-key, mono and toy camera. The Auto Portrait Framing cleverly detects faces and trims the borders to give the portrait a more professional impact. The 3D sweep panorama mode captures extra wide shots, which can be seen on 3D compatible TVs. However the self portrait function is the stand out feature, with the screen flipping up so that you can see the shot before it is taken and then delaying for 3 seconds for you to get the perfect picture.
Shooting 16 Mega-pixel files, it captures some excellent detail, particularly at the lower ISOs. Noise reduction is effective at those low ISOs too (ISO 200- 1600). It can respond quickly with a burst speed of 5 Frames per Second and the Auto focus is quick enough for most purposes – and cold compete with some of the best digital SLRs. The slim build is ideal very pocketable and the Clear Image Zoom effectively doubles the magnification of your lens at the touch of a button, which means that you can take close ups with smaller lenses. It has an integrated tiltable pop up flash.
The video is really very good. Able to shoot full HD, record in stereo and using either manual or auto focus, it is a perfect camera for the holiday films you might want to upload to YouTube.
OUR EXPERT SAYS
The Sony Nex-F3 is an excellent entry-level compact system camera with some great features, intuitive auto modes and technology. The flip screen is a real bonus and the Clear Image Zoom is potentially ground-breaking. This is a take-it-anywhere camera for the Social Media generation and a great starting point in the world of interchangeable lens photography.
Sony NEX-F3 Features
16.1 megapixels: This is a really remarkable quality sensor for this class of camera.
Full HD AVCHD video: Easy to use, great quality.
7.5cm tilt LCD: Larger than most and excellent for self portraits.
5.5fps: Good enough.
Built-in flash: Good for fill-in and tiltable.
Auto Portrait Framing: Really handy and lets you concentrate on taking the picture.
Clear Image Zoom: Doubles magnification inside the camera – this is perfect for the holiday photographer.
Superior Auto mode: Leave it all to the camera and still get great results.
Long 470 shot battery life and easy USB charging