The performance of a DSLR in about half the size and weight. With a new 180 degree tilt screen, the NEX-F3 makes taking self-portraits easy and intuitive. Enjoy gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 5.5 fps, incredible panorama shots, and Live View on a 3.0-inch LCD.
16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized a DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between ?snapshots? and ?photographs,? delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
BIONZ image processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony?s BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.1 megapixel images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6 image layering.
ISO 200 - 16000 sensitivity
The Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processing engine combine to ensure clear imaging with reduced noise. In addition to an ISO AUTO range of ISO 200 - 3200, user-selectable sensitivity of up to ISO 16000 is offered, making it possible to capture low-light photos with reduced blur using fast shutter speeds.
Full HD 1080/60i/24p movies
Record super smooth 1080 Full HD Video in either 60i or 24p frames per second. Records in your choice of 1080/60i or 24p AVCHD format or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format.1
Perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot, the built-in Guide Number 6* flash combines with high ISO sensitivity to enable shooting in just about any setting.
180 degree tiltable 3.0" LCD
Self-portraits made easy 180 degree tiltable 3.0? Xtra Fine LCD screen and 3-second count down timer
Up to 5.5 frames per second
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 5.5 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.5 fps.
Convenient USB charging
Easily recharge the NEX-F3 via USB charging
Live View LCD
The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
On-screen Help Guide
Provides a ready-reference that explains the camera?s modes and settings. It walks through the camera?s operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication.
Control Wheel + Customizable Soft Keys
Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-F3 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It?s elegant, uncluttered and intuitive.
Accepts a DSLR A-mount lenses
Using the LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A-mount system lenses, which includes 34 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.
Accepts image stabilized lenses
Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light.
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required. All are sold separately.)
Intelligent Accessory port
Intelligent accessory port allows use of external flash, microphone and OLED EVF (all sold separately).
RAW image capture
The NEX-F3 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
25-point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.
Optimizes exposure based on 1200 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.
Peaking for Precise Focus
The Peaking function makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors ( white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where accurate focus can make or break your shot.
P/A/S/M operating modes
The NEX-F3 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control for still image capture as well as movie mode too.
iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving Auto Mode so you always get the best shot.
1) Self-portrait shooting - there are two separate bullets for tilting LCD (might want to combine), and although they mention the tilt is useful for self-portraits, there's no mention of the integral 3 sec countdown timer nor the reverse preview.
Enhanced Tracking Focus
Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
Photo Creativity interface
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without complex jargon. Changes can be combined/ removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from seven different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button including; Picture Effect, Background Defocus Control, Soft Skin Effect, Color, Brightness, Vividness, and Self-timer / Continuous Advance.
Picture Effect mode
There are 11 types (15 variations) of picture effects to choose from: HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Green/Blue/Yellow/ Red), Pop Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Posterization (B/W, Color), and Rich Monotone . Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony?s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you?re using providing greater shooting flexibility.
Compatible with Sony?s E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for a compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television1. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Anti-Motion Blur mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
Hand-held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures?beyond the capability of traditional cameras?without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise.
Auto HDR built into camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
?Background Defocus? control
Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you?ve had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus.
Face Detection technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
Smile Shutter technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Twilight modes.
Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
HDMI output for HD viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television?s remote8.
Up to 470 Shots of battery life
Take up to 470 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Powerful supplied software
To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and PlayMemories Home software
The kit includes a NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery, AC-UB10 AC charger, Mini-B USB cable, software CD and shoulder strap.
Lens Compatibility: Sony E-mount lens, (Sony A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 lens adaptor)
Lens Mount: Sony E-mount
Camera Type: Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Imaging Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS
Processor: BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 16.2 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo, media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9: L (14M): 4912 X 2760 M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000 S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376
Still Image Size 3:2: L (16M): 4912 X 3264 M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368 S (4M): 2448 X 1624
Panorama Still Image Size: Sweep Panorama: horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format: AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode: AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (60i/24Mbps/ FX, 60i/17Mbps/ FH, 24p/24Mbps/ FX, 24p/17Mbps/ FH) MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 12Mbps (Average bit-rate) MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 3Mbps (Average bit-rate)
Video Resolution: MP4 HD: 1280 x 720/ 30p MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p
Audio Format: MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount
Aperture (Max.): f/3.5-5.6
Aperture (Min.): f/22-34
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27mm-82.5mm (35mm equivalent)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Lens Construction: Metal
Lens Groups-Elements: 9 groups, 11 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8" (0.25m)
Angle of View: 76o - 29o
Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aspheric Elements: 4 aspheric surfaces
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length): 62 x 60mm
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Exterior Finish: Metal
Focus Ring in AF Mode: No rotation
Internal Motor: Yes (Stepping motor)
Lens Weight: 2.5oz (70g)
Low Noise During Movie Capture: Excellent
Maximum Magnification: 0.25x (APS-C)
Mount Material: Metal
Non-rotating Focusing Ring: No rotation
Magnification: 0.073x (APS-C)(when attached)
LCD Type: 3.0? TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 180 degrees, Down: Approx. 13 degrees
Brightness Control: Auto (-2 to +2 step sunny weather)
Live View: Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display: Yes (On/off)
Histogram: Yes (On/off)
Peaking: Yes (MF only, Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off), (Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
Customization: Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Focus System: Contrast-detection AF
Focus Points: 25 points
AF Modes: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area: Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Sensitivity: 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus
Focus Features: Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock, Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type
Picture Effect(s): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Auto Exposure Lock: Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
Color Temperature: 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W, Saturation, Sharpness
D-Range Optimizer: Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Bracketing: 3 continuous exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps
Exposure Compensation: ?3.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings: iAUTO, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), Sweep Panorama (3D), Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene Selection
ISO: ISO200 to 16000, AUTO (ISO200 to 3200)
Metering: 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction: Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (Normal/Low)
Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
White Balance Mode: Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Burst Buffer: JPEG (Fine: 18 shots, Standard: 30 shots), RAW (7 shots), RAW+JPEG (6 shots)
Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing
Flash Sync Speed: 1/160 seconds
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Bracketing: 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3EV steps selectable
Flash Compensation: +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type: Built-in flash
Guide Number: 6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec
Face Detection: Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
Smile Shutter technology: Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Advanced User Interface: Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Photo Creativity: Yes (via iAuto Mode)
Shooting Tips: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Horizontal, Vertical, and 3D Panorama
BRAVIA Sync: Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect: Yes, via USB
HD Output: HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot: Dual slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo, media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx. 4-5/8 ? 2-5/8 ? 1-11/16" (117.3 x 66.6 x 41.3mm) (W/H/D)
Weight (Approx.): Approx. 9.0 oz (255g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 11.1 oz (314g) (w/battery & media)
Battery Type: InfoLitium NP-FW50,7.2V
Number of Still Images: Approx. 470 images (CIPA standard)
Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home; Image Data Converter SR v4.0
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6)
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Everything I Need
By John E.
from Fountain Hills, AZ
This camera is everything I need for my real estate business. Came with a wide angle lens for tight interior shots. The auto adjustments the camera makes is nearly fool-proof. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking to move up from point and shoot, but intimidated by the higher end cameras.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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