Sony NEX-F3 review

An entry-level CSC with a tilting screen and built-in flash

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software to give noise and dynamic range measurements at every sensitivity (ISO) setting.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) generally indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Sony NEX F3 review

Our lab tests indicate that the Sony NEX-F3 produces JPEG images that have a high signal to noise ratio in comparison with images from the Nikon J1 and Olympus PEN E-PL3. They are closest to the JPEGs from the Panasonic G3, but even this camera has a lower signal to noise ratio overall.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Sony NEX F3 review

The difference in the signal to noise ratio of the Sony NEX-F3's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) and the other cameras' is much wider than the JPEG files. Although the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has the closest score, they're still pretty different. The Nikon J1 and Panasonic G3 have lower signal-to-noise ratios.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony NEX F3 review

This chart indicates that the dynamic range of the Sony NEX-F3's JPEGs compares well with that of theOlympus PEN E-PL3, Nikon J1 and Panasonic G3. At lower sensitivities, it produces similar results to theOlympus PEN E-PL3, but overtakes it at mid-to-high ISOs.

Raw dynamic range

Sony NEX F3 review

Again, this chart indicates that there is a bigger gap between results for the Sony NEX-F3's raw files than there was for the JPEGs. It compares well against the Olympus PEN E-PL3, Nikon J1 and Panasonic G3, which are clustered closer together. This test shows that the Sony NEX-F3 is capable of capturing a good amount of shadow and highlight detail, with the best results from the lower sensitivities.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Product Familyalpha A
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)255 g
Image Sensor Size23.40 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66.6 mm
Width117.3 mm
Depth41.3 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-F3K
Product Namealpha NEX-F3K Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEXF3KB
Manufacturer Website Address
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Little big shot.

Get DSLR quality that fits in your pocket. The interchangeable-lens NEX-F3 goes anywhere to capture stunning high-res stills and Full HD video courtesy of a large 16.1MP APS-C HD sensor nestled inside its ingeniously compact form factor. The 180° tiltable LCD screen makes self-portraits foolproof and fun. A powerful pop-up flash delivers a dose of illumination to brighten dark scenes. Just getting started in photography? Shoot like a pro with Superior Auto mode which picks the optimal camera setting for you-simply click away and collect the compliments.