Sony NEX-F3 Review

4.5
July 10, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony A-mount NO
Sony E-mount YES

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony A-mount lenses YES (Requires A-mount adaptor)
All types of Sony E-mount lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES (Requires α-Mount adaptor)

Image Sensory

Image sensor type CMOS sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.5 x 15.6mm (APS-C size)

Camera

Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 16.5
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 16.1
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta , Green compensation
White balance bracketing NO
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO200 - 16000 equivalent

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: Sensor-shift mechanism NO
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) NO
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) NO
SteadyShot INSIDE capability NO
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility NO

Anti-Dust

Charge protection coating YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system NO
Contrast AF system YES
Sensor 25 points
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) Eye-Start AF (with FDA-EV1S, LA-EA2)
AF Area: Wide focus area NO
AF Area: Spot NO
AF Area: Local focus area selection NO
AF Area: Multi Point YES (25 points)
AF Area: Center Weighted YES
AF Area: Flexible Spot YES
AF Modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF
Predictive Focus Control YES
Focus Lock YES
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 0.3m - Approx. 4.0m (E 16mm F2.8),Approx. 0.5m - Approx. 3.0m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)

Auto Exposure System

Light metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Light metering cell Exmor™ CMOS Sensor
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: iAUTO YES
Exposure: AUTO+ NO
Superior Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
Sweep Panorama YES (2D, 3D)
Anti Motion Blur YES
AE Lock YES
Exposure compensation YES, +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps)
AE Bracketing With 1/3 EV / 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames

Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed; second 1/160

Flash

Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 6
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/-2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 3
Flash Mode Flash Off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync
Wireless flash mode NO
Red-Eye Reduction NO
Flash Popup YES

Viewfinder

Type NO
Focusing Screen NO
Field of View (%) NO
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) NO
Eye Relief NO
Diopter Adjustment NO

Live View

Live View YES

LCD screen

Screen Size 7.5cm(3.0type)
Monitor Type Xtra Fine LCD
LCD Total Dot Number 921600
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES
Rotating screen NO

Recording

Drive Mode Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable)
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Approx.5.5 fps
Number of Continuous Advance Fine: 18 frames, Standard: 30 frames, RAW: 7 frames, RAW&JPG: 6 frames
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 4912 X 3264 (16M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3568 X 2368 (8.4M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2448 X 1624 (4M)
Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(focal length 16mm/18mm) Wide: horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
3D Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(Focal length:16mm/18mm) Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Movie Recording Format AVCHD / MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Movie recording mode - AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, 24Mbps, FX) (25fps Image sensor output), 1920 x 1080(50i, 17Mbps, FH) (25fps Image sensor output), 1920 x 1080(25p, 24Mbps, FX), 1920 x 1080(25p, 17Mbps, FH)
Movie recording mode - MP4 YES, 1280 x 720 (29.97fps,Approx.9Mbps/Approx.6Mbps),640 x 480 (29.97fps,Approx.3Mbps)1440 x 1080(Approx.25fps, 12Mbps(Average bit-rate), VGA(640 x 480, 25fps) /Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate)
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) YES
Noise Reduction (Multi Frame NR) NO
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Saturation, Sharpness
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto, Advanced: Level

Playback/Edit

White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L: 13x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x, Panorama (Standard): 19x, Panorama (Wide): 29x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES

General

InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif YES
Exif Print YES
PictBridge NO
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal NO
IR Remote Control NO
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On,Off selectable
File Number Memory On,Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40

Jacks

Video Out NO
HD/HDMI™ Out YES
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass-storage, MTP

Power/Others

Battery System NP-FW50
Supplied Battery NP-FW50
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 470 shots
Weight (g) (Body only) Approx. 225

Dimensions

Width (mm) 117.3
Height (mm) 66.6
Depth (mm) 41.3

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