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DSLR-quality images made easy with new, lightweightcompact NEX-F3 camera from Sony

17 May 2012
  • APS-C size image sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels
  • 180° tiltable LCD for easy self-portraits
  • Built-in flash, helpful in low-light conditions
  • Auto Portrait Framing for easy, top-quality portraits
  • AVCHD (50i/25p) ensures smooth, high quality video
  • Clear Image Zoom doubles effective focal length while maintaining full pixel count
  • Great results made easy with Superior Auto mode
  • Long 470 shot battery life and easy USB charging

Have fun exploring the creative world of high-quality imaging with interchangeable lenses. If you’re looking for DSLR-style results with less to carry, the NEX-F3 compact system camera from Sony makes ‘big-camera’ picture quality refreshingly accessible.

The pocket-sized NEX-F3 features the same space-saving mirrorless design as other cameras in the α E-mount family. Far bigger than the sensors found in point-and-shoot compacts, the 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor captures more light for flawless, low-noise stills and crisply detailed Full HD video (50i/25p). Just like traditional DSLR cameras, it’s easy to create beautiful defocus effects with your subject focused sharply against a smoothly blurred background.

Self-portraits are simple too; just hold the camera at arm’s length and flip the LCD 180° to see yourself clearly. Then press the shutter button, or let Smile Shutter take the picture for you automatically.

Shooting options in dim light or indoors are enhanced with the addition of a useful built-in flash. As introduced on the acclaimed NEX-7, this handy pop-up flash lets you brighten up shots without the need to carry an additional flash accessory.

The NEX-F3 helps inexperienced photographers effortlessly craft top-quality portraits. Auto Portrait Framing identifies your subject’s position, trimming the scene to create beautifully composed, high-resolution portrait photos.

Getting close to your subject used to mean packing a more powerful lens, but now you can enjoy high-quality close-ups with Clear Image Zoom, which doubles effective magnification of your lens. Unique to Sony, By Pixel Super Resolution Technology maintains superb image detail, tones and textures. Ideal for travel and everyday shooting, it’s a great way to boost your maximum focal length without carrying extra hardware.

If you’re new to digital photography the NEX-F3 takes the guesswork out of choosing from the generous range of functions on offer. Superior Auto mode intelligently recognises a wide range of scenes and subjects, adjusting settings with the skill of a seasoned photographer.

The camera’s premium feel is enhanced by a high-quality handgrip for positive, comfortable handling, which, along with its array of features, makes the NEX-F3 a must-have for photographers stepping up from their point-and-shoot compact.

Battery stamina has also been boosted to 470 shots from a single charge – an 18% (approx.) improvement on the NEX-C3. Easy charging via USB simplifies battery top-ups when you’re travelling.

SEL18200LE E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens

An ideal travel partner for the NEX-F3, the new SEL18200LE E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE offers a powerful 11x zoom range and superb resolution in an easy-to-carry lens. Smaller and 12% lighter than the SEL18200, the new E-mount lens features Optical SteadyShot to compensate for the effects of hand-shake. Direct Manual Focus gives precise control over touching-up focus for fine creative control over beautiful images.

The super-soft LCS-EMH carry case gives quick access to the camera and attached lens; while the LCS-EJC3 carry case fully protects the camera and lens.

The new NEX-F3 compact system camera from Sony is available in the UK from June 2012.

Key specifications

Features NEX-F3
Type Digital compact system camera with interchangeable lenses
Lens Compatibility E-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with optional adaptor (continuous AF supported with LA-EA2)
Image Sensor APS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm) Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels
Processor BIONZ™ image processor
ISO Sensitivity Range ISO 200 – 16000 (still images)
HD movie record Full HD AVCHD 1920 x 1080 50i*/25p; MP4 1440 x 1080 25fps*25fps Image sensor output
Electronic Viewfinder (Optional Electronic Viewfinder FDA-EV1S)
LCD 7.5cm (3″) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD) with 921k dot resolution; tilts upwards approx. 180 degrees, downwards approx. 13 degrees
Digital Zoom Clear Image Zoom: approx. 2x (still images)Smart Zoom: approx. 1.4x/2x (still images)Digital Zoom: approx. 4x (still images / movies)
SteadyShot™ INSIDE (Optical image stabilisation available with selected E-mount lenses)
Autofocus System Contrast detection AF system; Object Tracking AF
Picture Effect 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
Continuous Burst Shooting Up to 5.5 frames per second (in Speed Priority mode)
Battery life (still images) Approx. 470 shots (CIPA measurement)
Built-in Flash GN6 (in metres at ISO 100)
Other features Auto Portrait Framing and Self-Portrait; Face Detection and Smile Shutter; Superior AUTO; Sweep Panorama (2D/3D); Auto HDR; DRO; Hand-held Twilight mode; Creative Styles; Photo Creativity interface; USB Charge
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 117.3 mm × 66.6 mm × 41.3 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 255g (body only)Approx. 314g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)
Supplied software PlayMemories Home

Constructed with ‘SoRPlas’ Sony Recycled Plastic

The NEX-F3 is partially constructed using ‘SoRPlas’ (Sony Recycled Plastic), a flame-retardant polycarbonate plastic that is produced by blending discarded plastic from manufacturing sites with a proprietary sulphur-based flame-retardant. SoRPlas contains 99% recycled materials, and exhibits excellent strength plus world-leading heat resistance and durability.


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