Sony NEX-F3 Succeeds NEX-C3 as the Most Affordable Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact Camera

May 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Only kings succeed kings. If it was Sony NEX-C3 which grabbed the title of the most affordable interchangeable lens compact camera, it has got a new successor now. Sony NEX-F3, the successor prince is similar to its predecessor in many ways.

Like its predecessor, NEX-F3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera sports a 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor. So you get the resolution and sensor size usually found in mammoth DSLRs in a cram-packed body for such a cheap price.

But you don’t get everything just like that. There is no optical view finder in this rig but the 3 inch LCD display on its body allows easy composing and preview, though many of the orthodox shutterbugs may hate that part.

Moreover, the LCD is tiltable and can be flipped 180 degrees, enabling easy self portrait shoots and easy composing.

To keep it a higher machine than its predecessor, Sony has packed in higher sensitivity with the machine with its ISO range going up to ISO 12800 which makes it a batter cam on low-light conditions.

But there are more things that make this cam different from the old timer. It can help you shoot up to Full HD 1920 x 1080 videos unlike NEX-C3 which featured only 1280 x 720 video shoot.

In addition, the new rig can shoot up to 60 frames per second at full resolution, an ability not many DSLRs can claim. The hardware of the camera also is upgraded.

It is larger and heavier and come closer to the expensive bro NEX-5N when it comes to its size. The new prince will start shipping in June with an 18-55 mm kit lens for $600.

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