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Sony NEX-F3K 16.1 MP Compact System Camera with 18-55mm Lens - Black - Bundle - with 16GB SD Memory Card, Camera Case

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About Sony NEX-F3

The Sony NEX-F3, announced today, is the next generation in Sony's lineup of mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact cameras and is designed for ease of use, self-portraits, HD video, and high-quality images. Built around Sony's highly-regarded 16MP APS-C sensor, the camera offers intelligent autoexpsoure, excellent image quality in low light, and the ability to capture full HD video at 1080/60i/24p. Said to be pocket sized, the camera's 3-inch, 921k dot LCD monitor tilts 180 degrees so you can easily compose self-portraits. Sony claims 470-shot battery life, a significant improvement, as well as a class-leading 5.5 fps burst rate. For snapshooters looking for the flexibility of an interchangeable-lens camera combined with the simplicity of a compact digital camera,the Sony NEX-F3 may be a worthy candidate.

Sony NEX-F3 Features

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Intelligent Accessory port: Intelligent accessory port allows use of external flash, microphone and OLED EVF (all sold separately).
  • Multi-segment metering: Optimizes exposure based on 1200 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Picture Effect mode: 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus.
  • 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.
  • 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 the television's remote.
  • BIONZ image processor: The camera chip 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.
  • Built-in flash: 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.
  • Convenient USB charging: Easily recharge the NEX-F3 via USB charging
  • 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.
  • Anti-Dust Technology: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 portraits.
  • Clear Image Zoom: Using 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 more flexibility.
  • 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 television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
  • 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. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 180° tiltable 3.0" LCD: Self-portraits made easy 180° tiltable 3.0 Xtra Fine LCD screen and 3-second count down timer
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interchangeable lenses: 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.
  • 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.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

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
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
Focus Control
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
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 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
Imaging Sensor
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
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 2
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
Exposure 3
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
Advanced Features
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/3D
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
Recording 2
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))
Recording 3
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
LCD Display
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)
Coverage: 100%
Live View: Constant AF Live View
Real-time adjustment: On/off
Histogram: On/off
Peaking: MF only, Level setting: Hi/Mid/Lo/Off, (Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
Customization: Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny
Weather: blk/wht/blu/pink
Drive System
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
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)
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 (v10.3-10.6)
Dimensions WxHxD
Approx. 4-5/8 x 2-5/8 x 1-11/16" / 117.3 x 66.6 x 41.3mm
Approx. 9.0 oz / 255g excl battery & media
Approx. 11.1 oz / 314g w/battery & media
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Excellent image


This camera is a step up in image quality from a normal consumer camera. It's lens helps take up that edge. I like it because I can uprade the lens if I want, but otherwise it's cheaper and smaller than a full DSLR investment. Recommended for someone not ready or patient enough for a DSLR but want better images than a point and shoot. Menu could be easier to work with.


great product


Great product, very satisfy, recommend

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Camera


Love the clarity of the camera, super funtional


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Gary B  Can you buy the oled viewfinder for this camera?
ALFREDO T  Yes it is compatible with this model
Arnold H  Is this the model with the view finder and exchangeable lens?
Andrew R  This camera does have an interchangeable lens mount, however it is not equipped with a discrete viewfinder.
Gary B  Can you buy the oled viewfinder for this camera?
ALFREDO T  Yes it is compatible with this model
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