Last year’s Sony NEX-C3 is the best camera you can buy for $750. It delivers professional image quality and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses in a compact package. Here comes its successor, the Sony NEX-F3. Is it worthy of its lineage?
Like the NEX-C3, the new NEX-F3 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera with a 16.1MP APS-C (23.4mm x 15.6mm) sensor. In other words, its sensor is the same size and resolution as more expensive DSLR cameras crammed into a smaller package. The downside is that the NEX-F3 doesn’t have an optical viewfinder, so you have to use the camera’s 3-inch LCD to see what you’re shooting, and the body isn’t as loaded with buttons as a DSLR. The old NEX-C3 already took excellent photos and performed well both during the day and in low-light conditions, but the sensor has been tweaked so that it can shoot at higher sensitivity (ISO 16000 vs ISO 12800) without losing quality. In real-world terms, this means that you’ll be able to take handheld shots in slightly darker conditions.
The Sony NEX-F3 will be available in June. Like the NEX-C3, it ships with a 18-55mm kit lens for $699 RRP in Australia.