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Sony NEX-F3D Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP CMOS 4x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Seven industry awards
Battery life could be better
No High speed movie modes
91 Reviews + 7 Awards
PC Mag Editor's Choice DP Review Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

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Battery Life Could Be Better

Three customers thought the product did not have a good battery life. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Battery life could be better” . Website Wired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “No external battery charger, so you have to plug the camera into the wall” however they still rated this digital camera 70 out of 100. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera five years ago “No dedicated battery charger”.


Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

This Sony camera is one of the most highly awarded of all the cameras of this type and age.

This camera received a "Recommended" award from both websites Digitaltrends.com and Vido.com.ua, both of which thought that this Sony camera was good.

The authors at two other expert review sites both wrote that this Sony digital camera was very good. Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both gave this camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

Another two expert review sites endorsed this medium megapixel digital camera. This digital camera received a "Silver" award from website DP Review who thought it was very good and the author at review site PC Mag decided that it was excellent and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

This digital camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, CNET.com and Ephotozine this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 80%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, NEX-F3D owners rated this digital camera as excellent. Over 73% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. This means that owners think this digital camera is one of the better digital cameras of a similar age and type.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,306 expert and user reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers considered that the product was compact. Expert website Macworld.com.au gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “For compact users looking to step up”. Mrs. Josephine W. Barber mentioned “Takes a bit of getting used to after using compact for several years” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Average Weight

With a weight of 255 grams, the NEX-F3D has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony NEX-6Y (287g).

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-F3D in December 2013.


Features

Good Features

Three customers said in their reviews that the product had good features. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Good features”. They also said “Plenty of specs and features, reasonable price” in their review. And also mentioned “Includes some groovy features to boot”.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony NEX-F3D has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Sony HX100V.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Wide Field of View

Digital cameras of this age and spec have field of views of between 95% and 100%. At 100 percent, the NEX-F3D has a fairly wide field of view compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The NEX-F3D has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 921,600 pixels, the Sony NEX-F3D has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The NEX-F3D has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The NEX-F3D has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The NEX-F3D has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The NEX-F3D has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The NEX-F3D has a higher image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony camera has a 4912 X 3264 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera the image resolution ranges from 4288 x 3216 pixels (worst) to 4928 x 3264 pixels (best).

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (16.2MP and higher rated), or the Pentax K-5 II (£690) (16.3MP and higher rated).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The NEX-F3D has a fairly average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4. With a maximum aperture number of 34, the NEX-F3D has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 82.5 millimeters, the Sony NEX-F3D's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is one of the shortest amongst digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera is 18mm, the longest is 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The NEX-F3D has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (27 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 40mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of cameras of this age and spec is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the NEX-F3D has a quite large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The NEX-F3D features smile detection, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Has an Anti-Dust Function

The NEX-F3D has an anti-dust function. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an anti-dust function.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The NEX-F3D features saturation adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The NEX-F3D features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The NEX-F3D features contrast adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-F3D supports live view, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Features Histogram

The NEX-F3D features histogram. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The NEX-F3D has an HDMI. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The NEX-F3D has an AC adapter included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Battery

470 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The NEX-F3D is a camera that takes 470 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The NEX-F3D features noise reduction, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The NEX-F3D has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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No High Speed Movie Modes

Two owners concluded that the product was not good for video recording. Website Imaging Resource.com said in their review of the Sony NEX-F3D “Division between stills and video in playback mode isn't intuitive”. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera eleven years ago “No High speed movie modes” although they still rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Good Flash

Two people thought the Sony NEX-F3D had a good flash. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews five years ago “An in-built flash and improved grip”.

180 Degree Swivel Screen

Three owners concluded that the Sony NEX-F3D had a good screen. Techradar mentioned “180 degree swivel screen”. Hislop wrote in their review of this digital camera “Really pleased with informative display for different shooting modes”.

Good Image Quality

Twelve people agreed that it was able to produce good images. Five years ago website Cnet.com.au said “Range of fun photo filters” and scored it 80 out of 100. Duong Thuy Duyen mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Wide range of effect, high quality of picture.”. Four years ago V.b. said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Takes decent to good pictures, all depends on how good photographer you are” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Two people who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote “Shooting will be a joy with the 1,440,000 dot resolution in the electronic viewfinder”.

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Flash

Has a Pre-Flash

The NEX-F3D has a pre-flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have a pre-flash.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Sony NEX-F3D has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Very Fast Flash Recharging Time

At only 3 seconds, the Sony NEX-F3D has a quite fast flash recharging time compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. Digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera have flash recharging times of between 3s and 15s.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the NEX-F3D is more than most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-F3D supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This Sony digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this type and age.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The NEX-F3D has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The worst video resolution across similar types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

With a magnification of only 0.73 times zoom factor, the NEX-F3D has a fairly low magnification compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have magnifications of between 0.17x and 20x, and the average magnification is 3.3x.

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Price

Good Value for the Money

Thirteen people wrote in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Five years ago website Engadget.com wrote “Low suggested retail price” in their Sony NEX-F3D review. Four years ago website Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very affordable pricing with kit lens included”. Website Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good value for the money” .


Design

Good Looking

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Website Newegg.com said “Looks pretty” in their Sony NEX-F3D review. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's better than its predecessor in terms of performance and style”.

Two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was well designed. Website Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small board great design for a power workstation or small server” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Expert review site Reviewed.com said “Its auto controls aren't as reliable and its body design isn't great for a long day of handheld shooting (although there are plenty” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Image Quality

Twelve customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good quality. Website Engadget.com wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Excellent image quality”. Website Imaging Resource.com said “Generally very good image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Website Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very good photo quality”.

Solid Image Quality

Seven customers who bought it considered that it was well made. Website Cnet.com said “Delivers solid overall performance” in their review of the Sony NEX-F3D. Four years ago website Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Flash is now built in (but see Con about flash performance”. Expert review site Yugatech.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “From its solid construction down to its usability”.

Really Simple to Use and Learn

Six customers said that it was easy to use. Website Theverge.com mentioned five years ago “Really simple to use and learn” in their Sony NEX-F3D review. Also five years ago website Dcresource.com said “Focus peaking feature comes in very handy when manually focusing”. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Easy To Use”.

Four people who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Website Newegg.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Very easy to set up and use” in their review of this digital camera. Peter M. Green said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Easy to set up and has good keyboard layout”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony corporation nexf3kb, sony corporation nexf3ks, sony nexf3kw, sony nexf3db, sony nexf3ks, sony nexf3kb, sony ilce7r, sony ilce7s, sony nex5n, sony nex5r, sony nex3n, nexf3ksce, nexf3b
Barcodes 00017856331547, 00017856331561, 00027242849976, 00027242849983, 00027242849990, 00616641735630, 00641361935671, 04905524870190, 04905524870244, 04905524870282, 04905524882407, 04905524882513

Sony NEX-F3D Review Sources

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