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Sony α NEX-F3

Sony α NEX-F3

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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Sony's NEX-F3 is one of the top buys in the mirrorless category, but it fails to best its predecessor.

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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

77
 

User Reviews

90
PDZSLU
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
iolle93
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
gederickson
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
Though it doesn't wow us for any particular aspect, the Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a nice overall package for photographers looking for something with better photo quality and more flexible than a point-and-shoot.
 
80
Digital Trends
The small size, quality of the stills and videos and the nicely-loaded feature set make this camera a good option for anyone shopping for a CSC or entry-level DSLR this season.
 
80
Engadget
Sony's NEX-F3 is one of the top buys in the mirrorless category, but it fails to best its predecessor.
 
80
Ubergizmo
The Sony NEX-F3 is a top camera in the $600 range, and if you want to snap great photos without tinkering with any settings, it is very much worth considering.
 
80
Gizmodo
It's a major improvement for people who would otherwise buy top point-and-shoot cameras ... it provides the image quality, flexibility, and some of the features of a DSLR.
 
70
Digital Photography Review
The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. While its menu-driven interface isn't for everyone, its impressive photo quality and host of useful features offer a lot of bang for the buck.
 
80
CNET AU
The NEX-F3 may be light on price, but it delivers very good image quality and plenty of fun for point-and-shooters.
 
70
Wired
The bottom line is that the NEX-F3 is a superb entry-level camera for photographers looking to break out of point-and-shoot mode but who aren’t quite ready to splurge on — or shoulder the weight of — a more robust camera.
 
80
PC World Australia
Sony’s cheapest, simple NEX mirrorless camera is easy to use, as long as you don’t want to exert too much control. One picture quality quirk doesn’t detract significantly from the F3’s appeal.
 
80
Imaging Resource
Sony's entry-level NEX-series camera has gotten a little bigger and heavier, but that's allowed for some pretty worthwhile upgrades. The LCD panel now helps when shooting self-portraits, and there's a built-in popup flash, too. Add great image quality and an affordable pricetag, and there's much to appeal to entry-level shooters.