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Sony's NEX-F3 is a mirrorless camera and is an update to their previous model, the NEX-C3. The NEX-F3 features a new 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an angle-adjustable, 3-inch display, and 1080p video capture.

Description

Successor to the NEX-5, the NEX-5N from Sony improves on its predecessor with a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a touch-friendly, angle-adjustable, 3-inch display, enhanced low-light sensitivity (up to ISO 25600), and 1080p AVCHD video recording. Sony does little by way of changing the NEX-5's style but incorporates more magnesium alloy throughout the camera's slim body.

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF5 is the successor to the GF3, and rather than making sweeping ergonomic changes, Panasonic just added its latest technology to the camera. The GF5 features a totally redesigned, 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, plus the latest iteration of the Venus processor, and the two team up to offer some pretty impressive specs — like ISO range up to ISO 12,800, and 0.09-second autofocus. You can also now focus on as small an area as a single pixel, which Panasonic says makes the autofocus more accurate as well. The camera shoots 1080i video at 60 frames per second in AVCHD, or 1440 x 1080 in MP4.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $599.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: September 2011
  • Price at launch: $699.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: 2012
  • Price at launch: $599.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: NEX-5NK/B, NEX-5N/B

Pricing (base kit)

  • SKU description: Kit with 18mm-55mm Lens
  • SKU description: with 14-42mm kit lens, with power zoom lens

Pricing (body only)

  • Price at launch: 600 $
  • Camera type: Mirrorless / Interchangeable Lens
  • Width: 4.62 inches
  • Height: 2.62 inches
  • Depth: 1.63 inches
  • Weight: 0.56 pounds
  • Color: Black, Silver, White
  • 3D capture: Stills

Hardware

  • Camera type: Mirrorless / Interchangeable Lens
  • Width: 4.36 inches
  • Height: 2.31 inches
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.46 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Camera type: Mirrorless / Interchangeable Lens
  • Width: 4.24 inches
  • Height: 2.62 inches
  • Depth: 1.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.5 pounds
  • Color: Black, Gold, Brown, White
  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 16.1 megapixels

Sensor

  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 16.1 megapixels
  • Sensor size: Four Thirds System
  • Sensor type: Live MOS
  • Effective pixels: 12.1 megapixels
  • Minimum ISO: 200
  • Maximum ISO: 16000
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 5.5 FPS

Controls

  • Minimum ISO: 100
  • Maximum ISO: 25600
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Focus points: 25
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 10 FPS
  • Minimum ISO: 160
  • Maximum ISO: 12800
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (1/n): 60 seconds
  • Focus points: 23
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 4 FPS
  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 921600 dots
  • Articulating / hinged screen: Yes

Display

  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 921600 dots
  • Articulating / hinged screen: Yes
  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 920000 dots
  • Touch technology: Yes / Unspecified
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 24, 59.94, 29.97

Video

  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 24, 30, 60
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080i
  • Standard framerate(s): 60
  • Continuous AF: Yes
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG

Software

  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Sony E
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5

Lens

  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Sony E
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5
  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Micro Four Thirds
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo

Storage

  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes

Audio

  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): USB, HDMI mini

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): USB, HDMI
  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): USB, HDMI mini
  • Model: NP-FW50
  • Removable: Yes

Battery

  • Model: NP-FW50
  • Removable: Yes
  • Removable: Yes
Yes (Built-in)

Flash

Yes (Built-in)
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