Sony has just introduced its entry-level NEX-F3 camera that provides you with DSLR quality that fits in your pocket and is set to replace its NEX-C3. Priced at $599.99, the interchangable lens shooter features a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor that’s nestled inside its ingeniously compact form factor. There’s a brand-new 180-degree tilting LCD screen for self-portraits, 1080p24 HD video recording, and lots of internal upgrades. Like the higher-end 5N, it includes a 3-inch, 921k LCD screen, 1/4000 shutter speed, 16,000 max ISO, and accessory hotshot. There’s is also BIONZ image processor, up to 5.5 fps, Superior Auto mode, E-mount 18-55mm lens and you can attach the same external EVF as other NEX models.
While there’s no touchscreen on the NEX-F3, the 180-degree tilt lets you engage in “Mirror Mode” when you flip it up all the way, which lets you frame a self-portrait that’s reversed just as if you were in front of a mirror. A powerful pop-up flash delivers a dose of illumination to brighten dark scenes and for those just getting started in photography will appreciate the Superior Auto mode, which picks the optimal camera setting for you. While featuring the menu-driven software of the NEX series, the NEX-F3 has a host of 15 filters and 11 modes that allow you to enhance your pictures on the spot. It doesn’t come with an external charger for the battery, though you can buy one if you want since it charges over Micro USB, which Sony says will take perhaps about five hours with a 1.5 amp charger. The NEX-F3 should will be available in silver, white, and black this June.
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