Hands-On: Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Interchangeable-Lens Compact Camera

Sony's NEX line gets a make-over at the entry-level

Sony NEX-F3 Main

Sony NEX-F3 Main

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All sample images in this gallery were shot using the 18-55mm kit zoom lens. ISO: 500 Aperture: F/4 Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec. Adjustments: None Strong backlight and fast movement makes ice skaters tough targets, but with about 2-stops of exposure compensation, the camera was able to get it.
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ISO: 500 Aperture: F/4 Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. Adjustments: None Again, the heavy backlight is a challenge, but paying attention pays off. This shot almost looks like it has fill flash, but it does not. I found the skaters were generally too far away for the little flash to be effective.
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ISO: 500 Aperture: F/4 Shutter Speed: 1/250th sec. Adjustments: Exposure increased one stop in Lightroom 4 There were a ton of windows in this room that went from floor to ceiling so the light was actually quite nice.
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ISO: 1000 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/250th Adjustments: 2/3 stop exposure added in Lightroom 4 At ISO 100, you see that you start to lose a little bit of vibrance out of the colors. Not severe, though.
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ISO: 400 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Adjustments: 2/3 stop exposure added in Lightroom 4
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ISO: 200 Aperture: F/4 Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec. Adjustments: None
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ISO: 320 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Adjustments: None
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ISO: 400 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec. Adjustments: 2/3 stop exposure added in Lightroom 4
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ISO: 250 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec. Adjustments: This was shot with Sony's Clear Image Zoom turned on
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ISO: 200 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Adjustments: This was shot with Sony's Clear Image Zoom turned on
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ISO: 500 Aperture: F/5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Adjustments: None
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ISO: 800 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec. Adjustments: None
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This is a sweep panorama shot with the lens zoomed all the way out to 18mm. It was still bright sunlight out, so the camera actually did a pretty good job keeping everything in an acceptable range.
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ISO: 500 Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec. Adjustments: Due to strong backlight, I had to add a little more than a stop of exposure in Lightroom 4. The camer did a decent job of getting the people exposed properly. It would've been even better if I could use the flash, but I didn't want to freak out the snake.
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ISO: 200 Aperture: F/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec Adjustments: None This was shot in the shade, so the color temperature is a bit cool, but it was some of the nicest light we saw all day. The larger APS-C sensor does a good job throwing the background out of focus despite the F/6.3 aperture and the detail in Jason's face is actually quite good.