I simply love taking pictures, but I am not a photographer. I do it as a hobby but I do take it seriously. However, at this point I am happy with my point and shoot camera, mainly because it is extremely portable.
There are times, though, that I would like more control. Since I enjoy snapping up portraits of my children, being able to adjust the lens, focus tightly on their faces and blur the background are really great features of a more advanced camera.
As part of the Sony Moms program, for which I do not receive compensation, I was able to test drive the Sony NEX F-3. I had so much fun with that camera! It is a great solution for photography lovers who need more than a simple point and shoot but right now do not want to upgrade to a full-blown DSLR.
This camera has a 3-inch LCD that can flip upward 180 degrees and face your subject, which I used to try to snap up a few self-portraits. The NEX F3, which retails for $599, also has a built-in flash, super convenient. You can also use other lenses, depending on your needs. They will cost you extra, though. What about battery life? It was extremely good, but just know that it takes over three hours to charge.
The only thing I did not love was the absence of a viewfinder. In bright sunlight, this can be a problem, since using the LCD screen can sometimes be tricky, especially if you live in Florida like I do.
Sample NEX F3 photos
Here are a few pictures I took with the NEX F3, mostly with the auto mode.
At a glance, the F3:
- 16.1 megapixels APS-C HD sensor
- BIONZ® image processor
- ISO 16000 sensitivity
- AVCHD™ 1080/60i or 24p HD movies
- 180° tiltable LCD screen
- up to 5.5 fps
- Superior Auto mode
- Includes a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens
- Has a built-in flash
- Add 15 effects to your pictures with Picture Effects.