Sony have rolled out yet another compact mirrorless camera which is said to be capable of producing DSLR-quality images - the entry-level NEX-F3.
Described as being 'pocket-sized' (maybe if you have a pancake lens) the Sony NEX-F3 features a APS-C size image sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels, a 180° tiltable LCD and a built-in flash.
It is also able to shoot Full HD video (50i/25p) and the CMOS sensor captures more light for flawless, low-noise stills. A battery boost also means you can now shoot 470 images on a single charge - up 18% over the NEX-C3.
But while the Sony NEX-F3 is undoubtedly capable of shooting some impressive images (most cameras are in the right hands) certain features show it is clearly aimed at photographers jumping up from a point and shoot.
Auto Portrait Framing is said to identify your subject’s position, before trimming the image to automatically create a beautifully composed, high-resolution portrait photo and 'Clear Image Zoom' technology can be used to double effective focal length while maintaining full pixel count.
A spokesperson for Sony said: "If you’re new to digital photography the NEX-F3 takes the guesswork out of choosing from the generous range of functions on offer. Superior Auto mode intelligently recognises a wide range of scenes and subjects, adjusting settings with the skill of a seasoned photographer.
"The camera’s premium feel is enhanced by a high-quality handgrip for positive, comfortable handling, which, along with its array of features, makes the NEX-F3 a must-have for photographers stepping up from their point-and-shoot compact."