While it certainly won’t fit into many pockets with ease, The Sony NEX-F3K/B pocket camera is so much more than that.
The F3K takes 16.1 MP images, is HD compatible and can take SLR quality pictures with the options that come with a standard digital camera. It also comes with a movable LCD display and is sold with an 18-55 mm interchangeable lens.
The camera can be compared to the Nikon 1, but comes at a cheaper cost, retailing for $599.99.
With regards to picture quality, the F3K’s mirrorless camera system takes great images both indoors and out. Again, because the camera takes 16.1 MP images, the quality of the pictures is extremely detailed and can compete with images taken with a DSLR camera.
Because the majority of DSLR cameras mostly come with two settings – automatic and manual – many inexperienced photographers aren’t able to capture the image they’re hoping for. With the F3K, because it comes with digicam settings like sports, night, party and beach, the camera does all the work. All the user has to do is point and shoot. The camera also comes with a manual function for those who are more experienced with photography and want to play around with the settings.
The F3K also comes with a panoramic setting which is fun to play with, but definitely requires a steady hand – or a tripod – otherwise the images show up choppy when being viewed on the computer or TV.
The 18-200 mm lens ($899.99) was great for moving objects – things like kids playing, a sports event or a pet running around. The lens can capture images from such a far distance, there was almost no need for the photographer to chase down the subject.
The F3K also comes with video properties. Again, for novice videographers, there is an automatic function which takes great clips. But for those with more experience, there is a manual function for even videos.
With respect to the physical aspect of the camera, at first it feels a little weird holding such a small body with lenses nearly the same size, but once the user learns to trust the sturdiness of the device, it becomes easy to handle. The LCD monitor that rotates 180 degrees is a great feature for when the photographer wants to take images of a subject that isn’t easy to see – like at a concert. Some photographers might even like it for self portraits or group shots.
Overall Sony did an impressive job with the F3K. The quality of the images and the versatility between manual and digicam settings makes it better for those who are looking for something in between. Though it doesn’t come cheap, it’s a camera that is well worth the price.