As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX F3 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and compacts. The Sony NEX F3's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A700 and the NEX 5N) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S1 IS and the PowerShot SX50 HS)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony F3 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.7"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and is older (april 2012 vs january 2013).

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
8 months older

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the F3)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the F3)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5N and F3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 314 g

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
9 months newer
$573 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the F3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the F3)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the NEX-3N and F3

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 314 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the F3)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the F3)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5T and F3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 314 g

Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1
8 months newer
$129 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the F3)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the F3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the S1 and F3

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×61×30 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 240 g vs 314 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.7"

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
similar age
$469 - $629 (body only)
$649 - $749 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the F3)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the F3)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 470 shots

common strengths of the EOS M and F3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.7"

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the NX2000 (vs the F3)

  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the NX2000 (vs the F3)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX2000 and F3

  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×65×36 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 228 g vs 314 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony F3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 14.2 MP), lets you preview your photos on the screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 5 fps), has much more startup delay (1500 ms vs 700 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
4 years older
$262 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the F3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 5 fps vs 2.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the F3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No live view

common strengths of the DSLR-A700 and F3

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the F3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the F3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D3100 and F3

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
1 year older
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the F3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the F3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the T3 and F3

  • None found

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
similar age

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the F3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the F3)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the T4i and F3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the F3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the F3)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the T3i and F3

  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
3 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the F3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the F3)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and F3

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony F3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 3.1 MP) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Canon PowerShot S1 IS

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the S1 IS (vs the F3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S1 IS (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 114k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S1 IS and F3

  • Very small: Standard size (111×78×66 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.7"
  • Light weight: 469 g vs 314 g

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the F3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the F3)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 315 shots vs 470 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SX50 HS and F3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 314 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.7"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
1 year newer
$244

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the F3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the F3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and F3

  • Light weight: 628 g vs 314 g
  • Inexpensive: $243.51 vs $449.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$420

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the F3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the F3)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and F3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.7"
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 314 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony F3 compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 115k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 3.1 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs super compact (94×56×19 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is thicker (1.7" vs 0.7"), is much heavier (314 g vs 175 g) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot A490

Canon PowerShot A490
2 years older

Significant advantages of the A490 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller: Compact (94×62×31 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much lighter: 175 g vs 314 g
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the A490 (vs the F3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO

common strengths of the A490 and F3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A1300

Canon PowerShot A1300
similar age

Significant advantages of the A1300 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"
  • Much lighter: 174 g vs 314 g

Significant disadvantages of the A1300 (vs the F3)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 470 shots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO

common strengths of the A1300 and F3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A400

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the A400 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×53×37 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Thinner: 1.5" vs 1.7"
  • Lighter: 255 g vs 314 g

Significant disadvantages of the A400 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 400 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the A400 and F3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony DSC-S5000

Sony DSC-S5000
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-S5000 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller: Compact (98×61×30 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"
  • Much lighter: 172 g vs 314 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-S5000 (vs the F3)

  • No built-in flash
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-S5000 and F3

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650
3 months older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the F3)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Mid size (117×67×42 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much thinner: 0.7" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the F3)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 470 shots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-W650 and F3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"