Sony unveils NEX-F3, Alpha 37 entry-level cameras

Sony Alpha 37 announced

Sony Alpha 37 announced

Sony has added two new entry-level cameras to its range, officially announcing the Sony NEX-F3 compact system camera and the Sony Alpha 37 DSLT camera.

Both new Sony cameras feature a 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor, as well as the Alpha 77’s third-generation Bionz processor, which enables the NEX-F3 to deliver a sensitivity range between ISO 200 and 16,000 and the A37 a range of ISO 100 to ISO 16,000.

Both cameras also offer HD video recording.

The NEX-F3 serves as a replacement for the Sony NEX-C3 and includes a pop-up flash, increased battery life and a 180-degree tillable screen among its improvements over its predecessor.

The screen, when tilted to the full 180 degrees, automatically enters a self-portrait mode and puts the camera on a self-timer delay of 3 seconds.

Below, you can watch our hands-on review of the new Sony NEX-F3.

The Sony Alpha 37 also boasts a tilting rear LCD screen, along with a ‘Tru-Finder’ electronic viewfinder offering a 100% field of view.

Sony says the A37 also offers more accurate continuous autofocusing than its predecessor, the Alpha 35, incorporating a 15-point AF system and phase detection, rather than the traditional contrast detection systems found on conventional DSLRs.

Below you can watch our hands-on review of the Sony Alpha 37.

The Sony NEX-F3 will be priced £530 in the UK and $599 in the US, and available from early June.

The Sony A37 price tag is expected to be the same, with the camera available from the end of this month.

For more on these cameras, see a hands-on Sony A37 review and a hands-on Sony NEX-F3 review over on our sister site, TechRadar.


44 essential digital camera tips and tricks
Digital camera effects from A-Z
10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)