f3 vs n3. Which one?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by alaios, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Hi all,
    today my camera was stolen.... I have of course reported the incident to the police, that found few hours later my bag with no camera inside (please lets not discuss this any further).

    I would like to have your help between the f3 and the n3.. mostly comparing their differences

    1. N3 is kind smaller but is strong enough to hold heavy adapted lenses?
    2. Which of the two has betteer iso performance? That is very very important for me.
    3. Any other nex camera up to 400 euros (even second hand). And if yes what extra does it offer compared to my f3? Utilities like wifi or touch screen are not that important compared to better image qualities (less noisy iso measurements).

  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    I can't help you with your new camera search, but I'm sorry to hear your camera was stolen. :(
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Same here :(
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    A pox on the thief! Here's hoping that your insurance will cover your loss.
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    So sad.

    The N3 is the budget NEX, with many features missing. What it does great is interact with the 16-50mm zoom.

    I have the F3 and love it. I gravitated towards the built in flash.

    The best bet is to go to the store and try them out.
  6. GabrielPhoto

    GabrielPhoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    I bought a used like new nex-f3 for my GF and I can tell you it works very nicely. I have the 6 and we had a ton of fun just going around shooting. I tried it and is a nice camera. Of course, I miss the EVF so it wouldnt work for me but of the two, the F3 would be my choice.
  7. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    I tend to agree the n3 looks to be short of handicapped version of f3 at least in terms of specs.
  8. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    found it on ebay for 200 euros... second hand but at good condition and guarantee remaining
  9. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    I have the 3N and I can say that for the price, you can't beat it. Here's a side by side comparison:

    NEX-3N vs NEX-F3

    • 3N is about 30% smaller than the F3
    • 3N is about 10% lighter than the F3
    • 3N is about 20% thinner than the F3
    • 3N has a slightly better battery life (480 shots vs 470 shots)
    • F3 has a better screen (about 2x higher resolution)
    • F3 turns on faster than the 3N
    • F3 has slightly lower noise at high ISO
    • F3 has a hotshoe for flash or other accessories, 3N does not
    • Both have built in flash
    • DxOMark rates the 3N as having slightly higher image quality (74 vs 73)

    I found most of this info here:
    Sony NEX-3N vs NEX-F3 - Our Analysis

    In general, they both seem very comparable. Personally, I love the small size of my 3N, and the image quality I have been getting has far exceeded my expectations. I have not used the F3 so I cannot compare directly. I do wish the 3N had at least a hotshoe so I could use an external flash or other accessories, like an EVF, but so far I haven't really felt the need for it.

    Even though the screen is lower resolution, it is good enough, and focus peaking works great.

    Just my $0.02 :)
  10. Jethro10

    Jethro10 TalkEmount Regular

    May 28, 2013
    I agree with ecaggiani.

    Except possibly the screen. F is a higher resolution yes, but in use I couldn't see that it seemed better or worse to be honest.

    I looked at both, and to be honest, the F seemed a tad better, but I kept getting drawn to the pockatability of the N with the 16-50 lens. As the old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you....

    In the end, I chose the N and don't regret it. If portability is not an issue, I'd say the F probably and it's likely to be cheaper.

  11. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
    Get used 5N... Far better than plastic F3 and 3N...
  12. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    For a portrait shooter, the flash is a must (more so in bright sun than in poor light), so unless you are willing to give up EVF, 5 is out. Unless you only shoot landscapes.

    Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
  13. GabrielPhoto

    GabrielPhoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Far better because is plastic?
    You made no effort to backup your statement. I still will go with the F3

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