Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Digital Camera Review$599.99
We found the NEX-F3 produced some very sharp images across the aperture range with its 18-55mm kit lens. In our test chart the edges of our targets looked crisp at the middle apertures, and only slightly soft whenever we opened the lens up wide or closed it down to its minimum size. The main limited factor for sharpness seems to be the chromatic aberration that blurs edges with a mix of blue and orange on either side, reducing contrast and the appearance of sharpness. To combat this, the camera also boosted contrast where possible, which did occasionally leave some digital white halos around our targets. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but unless you want a dramatic oversharpening effect we recommend leaving it at the default or even turning it down in the "creative style" menu where possible, as images taken with boosted sharpness levels look unnatural. More on how we test sharpness.
The image stabilization on the 18-55mm kit lens with the Sony NEX-F3 provided decent stabilization performance when tested with a low level of shake at 1/30th of a second. This low level of shake is reminiscent of how a camera shakes when shooting handheld, with 1/30th of a second providing acceptable levels of sharpness with IS on. We found that roughly 45% of the shots that we took in testing saw improvement, with an average MTF50 of 286 across those shots, and a maximum MTF50 of nearly 1000.