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Two-faced smart­phone: one side an LCD screen, the other, bat­tery-sav­ing e-ink

Look­ing for a scaled-down cam­era with all the skills of a DSL R, plus some? This mir­ror­less com­pact sys­tem cam has speed and con­nec­tiv­ity on its side.

In fact, it’s one of the small­est and light­est in­ter­change­able lens cam­eras around, with Wi-Fi and NFC built in for easy pair­ing with smart­phones and speedy upload to so­cial net­works. To fur­ther ease the tran­si­tion from phone snaps, its three-inch back screen flips up­wards for easy and pre­cise selfie ex­e­cu­tion.

Thanks to the APS-C-sized sen­sor, the same usu­ally found in DSLRs, im­age qual­ity is su­perb and you can even shoot un­pro­cessed Raw files along­side your JPEGs. The ex­cel­lent 16-50mm Power Zoom lens bun­dled in can be tog­gled in and out via a side-mounted switch and it’s self re­tract­ing, so takes up less room in your pocket. As the lens is op­er­ated elec­tron­i­cally, as op­posed to man­u­ally, zoom on the 1080p videos is smoother and qui­eter, too.

Con­trols are sparse, but Sony has found room for a pop-up flash, al­though there’s no hot­shoe for at­tach­ing a flash­gun, ex­ter­nal mic or other add-on. The bat­tery does of­fer 420 shots from a full charge, though, which is more than most ri­vals. There are more ver­sa­tile com­pact sys­tem cam­eras out there, but this one’s still a smart op­tion.

love Com­pact size. Tilt­ing screen. High-res­o­lu­tion APS-C sen­sor. Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity and selfie-ready tilt­ing screen hate No hot­shoe. No touch­screen T3 says A great up­grade if you want bet­ter shots than your cur­rent com­pact cam­era or smart­phone can of­fer

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