Sony DSC-F3 (1997)

The Sony DSC-F3 too was only marketed in Japan. Compared to the DSC-F2 it had a bigger internal memory of 8MB and more shooting modes were added like b/w and sepia. It was able to shoot in 0.25 second intervals up to a maximum of 20 frames. Also notable is the fact that Sony issued a rare black version of this camera, limited to only 5,000 units, making it an extremely sought-after model. The DSC-F3 also featured an IrDA port and the possibility to transfer the images remotely to an external card storage called DSAC-PCS1 as all the DSC-F1/2/3 cameras did not have a memory card slot. On the plus side all cameras were powered up by Lithium Ion batteries which was not too common back then. Of course images could also be transferred to a printer and to a sort of Picture MD-Player (DPA-1). Sony also offered some very nice accessoires like an LCD hood. Above you can see both the silver and black version of the DSC-F3 as well as the very rare peripheral devices.

Please note the serial number of the black unit starts with a 'B'!

All images © except for the peripheral devices which are © Sony Corp.


  • Brand: Sony
  • Model: DSC-F3
  • First mentioned: 1997
  • Marketed: yes (in Japan only)
  • MSRP: $599
  • Imager Type: 0.35MP 1/4" CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: 8MB
  • External Storage: -
  • Lens: f=4.8mm /F2.0
  • Shutter: 1/30s - 1/500s (automatic) 1/8s - 1/1,000s (manually)
  • Aperture Range: F2.0
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" LCD
  • Size: 102 x 78 x 41mm
  • Weight: 300 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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