Another First Impressions Review Of The A3000

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parallaxproblem
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Re: Another First Impressions Review Of The A3000
In reply to captura, Aug 30, 2013

captura wrote:

parallaxproblem wrote:

Keit ll wrote:

This mini review is fair & balanced & sums up the ILC-3000 accurately. Given its initial asking price this camera deserves to sell well & is an excellent entry level camera. It seems that Sony have finally accepted that an eye-level VF is needed , I just hope that the quality of the EVF is sufficient for the job.

It is understandable that many current NEX owners are a little sceptical because they may already have more capable cameras & , in addition , they are left feeling a little unsure as to where the current NEX line may go.

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Keith C

Even more so after reading the review!

Quote: "During our product briefing, Sony reps revealed that according to internal study data, 60% of likely system camera buyers preferred DSLR styling to the typical rangefinder-style mirrorless design. Sony clearly took those numbers to heart, and the result is its first DSLR-shaped mirrorless camera, which draws its visual cues in equal parts from the A-mount Alpha A58 and the Cyber-shot HX300 superzoom."

Sony clearly want to move NEX, or should I say E-mount 'out of the niche'. For those of us who entered into NEX system because we prefered it over the mainstream this is very bad news

Perhaps more importantly, the main reason for the A3000 is to take advantage of the 60% facts as you said, and get huge sales based on price, competing with entry-level Canikons. I doubt that Sony will abandon the NEX line.

I guess you didn't see this:

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-breakthrough-on-rumor-front-plenty-of-new-sony-e-mount-cameras-to-come-soon-and-more-e-and-a-mount-info/#comments

Quote:

"There will me many new APS-C E-mount cameras and lenses in September. One of these cameras has a unique feature, and that camera will make you happy (if the price isn’t too high). And also Canon and Nikon owners will be motivated to switch and they can perfectly use all their lenses on it"

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"You remember the mistake made by one of my sources saying the A3000 has in Body IS and another source saying it has a higher resolution EVF? They read wrong data in the Sony menu-manual. Even that was actually not a mistake…these are the data from another camera that Sony put by mistake on men"

I bet that is the camera he is talking about here, and the one that 'we' and 'Canon/Nikon users will like' will be the ILCE-5000 with IBIS

"The NEX-FF is confirmed(!). It is a pure NEX shape with more ergonomic grip."

ie. Rangefinder bodies will be confined to those who can afford to pay prices which have figures with the 'Leica' number of zeros on the end

"A-mount future: It’s moving more towards the PRO market and mirrorless tech."

Yup... ILCE cameras will probably start replacing both ranges - NEX and SLT from the bottom up with only the upper models in each range having the distinct characteristics (SLT mirror for A-mount and rangefinder body for E-mount)

"The NEX-7 successor suffered from delays because the NEX team priority shifted towards the cameras that I described on point 1. This is also the same reason why major firmware upgrade for the A77, NEX-7 and A99 and so on have been delayed (this week firmware update was just a small update). Sony engineers worked hard for the ASP-C A-mount cameras and NEX-FF. I have been told that its very likely the after the announcement storm in September they will finalize the firmware update work"

ie. NEX 7 replacement is on-hold until they can decide whether it (and maybe also the A77) should be replaced by an ILCE-7000 or whether the A-mount and E-mount ranges should still diverge at that point

Sony are putting a lot of 'positive spin' on this to SAR, but the 'real deal' is as I feared all along... NEX range (and SLT range) is dead at entry and mid range points.  The only quesiton now is whether they also dead at the 'enthusiast' 7-series level.  The NEX and SLT ranges only remain for certain at the FF levels which most of us cannot afford

I guess some really ambitious guy in Sony is trying to make his name by shaking the ranges up like this, but it will almost certainly end in tears...

Sometimes it's no fun to be right about stuff

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