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Sony introduces SLR-esque A3000, a mirrorless camera for $400

By dpreview staff on Aug 27, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Sony's latest interchangeable lens camera may look like an SLR, but underneath the hood it's all NEX. The Sony A3000 offers a 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder, full HD video and a Sony E-mount for interchangeable lenses all for an MSRP of $399. The competitively priced A3000 offers all the trimmings of an entry-level DSLR including a fixed 3.0-inch LCD, built-in flash and hotshoe. It should be available in early September.

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Press Release:

Sony Introduces New A3000 DSLR-Style Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony A3000

New Entry-Level ILC Features Large 20.1 MP APS-C Sensor, Electronic Viewfinder and Comfortable Shooting Design

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2013 –Designed to bring the benefits of large-sensor imaging to a variety of new customers, Sony’s α3000 interchangeable lens camera combines DSLR capabilities with a comfortable, easy-to-use package.

The new camera features a large, high-resolution 20.1 MP Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS sensor, a bright electronic viewfinder and the same lens mount as Sony’s popular line of E-mount cameras, making it compatible with the system’s ever-growing assortment of high-quality lenses ranging from telephotos, wide angles and macros to versatile zoom and portrait lenses.  

"The new a3000 represents the ultimate combination of performance and value in an interchangeable lens camera," said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business group at Sony.  "With a familiar, comfortable shooting design, impressive imaging capabilities and an outstanding price, it’s the ideal choice for customers looking to experience the vast benefits of large sensor, interchangeable lens imaging for the very first time."

The powerful 20.1 MP APS-C sized image sensor in the α3000 is the same size sensor found in most traditional DSLRs, and is the key to capturing crisp, highly-detailed still images and Full HD videos (1080/60i or 1080/24p).  The large sensor also boosts sensitivity, grabbing more light and cutting image noise to produce better quality content in low-light conditions, where a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera typically struggles.

The new camera features a clear, bright electronic Tru-Finder viewfinder with generous 100% field coverage allowing for an effortless framing experience.  The viewfinder can also display a variety of key shooting information and shows a live preview of the composed image to illustrate the effect of any setting adjustments. This same “Live View” shooting experience is also available through the bright rear LCD screen for those that prefer to frame and compose at arm’s length.

The new α3000 model features a classic DSLR-style design with a standard P/A/S/M mode dial and several customizable control buttons for making common adjustments to settings.  The grip is stable yet lightweight, giving shooters a strong, comfortable grasp of the camera.

Creatively, the new α3000 camera offers a total of 15 different Picture Effect settings including Retro Photo, Miniature Camera, Partial Color and much more. The camera also has Auto Object Framing, which neatly trims portraits, close-ups and even moving subjects for tighter, more professional results.  When this feature is engaged, the camera saves both the original and cropped images for review, making it yet another practical learning and teaching tool for beginning photographers.

With the α3000’s Multi Interface Shoe terminal, users can broaden their shooting experience by adding external accessories like flash, video lights, or microphones.  Compatible accessories include the HVL-F43M flash with Sony’s unique Quick Shift bounce system for eliminating shadows as well an LED light for video, the HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light for brightening up dimly lit parties and indoor scenes, the ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone for capturing clearer dialogue and sound and much more.

Pricing and Availability

The new α3000 interchangeable lens camera will be available in early September for about $400, paired with a black 18-55mm zoom kit lens (model SEL1855).

The new camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses.  In total, 16 different lenses are now available including several premium models from Zeiss ™ and G™ Lenses.

The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available for purchase at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please visit www.blog.sony.com for a full video preview of the new α3000 compact system camera and follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

Sony A3000 specifications

Price
MSRP$399 with 18-55mm lens
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution5456 x 3632
Other resolutions3872 x 2576, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors20 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBIONZ image processor
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Image
ISOISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesLens-based (where applicable)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsStandard, Fine
File format
  • JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes (with built-in LED type)
Manual focusYes (Focus Peaking Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots230,400
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes (Continuous Live View)
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Exposure modes
  • iAUTO
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Scene Selection
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night View
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashYes (Built-in, Pop-up Auto)
Flash range6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
External flashYes (hot shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Drive modes
  • Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures), Bracketing
Continuous drive3 fps
Self-timerYes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatAVCHD, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type C mini))
Remote controlYes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA)470
Weight (inc. batteries)411 g (0.91 lb / 14.50 oz)
Dimensions128 x 91 x 85 mm (5.04 x 3.58 x 3.35)
Other features
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 190
12
Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (8 months ago)

Oh Sony, this is sooooo wrong! Where is the IBIS which you earlier claimed couldn't be fitted to the NEX series because of size considerations? Who the hell wants a mirrorless camera WITHOUT IBIS? Haven't you learned yet?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 29 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

Uh...it's $400 (with lens, built-in viewfinder, and built-in flash). For that price, I'm sure there will be plenty of takers, even without IBIS. Other inexpensive mirrorless bodies that have IBIS don't have built-in viewfinders or built-in flashes, or don't have 20mp APS-C sensors.

3 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (8 months ago)

I and many others have taken thousands of successful images without image stabilization. It is useful. Yes. Can we live without it. Yes.

0 upvotes
Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (8 months ago)

Couldn't care less about the price! I'm more than willing to pay top $$$ for a mirrorless with IBIS and a slr-like body. I've done so with my OMD and will do it again with Sony if they do it. Particularly when Sony were the first to claim they couldn't include IBIS in the NEX series due to body size considerations! As for if you can live without IS, that's your choice and problem, just don't make it everyone else's. Capice?

1 upvote
Marvol
By Marvol (8 months ago)

I guess it's actually meant to take on the entry-level DSLRs from Canikon. Last time I looked these had no IBIS. Never caused them bad reviews or hurt their sales.

And given that every (or almost, can't be bothered to check) native NEX lens has OS so far I don't see the problem on that side either.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

"As for if you can live without IS, that's your choice and problem, just don't make it everyone else's."

Wow, the hypocrisy! Hey: "If you can NOT live without IS, that's your choice, just don't make it everyone else's." Capice? LOL.

0 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (8 months ago)

so, does it play a more realistic shutter sound when taking a picture ?

2 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

we definitely need a [dislike] button alongside the [like] button!

7 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

it means popularity than good or bad.
like or dislike a high count will attract eyeballs.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

Maybe hand out free sarcasm detectors instead.

2 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

This takes direct aim at the Samsung NX20 (and future NX30 for those who put labels before features), but also the toy-looks EOSM from Canon.

It also competes (because of ergonomics) with the Canon Rebel and the Nikon D3200. BTW, the D3200 has no bracketing, and no stereo mics.

VERY clever market positioning on Sony's behalf. A move that will not only please consumers, but woo new customers. (including those who were dissatisfied with the ergonomics of Sony's NEX line)

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (8 months ago)

The NX20 combo at introduction was priced at $1100. Big, big difference...

2 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (8 months ago)

it has ISO 100 unike NEX-3N.

0 upvotes
Tonkotsu Ramen
By Tonkotsu Ramen (8 months ago)

price wars, COMMENCE!

5 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

this is pushing the APS sensor into lower price territory, paving the way for larger sensors to take their place at current price points.

3 upvotes
stuntmonkey
By stuntmonkey (8 months ago)

Here's a question... this is basically an e-mount dressed up to look like an a-mount. That's fine and all, price will find it the right customers... but in principle, how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar? Both seem to be gilding the lily here... if you want small and e-mount, working off of something like the NEX-3 seems like a more logical idea. Unless, of course, you want to "play" at shooting a "real" DSLR....

1 upvote
ET2
By ET2 (8 months ago)

"how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar? "

Seriously? Are you for real? Hasselblad Nex-7 version costs $6,000. The original Nex-7 is $1,200. This is cheaper than Nex-3n. D you not see a difference in that?

17 upvotes
stuntmonkey
By stuntmonkey (8 months ago)

Re-read the question and key in on the word *principle*... it's a reading comprehension thing.

3 upvotes
Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (8 months ago)

in other words, you are asking a rhetorical question? in order to argue with the responders?
"in principle" it is a lot different. I won't waste time explaining why.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
ET2
By ET2 (8 months ago)

Your Hasselblad reference was idiotic. Now to answer your question about the differences between Nex-3 and this camera, some people prefer larger camera with better grip. Others prefer smaller and lighter cameras that are are less conspicuous. It's a choice.

Second, some people use Nex cameras to mount manual focus lenses via adapters, some of which are large full-frame lenses. The larger body with better grip might be more balanced with large full-frame lenses, for those users. Again a choice. Sony should release higher spec A5000 for those users, especially for users who use Metabones Speed Booster adapter.

So there. I answered you.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
stuntmonkey
By stuntmonkey (8 months ago)

You guys...sheesh.

With the lunar, you are using cosmetic changes to justify a huge price increase. With the A3000, you are appropriating the look of a DSLR to give the impression of elevating the camera above its NEX-3 roots. My point... is the consumer really being served by the pseudo-DSLR packaging? Sony could have tried for $400 with the NEX form factor. In both cases, the consumer is paying... paying more for emotional value with the dressed up NEX-7, and 'paying' more in lost portability with a dressed up NEX+. The great things is that it's incredibly cheap for APS-C, but if you stop to think about it, it's also on the big side for a mirrorless camera.

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

"how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar?"

Uh...the Lunar got an insane price hike (about $6500) while the A3000 is only $400. You don't think that's any different? Not even a little bit different? Then maybe you should think a little harder. LOL.

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

the ERGONOMICS are much BETTER! surely you can see that, no?
I own a NX20 (and had a NX200 and NX1000 before that)... that' spretty much the same situation with this versus the NEX series.
Hold a NEX in your hand, then hold one of these... there is no comparison. SOME customers just don't like the format of the NEX, and I think that this is in answer to that... and a good answer at that.

2 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (8 months ago)

@stuntmonkey - you got it all wrong.
The A3000 is cheaper, because bulky PLASTIC !

It's not supposed to look better/more professional than a NEX-3 - it's supposed to save production costs by not minimizing every component (small=expensive) and using expensive metal for the body.

1 upvote
Maverick_
By Maverick_ (8 months ago)

Sony just put the nails in the APS-C and Mirrorless cameras coffin. The future is only FF DSLRs and Phone cameras. Wanna know why Pana struggles with the GH3, it was priced 600 over where it should have been. Nice job Sony. Now the APS-C is going to go down in price and eventually move out completely and make way for low priced FF.

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
devlin2427
By devlin2427 (8 months ago)

While you're at it why not demand for a free GH-3 with the kit lens?

This is the most basic camera that they could've released and technology from 5 years ago is how they've achieved this price. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 feet pole.

And if Sony starts a price war m43 will follow because their cameras are nicely overpriced.

3 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (8 months ago)

We'll see about that.

When the first mirrorless cameras hit the streets, there were similar prognostications: the end of SLR cameras, blah, blah blah. Many years later, mirrorless cameras are still struggling to gain a foothold in the US and European markets (see CIPA results).

Having owned an EVF camera for one year, I have personally sworn off EVF technology. There's nothing like a good old OVF.

Furthermore, lens selection for Sony is still VERY limited.

Time will tell if Sony is going to succeed or not. I am not so optimistic about their camera line.

1 upvote
BJL
By BJL (8 months ago)

A new, well-priced entry-level APSC mirrorless camera does not put a nail in the coffin of either APSC or mirrorless cameras! It might be part of the downfall of entry-level DSLRs, with their unsatisfactory small VF images caused by the combination of a small format and a penta-mirror (instead of penta-prism) OVF. Sony is right in touting the advantages of the a3000‘s EVF over the OVFs of similarly priced DSLRs.

2 upvotes
limlh
By limlh (8 months ago)

The warning is the air for the over-priced m4/3 cameras.

9 upvotes
misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (8 months ago)

My comment below:

Any speculation about the price of the Olympus OM-D after this Sony?

Note: I own an OM-D, with the Panaleica 25mm.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

think we will have to wait for dual-pixel PDAF Canon mirrorless because Pana's fast readout CDAF is still the king.

for image quality, Sony chose f/4 on APS-C which won't give us better result as f/2.8 zooms for 4/3".

f/4 on APS-C ~= f/6.1 equiv.
f/2.8 on 4/3" ~= f/5.6 equiv., larger aperture than Sony f/4.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (8 months ago)

Where do you get these aperture conversions, yab? The aperture number gives an indication of light density not total light throughput. It also determines depth of field. Neither one of those changes with sensor size. Field of view changes as does angle of view, but the aperture was designed to be a unitless number that standardized light intensity from format to format, lens to lens.
Focal length is converted because everyone was used to the 35mm format and putting the converted focal length in that context gave people a better idea of the field of view, but it still butchers the concept of angle of view which is why people got more precise by calling it a "field of view crop factor" instead of just "crop factor".

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0 upvotes
Gravi
By Gravi (8 months ago)

They realized that people in US and EU like the DSLR formfactor... And decided to put a test camera in the stores. The panasonic G series now has company!

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

okay Sony still need time to get Canon style dual-pixel PDAF but it doesn't say high-speed imager CDAF either. why not they just get a Panasonic sensor?

0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (8 months ago)

unless sony pays for license dual-pixel PDAF in cameras other than Canon would be impossible. Also some reason Sony has forgot to add external controls on this camera that would be helpful to many advanced users.

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (8 months ago)

Sony has their own technologies. They can make their own on sensor PDAF better. The rumors are that that is exactly what Sony is planning for their A-mount cameras next year.

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (8 months ago)

Hilarious, can't even give Canon credit for what is an amazing invention. Already hyping up rumours of how Sony's going to do it better, just like their current cdaf is best in show I can't wait, except of course I'll have to because it's a rumour.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

so what makes the Sony one better?

0 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (8 months ago)

@Chaitanya S - this isn't a camera designed for "advanced users"

More external controls would have cost more and probably not been of much use for the the target market. Don't worry, if this sells well there will be more advanced models with more features so people can upgrade.

0 upvotes
Tonkotsu Ramen
By Tonkotsu Ramen (8 months ago)

waiting for the A65 or A77 updates.. where are they...

0 upvotes
ageha
By ageha (8 months ago)

Not coming anymore, rather expect the a6000 and a7000.

6 upvotes
Tonkotsu Ramen
By Tonkotsu Ramen (8 months ago)

works for me, assuming every single aspect of either camera is equal to or greater than the predecessor camera.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

yes. A-mount deserves to die.

1 upvote
thx1138
By thx1138 (8 months ago)

Sony better invent some amazing new AF system if they are dumping SLT DSLR's, because their current efforts in NEX are mediocre and way behind m4/3.

3 upvotes
subodh
By subodh (8 months ago)

they are not dumping their SLT ( translucent A mount). A mount will be use for higher range cams.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> they are not dumping their SLT

I don't think they have a choice but abandon it.

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (8 months ago)

Oh really. I am interested to know why you think they should abandon A mount ?

AFAIK you get far more lenses for the A mount than E mount (no please don't bring that bulky adapter for A mount lenses to E mount into the picture).

0 upvotes
JWilkinson Studios
By JWilkinson Studios (8 months ago)

They arent abandoning A mount, just SLTs. A mount mirrorless for Q1 2014

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Guys, It's $400 MSRP with a kit lens. This is the cheapest APS-C camera ever released. Think before you make comments about specs.

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westcoastmatt
By westcoastmatt (8 months ago)

Sorry for the naiveté but why did they go with E-mount on this instead of A-mount?

0 upvotes
Spectro
By Spectro (8 months ago)

size

1 upvote
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (8 months ago)

Begs the question why not? Sony already has a low end A mount model in the A58, They don't have a DSLR shaped camera in the NEX line, this is probably just the start of a DSLR shaped NEX line - designed to give people more choice in the Digital Camera market.

7 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

A-mount is dying, APS-C ones die first.

5 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

Cost. No mirror or PDAF module.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Size, weight, cost - especially a lens like the kit E 18-55 could be cheap to make - it has no retrofocus at all (starting from FL equal to their flange distance) and can employ software corrections which are part of the E-mount spec. Of course even with that simple task, Sony managed to create an extremely junky lens, and not even that small.

0 upvotes
misha marinsky4
By misha marinsky4 (8 months ago)

Any speculation about the price of the Olympus OM-D after this Sony?

Note: I own an OM-D, with the Panaleica 25mm.

0 upvotes
Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (8 months ago)

Seems like a different market. I have a hard time believing the Rebel/A3000 market is interested in the OMD (any more than those same people were interested in the NEX-6/7). Those people are currently overwhelmingly buying Rebels or low end Nikons.

So I would say Oly would not change the price of the OMD that much because it probably wouldn't boost their sales very much. But I'm no expert.

2 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

$399.99 brand new with lens.

"Well that opens the ball..." Wellington, Battle of Waterloo.

.

4 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (8 months ago)

Seems Sony has way too much money for R&D.

1 upvote
123Mike
By 123Mike (8 months ago)

cdaf, fixed screen, E mount, 60i, ...

PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I'll keep my SLT A57 thank you very much. Seriously... what the crap is this??????

5 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (8 months ago)

An entry level interchangeable lens camera. The CDAF is probably pretty quick, the fixed screens are what people with most compacts or cellphones are used to, E mount is fine. Some of my favs are there (24/1.8 Zeiss, SEL 18-200, 10-18/4, and now the 16-70 Zeiss [hopeful the IQ rocks!]), 60i, meh - entry level people will probably not never care.
Given the leaks that have been out on this camera for a good week or so, just now coming to the conclusion that the A3000 is not an A57 replacement is kind of silly.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (8 months ago)

What the crap is this? The proving grounds for a future Fullframe camera with a built-in EVF, proper grip, more space for more controls and ultimate lens adaptability with one of the best sensor manufacturer. Just saying...

2 upvotes
T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

For $400 complete with lens, it's pretty darn good cr@p. And this is only the first generation, the first iteration of these AXXXX bodies. There's plenty of room for improvement, room for them to add things for future models, or higher models. I can see an A5000, or A7000, or whatever, with a higher spec and priced the same as an SLT A57 being potentially pretty awesome...and with the flexibility of slapping your lenses on an NEX body for maximum compactness, without the need for a large adapter.

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Spectro
By Spectro (8 months ago)

I was looking for phase detection AF (i shoot indoor with moving people a lot) and touch screen. These are features on the NEX 5R.

I guess this is geared for younger/ H.S with less budget or using parents' money, but want the slr-like design. Might be a good idea.

1 upvote
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (8 months ago)

I think what Sony did here is great. You get an APS-C camera at a very affordable price. Granted, there are some compromises made...but still it's a wonderful idea to have a camera like this whose price tag is not completely out of reach for a person who wants to get into photography as a hobby but is on a tighter budget.

11 upvotes
123Mike
By 123Mike (8 months ago)

A58 isn't much, and it'll give a flip out screen, pdaf, and A mount.
A3000 = trash.

2 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (8 months ago)

The A58 is still $600, and that might put it out of the range for some, it's still available as an option, but the A3000 is just one more option, and what's wrong with giving people more options.

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> A3000 = trash

ragman will buy it

0 upvotes
wansai
By wansai (8 months ago)

@123mike

You can't seem to understand the big difference here. Price. When I first got into photography seriously, Ididn't know if I could make use of expensive cameras. Ididn't eve know how far I'd take my photography or how serious. So I bought one of the cheapest models that could produce good IQ for its price:Nex C3.

It was cheaper than even the cheap canons and nikons at the time Ibought it. I wasn't going to be spending any more cash than I needed to for something I didn't know I could make use of.

This is how people get started. Small then move up. You might think $600ish is cheap, and it is, but it's not cheap when you consider a person who wants to get into photography but doesn't know if the money is going to be utilised to full effect.

At $300 price point, nearly anyone interested can seriously consider this without much hesitation. It's basically a Nex C3 with abuilt in EVF... for $300.

There is a market for this.

5 upvotes
T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

Adding to what wansai said, the difference isn't just price, either. There's also flexibility. You will be able to stick these lenses on NEX bodies, so you have the option of DSLR-style or NEX-style bodies, within the same system, with no need for any adapters. This A3000 certainly won't be the only, or last AXXX body. I'm sure it will be an entire line of models, just like there's a whole line of NEX bodies to choose from. The fact that you'll potentially have a bunch of AXXXX bodies, in addition to a bunch of NEX bodies to choose from, gives you quite a lot of choice within the E system. A3000 is merely the beginning, and you can bet that there will be a lot of people beginning with A3000.

123Mike is just throwing an insecure hissy-fit. He just doesn't get what the A3000 is, and what it means to the bigger picture and longer-term potential of the E system.

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fimiank
By fimiank (8 months ago)

It is a very smart marketing move to have a very low priced camera to get the young crowd started with a system. By the time you have bought a couple of lenses you are hooked.
Back in the early seventies I bought a Minolta without any more input than what brochures could give. I kept with the system until the digital age came along with comparable quality - about 30 years!

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (8 months ago)

Sony, kill the stupid nex menu system will you? My god.

They have a superior one in the RX100 and Alpha DSLR's already, just use that style.

Good price for a camera and lens combo, that is for certain.

C

6 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

NEX's menu was designed by stupid designers for stupid users. user-friendly was given too high priority that they got lost.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (8 months ago)

At first I thought, "What's the point, just get a NEX 6", but then I saw the price.

1 upvote
halfwaythere
By halfwaythere (8 months ago)

200k dot EVF and 230k LCD screen. Thats low even for 400$.

2 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (8 months ago)

You can bet next year's model will have a better EVF and better LCD, cost the same - and then this will go on sale for nearly half price.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

Who said the EVF is 200k? Rumors were about 1.4M.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (8 months ago)

So it has the size disadvantage of a DSLR, and the lack of fast PDAF for a mirrorless...
can't people just get a grip?

3 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (8 months ago)

Which DSLR weighs 222g (280g with battery)? This NEX is an option for those who whine about not getting a grip with RF form of the NEX bodies offered so far.

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

how does it compare with GH3 and G6
in size, AF speed, and image quality?

0 upvotes
kimchiflower
By kimchiflower (8 months ago)

The price advantage of a compact with the handling & image quality of a DSLR.

As for "lack of fast PDAF", have you tried a mirrorless in the last couple of years?

4 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (8 months ago)

@qwertyasdf:
Sony A3000 281g, Canon SL1 407g, Nikon D3200 505g
Sony A3000 $400, Canon SL1 $750, Nikon D3200 $550

Sony A3000 102 x 58 x 38 mm
Canon SL1 117 x 91 x 69 mm
Nikon D3200 125 x 96 x 77 mm

The Sony is significantly smaller, lighter and less expensive. Someone who doesn't have much to spend on an interchangeable lens camera now has another nice option to choose.

9 upvotes
Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (8 months ago)

qwertyasdf, people want what they want. Can't fault Sony for trying to give them what they want. Besides, I think it's an excellent strategic move. Assuming it performs, it'll serve as a gateway camera to the NEX system.

3 upvotes
ijsvogel
By ijsvogel (8 months ago)

first picture`s taken with the A3000 & ZEISS 16-70 F4 OSS
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/19-pictures-a3000-zeiss1670-f4_topic100871_page1.html

0 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (8 months ago)

@ijsvogel

Looks like the sensor is good - especially for a $300 camera body.

0 upvotes
PeterTom
By PeterTom (8 months ago)

NowHearThis:

I think that 102 x 58 x 38 mm is incorrect in the specs.
If you look at the preview (here on DPReview) then there is 128mm width stated inside the top picture on the third page.
And the size comparison on the fourth page clearly shows that it is wider that the 100D. In fact it is the widest from the three cameras that you listed.

So I would say that it is too big for mirrorless.
On the other hand, for $400 it will surely find its customers...

0 upvotes
Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (8 months ago)

PeterTom, there is no "mirrorless" market segment. There is a low-end-DSLR-body-style market which is what the A3000 appears to be targeting. By the way, making the camera bigger and deeper is a significant contributor to the low cost (it's expensive to meticulously pack a bunch of stuff into a compact body while dealing with noise and power issues.)

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