Body & Design
The Sony A3000 is a small DSLR-shaped mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch LCD. While it has an appealing look from the front, the A3000's rear panel has a simple set of controls borrowed from the NEX cameras, including two context-sensitive soft buttons, a navigation disk that also serves as a dial, and a low-resolution LCD. Those used to the Sony NEX line of cameras will find the menu system and controls familiar, but we'd have been happier with a more Alpha-like menu system, as is found on the RX100 and RX1. Sony clearly thinks the NEX menu system is better for consumers.
A battery door is on the bottom of the camera, but the left side of the A3000 has a large port door for a memory card (up to Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo or SDXC).
Top of camera
The top of the Sony A3000 reveals about half of the controls on the camera, including Sony's Multi-interface Shoe, two microphone grilles, a large mode dial, the EVF/LCD selection button, the movie record button, the playback button and the shutter release button, which is ringed by the power switch.
In your hand
|Accepting E-mount lenses and A-mount via an adapter, the A3000 has a big enough grip to handle most NEX and medium Alpha lenses, and its grip offers good depth for those with long fingers.|
The Sony A3000's electronic viewfinder is small and fairly low resolution by today's standards, with a 201,600-dot LCD, with a choice of auto or manual brightness adjustment. A diopter wheel on the left side of the viewfinder allows adjustment from -4.0 to +3.5. As is common with EVFs, the viewfinder housing sticks out more than the average SLR. The lack of a rubber bumper raises the risk of scratching one's glasses while using the A3000.