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Sony A3000 First Impressions Review

August 2013 | By Richard Butler
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Preview based on a pre-production Sony A3000

Sony's taking a different approach to the consumer interchangeable lens market with the A3000, essentially a 20.1MP APS-C mirrorless camera that uses the same E-mount as the Sony NEX line, yet which has the look and feel of a traditional SLR. Though not the first manufacturer to take this approach, Sony is the first to achieve the low starting price point of $399 for both lens and body. However, to achieve that price point the company had to choose lower quality components for the LCD and electronic viewfinder (EVF).

While small mirrorless cameras have caught on in much of the world, adoption is quite low in the US, with most consumers preferring more substantial-looking cameras like Rebel-class and mid-range SLRs. If they're going to spend several hundred dollars, the reasoning seems to be that most want something that looks like a professional camera. Superficially, the Sony A3000 is rather like the now-discontinued Panasonic G10, a low-priced mirrorless with an EVF and an LCD on the back, designed to ape, if not directly challenge Canon's Rebel and Nikon's D3000-series SLRs.

Sony A3000 key features

  • 20.1MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount lenses and A-mount with optional adaptor
  • 1080 60i video
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • Optical Steady Shot stabilization
  • 25-point Contrast-detect AF
  • 3-inch, 230K LCD
  • ISO 100-16,000 for stills, 100-3200 for video
  • 1/4000 to 30 second shutter speeds, bulb
  • Sweep panorama
  • Shooting tips, Intelligent Auto, other novice modes
  • HDMI out

From the front, the A3000 sells itself well, with handsome design and black spatter paint. The standard 18-55mm kit lens seems just a little small though, on the comparitively fulsome body. The grip is ample, and one could almost imagine a pentamirror fitting behind that Sony logo (though of course there isn't one).

However, the illusion falls apart when you pick up the A3000. While the feel of the grip is indeed substantial, the rest of the camera looks and feels hollow from the back. Its appearance also screams low-budget, with few controls. The LCD is more coarse than we're used to seeing these days, with disappointingly low 230,400-dot resolution; its 3-inch size amplifies the effect. The small EVF is also disappointing, and what appears to be a rubber pad around the outside is actually hard plastic, a hazard to glasses-wearers. Those who liked the menus of the NEX system cameras will feel right at home with the A3000's menu; those who did not will carry on hating. 

Perhaps the most glaring miscue is that there's no infrared proximity sensor to switch between the LCD and EVF. Instead you have to press a button on the top of the A3000, one that's difficult to reach over the Mode dial with your hand on the grip. A small thing, but for a camera that is designed to appeal to customers on the showroom floor of Best Buy and Costco, it'll likely fail the first test everyone will naturally put to the camera when they pick it up and look through the viewfinder - expecting it to perform like an SLR, they'll wonder why the finder is black.

Our concern is that while it was designed to appeal to those who want the perception of professional quality offered by the SLRs of other manufacturers (Sony openly admitted as much to us), despite its appearance the A3000 fails in two key ways: it neither feels like an SLR nor does it function entirely like an SLR either. And as potential buyers move down the counter trying the various other cameras on display, we think they'll notice the difference.

Of course, this is the enthusiast perspective. Naturally, a lot of people will look no further than the pricetag. This is a $400 interchangeable lens camera. It has a 20.1MP sensor. It captures 1080 60i movies with built-in stereo mics. Those specs are hard to argue with. And the A3000 has so many of the features that make Sony NEX cameras appealing, but packaged in an SLR-like body. For those willing to live with the low-res EVF and LCD, the Sony A3000 is undoubtedly a bargain. It enters a price range appropriate for older kids wanting a better camera, a smartphone upgrader, as well as simple impulse buys, gifts and anyone wanting a decent sensor and interchangeable lenses without spending a fortune.

Kit options and pricing

Expected to retail for $400, the Sony A3000 and 18-55mm kit lens will ship in early September 2013.


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BeReal
By BeReal (11 months ago)

Just the first pictures taken with this camera. I think the results are very interesting with the new lens 18-70mm. Here is the link: http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic100871_post1203883.html#1203883

0 upvotes
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (11 months ago)

An SLR-style NEX mount camera + lens kit for $400 is a nice and bold move. And some say it's a good sensor in a limited body. Well, that's better than the opposite, right? Congrats, Sony! (I guess the huge profit they're making out of the RX1 made this price point possible. Kidding.)

16 upvotes
Create
By Create (11 months ago)

Take the nameplate off the camera and customers will beat the doors down to buy it with those specs. and you know the images are going to be great. Sony is making some of the best cameras out there, something for everyone.

1 upvote
andyvanzz
By andyvanzz (11 months ago)

I think it's a great way to lure new customers into E-mount system. Despite of all its shortcomings this tiny (look at the size) ugly duckling will blow any super zoom or P&S out of the water in image quality. In this price range, it will be the IQ queen, if not king.

0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (11 months ago)

Hmmm....It has Wi-Fi as stated on the Sony ILCE-3000K/B PDF Spec Sheet.
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/a3000-Spec-Sheet.pdf

Comment edited 40 seconds after posting
1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (11 months ago)

Good sensor in limited body.

2 upvotes
captura
By captura (11 months ago)

A good back-up camera for Sony NEX owners?

0 upvotes
heliguy
By heliguy (11 months ago)

I love it! I can't use an E mount camera because of presbyopia, so I need a dslr style. I can get this body only (hopefully) and it's essentially a disposable body!

2 upvotes
Cailean Gallimore
By Cailean Gallimore (11 months ago)

Sony:"Our strategy is to move forward by moving backwards, to move up by moving down. to go faster by going slower."

I always love a downgrade.

2 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (11 months ago)

A downgrade from what?
It's a brand new line of cameras...

8 upvotes
Antony John
By Antony John (11 months ago)

If you don't understand it, don't knock it ;-)

1 upvote
nellydesign
By nellydesign (11 months ago)

President Kang...er I mean, CLIN-TON said it best...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSpSkWPBx6M

0 upvotes
Abrak
By Abrak (11 months ago)

I love the way people say that it is a rubbish camera even at US$400 because it has a 230k LCD.

It wasnt as though people were complaining about the US$6k plus Leica M8 5 years ago when it had a 230k LCD.

12 upvotes
vroger1
By vroger1 (11 months ago)

Well put...

0 upvotes
nelsonal
By nelsonal (11 months ago)

The difference is the Leica didn't use a 230k viewfinder as the primary way of seeing the image you were taking (for their target market the LCD was likely something most buyers planned to ignore except when necessary).

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

I think for the price, people won't be expecting primo. These are entry-level users. They'll do fine, even with lower resolution.

Comment edited 15 minutes after posting
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GonzaloDVial
By GonzaloDVial (11 months ago)

the primary way of seeing in this camera is an 1.44m dots EVF, not the screen

0 upvotes
captura
By captura (11 months ago)

For maybe $75 more they could have given us a better flip screen and EVF. As it is though, it is a very good value.

2 upvotes
bloodycape
By bloodycape (11 months ago)

I have not complaints about the screen res, but the fact it lacks tilting(like the A37/58) would have made it even better value. Or even just giving it rudimentary touch controls, like the Panasonic G2 would have gone a long way and would have only added like an extra $15-20 to the current price.

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (11 months ago)

One thing they left..... is to remove the AA filter for this unbalanced/unusual camera. It is as though, a small, cheap car with a huge engine. It just appears better in paper for me as a geek/gear head.

0 upvotes
nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (11 months ago)

very nice camera.

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (11 months ago)

The price is amazing, they will shift a ton of these. So long Nikon 1 series.

1 upvote
audijam
By audijam (11 months ago)

mmmmmm.....very soon it will be $359 with free sony sd card and a bag...maybe plus a tripod too.

4 upvotes
captura
By captura (11 months ago)

I have a very expensive tripod so I need to find a camera to match it.

0 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (11 months ago)

Shoulda titled this "Wolf in Cheap Clothing?"...that EVF doesn't belong on any even remotely serious camera. I was really hoping for a little less compromise (not the 2.4M EVF but maybe something in the 1-1.4M dot range), but this thing belongs on a P&S (see LVF1), not on an ILC.

1 upvote
Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (11 months ago)

Maybe they meant "a sheep in wolf's clothing." The sensors in the NEX have been great for several years. It is the AF (and particularly C-AF) that is troublesome.

Sony's solution: Dress up an NEX sensor so that it looks like it might have great C-AF.

0 upvotes
GonzaloDVial
By GonzaloDVial (11 months ago)

according to SAR it has an 1.44m dot EVF

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-first-image-of-the-new-ilc-3000-a3000-in-japan/

0 upvotes
DT200
By DT200 (11 months ago)

The more I think about this camera the more I think it will turn off buyers and quickly get them frustrated.
The Super-zooms have more useful lenses and the small DLSRs focus more reliably.

0 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (11 months ago)

LOL what? Do you wanted to say "focus faster"? Because cheap camera with PDAF and questionable QC hardly can be reliable in focus precision, unlike a camera with CDAF approach.

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1 upvote
T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

What?!? You mean super-zooms with really slow apertures and tiny sensors beyond them, and that you can't remove? You mean DSLRs that are heavier, cost more, and use much larger lenses? Sorry, but *everything* same some element of "frustration" if you think about it hard enough. Clearly, you've been thinking pretty hard about reasons to hate this camera. Most consumers won't. They'll think: $400, compact, light weight, interchangeable lenses, APS-C sensor, panoramic sweep, looks like a DSLR...buy!

3 upvotes
hombregrande10
By hombregrande10 (11 months ago)

I think your dislikes of this camera reveal the hyper-technology viewpoint of most digital camera reviews. Half the stuff on most digital cameras is never even used.Secondly, people who started out with film cameras -- admittedly old timers like myself -- would probably like a camera with less gizmos better.

5 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (11 months ago)

How do you empty your warehouses that are overflowing with tons of unsold sensors and spare parts and hopefully turn a small profit too? Sony's answer is the a3000. And at a $400 price point they have at least a 50% chance of being right. After all, shoppers on an extremely limited budget who want the DSLR look and an interchangeable lens system instead of a superzoom equipped fixed lens body, and who want to buy new instead of used are bound to exist. The question is; are there enough of them to make this latest effort by Sony pay off? I guess we will know by the end of the Christmas shopping season. Good luck Sony!

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Marvol
By Marvol (11 months ago)

What tons of unsold NEW sensors would that be? Or tons of unsold new 270k LCDs? Tons of unsold low-spec EVFs?

Are you having a laugh?

4 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (11 months ago)

DSLR Wannabe :-)

1 upvote
wcan
By wcan (11 months ago)

Hey, Sony puts the money where it matters...the sensor. $400 for what is probably a world class APS-C sensor on an interchangeable lens platform...sounds pretty awesome to me!

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imsabbel
By imsabbel (11 months ago)

I am honestly considering one just for the timelapses and stuff (where I don't care about EVF and stuff, and having a mirror is just a huge pain in the ass to begin width, from vibration and durability point of view).

2 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (11 months ago)

It seems that Sony think that the slr-styled body sells more than the typical NEX style. Nikon have said it too. Maybe the slr body design is something very strong in the collective subconscious of photographers, even the superzooms look like mini slrs. Interesting, and the price is really good, this should sell very well.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

Funnily enough Panasonic said the same thing of the G1 back in 2008/2009

> And so we have a new system with a new lens mount and this, the G1; the world's first electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens camera. From the outside it looks for all the world like a conventional SLR (albeit a very small one) - we're told that the design (complete with faux prism 'hump') is deliberately conservative; Panasonic's research has shown that its target market (particularly in Japan) still prefers a camera that looks like a camera is supposed to, and wasn't going to risk falling at the first hurdle by producing something too radical.

1 upvote
DDWD10
By DDWD10 (11 months ago)

A 230k LCD. Wow...

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Ian
By Ian (11 months ago)

I wonder if they got them from Leica's old stock ;)

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Marvol
By Marvol (11 months ago)

A 20 MP APS-C sensor with interchangeable lenses for less than $400 at introduction.

That's where you should put the WOW :). What else comes close?

2 upvotes
DDWD10
By DDWD10 (11 months ago)

I guess my point was that you're forced to either use a terrible LCD or terrible OVF... there is no alternative. What if you had to manual focus a macro shot or check focus on a preview without having to zoom in to 10x? I'm all for more affordable APS-C cameras but this seems a cut too far.

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (11 months ago)

SILLY NAMING CONVENTION

Until now, Alpha stood for interchangeable lenses on the Alpha mount.

This is an Alpha branded camera with a NEX mount. Daft.

There is no upgrade path between this cam and the existing Alpha cams; if you buy this cam and decide to upgrade later to a bigger Alpha cam, you will then have to re-buy all your lenses.

If the idea was to produce a better handling camera for NEX, then they could easily have done that without changing the name to Alpha.

I don't even get the Alpha connection. What is it; just because it looks like an SLR?

Idiotic.

But that aside, it seems like a very good entry level camera at a stupidly good price; Christmas shopping in camera stores is gonna be interesting.

4 upvotes
D Cox
By D Cox (11 months ago)

The mount is the A mount, not the Alpha mount. A for Autofocus, I believe.

All NEX cameras are Alpha cameras - they come from Sony's Alpha division.

3 upvotes
ToolMan78
By ToolMan78 (11 months ago)

D Cox,

While that may be true, it's not how the general non-gearhead amatuer photographer understands it.
And if you really want to get down to it, it's really the Minolta A-mount. Whether the A stands for autofocus or alpha I don't know, because Minolta labeled the Maxxum cameras Alpha outside of the US. And the A-mount was developed in conjunction with the Alpha/Maxxum camera system if I remember correctly. I'm sure someone will correct me if I got it wrong.

1 upvote
Arhat
By Arhat (11 months ago)

The camera was really stripped down, but Sony certainly did wright with this sensor. Best APS-C in town and starting from iso 100, for pennies. Manual lenses owners (FD and Leica specially) rejoice.

0 upvotes
Piggy the bad
By Piggy the bad (11 months ago)

I have to wonder is the Panny fz200 a better overall bet ?

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (11 months ago)

It will be lightyears different in IQ.

2 upvotes
Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (11 months ago)

> is the Panny fz200 a better overall bet ?

The Lumix FZ200 is to the Sony A3000 as the Leica M4 was to the Yashica Mat-124.

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Piggy the bad
By Piggy the bad (11 months ago)

This isn't such a silly question. Having bought last year an Olympus xz-1 I very rarely carrying my Pentax k10 with me. The performance of these small sensors is so good that I don't think you can draw a comparisons like you could with different film sizes.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (11 months ago)

The Olympus at least has a reasonably big sensor. The Panasonic does not AND it has a huge lens so IQ will suffer further.

Honestly if you are satisfied with an XZ-1 for IQ good for you but a lot of people will be happy with only a modern DSLR.

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Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (11 months ago)

No, I don't think it is a silly question! The FZ200 is a much better camera at least up to ISO 800. Beyond ISO 800 the IQ advantage of the A3000 isn't too great because of the slow F/5.6 at telephoto setting. In contrast, the FZ200 lens has a constant F/2.8 aperture, and a much greater zoom range.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (11 months ago)

I hope you are joking. My friend has a FZ200. The photos that camera takes with its tiny sensor is no match for any modern DSLR.

0 upvotes
Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (11 months ago)

It appears the size specs are wrong.

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Artpt
By Artpt (11 months ago)

I would be more likely to take a camera like this in all conditions and not fear damaging it...in other words, the price point almost insures the camera with the thought of "if it is damaged, at least I only spent $400 vs...

Camera owners, I believe, tend to covet their equipment and protect the costs invested.

To add, the focus peaking counterbalances the low res LCD....these days my eyes are failing so I don't appreciate the downgrade so much. I wonder if other enthusiasts will consider that exchange.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

The highest ISO is 1600.

1600 is fine. Just seems an odd thing to limit when high ISO is a selling point. I think. I figure the sensor would be capable at higher ISO..?

- - I see. Don't think I have seen that figure listed for maximum. I misread it as 1600. 16k should work!

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (11 months ago)

The highest is 16,000. Add a zero or 3 and a third stops.

3 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (11 months ago)

Very interesting.....creating a body to look like a DSLR so that a NEX competes with the DSLRs.

In analysis, if this has all the parts of NEX 3n at $400 then the low quality EVF and LCD is warranted. But, how much is it going to add for a modern LCD?!!! It's as though, they tried too much to achieve the" three" hundredth digit on its price(/w kit).

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Neodp
By Neodp (10 months ago)

Low quality EVF's are never warranted. They are primary, with no OVF. Sony did not need to leave out a better EVF, to keep the price down! That's a myth.

This is what manufactures do. Form what has already been done, and proved, they never put it all together(photographically = IQ, Price, speeds, controls, weight) ; thus protecting their more overpriced equipment.

Only your buying choice will change that. Not that this camera will not sell like crazy, and "help" pricing; but it still has missing benefits, that are not good. Yes, we can work around them; and I'm not asking for pure perfection. I'm saying its clear; they're not really trying.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (11 months ago)

Needs more plastic.

1 upvote
PORTRAIT
By PORTRAIT (11 months ago)

But,wait a sec., so the A3000 Sony is an "E" Mount system cam,same Nex series lenses right? Now what about "A" Mount ?? Can this cam carry the "A" mount?? or not? Or will Sony make another cam specific for "A" mount"..? I'm puzzled..

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (11 months ago)

Yeah, the cam is easily adaptable to A-mount using any of the three fully electronic adapters offered by Sony. Don't ask, it's magic.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

NEX means straight lines and alpha means curved lines.

0 upvotes
D Cox
By D Cox (11 months ago)

The camera shown above is marked Alpha 3000, not A3000.

One is a Greek letter, the other is a Latin letter.

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CFynn
By CFynn (11 months ago)

Some jpg photos taken with the A3000 are at:

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/19-pictures-a3000-zeiss1670-f4_topic100871_page1.html

These are with the new Zeiss lens - not the 18-55 kit lens - but begin to show what the camera is capable of.

Not bad for a $300 camera body.

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viking79
By viking79 (11 months ago)

Not bad for a $1000 lens, all APS-C sensors perform pretty similarly :-)

4 upvotes
SirSeth
By SirSeth (11 months ago)

Kind of brilliant. Really affordable for kids, students, first time system users, or those who are intimidated by technology but want the serious looks of a "real" camera. In the USA, people want something that says "I mean business." But they don't really mean business--but they want the image to match their huge pickups and SUVs. This gets them what they want for much cheaper than the competition. Alongside the SL1 and D3000 it might be hard to resist for the masses.

9 upvotes
jmimac351
By jmimac351 (11 months ago)

Pickups? SUVs? Interesting. When I go to the gun range in Orlando I always see a ton of Europeans soaking up the USA. Maybe "the masses" will like a camera they can hold on to, and won't feel the need to cling to mediocrity while they look down their nose at others.

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DT200
By DT200 (11 months ago)

Sheep on Wolf's clothing?
It will sell due to the price, but is incredibly stripped down.

2 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (11 months ago)

It's not stripped down. The features are adequate to the price.

7 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (11 months ago)

Stripped down compared to a higher-specced what now at a higher price?

Stripped down suggests there was something to strip down from to begin with.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (11 months ago)

I love Sony's panoramic sweep feature. I use it all the time on a Sony compact pocket camera I own, especially when traveling. The fact that this Sony does panoramic sweep, and none of my Canon DSLRs do...well, that's one point where the Canon's seem "stripped down" in comparison.

Besides, do you really think that the average entry-level consumer even uses a fraction of the features and specs that are available in most cameras? LOL. Nope.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (11 months ago)

Weird...while Oly and Panny makes DSLR styled bodies their flagship modle...Sony makes it their budget model...

Anyways, at $400, I think it's extremely competitive.

9 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (11 months ago)

Panasonic also does the G series, which is fairly low priced. I think this is what this genre needs ... manufacturers have been trying to sell p&s upgraders on a big p&s assuming they want the point & shoot experience with better IQ. This camera addresses those who want a (more) DSLR-like experience (at least a body they can hold with two hands and put up to their eye, especially if they're over 40 and not wearing their reading glasses). When a consumer looks at entry level DSLRs for $550 versus entry level ILCs that look like their old point & shoot with a lens strapped on, the ILC looks like it doesn't offer much for the money. A built in EVF is long overdue in this market segment.

1 upvote
nikonuser72
By nikonuser72 (11 months ago)

Do the headline in any way refer to Michael Wolf ? ;)

0 upvotes
pruus
By pruus (11 months ago)

See some pictures taken with this camera? http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/19-pictures-a3000-zeiss1670-f4_topic100871.html

4 upvotes
jimr
By jimr (11 months ago)

I think Dpreview has it totally wrong.
Excellent sensor.
MSRP $399 with kit lens.
The A3000 will fly off the shelves no matter what the LCD/EVF resolution. The fact that it has both is an asset!

12 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

But isn't that pretty much what DPR did say?

> As we said in the introduction, though, it's still a pretty good deal if you can get past the LCD, and just might move more units than one would expect, especially with the holiday shopping season approaching. We hope to get a shipping version soon, so check back to see if the image quality overcomes our reservations about the displays.

1 upvote
wb2trf
By wb2trf (11 months ago)

Yes the tone of the dpr article is all wrong. However dpr, like photographic equipment collectors who live on this site, does not deeply like change, and this is a big change. If you look at the dpr story on the first Nex cameras (3&5) and compare that to the first story on the 5N, you will see that the biggest change was not the cameras but merely the fact that dpr writers had become accustomed to the idea of the Nex. They hated the first and loved the second more than any change in the cameras would possibly justify.

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bobajoul1
By bobajoul1 (11 months ago)

This is going to be successful, not because of quality but because of size and numbers. Was recently in London, all the tourists had full size SLR's, with large zooms and big lens hoods, despite the hassle of carrying them and using them on the street. I switched to M43 two years ago, saw one OMD on streets. Even though the camera is better than most SLR's out there for the price with comparable kit, it seems the public still wants "bigger is better"

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

The body looks thicker than it needs to be, especially compared to the G6 as the E mount is actually slightly shallower than the m4/3 mount, but I guess larger components come with the lower price.

4 upvotes
reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (11 months ago)

Yep. Sony just upped the ante on Canon.

A direct competitor to the 100D (SL1) at approximately half the price.

Well played, Sony.

16 upvotes
Isaaclam
By Isaaclam (11 months ago)

This is the product I am looking for. Although this is a low-end model, the price is low too. I expect it work perfectly with my Metabone Speed Booster and my C/Y lenses. Look forward to an A7000 with metal body, more hard bottons, advanced peaking function, bigger EVF and tilt LCD.

2 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

I awaited a mirrorless in the NEX-7 style, or even dslr style, like this, but not a low end camera. The 20 mpix sensor is absolutely top, performs better than the 16 mpix, but, the sole 2 camers who have it are A58 and A3000, and both are stripped down low end entry cameras, what does not fits me at all.

1 upvote
fberns
By fberns (11 months ago)

naming it Alpha is plain stupid - Anything Sony... Alpha... was until now defined by the Alpha mount!

5 upvotes
jpfisher
By jpfisher (11 months ago)

Previous E-Mount cameras have been branded "Alpha NEX"

6 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

So, we call those Alpha NOTNEX

5 upvotes
ToolMan78
By ToolMan78 (11 months ago)

I agree, naming it an Alpha will only confuse people not familiar with Sony's product line-up. Too bad Epsilon is kind of a mouthful.

2 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

Who cares on the end, all is confusing, A3000, so now will appear soon the A3200, I suppose, the A 5000, A 5100, A7000, A 7100, A9000 FF, Just ask myself who they are kidding, or targetting, with those serie numbers.

I gave up on D since a long time, I prefer A. D is not the door to heaven anymore, and A is to my eyes better in technology. I am old fashion in many things, but not when it concerns cameras. Here I want to combine the old to the new.

Come on Nikon, are ya getting old fashion soon?

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KL Matt
By KL Matt (11 months ago)

Yep. You're gonna be seeing those everywhere.

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jmimac351
By jmimac351 (11 months ago)

I am a Canon guy with 7D and a number of lenses. I can tell you why this camera interests me. 1). The sample images from the Sony NEX cameras really impress me - especially the high ISO shots. They seem far superior to the Canon offering on lower end cameras. 2). I am at the race track once a month and would like to have a camera there without lugging my 7D rig and constantly being worried about where it is, or getting banged up in my truck.

Don't assume this is just for new people. It could be for people impressed with the Sony sensors who also want something likely capable of taking great images in a "beater" camera that's a $400 risk if lost or stolen.

I have looked thru the EVF of the NEX camera. If it is the same or better, I'm buying this.

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CarVac
By CarVac (11 months ago)

It's not better.

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jmimac351
By jmimac351 (11 months ago)

Yeah, just saw that. Thanks.

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1MPXL
By 1MPXL (11 months ago)

Hmmmm A9000 more controls+full frame [sensor same as RX1] + smaller form factor+ Vertical Grip... ill go back to sleep wishing someday would be a reality.

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Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

I can live without the FF sensor, but not without all the commands that make Nex-7 the camera I like. I just wait for GX-NEX 7. Not only does the GX looks like NEX-7 twin brother with better features and a lot of things I would like the NEX to have, they called it GX-7, Why? Well ...........

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (11 months ago)

It might look like a DSLR, does it focus as fast as a DSLR?

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AndyGM
By AndyGM (11 months ago)

It will focus as fast as the NEX 3N. You can draw your own conclusion.

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ntsan
By ntsan (11 months ago)

At this price I guess Panasonic G5 will be the direct competitor to this model ($399 with kit and $299 body on Amazon)

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

G5 got faster focus, better video, and similar or better low light performance using an f/2.8 zoom against this one with an f/4 zoom.

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1MPXL
By 1MPXL (11 months ago)

@Yabokkie... i have a 5n and a G5. The 5n piledrives the G5 to the floor in lowlight and Video. Your comments just makes me smile.

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Jorginho
By Jorginho (11 months ago)

"Pildedrives"....That hyperbolemade me smile. G5 has undoubtedly the better video, who are you kidding here? The sensor performance for stills clearly goes to the 5n but it does not piledrive it from my perspective. It is better.

G5 has that eyesensor, has a swiveling LCD with much higher res, probably has better AF and seems to be a well rounded cam where this Sony is cutting corners like the G3 did. I guess i will sell well in the US. It looks serious and wil give nice IQ regardless.

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Shamael
By Shamael (11 months ago)

@Yabokkie, since you ow this camera and know some of it to be worse than G5, just tell us some more, smarta..

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ET2
By ET2 (11 months ago)

G5 is one year old camera, and the launch price of G5 was $700. It obviously didn't do well in market, so they are selling it cheap now to clear stocks. That's not comparable to $399 launch price.

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CFynn
By CFynn (11 months ago)

Price of entry level consumer cameras drops fast. By Boxing Day imagine how cheap this will be.

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Sordid
By Sordid (11 months ago)

Yabokkie, care to put yourself to shame some more?
You're an obvious fanboy.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

fanboy of m4/3" ?

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (11 months ago)

yabokkie stop trolling, you know you can't make statements about image and video quality without sample images.

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Dimit
By Dimit (11 months ago)

..and make it clear: this is not a NEX camera,this is the cheapest apsc,evf fitted camera for sale today,as simple as that.

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AndyGM
By AndyGM (11 months ago)

Its a NEX 3N, retrofitted with the Alpha A58 sensor, and put in a shrunk version of an A58 body. Oh, and it has the NEX user interface. Its more NEX than Alpha, clearly, no matter what brand they put on it. Actually putting Alpha on it is a bit dumb, if the buyers of this then buy a second lens, they might be confused about what mount type they need on the lens.

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Dimit
By Dimit (11 months ago)

This is the most HONEST offer ever made in the camera business! 50% of the camera models are cheating the consumer,certainly not this one.
Also..a smart move for the US market where everybody loves big and cheap-cars,house appliances,plastic boops! etc,etc..the main reason nex fail to sell in the States vs Europe and Asia being the dimentions and quality!!
What's a more ineresting entry in the world of big sensors ,ideal for a Christmas gift for youngsters?

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tagomilonga
By tagomilonga (11 months ago)

@Dimit
It's O.K. to be jealous!

0 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (11 months ago)

I understand (but hate) the marketing imperative that spawned this camera: make it look like something that it isn't.
So it looks like an SLR, and the "pro" associations of that 'look' will be enough to sell the camera. Never mind the unhappy paradox that they stymied the stand-out advantage of SLR design, the viewfinder.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

the users should be blamed
for such stupid things like SLR style or viewfinder

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Azfar
By Azfar (11 months ago)

I don't get it. Why offer NEX specs in an SLR body ? I am genuinely perplexed.

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Vlad4D
By Vlad4D (11 months ago)

Because a lot of people love SLR bodies :)

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ToolMan78
By ToolMan78 (11 months ago)

I think this is more about offering a an SLR body with a Sony E-mount. It will allow people to get into SLR-type cameras at a cheaper price point, and offer NEX users a more funtional body for the lenses they already own.

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mikiev
By mikiev (11 months ago)

Its like why Harley Davidson & Jeep keep similar-looking models for decades = it is what people expect.

Remember the year - 1987 - that Jeep put square headlights on the Wrangler YJ - nicknamed "Wrongler" - and got backlash from the faithful that "Real Jeeps have round headlights!"

If people are going to be put-off buying good picture-taking electronics because it is housed in a 'non-traditional', rectangular-shaped camera, then why not try seeing if they are more likely to buy the same internals in a 'traditional' form-factor?

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