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.

Viewfinder

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.