Excerpt: Updates: 06/25/2014 : Shooter's Report by Jason Schneider Since Sony launched its first mirrorless cameras -- the Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 -- back in early 2010, its E-mount has gone on to become extremely popular. Now that Alpha mirrorless models have been around for several years, though, the company finds itself faced with a question. Almost two thirds of step-up buyers are still opting for an SLR-style camera instead of mirrorless.
Excerpt: In late August of 2013, Sony announced the α 3000, or a3000, a "DSLR-style" interchangeable lens camera (ILC). While not a traditional DSLR, the α 3000 is built to look like one, and features a 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor, Full HD video recording, a 0.5 inch electronic Tru-Finder with 100% field coverage as well as a 3.0-inch "Live View" enabled LCD display, a P/A/S/M Mode Dial, and 15 Picture Effects.
Summary: We're all in favour of diversity in the digital camera market. The greater the variety of cameras available, the more likely it is that you'll be able to find something that entirely suits your needs. That said however, the Sony A3000 seems to be a niche camera without a niche to fit into.
Summary: While the body is plastic and both the LCD and the viewfinder are well below average in resolution, the Alpha 3000 is still an excellent beginner's camera. The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions. Coupled with the wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000, this camera is suited to low-light shooting and more.
Up to and including ISO 1600, noise performance is impressive, with the camera striking a great balance between detail and noise.
Excerpt: Sony has been concentrating its photographic efforts of late on clip-on optics for smartphones, or very high-end compacts with full frame sensors, so this latest DSLR-type camera - the Sony A3000 - has slipped out with slightly less fanfare than afforded predecessors, despite being newsworthy for adopting the E lens mount of Sony’s NEX compact system cameras rather than the traditional A mount of its Alpha DSLR range.
Bargain price tag if you don’t mind the lack of extras, large and chunky controls, big and broad handgrip, easy and quick to shoot video
Operational speed could be improved, fixed and low-ish resolution LCD screen, no eye sensor on viewfinder, no Wi-Fi built in
Summary: Sony's ILCE-3000 is something of a 'curate's egg'; excellent in parts. It's difficult to argue with the pricing and many purchasers will find this the main reason to acquire this camera. Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are comprehensive and usually reliable.