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Sony Alpha a3000
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Sony Alpha a3000

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Overall 8

Sony Alpha A3000

Camera Labs
1 July 2014
  • Summary: The Sony A3000 is a mirrorless system camera styled like a DSLR. Based on the earlier NEX system with the same APS-C sized sensor and compatible with existing E-mount interchangeable lenses, it's an entry-level model with a budget price tag.
  • Pros: Inexpensive., Excellent image quality and noise performance., Highly customisable., Manual focus with peaking assistance., Auto panorama feature.
  • Cons: Small low resolution EVF., 16:9 proportion low res screen not ideal for stills., Playback button not in ideal location., No Wifi, but then neither do budget rivals., Miniature effect can't be applied to movies.
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Overall 9

Sony A3000

Imaging Resource
25 June 2014
  • Conclusion: Some cameras are all about cramming in as many features as possible, even if you'll seldom use them. That's great for the belt-and-suspenders types, but it makes them much more expensive than they need to be. The Sony A3000 doesn't play that game.
  • Pros: Incredible value -- you're getting an amazing amount of technology including a lens for the price, Interchangeable-lens will prove more versatile than a fixed-lens on a bridge camera, giving you room to grow, Comfortable body with good ergonomics, Light plastic body won't get tiring to hold for l...
  • Cons: Somewhat plasticky-feeling, but not as much as you'd expect for the price, Slow burst mode, Shallow buffers, Sluggish power on and mode switching, Low-res, time-multiplexed viewfinder has distracting rainbow shimmer effect on some subjects, Impossible to use EVF to review images post-capture, Low...
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Overall 7

Expert Review

5 February 2014
  • Summary: Sony's new entry-level mirrorless camera is cheap, but it seems to be suffering an identity crisis.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
31 January 2014
  • Summary: 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...
  • Pros: iAuto and Superior Auto shooting modes are accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Very compact body is easy to handle, Excellent image quality at lower ISO settings, Performance surpasses Sony's claims, Shooting via LCD or EVF, Great Battery...
  • Cons: Weak pop-up flash, Very high noise levels at the higher ISO settings, Very sensitive onboard mic with no mic input, Lower resolution EVF and LCD, No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
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Expert Review

4 December 2013
  • Summary: Sony a3000 Review: the Sony Alpha a3000 combines the Alpha and NEX systems in a new entry-level camera But is it any good? Find out in our Sony a3000 review video. The new, entry-level Sony a3000 is yet another step in new ground being blazed by Sony along with its much-heralded Sony A7 and Sony A7R...
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha 3000

PC Magazine
17 October 2013
  • Conclusion: The mirrorless Sony Alpha 3000 cuts a lot of corners to hit its low $400 asking price, but there are no compromises in image quality.
  • Pros: Inexpensive. SLR-like design. Built-in EVF. Built-in flash. Short shutter lag. Focus peaking. 1080i60 video capture. Excellent image quality at high ISOs.
  • Cons: No eye sensor. Low-resolution EVF and rear LCD. Limited burst shooting.
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Overall 8
Design 8
Value for money 8
Features 8
Performance 8
Picture quality 9

Sony A3000 Review

What Digital Camera
27 September 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: NEX-style controls; Light weight
  • Cons: Build quality; Slow focusing; Generic styling; Lack of features
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Overall 7

Sony Alpha ILCE-3000 ( with 18-55mm lens)

25 September 2013
  • Summary: If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget, but not better performance, the Sony Alpha A3000 meets that criterion.
  • Pros: With an attractive $400 (or less) price, the Sony Alpha A3000 delivers excellent photo quality for the money.
  • Cons: It's slow, with a poor LCD and only slightly better EVF. Plus Sony doesn't include a charger, which may be an issue for some folks.
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha 3000 review

TechRadar UK
17 December 2013
  • Summary: Mix the build of a DSLT and the NEX E-Mount and you get the Alpha 3000
  • Pros: APS-C size sensor, EVF, Affordable, This is a no-frills camera, but the images it produces are excellent with fine detail, excellent colours and lots of scope for post production editing if you're into that kind of thing. It would be a great camera to learn on for somebody who's just getting into...
  • Cons: Poor screen, Disappointing EVF, The screen is the major let down on this camera, displaying a low resolution and lots of noise, especially when shooting in lower light conditions. We suspect that this screen was chosen in a bid to keep the price as low as it could possibly be, though. It's also a...
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Overall 10

Sony Alpha A3000 review

11 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Sony's digital imaging department has had an eventful year. With all the hubbub surrounding its full-frame Alpha 7 and 7R, the sublime RX100 II and its high-concept QX10 and QX100, there's a risk that the Alpha A3000 will go largely unnoticed.
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