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. As such it's targetted at improvers moving up from a phone or compact and is looking to poach sales from the entry-level DSLR market dominated by Canon and Nikon.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Life, One of the most affordable dSLR-style cameras available
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
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 launches earlier this year. SEE MORE: Sony A7R vs Nikon D800: which full-frame camera should you buy?
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
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