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.
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.
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 photography.
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 little bit disjointing having to press a button to activate the EVF rather than it automatically switching when you lift it to your eye.
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha 3000 is a mirrorless camera in the styling of a Digital SLR, with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and Sony E-Mount, it is compatible with all Sony NEX lenses and features a 3inch screen and electronic viewfinder on the back. It is available for around £299 with kit lens, making it one of the cheapest mirrorless / DSLR style interchangeable lens cameras available.
Pros: Price - excellent value for money, Good image quality, Pleasing colour saturation, Good panoramic mode, Good battery life, Info-lithium battery, Focus peaking
Cons: Alpha branding could cause confusion, Same size as real Digital SLRs, Low resolution screen, Small viewfinder
Excerpt: Sonys nya Alpha är en spegellös kamera med APS-C-sensor och ett hus som påminner om en spegelreflexkamera. Även om upplösningen är hög, priset lågt och bildkvaliteten rimlig finns det en hake.
Conclusion: Avec son Alpha 3000, Sony met un compact à objectifs interchangeables dans un boîtier de reflex. La qualité d'image est bien au rendez-vous, mais l'Alpha 3000 (A3000) déçoit par sa réactivité et la qualité de son viseur et de son écran. Son tarif lui amène cependant un bon rapport qualité / prix.