Conclusion: On the whole, this is a good option for those who want something with traditional stylings but are tempted by the low weight and low overall size of mirrorless systems. If you don't mind the more compact style of camera though, take a look at the also excellent Sony NEX 3N, which features many similar specs to the a3000 but in a differently shaped body.
Excerpt: More than 5000 units had been sold of Sony PSP 3000 in 2005. To revise its success, Sony had launched the PSP 2000 in 2007 with few tweaks, slim profile, and ability to output to TV directly. Now, the company has come back with Sony PSP 3000 with inbuilt microphone, Skype, and better video support including HDMI capability. Its improved screen offer better color reproduction, reduce glare and diminishes the ghosting.
Excerpt: Slim and lightweight body; better color reproduction than its predecessor; revamped AV output for game and video playback on TVs; inbuilt microphone for preinstalled Skype app and games; impressive online and media features; numerous games with better graphics than Nintendo DS. The screen shows scalines and jaggies while high-motion gaming and video scenes. The UMD games take more loading times than the DS games.
Excerpt: Disastrous proprietary Universal Media Disc (UMD) format and haphazard software selection aside, we thought that the original PlayStation Portable was pretty terrific, what with its big, sharp LCD screen and noteworthy multimedia prowess. The handheld gaming system’s capable processor and onboard flash memory also made it ripe for the introduction of new features via firmware upgrades, which thankfully remain plentiful.
Pros: Gorgeous new screen; built-in microphone; ongoing firmware updates
Cons: Light on major enhancements; still no keyboard; not worth upgrading if you already own one
Summary: If you're a heavy PSP user with wads of cash to blow, need the external mic, or want to play games on a standard TV, the PSP 3000 is the sleeker, visually crisper twin to last year's model. If you're an original PSP owner and skipped the PSP 2000, you'll see an even more dramatic difference upgrading. But if you're already rolling with a PSP 2000, your money's better saved than spent on this nominal uptick.
Summary: In July, Sony revealed the PSP -3000 at the 2008 Leipzig Games Convention in Germany, and the new handheld looks to build on the success of the slimmed-down PSP-2000 that was announced just under a year ago. This annual update has proved to be the product cycle trend for Sony with their handheld gaming system. Following that formula, the PSP-3000 sports some minor, yet exciting, new features.
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
Conclusion: Sony has produced another good camera in the shape of the a3000. It's not hugely exciting, but nor is it meant to be. It produces excellent image quality and is available at a low enough price point to be accessible to a wide range of photographers. There may be some confusion regarding the lack of the NEX name and the choice of lens mount, but there's a good possibility that someone who buys this will stick with the standard kit lens.