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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony Alpha A3000 first impressions (1 of 15)ISO 32001-40 sec at f - 3.2

We didn’t think that this would ever happen, but it was really just bound to. Sony is announcing their brand new A3000 DSLR–except that it isn’t a DSLR at all. Instead, this is the first Alpha camera that is meant to take NEX lenses. And as a result, the A3000 doesn’t have a mirror–but there is an electronic viewfinder. This camera is being targeted at the entry level consumer who is looking to step up to an SLR style camera. And as a result, they’re retailing this camera for a $399 price point when it drops in September.

We spent some personal time with it recently; and judging from our 10 minutes with the camera, we’re not sure anyone would ever want to put it in manual mode.

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The other day, I traveled to Canon USA’s headquarters to get some personal fondling time with a prototype of the Canon EOS M (couldn’t put a card in the camera). As Canon’s first entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, we predicted that the little camera has lots of headroom to clear. Canon cited that in the US, the MILC market is still very small (which is true) but huge in other areas of the world. This camera is also being targeted at the lower end consumer line as well as videographers.

When asked about the sensor, Canon couldn’t confirm with me at the moment whether or not it was the same sensor as the Canon 7D or T3i; but they did confirm that it was the same as the T4i.

So after an hour or two with the camera, how was it?

 

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With multiple days of testing finished, the Canon T3i has been shipped back and returned. We’ve tested it at events, for portraits, at night, etc. So is it right for you? If you’re reading this, you may want to take a look at our list of best budget lenses, our recommended Canon lenses and also the three way duel between the Canon 60D, 7D, and T2i (which will be updated soon).

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It’s been a long month that I’ve spent with the Olympus EPL-2; as a constant companion to me everywhere I go, I will say that it will be very sorely missed with its sexy curves and simplicity. But will I buy it?

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