Review: Sony A3000

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The Alpha line is quickly becoming Sony’s catchall brand for cameras. In the last year we’ve seen new cameras like the full-frame mirrorless A7 and A7r and new form factor cameras given designations like the A5000 and A6000. The Sony A3000 comes from the other end of the spectrum with an SLR styled body and high resolution 20MP sensor that takes smaller E-mount lenses.

With an electronic viewfinder and no translucent mirror, or any mirror for that matter, the A3000 has one foot in the space of full-on SLR Alpha cameras and the other steeped in Sony’s smaller mirrorless world. It’s an odd hybrid but how does it all work together in practice?

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Sony Announces Two New E-Mount Cameras And Two New E-Mount Lenses

Sony a3000 and Lenses

With IFA in Berlin coming up in September, tech companies are now beginning to announce their new products. Sony makes the start today with two new E-mount cameras and two new E-mount lenses–all of which had been leaked on the internet days before the announcement. The two cameras Sony is announcing today are the NEX-5T, wich is the successor to the NEX-5R, and the a3000, which is an E-mount camera despite it looking like one of Sony’s Alpha DSLR/Ts. Sony’s two new E-mount lenses are the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 and the 18-105mm F4 G OSS Power Zoom Lens. Details on the products after the break.

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First Impressions: Sony A3000 (Featuring Some New NEX Lenses)

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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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