Sony has been trying hard to get the proper respect into the camera industry with its Sony A3000. We can say that it’s one of the few companies that are trying really hard to leave a mark, but it kind of seems that things are not going according to the plan. Maybe the main problem is that interchangeable lens camera (ICL) versions are not getting the attention they should be getting. There is no explanation for this situation and market analysts can’t figure out why users are simply not attracted to these devices. Some are saying these cameras are not even close to producing the same quality of images as dSLRs, which is true even though they look the same.
Others think that the problem is because ILC sacrifices its compactness grip and nice sleek design. Just because they are smaller and their main target is people who are changing their point-and-shoot cameras, we expect them to be cheaper than they usually are. Sony’s latest try with its A3000 model represents a jump over these hurdles and fight through the top with a NEX camera implemented into dSLR structure with an aggressive price. This shooter is priced at $400.
Instead of making a single-lens translucent model, Sony has developed a dSLR-style design around its NEX menu, E-Mount lenses and control system. Did I mention that is a mirrorless model, too? – This idea makes sense because when you drop the mirror you get shrank lens mount. For the new buyers, the NEX menu will look much friendlier than on some other cameras of this kind.
Absolutely nothing you see on this camera looks premium but nothing yells cheap, either. Simply said, the A3000 has a limited continuous shooting, lacks 1080/30p video, doesn’t include small EVF and it has LCD with low resolution. However, if you take a look at the price and the design, you will understand the whole concept of the device. Unlike some of its biggest competitors, Sony has used the E-Mount system in order to get smaller lenses.
Here’s what this camera has:
- Sensor: 20.1-mpix Exmor CMOS HD
- Sensitivity Range: ISO 100 – ISO 16,000
- Focal-Length multiplier: 1.5x
- Burst shooting: 2.5 frames per second
- Viewfinder: Electronic 0.5
- AF Sensitivity: 0 – 20 EV
- Autofocus: 25 area contrast
- Metering / Metering sensitivity: 1,200 Zone / 0 – 20 EV
- Audio: Stereo
- IS: Optical
- Memory Slots: 1xSDXC
- Battery Life: 480 Shots
- Measurements: 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches
- Weight: 9.9 ounces
It’s really nice to see how the A3000 performs among its toughest competitors. It’s definitely worth saving the money you are about to spend on same camera in a different body. Here’s an advice: with the money you’ll save, you can buy better lens in order to pair it. You will get an all-in-one camera that has even better lens than the professional devices.
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