Sony has unveiled Alpha A3000 with an MSRP of $399. You need high zoom range and the camera which fits in your pocket; so spending $400 on this camera sounds good. It is the first DSLR-style Sony camera which comes with employed E-Mount, formerly reserved for NEX-series models. It’s a direct shot to competitive digital camera manufacturers by the world’s trendsetting digital camera manufactures “Sony”. Let’s have a look on its design and usability:
Design and Specs
Sony revealed that according to internal survey 60% system camera buyers prefer DSLR cameras. So, Sony is in market with its first ever DSLR-system mirrorless camera. It draws it visual cues in two equal parts which is A-Mount Alpha A58 and the Cyber-shot HX300 superzoom.
From front it has rubberized grip which is surprisingly comfortable for the camera class and it’s a good indicator for A3000. On the back side you will find some few buttons, typical four-way directional pad and two context-sensitive buttons. Pressing on any four-way directional button access a different setting: exposure timing, self-timer/drive mode, display info, and ISO. Also, in its environs built-in stereo microphone has been added at top of EVF housing. For connectivity purpose, you will get the HDMI mini and standard micro-USB ports. Interesting point in this camera is smallish 1080mAh lithium-ion cell is there for 480 shots using the rear LCD.
It have 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens which is the same glass available in company’s NEX models but with this system camera it matches perfectly.
On the hardware side, the A3000 is equipped with 20.1-megapixel EXMOR APS-C sensor, paired with a BIONZ image processor. It’s sensitivity range extends from ISO 100-16000, it provide lots of flexibility for low-light photography and it’s optically stabilized with 18-55mm kit lens.
Unlike other new Sony sensors, it doesn’t have phase detection features in its chip, so you’ll be limited 25-point contrast autofocus. This feature sounds good for stationary subject but when it comes to capture the action it fails in front of other competitive DSLRs. It’s pretty weak when it comes to competition due to the maximum continuous burst rate of 3.5 frames per second.
The built-in electronic viewfinder provides just 0.7x image magnification. Though many shooters will shoot with the rear LCD but it has low-res at 230k-dot which is expected at the A3000’s asking price. In A3000 you’ll come across many graphics menus that are an interface between recasts confusing technical concepts.
It’ll have the physical mode dial features two automatic shooting modes, scene mode setting, and even panorama stitching. This system camera comes with many new software features including Auto Object Framing. And for the Instagrammers, there will be 15picture effects, and also Wi-Fi connectivity to get your pictures to be cloud.
On the video part, it offers 1080/60i/24p (24Mbps) recording in AVCHD. If you want to use bit-less memory card space you can even step down to 720/60i/24p. You can also switch to MP4/h.264 and shoot in 1440×1080 (12Mbps) or VGA (3Mbps).
You’ll be highly impressed with this Sony hardware under $400 with 20.1 megapixel camera and many more hardware specifications and its comfortability. It has a good video option under $400 bench mark after all Sony is known for its high video quality. If you’re a casual photographer then upgrading to this serious camera will be a good idea or if you have an idea on DSLRs then A3000 should be in your radar.