Sony says that users want a Digital SLR shaped camera but don't necessarily care about the technology inside, whether it's a traditional DSLR, a DSLT or a Mirrorless camera with DSLR styling, and have introduced this new entry level Digital SLR styled mirrorless camera, the Sony Alpha 3000, using the Sony E-Mount.
The Sony Alpha A3000 is a new entry level Digital SLR styled camera with the Sony E-Mount, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, electronic viewfinder and 3inch screen. The camera uses Sony NEX E Mount lenses and is designed for those people who want improved image quality over a compact camera, but also want the handling of a Digital SLR. The camera is due to be released in the middle of September with an estimated retail price of £370.
20.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
ISO 100 - 16000
Full HD video
Contrast based AF
3inch 230k screen
Side access to memory card
Multi-terminal flash hot-shoe
Optical steadyshot on with E mount lenses
353g body only, 128.0mm x 90.9mm, x 84.5mm
In the hand, the plastics don't feel particularly high quality, and the low resolution 230k dot 3inch screen is particularly disappointing, although this is partly side-stepped by the SVGA electronic viewfinder.
The styling of the camera and Alpha name could also cause confusion as traditionally Sony Alpha DSLRs / SLTs use the Sony Alpha mount. So if anyone buys the Sony Alpha 3000 and then wants to upgrade to another Sony Alpha DSLR, they may be surprised to find that the E mount lenses won't work on the other models in the Alpha range.
The EVF is switched to using the top EVF/LCD button, as eye-detection is not included. There is side access to the memory card slot and USB connection, and on top is the Sony multi-accessory port flash hot-shoe. Noticeably lighter than the Sony Alpha A58
, but using the same 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor we would expect image quality performance to be very similar.
Sony Alpha 3000 Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Sony Alpha 3000 Specifications
|Sensor Type||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
- Face Detection
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
- Scene modes
- Program Variable
- Centre-weighted - Average
- Multi Pattern
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 16000|
|Viewfinder Resolution||201,600 dots (equivalent)|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
- Memory Stick (Sony)
|Battery Type||Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)|
|Battery Life (CIPA rating)||470shots|
|Box Contents||AC Adaptor AC-UB10, Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, Micro USB cable, Shoulder strap, Standard Zoom Lens (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)|
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