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conclusion:Pass on it

70

Sony's A3000 occupies the middle ground between DSLR and mirrorless camera, but even though it's priced just shy of $400, it's not worth the comparatively small savings. Sony certainly didn't skimp out on the image quality, with CNET saying it's "the one thing the camera gets truly right." But they do take issue with the LCD and electronic viewfinder, with the LCD suffering from "extremely low resolution ... which makes it difficult to tell if your shot's in focus." The speed is on the slow side, with TrustedReviews finding it "lacking." The A3000 is best suited for someone who wants better photo quality than cheaper point-and-shoots, but doesn't want to spend the money on an entry-level DSLR.

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PC Mag Oct 17, 2013

The mirrorless Sony Alpha 3000 cuts a lot of corners to hit its low $400 asking price, but there are no compromises in image quality.

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CNET Sep 25, 2013

If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget, but not better performance, the Sony Alpha A3000 meets that criterion.

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TrustedReviews Oct 6, 2013

The A3000 is neither DSLR nor a CSC, and unfortunately it fails to particularly impress as either, despite some impressive image quality results. It’s an interesting idea, but on this evidence it needs more work.

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Engadget Aug 27, 2013

We spent a few minutes with the A3000, and while this model wouldn't be the best fit for photographers who understand the appeal of mirrorless cameras, it will likely appeal to the users Sony's aiming at here. It's a nice camera for sure, and a great value at $399 with a lens.

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CNET Aug 26, 2013

Nothing about the A3000 screams "premium," but nothing whispers "cheap," either. The trade-offs it makes: limited continuous shooting, no 1080/30p video, a small EVF, and a low-resolution LCD. But the price and the design really hit the sweet spot for the step-up buyer.

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Pocket-Lint Aug 26, 2013

The A3000's design makes for a camera that's more akin to a bridge camera than anything else; it has the feel of superzooom models of yesteryear and, if anything, that affordable price is most reflected in the feel of the camera in the hand.

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Imaging Resource Aug 27, 2013

Even though it lacks its predecessor's Translucent Mirror and Alpha lens mount, the Sony A3000 is essentially a replacement for the now-discontinued Alpha A37. It forms the new entry-point to the Alpha A-series line, after all.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Aug 27, 2013

Frankly, we're impressed with the hardware Sony has managed to cram under the $400 mark...The fact that you can get a 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor in a comfortable body, all for less than many manufacturers (including Sony) ask for small-sensor point-and shoots, is... well, it's a little mindblowing.

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TechRadar Aug 27, 2013

It's basically a hybrid of the Alpha and NEX systems, and while both are excellent in different ways, we're not entirely convinced of the merits of combining the two at the moment. But perhaps that will come when we've had a chance to use it properly.

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T3 Aug 27, 2013

As a budget DSLR, the Sony A3000 offers a very good price, although that's clearly reflected in the basic controls, design and build quality.

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Techno Buffalo Aug 26, 2013

The Alpha 3000 is the latest addition to Sony’s Alpha camera series and its cheapest DSLR yet. At just $399, it’s aimed at point-and-shoot photographers looking to up their picture quality.

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Photography Blog Aug 27, 2013

Want to see exactly what the new Sony A3000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A3000 compact system camera.

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