Sony A3000 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C sensor
  • Light body and DSLR grip
  • Full HD video
  • Compatible with E-Mount lenses
  • Compatible with A-Mount lenses with an adapter
  • RAW
  • Optical viewfinder
  • 3.5 fps burst
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • Release Date: 2013-09-08
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

4.55 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony A3000
A compromise between a mirrorless and a DSLR
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Sony's latest DSLR is a compact compromise between the size of a mirrorless and the power of a DSLR. The A3000 uses the same lenses as their mirrorless line, allowing for a much more compact system overall, yet has an APS-C sized sensor. Despite it's smaller size, the A3000 doesn't skimp on features. The A3000 uses the same image processer used on larger Sony DSLRs and has a 3.5 fps burst mode, so speed isn't sacrificed for size. The A3000 also has an easy to use interface, RAW shooting, a 25 point autofocus system and a 100% field of view optical viewfinder. At less than $400 for the body, the A3000 is priced nice.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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