A high-resolution SLR-like mirrorless camera that uses NEX E-mount lenses and comes with an affordable price tag.
Sony’s ILCE-3000 (or Alpha A3000) is an interesting camera because it’s been built to compete price-wise with long-zoom digicams (many of which are more expensive) but also provide some features of a regular DSLR. Paying less than AU$500 for an interchangeable-lens camera looks like a bargain so this review will focus upon how it has been achieved and what compromises have been involved.
Who’s it for?
Photographers looking for a camera to base an imaging system on are likely to favour a higher-featured model. Most people who buy this camera are unlikely to invest in extra lenses, although they may consider a tele-zoom like the SEL 55210 55-210mm (which sells for the same price as the camera).
Use of Sony’s E-mount system means lenses are generally a bit smaller than those for the single-lens translucent (SLT) models, enabling the camera body to remain relatively small. Purchasers have 18 lenses to choose from, plus two ‘converter’ lenses.
This really isn’t a camera for serious photographers looking as the basis for an interchangeable-lens system, partly because of its cost-cutting construction but also because of its performance limitations and the limited range of lenses available. But if it leads purchasers into higher-featured cameras in Sony’s range, it will have been a worthwhile addition to the camera line-up.