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New camera will launch in September

Sony has unveiled a new digital camera that fits into its interchangeable lens series. The camera has the looks of a Sony D-SLR unit, but isn’t actually a D-SLR. Sony describes the a3000 as an entry-level interchangeable lens camera combining the capability of a more expensive D-SLR in easy-to-use package.

The camera features a 20.1-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor, electronic viewfinder, and uses the Sony E-mount lens mounting system. Lenses are available for that mount system ranging from telephotos to wide angles and everything in between. The camera also has a large rear LCD offering Live View capability.

The camera is capable of recording full HD resolution video and large image sensor that allows the camera to be more sensitive to light. The electronic viewfinder promises 100% field of coverage making it easy to frame shots. The camera has easy-to-use controls including full manual mode and 15 different Picture Effect settings.

Those Picture Effect settings include Retro Photo, Miniature Camera, Partial Color, and others. The camera also has a Multi-Interface Shoe terminal on top allowing users to accessories including flash, video lights, and microphones. Sony says that the a3000 will be available in early September.

The camera will sell for about $400 including a black 18-55 mm zoom kit lens when it debuts early next month. 

Source: Sony

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It looks cheap
By Mitch101 on 8/27/2013 10:15:35 AM , Rating: 2
Im not an enthusiast of photography yet but I'm aspiring to take better pictures and while this has some decent looking specs I would rather go with a Refurb Nikon D3200 for $400.00 than this Sony. The Sony looks limited like an Pre-Entry into the DLSR world where the Nikon would fill both the Entry and Mid Level camera enthusiast. The Sony to me is like a $200 camera that allows for interchangeable lenses. It might be a manufacturing bonus for Sony to do this is the 18-55mm lens is the one that gets bundled with every digital camera sold with a basic lens. To me my $400.00 would be better spent on the Nikon.

15 different Picture Effect settings - NOOOOO! - You want to do everything in post processing. Most pro photographers want to take flat photos they don't look like much when they come off the memory card but after post processing they are just amazing.

I personally use a Canon T3i.

RE: It looks cheap
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/27/2013 10:59:53 AM , Rating: 3
It is cheap.

It is not a pro camera. It is not a DSLR. It is not an enthusiast camera, nor is it for serious amateurs.

This camera is targeted squarely at point & shoot users that want the flexibility of unscrewing a wide angle lens and slapping on a telephoto. That it uses an APS-C sensor is a benefit (less noise than the average P&S, but beyond that it most certainly is not targeted to folks that take raw shots and do their refining in photoshop.

My lug-about camera of choice is a Nikon D7100, 18-250mm Sigma lens (way better quality than the Nikkor equiv) + 35mm f1.8 Nikon prime lens.

RE: It looks cheap
By Heidfirst on 8/27/2013 1:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
Actually lots of pro photographers shoot jpeg for speed.
Even if shooting RAW ideally you want to get things right in-camera rather than having to spend time post-processing.
(I also have a personal dislike of over the top processing which results in what I consider unnatural results. Where does digital photography start & digital art begin?)

not for me
By GulWestfale on 8/27/2013 10:12:51 AM , Rating: 2
this is essentially a NEX camera with an alpha design.
given that you can buy a 'real' alpha 35 for under 350 bucks now, what is the point? if nothing else, the alpha line gives you compatibility with existing sony/konica/minolta a-bayonet lenses, while the e-bayonet is still relatively new and doesn't have the same variety of lenses. yes. there is an adapter so you can use "A" lenses in the "E" mount, but why would you buy that when you can just buy an alpha??
wasn't the whole point of the NEX cameras to make something slim and portable as an alternative to the alphas?

RE: not for me
By Johnmcl7 on 8/27/2013 12:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say due to video - although the D-SLT design is better for video than DSLR, you lose a third of the light coming in and none of the A-mount lenses are optimised for video so AF can be noisy and no lens based IS (which is generally better for video). The NEX bodies are impressively small but they can be quite fiddly so I can certainly see the appeal of this camera for those that want something that's better ergonomically than the NEX cameras but more compact and better for video than the A-mount cameras.


RE: not for me
By Heidfirst on 8/27/2013 1:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Some of the A-mount lenses are fine for video albeit they tend to be the the ones with SSM which are towards the dearer end of the scale.
Sony now uses electronic pixel-shifting for IS with video on SLTs - works fine but adds an additional crop factor.

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