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Sony A3000 Finally Discontinued, What Next ?

Sony-A3000-MII-imageSony now having a increasing list of left over camera, Sony A3000 finally discontinued in absence of a proper successor. The Sony A3000 was announced by Sony on 27 August 2013 and after 2 years, 1 months the camera production is fully stopped.

Sony A3000 was actually a E-mount based mirrorless camera by having a DSLR styled body, the camera was actually designed  to steal the attraction of entry level DSLR lovers. The camera features Large APS-C Exmor™ sensor with 20.1 effective megapixels and integrated SteadyShot technology for pro-quality pictures and Full HD AVCHD video.

The camera is still available at Amazon.com till stock last.

Sony also announced A3500 camera on March 2014 but it failed to show any noticeable difference from A3000. Why we said Sony again ignoring camera, for details click on the links [link 1] [link 2] ?

 

 

Sony A3000 Mirrorless Available at $245 [Stock Clearance Sale]

Sony-A3000-imgSony A3000 camera is now available at $245 (Compared to $398) only for a limited period of time of till the stock last, take a look at the major specification below.

Sony A3000 Major Specification

  • 20.1MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Tru-Finder 0.5″ QVGA EVF
  • 3.0″ 230.4k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video at 60i or 24p
  • Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
  • Continuous Shooting Rate of 3.5 fps
  • ISO 100-16000
  • Compact Design and SLR Ergonomics
  • Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

Click here to see Sony A3000 at Amazon

Sony A3500 vs Sony A3000 - Specification Comparison

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We have done a specification comparison between these two camera but we are not able to spot any difference, the A3500 specification is leaked by Sony Australia website just prior to the announcement , the chart is below

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Every thing is same expect the kit lens, the new kit lens aperture start from F4 (F4-5.6) and No OSS (optical image stabilization) as it was present in the previous kit lens (18-55mm F3.5-5.6), why Sony is announcing A3500 with such a dull specification we don’t know…

We recommend you to buy A3000 since it comes with a bright aperture and built-in OSS.

 

Nikon D3300 vs Sony A3000

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Nikon D3300 vs Sony A3000, both camera are made for entry level shooters but we do have a big price difference here, Nikon D3300 cost is approx $646 with kit lens and Sony A3000 will cost you approx $398 with kit lens

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Now if we look at the specification comparison table , we can clearly see that

Sensor: Nikon D3300 features more resolution and ISO range + absence of low-pass filter will give you better image quality than Sony A3000

AF points: Sony A3000 have more AF points than Nikon D3300, hence you get more area under AF with Sony A3000.

Continuous shooting speed: The Nikon D3300 have continuous bit fast continuous shooting mode compared to Sony A3000.

Videos: Both camera captures Full HD videos at 60fps.

Display: The Nikon D3300 have higher resolution display compared to Sony A3000, both have same 3″ size and Type (Fixed unit)

So if we look at the overall specification comparison, Nikon D3300 beats Sony A3000 almost in every field.

Verdict: We highly recommend you to buy Nikon D3300

Buy Nikon D3300 from Amazon || B&H

Buy Sony A3000 from Amazon || B&H

Sony A3000 VS Canon SL1 / 100D

Canon-A3000-vs-SL1-image-2Sony A3000 VS Canon SL1 / 100D, Sony recently announced the A3000 mirrorless camera in DSLR styled body vs Canon Entry level 100D / SL1 entry level DSLR,

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More Megapixel and Bigger Sensor Size: Sony A3000 features more megapixels and bit bigger sensor size compared to Canon 100D.

Better low light performance with Canon 100D / SL1 – The Canon 100D features more ISO range compared to Sony alpha a 3000, the ISO range of Canon 100D is upto 25600, Sony alpha a 3000 is limited to 16000 only.

Advance AF system of Canon 100D / SL1:  EOS Rebel SL1 you’ll get Hybrid CMOS AF II, perfect for shooting photos and video in Live View. Combining two different kinds of AF – phase and contrast detection, Sony A3000 features contrast AF system only.

More AF Points in A3000: Sony alpha a 3000 have More AF points Compared to Canon 100D, hence you get more area under coverage with Sony alpha a 3000.

Top Continuous shooting speed: Canon 100D features fast shooting speed compared to Sony alpha a 3000.

Video: Sony A3000 features better video mode Full HD @60FPS Compared to Canon 100D / SL1 Full HD @ 30fps.

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Display: Canon 100D / SL1 features Touch Display , better than 100D / SL1. Canon 100D features optical viewfinder and Sony A3000 features EVF, I prefer Canon 100D optical viewfinder over A3000 Electronic viewfinder.

Price Difference: Canon 100D / SL1 is will cost approx 2X more compared to Sony A3000.

Verdict: Based on Specification Comparison we recommend you to buy Canon 100D / SL1, but if you are looking for affordable solution we recommend you to buy Sony A3000.

Buy Sony A3000  from Amazon | B&H   |   Buy Canon 100D / SL1 from Amazon | Amazon UK

Sony A3000 vs Nikon D3200

Sony-A3000-vs-Nikon-D3200-image-1Sony A3000 vs Nikon D3200 Specification comparison, Sony Just announced the entry level E-mount mirrorless DSLR styled camera, the specification of the Sony look very impressive compared to other DSLRs of the same segment, take a look at the comparison review below…

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Sony A3000 features excellent core specification compared to the Nikon D3200 DSLR,
Best in Sony A3000

1. Better low light performance – Sony entry level Mirrorless DSLR styled camera features amazing ISO range, the ISO range is upto 16000, Nikon D3200 is limited to 12800 only. (Keep in mind that Nikon D3200 also uses Sony Sensor)

2. More AF point: Sony A3000 have better AF system compared to Nikon S3200, Sony features 25 AF points and Nikon D3200 features 11 AF points only.

3. Better Video Mode: Sony A3000 Supports Full HD Video capture mode @ 60fps frame rate, Nikon Full HD is limited to 30 fps only.

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Why Nikon D3200 is Better ?

1. More Megapixel (20 vs 24) – More megapixel compared to Sony A3000, The D3200 sensor size is bit smaller than Sony but it offers more megapixels.

2. Bit Fast Top Continuous Shooting Speed (3.5 vs 4 fps) – Nikon D3200 features 4fps of shooting speed and Sony A3000 limited to 3.5fps only.

3. High Resolution Display – Nikon D3200 features High-Resolution display compared to Nikon D3200.

4. Optical Viewfinder – Nikon D3200 offers optical viewfinder, Sony have EVF.

 Other features – Nikon D3200 features external mic jack A3000 is missing, Sony A3000 features Auto HDR mode and Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO).

Price Difference: Nikon D3200 DSLR Price is $540 | Sony A3000 price is $398

Verdict: We highly recommend you to buy Sony A3000

Buy Sony A3000  from Amazon | B&H

Nikon D3200 available at Amazon | B&H | Amazon UK


Also see: Sony A3000 Recommended Lenses | Nikon D3200 Recommended Lenses

Sony A3000 Recommended Lenses

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Sony recently announced A3000 mirrorless entry level DSLR, the camera features advance 20.1MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor, ISO range from 100-16000, Full HD 1080i/p Video at 60 or 24 fps, Tru-Finder 0.5″ QVGA EVF and 3.0″ 230.4k-Dot LCD Monitor. The Specification of entry level camera is better then many any other DSLR of same price range.

Recommended Lenses for Sony Sony A3000

Zoom

Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 – Best Zoom Lens for Sony A3000
Best Zoom Lens and much lighter and faster than SONY SEL18200 E-mount, + the lens is Cheaper, the price is reasonable.
Buy Sony E 55-210mm Lens from Amazon | Amazon UK


Portrait

Sony 50mm f/1.8 – Best Portrait Lens for Sony A3000
Best portrait lens for Sony A3000, the lens does very quick and Silent AF, images are very sharp and bokeh is creamy, also recommended for video recording purpose.
Buy from Amazon | Amazon UK


Macro

Sony 30mm f/3.5 e-mount Macro Lens – Best Macro Lens for A3000
The Lens is lightweight and captures very sharp images, made with High-quality aluminum alloy for maximum durability, highly recommended for macro shooting.
Buy this Lens from Amazon | Amazon UK


Wideangle

Sony 20F 2.8 – Best Wide-angle Prime Lens
This lens is bit better than 16mm lens in terms of optical quality, we recommend you to buy this lens if you are a street shooter.
Buy from Amazon | Amazon UK


See press release | Specification of Sony A3000