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12-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Sony A3000 tests up on DxOMark

DxOMark have posted their test results for the Sony A3000. I know that these test results are a single indication of performance (vs. the definitive indication) but they are impressive! When I compared them to my K-30 I see similar performance but with an extra 4 MP of sensor resolution. The results also come close to our beloved and recently released K-3. What makes this impressive to me is the low cost of the camera with a lens! Isn't it going for $348 nowadays to get people hooked into the lens system?

Side by side - DxOMark

Of course, I understand that real world shooting is the ultimate test and there have been some complaints about IQ and artifacts. Also, the LCD and the EVF are very low resolution which can cripple the shooting experience. So, it's not a bed of roses from beginning to end. Still, it's stuff like this that would make me tell someone to at least check this camera out if they are looking for something new.

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It seems a great bang-for-buck camera.
And it supports all the NEX lens adapters, of course, with focus peaking.

Despite some limitations, I think this guy has got it right about the camera:

Patrick Murphy-Racey Photography Blog: Sony A3000 Put to the test: a Magazine Cover Assignment
Patrick Murphy-Racey Photography Blog: The Sony A3000: The perfect small camera? Almost.
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This is the most interesting camera of the year for my money. It's currently on sale here with kit lens for $300. The adaptor factor makes it an incredibly versatile proposition for us vintage lens lovers! I'm very happy with my k30, but for so little money I'm torn whether or not to pick this up. Although then I'd open myself up to so much more LBA!
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..... It's currently on sale here with kit lens for $300. The .....
And where is "here"? I've only seen it for $348.

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And where is "here"? I've only seen it for $348.
Australia sorry, JB Hifi currently have it for $291
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Will this lens fit on the A3000 body? I am searching for a friend that is interested in the camera and I know nothing about Sony?
Amazon.com: Quantaray 70-300mm F/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony & Minolta Cameraes: Camera & Photo

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Will this lens fit on the A3000 body? I am searching for a friend that is interested in the camera and I know nothing about Sony?
Amazon.com: Quantaray 70-300mm F/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony & Minolta Cameraes: Camera & Photo

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That lens has the Sony /Minolta A mount so you need an adapter for the Sony NEX E mount.
Amazon.com: Fotasy ANAF Sony Minolta MA AF Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Adapter (with Aperture Control): Camera & Photo

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Somewhat related, somewhat digressing...

Does the A3000 feature focus peaking through the EVF or only through the larger LCD?
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Does the A3000 feature focus peaking through the EVF or only through the larger LCD?
Good question. I would assume in both, like with other NEX bodies. But the EVF seems pretty low resolution, so the focus peaking may not stand out very well.
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Can it also be assumed that with focus peaking and manual lenses that there is no focus confirmation for when the chosen/configured focus point is considered in focus?
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Can it also be assumed that with focus peaking and manual lenses that there is no focus confirmation for when the chosen/configured focus point is considered in focus?
Yes, probably. Unless the A3000 does things differently than other NEX, normally when focus peaking is enabled and you are using a manual focus lens, you can't choose a specific camera AF point to work as the focus confirm target, so the camera won't, for example, 'beep' to confirm focus at any point.

As you manually focus the lens, you simply see the focus peaking coloured 'halo' creep around the contrasty edges of whatever is on the display as you shift focus. It's up to you to decide if you have obtained the focus you want by observing the halo.

The camera can help you manual focus in several ways alongside focus peaking. For example the NEX have an option for 'MF Assist' during manual focus which will enlarge a portion of the image for a specified time whenever you adjust focus, to help you more precisely get things in focus.

FWIW, a handbook and manual for the camera are downloadable from Sony USA
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B&H has the Sony A3000 with 18-55mm OSS kit lens for $299 with free shipping .
Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens ILCE3000K/B
Pentax K-3 vs Sony A3000 @ 25600 iso
Sony A3000 vs Nikon D4 @ 1600 iso

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