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I tried the A3000 in a store, and it had an awful EVF--worse than my ancient PowerShot. Some sort of LCD. I don't remember if it was field sequential like the A57. It feels much cheaper than the A58.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2022 at 09:31
Itís not my opinion, but David Kilpatrick did an extensive review of the A3000 here. This kept me away from the camera, even when it was only £100 or so, but he saw a lot of merits despite the big failings. I have a QX1 and the sensor is a big improvement on the NEX-7.

I think the A3000 is an interesting curio, and it would be fun to try one out if itís not too pricey - sub-£100?

(I assume the A3500 is near identical.)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2022 at 09:50
Yes, sub-£100. Thanks for the link - it's a really interesting review and more than confirms the suspicions I had about it - an unusual combination of good and poor features. We'll have to see how it is in use.

Hmm, thinking about it, it could be the ideal old guy's camera:
- simple operation and few buttons, to avoid taxing fading memory cells;
- big grip easy for arthritic fingers to hold;
- light body for those weakening arm muscles;
- low res EVF and LCD to suit failing eyesight;
- accurate AF (see above);
- very good sensor (for its time) to allow PP on a big bright screen at home.
- and of course plenty of cheap OSS lenses for the growing hand tremor.


Edited by Miranda F - 19 February 2022 at 10:48
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2022 at 10:50
I was wondering why you didn't just buy a used A6000, but I noticed that the prices of those have an upward trend and the A3000 is less then half price.
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I really liked the Smallrig L-mount with wooden grip on my A6400 so the size comes near my A7RII, and handles better with the 70-350.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2022 at 19:20
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Just been re-reading this thread as I'm thinking of upgrading the Nex-6 to an A3500.
Anyone still using the A3000?


Well, as a matter of fact...

I don't use it very much, the a6600 is my most used body (even more than the a7Rii), but for all its issues (and there are many) it still offers some pleasant user experience.

The body is the most comfortable of any aps-c E mount camera. The shape is very DSLR-like, but still small and very light. The AF is strictly contrast detect, so is slow by current standards, but very accurate. The 20.1 MP sensor has either a very light, or no AA filter, so results are very sharp.

The major drawbacks are the awful EV and below standard LCD, (as well as the hard eye piece almost guaranteed to scratch glasses) so this will never be anyone's first choice. But as a cheap backup body, it certainly has some advantages.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote michelb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2022 at 20:21
I did get an A3000 after reading about it being an uncamera on Dear Susan here (in reference to what they call undestinations which is where few people go so great photo opportunities are plentiful), and since the body is way under-rated and has shown little interest from advanced users, but can still provide great quality images with its 20MP sensor, i got one to get a body, i could carry in the car and not worry about it getting damaged, stolen or otherwise taken out of service since t cost me less than 200$ Cdn with the 18-55 standard lens.
I ended up also getting the 16mm lens with both of its Fisheye and ultra-wide converters to try and also added the 55-210 zoom to see what i could get out of these basic pieces of equipment. All of this made the kit come up to about 830$ Cdn ( figure around 600$ USD).
I also own and use a Sony NEX-7 and A6500 as my advanced compact kit with 10-18, 16-70, 70-350, 24 F1.8, 30 Macro and 35mm F 1.8

At worst, i figured i could use it with my MF Minolta glass and still enjoy the ride.
I still have not tested all of the E-Mount lenses i mentioned and i am really enjoying its basic features considering the low price i got it for. And the ergonomics are pretty good considering it was a basic camera.

This camera has a few missing features that could be deal-breakers to some but i am getting used to them. Namely:
- Absence of auto switching from EVF to LCD ( but there is a button on top of the body for that purpose and once used to it it does not remain a deal-breaker.
- Lack of WL flash support, but i did get it to operate properly with Phottix Odin so there is still an option for advanced flash usage.
- AF is OK for most usage but of course being only Contrast Detection, it has limitations like other bodies of that vintage.
Here sample with 55-210 zoom at F 8


Edited by michelb - 01 September 2022 at 20:35
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