Sony α3000: 20MP APS-C SLT

By Andrew Hudson Published: August 27, 2013 Updated: January 9, 2017

$399 for a body and lens — that’s the lowest price ever for an (almost) DSLR camera and it will likely tempt many photographers come Christmas time.

The Sony α3000 is a tiny, lightweight, camera with a DSLR-size sensor and interchangeable lenses. It’s not quite a DSLR as (like all Sony DSLR-like cameras) it doesn’t use a mirror and prism to give you an optical through-the-lens viewfinder. Instead, the Single-Lens Translucent (SLT) camera shows live, through-the-lens video on the 3-inch LCD viewfinder. But otherwise, this Sony is comparable to the consumer DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon, but for less moolah.

“The Cheapest Beginner DSLR Ever (Well, Sorta-DSLR)”

“Sony is the first to achieve the low starting price point of $399 for body and lens.”

“Designed to bring the benefits of large-sensor imaging to a variety of new customers, Sony’s α3000 interchangeable lens camera combines DSLR capabilities with a comfortable, easy-to-use package.”
— Sony


  • 20.1-MP Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch LCD viewfinder (non-adjustable, non-touchscreen)
  • 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS stabilized E-mount (NEX) lens
  • Full HD (1920 × 1080) video at either 24 or 60 frames per second


Sources: Sony, PetaPixel, DPReview, Gizmodod. Image credit: Sony.

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