Sony Releases Budget Friendly Alpha 3000 DSLR and NEX-5T [Hands-on]

Sony just announced their A3000 DSLR. This entry level DSLR is priced crazy competitively at just $399. Yet despite its low price tag, it’s packing in plenty of premium specs, including a 20.1MP full size Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and a BIONZ image processor. And if you think that this price must not include the kit lens, thing again, because it does come with an 18-55mm lens. The camera is also Sony’s first DSLR camera to offer compatibility with E mount lenses. Some other features include Optical SteadyShot, 15 picture effects, 11 scene modes, auto object framing, contrast detect AF, an ISO range of ISO 100-16000 , 2.5 fps shooting, and more.

You get all of this in a body that weighs just 6.9 oz. and packs in a 3″ LCD. We spent some brief hands on time with the A3000 and were impressed with the solid build quality it packs at such a price point. Overall, this camera is really aimed at users looking to step up from a point and shoot, who are looking for more professional photos without breaking the bank. To that effect, there is no doubt that Sony is trying to compete with the Canon T3 here, and at this price point, they likely can. The A3000 goes on sale today.

Sony has also announced the Sony NEX-5T, a successor to their extremely popular NEX-5 interchangeable lens series, which also happens to be the worlds most popular mirror less camera series. The NEX-5 series is geared towards entry level DSLR users who are replacing their cameras. This newest model packs in both NFC and Wi-FI support, and it is also DLNA supported. Plus, when it comes to sharing photos, they have reduced the process from 9 steps to just one step. Other specs include an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, fast hybrid auto focusing, an ISO range of 100-25600, a tillable t3.0″ touchscreen display, 10fps shooting, and the camera now comes with the same compact kit lens that is bundled with the NEX-6. The Sony NEX-5T will retails for $699 when it goes on sale in September and it will be available in a choice of white, black, or silver.