Sony’s Soon-to-be-Announced A3000 E-Mount Camera Spotted in the Wild


Well, if you had any doubts that Sony is on the cusp of releasing a new DSLR-style E-Mount camera, they should be long gone by now. Yesterday we shared a leaked product photo of the Alpha 3000 (or ILC-3000), and today we have a couple of photos of one being used in the wild.

The photo was posted on the Dyxum forums by user DukeOfDutch and later picked up by sonyalpharumors. It shows a photographer — by the looks of it, Sony ambassador Gustav Kiburg — using the A3000 for some wildlife photography.


When DukeOfDutch posted the photo, he was confused and asking if this was an NEX or SLT camera, and if you’ve followed our previous coverage you’d understand the confusion. The new A3000 looks like the SLT Alphas, but will come to market sporting and E-Mount.

Known specs for the camera — which SAR expects to be announced on Tuesday morning London time — are a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, 100-16,000 ISO, 230K-dot LCD and a 1.44 million-dot EVF. Additionally, one of SAR’s sources is now saying the camera will sport in-body stabilization and a metal mount.

Stay tuned for more info as it comes in, and be sure to check back Tuesday morning to see what the official announcement has in store. The camera (body only) is rumored to cost about $467 (300 pounds) when it does arrive.

(via sonyalpharumors)

  • Mike

    Yep, fat NEX.

  • Monteraz

    In the hands of that man even a Nikon D4 looks like a Sony Nex

  • Cinekpol

    Mirrorless sales don’t go up anymore so they try to fool people into thinking that mirrorless is a DSLR? lol

  • Furunomoe

    230K dot LCD? What is this? 2003?

    Also, what happened to the NEX small flange focal distance?

  • Zos Xavius

    Excellent question actually!

  • Kieran Grasby

    I’d imagine it’s still there. The camera doesn’t look to be very thick, and even if it was there is nothing to stop Sony just jamming the sensor nice and far forwards in the body and filling the space behind it with other electronics.

  • dan110024

    Could that shot be anymore posed? Label sitting over the hand, perfectly clear and composed.

  • kassim

    This is a brilliant move, actually. For regular Joes, it looks like a DSLR. For informed potential buyers, they know that this is a NEX, and would buy this thing for the same reason why people buy NEX(except for the compactness reason).

  • Gman

    not exactly a hand model though is he?

  • LensIsAll

    Only problem is that the reason why people buy NEX is it’s compactness. Otherwise they would got for cheaper system with better specifications and wider choice of both: lenses and accessories. (whatever it would be A, EOS, F or K mount)