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Decided I need to start traveling while I still have the lack of real responsibilities.

Need a relatively cheap camera (I have a Canon HFS200 that I shoot a lot of video with) to take pictures with and my brother insists I spend more and get a DSLR.

The Sony A3000 seems decent compared to the $100 more expensive T3.
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3-vs-Sony-Alpha-A3000

Is this an alright body? Will keep the lens for now and buy a few more this summer.

Budget is minimal, so this is the cheapest decent one I could find at $300.
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In my opinion, the Canon would be the better choice! One of the worst things about the A3000 is the Electronic Viewfinder. It is very low resolution (as is the main LCD display). This is cause big problems if you ever have to use manual focusing (and trust me, there will be situations where the auto focus will not "lock-on"). It is also frustrating.. because when previewing images.. you do not get a accurate idea of what you shot... and sometimes can't tell if you should have re-shot.... and will have some barely usable images due to that.

The A3000 is just barely better than a good point and shoot. Slightly better image quality... but the performance is not good. Using it in low light will be more difficult than either the Canon or Nikon equivalents (especially if manual focus is needed.

Only my opinion, and I have only used one for about ten minutes or so... trying to help a fellow camera club member improve their photography (they sold the camera after that session, btw... and bought Nikon... and their photography improved, lol!)

With cameras... you get what you pay for. Don't get sucked in by the 20.1 megapixels... MP's are nice to have... but you would be better off with lower MP, and a better quality body. If $400 is truly all you can afford... buy used. You get a lot more for a lot less. If you need help with that, let me know.

quote from DPReview: The a3000's standout feature in a way is its price. You simply can't find a 20.1MP APS-C sensor tucked inside of a DSLR-like body for $400 anywhere else. It covers all of the basics and adds a few nice touches like dual stereo microphones for an overall value that's hard to argue with - if you can overlook some serious shortcomings in components and build quality.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9961962217/entry-level-mirrorless-camera-roundup-2013/11



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Thanks for the rep.... and if you decide to buy used (smart move!).. check out this these sites:

http://www.keh.com

http://www.bhphotovideo.com

http://www.adorama.com/

Amazon used can be good too, just be careful... same for Ebay ( as I know, you know!) lol!
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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

In my opinion, the Canon would be the better choice! One of the worst things about the A3000 is the Electronic Viewfinder. It is very low resolution (as is the main LCD display). This is cause big problems if you ever have to use manual focusing (and trust me, there will be situations where the auto focus will not "lock-on"). It is also frustrating.. because when previewing images.. you do not get a accurate idea of what you shot... and sometimes can't tell if you should have re-shot.... and will have some barely usable images due to that.

The A3000 is just barely better than a good point and shoot. Slightly better image quality... but the performance is not good. Using it in low light will be more difficult than either the Canon or Nikon equivalents (especially if manual focus is needed.

Only my opinion, and I have only used one for about ten minutes or so... trying to help a fellow camera club member improve their photography (they sold the camera after that session, btw... and bought Nikon... and their photography improved, lol!)

With cameras... you get what you pay for. Don't get sucked in by the 20.1 megapixels... MP's are nice to have... but you would be better off with lower MP, and a better quality body. If $400 is truly all you can afford... buy used. You get a lot more for a lot less. If you need help with that, let me know.

quote from DPReview: The a3000's standout feature in a way is its price. You simply can't find a 20.1MP APS-C sensor tucked inside of a DSLR-like body for $400 anywhere else. It covers all of the basics and adds a few nice touches like dual stereo microphones for an overall value that's hard to argue with - if you can overlook some serious shortcomings in components and build quality.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9961962217/entry-level-mirrorless-camera-roundup-2013/11

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i think this is a seriously flawed review you gave the camera....
  1. you can turn on focus peaking if u need help with the MF (given i dont like the EVF).
  2. unless you plan on fondling your camera or bash your camera around as a wedding photographer, the plastic feel is really a non-issue.
  3. And what is this subquality components are we talking about? are we talking about bad bin of chips or chinese made circuit boards which short out?
  4. what PS are you comparing the 20mp aps-c sensor too? the fullframe sony rx1? the leica x vario? fuji x100s? i highly doubt you can find a PS at 400 bucks that can shoot the IQ that 20mp aps-c can do.

now for points you left out...

the emount is very limiting. you will have trouble find native autofocus lenses for this body. You could use basically any SLR/DSLR lens on the market but most of them will require you to MF which isnt very friendly for a new shooter.

the body is also very small, so if you decide to throw on an adapter and a huge 24-70/2.8, you are going to have trouble holding on to the camera.

autofocus is not as fast as a DSLR (a3000 is a mirrorless camera) because it uses contrast detect AF instead of the faster phase detect in DSLRs.

if you go used look for canon t2i, t3i they shoudl be around the 400 dollar price range with a kit lens. you can find something like the 50d/60d but they probably wont offer you anything you need as a new shooter.

if u want new and just plan to take vacation pictures then a nikon j1 are going for cheap. this isnt going to give you the most stellar IQ but it isnt bad for a 200 dollar camera. i havent followed the pricing of cameras in a while but off the top of my head olympus epl series, panasonic G series, nex3 and nex5r should all fit in that budget and offer similar IQ but in a smaller body.
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Thanks for all the advice, I ended up getting a great deal ($230) on a slightly used A3000. At that price, I might just use it for now, sell it next year and upgrade to a higher end camera like a T2i/3i as suggested.
I considered the Nikon J1 but didn't like the lack of a viewfinder and the lack of a firm grip to hold it by.
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