Sony A3000 review: Entry-level body, high-performance sensor

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Sony A3000 sensor performance: Leading edge performance | Sony A3000 vs Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 vs Canon EOS 100D: Serious challenger | Conclusion

Compared to the rival mirrorless Lumix DMC-G6 from Panasonic, the A3000 is ahead in our rankings by some 17 points (and around 90 places) overall. The A3000 also has a very competitive performance when compared against the Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1), with around a +1 stop improvement in image quality over both cameras. Individually, the Sony has +1.6 stop improvement in color sensitivity over the Panasonic and around +1.3 stop over the Canon. Dynamic range is better as well. At 12.8 Evs, it’s +1.3 and 1.5 stops wider respectively. Low light capabilities aren’t quite as impressive but the A3000 still has a sizeable +2/3 stop gain over the smaller Panasonic sensor and a +1/3 stop improvement over the 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor of the Canon.