Hi folks, been a long time Nex5n shooter and love it, my favourite camera ever, I have shot professionally with it and I own a number of e-mount lenses as well as a pile of old Canon FD legacy lenses. I am telling you this as context for my first impressions of the a3000 , which I just bought today. I was buying it as a backup second body for professional work because I have always felt naked on pro wedding shoots as I dont have a plan B should something go wrong with my 5N. So I set my expectations low, it had to take e-mount and have the same IQ as the 5n. That was basically it. I wanted an evf and hotshoe and a manual dial for mode select. I knew I would miss the articulating LCD as I shoot candid and like to shoot from the hip, but as a plan B I could cope with a "standard" DSLR. SO with the scene set onto the impressions First and most important for me image quality, see below example. This was taken with the A3000 at ISO 100 f5.6 on a manual focus Canon FD 1.4 50mm with ceiling bounced flash at 1/2 power (yongyuo type manual flash) Basically great, no let down at all for the Nex line. Bearing in mind I have only had it a few hours here are my thoughts. Pros: Build quality is very good, feels like a really sturdy bridge camera rather than a DSLR, much nicer than the HX300 that it appears to mimic. Grip is lovely and rubber coated EVF is great if a little small, very usable, no problem manual focusing, I normally magnify anyway and it works a treat. Buttons and dial at the back are identical to 5N Menus and operation are identical to 5n Generic Hotshoe! (and big enough grip to use a big flash) Mode dial is nice, sturdy and grippy Cons The thumb rest on the back is that pretend rubber plastic. Burst rate is slow No electronic front curtain (assumed from shutter noise and lack of option in menu) LCD has a weird refresh flicker in menus (fine while shooting live view though, battery saving?) Menus and operation are identical to 5n Built in flash is tiny, smaller than the 5n and pretty weedy. sorry for the brief impressions, I want to get using it! Any questions please ask away, any specifics happy to shoot examples, etc.