Note: This is a discontinued and possibly gray market item. At the time of this post, ebay seller ElectronicsValley has a positive feedback rating of 99%.
Sony has taken official wraps off of the A3500, which was leaked last week. The camera seems to simply be a rebadge of the current A3000 model with a lower caliber kit lens.
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in the A3000 kit offers image stabilization, while the 18-50mm f/4-5.6 kitted with the A3500 is slower (at f/4 on the wide end) and is not equipped with optical image stabilization.
The A3500 retails for $499AU only in Australia for the time being. Meanwhile the A3000 (with a better lens) remains a ridiculous bargain at $294 for its current sale price and is on backorder because of it. Even when it’s not on sale the A3000 retails for only $399.
Apple has issued an update to Digital Camera RAW to version 5.01, which adds RAW image compatibility for several new cameras in Aperture 3.5 and iPhoto.
New camera support in Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.01:
- Canon PowerShot G16
- Canon PowerShot S120
- Fujifilm X-A1
- Nikon COOLPIX P7800
- Nikon D610
- Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
- Sony Alpha ILCE-3000
- Sony Alpha NEX-5T
The update is available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab.
Also, B&H has the A3000 with the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens kit for $498 (reg. $748) through Dec. 2 (includes a free camera bag). Check it out here at B&H Photo.