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Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

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SLR 20.1MP 3x Jan 2016
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34 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all said that concluded that they would endorse this Sony digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given a "Value for Money" award by Expert Reviews who said that this Sony camera was good value for money.

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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 73 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 242 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Sony camera is 88 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A3000 was able to produce good images. Expert website T3.com mentioned “We haven't been able to test out the picture quality in full just yet.” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Many people new to photography overlook compact system cameras (CSCs) simply because they dont look like DSLRs”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “Commonly, there is a preference for DSLR-type cameras as some consumers assume they offer superior image quality”.

Some Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Quick TakeProsiAuto and Superior Auto shooting modes are accurate”.

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Digitalmediaandit.com said in their review of this digital camera “The high-resolution 20MP sensor is a full APS-C size” yet they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Cnet.com wrote in their review on CNET.com “If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget.” and scored it 70 out of 100. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said three years ago “Unfortunately it fails to particularly impress as either, despite some impressive image quality results” . Stuff.tv wrote in their review “Good sound quality”.

Good Size

Some people thought the product was compact. Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 on expert review site Ephotozine “The Sony Alpha 3000 is roughly the same size as a compact Digital SLR, such as the Sony Alpha A58”. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony A3000 is an entry-level compact system camera that's styled to look” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Trusted Reviews “What is the Sony A3000? While the Sony NEX range of Compact System Cameras (CSCs) has proved popular amongst those who are happy with the compact design”.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its SLR cameras.

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Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews highlighted in their review that this digital camera was great for its price.

Nice Design

A few people who reviewed the product thought it was a good design.

Good Video Capture

Some people wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Digitalmediaandit.com mentioned “Prezzo eccellente, scatti di qualit anche ad alti ISO, compatta e maneggevole, registra video Full HD 50i”.

Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are”.

One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A3000 thought it was easy to use. Steves-Digicams.com wrote two years ago “It has been designed for use by beginner and amateur photographers, keeping the camera control and use as simple as possible” in their review.

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. In November last year Digitalmediaandit.com wrote “Bargain price tag if you dont mind the lack of extras, large and chunky controls, big and broad handgrip, easy and quick to shoot video”.

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Good Battery Life

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good battery life. Stuff.tv gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 “Huge 35 hour battery life”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer who reviewed it thought it had good features. Ten years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “With the exact same design and features set”.

Good Quality Lens

One person who purchased the product thought it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave the product a score of 79 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 “The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was noisy. Digitalmediaandit.com wrote in November last year “Excellent image quality and noise performance”.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it had good technical guidance. Gizmodo.in mentioned two years ago “I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A3000 which do not have a built-in flash, the Alpha A3000 has a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the D3100[pl_3251217_price], and the D610[pl_3323626_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A3000 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other latest SLR cameras do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at including the SL1[pl_3345986_price], or the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[pl_3313106_price] both from Canon or the Nikon D3100[plb_3251217_price] which has better reviews.

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Light

When compared to other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A3000, the Alpha A3000's weight of only 353 grams is one of the lightest. The average weight of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A3000 is 560g.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on latest cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including the D3100[pl_3251217_price], or the D810[pl_3289290_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a better sensor type then you might want to consider the D80[pl_3214002_price] (CCD), the D40[pl_3214006_price] (CCD), or the D3000[pl_3214012_price] (CCD) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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4700 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Alpha A3000 is a camera that takes 4,700 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other SLR cameras that came out in the last year only take between 350 and 4,699 shots per battery charge.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A3000 is more than most SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A3000. The image formats "EXIF" and "JPG" are also supported by this camera.

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5456 X 3632 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Sony digital camera has a 5456 x 3632 still image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. In addition, this Sony camera have still image resolutions of 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576 and 3872 x 2176 and 2736 x 1536. Across all digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A3000 the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4000.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of white balance modes than most new SLR cameras. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A3000. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Short

Similar spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months have heights of between 66mm and 160mm, and the average height is 100mm. The Alpha A3000 is fairly short (only 90.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other new comparable spec cameras.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year have minimum focal lengths of between 27mm and 88mm, and the average minimum focal length is 34mm. With a minimum focal length of only 27 millimeters, the Alpha A3000 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A3000.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Alpha A3000 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. In addition, this camera support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all SLR cameras that have been around for the last year.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 424 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A3000. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Supports Three Audio Formats

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of audio formats than most new comparable spec cameras. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AAC, AC3 and MP4 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Six Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony Alpha A3000 is more than most latest comparable spec digital cameras. The most commonly featured auto focus is Servo Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many recently released digital cameras.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was not wifi compatible. Digitalmediaandit.com scored the Sony Alpha A3000 3 stars and mentioned “Operational speed could be improved, fixed and low-ish resolution LCD screen, no eye sensor on viewfinder, no Wi-Fi built in”.

Not Robust

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was not well made.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A3000, the Alpha A3000 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the D5500[pl_3901067_price], or the D5300[pl_3823589_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A3000 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A3000 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras, the Alpha A3000 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months, the Sony Alpha A3000 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A3000, the Alpha A3000 does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the D5300[pl_3823589_price], or the D610[pl_3323626_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony Alpha A3000 does not support video recording, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000 also do not support video recording.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A3000. The digital zooms of recently released similar spec digital cameras range from 4x to 8x, and the average digital zoom is 6x.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modes

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on new SLR cameras. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Flash on", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 82.5 millimeters, the Alpha A3000 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length of comparable spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months is 82mm and the longest is 400mm.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 230,400 pixels, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The lowest display resolution of recently released cameras is 130,000 pixels, the highest is 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 800,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year range from 2s to 4s, and the average flash recharging time is 2.9s. The Alpha A3000 has one of the longer flash recharging times (4 seconds) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Thick

The average depth of SLR cameras that were released in the last 12 months is 77mm. With a depth of 84.5 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A3000 is quite thick compared to most of the other latest SLR cameras.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A3000

Released Eleven Months Ago

This digital camera was released eleven months ago.

Average Screen Size

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a fairly typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for the last year.

If you want a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the D810[pl_3289290_price] (3.2" and higher rated), the D610[pl_3323626_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the D5300[pl_3823589_price] (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Alpha A3000 has a pretty average megapixel count (20.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other new SLR cameras.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the D5300[pl_3823589_price] (24.2MP), or the D5500[pl_3901067_price] (24.2MP) both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] (24.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the D3100[pl_3251217_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the D810[pl_3289290_price] (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
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Megapixel Count
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Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Other Features

4 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(58)
18 December 2014

If you have kids, the impulse to document every instant of their waking lives is nearly as powerful as the impulse to feed and shelter them. I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those... Read more…

16 December 2014

Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots and lower-end DSLRs...

28 July 2014

Camera Labs

The Sony Alpha A3000 is an entry-level camera styled to look like a DSLR or one of Sony's own SLT models, but inside it's actually mirrorless, just like the earlier NEX range. Announced in August... Read more…

5 February 2014

Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are here to stay, due mostly to the advantages they offer over bigger, bulkier DSLRs. However, Sony's taking a big risk with the A3000?though its price...

31 January 2014

By Josh Fate The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the most affordable and compact dSLR-style cameras on the market. It has been designed for use by beginner and amateur photographers, keeping the camera...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 October 2013 by Pictur3Michigan
Pictur3Michigan would recommend the Sony Alpha A3000

I've been reviewing this camera since two weeks before it was released. I considered the NEX-5R which was in the same price range...(but scarcely available in stores, as it was being phased out by... Read more…

Reviewed 10 October 2013 by JenN7
JenN7 would recommend the Sony Alpha A3000

I am a public school teacher, but work primarily online with distance-learning students. I wanted a way to be able to "mark up" papers like I used to when getting paper documents turned in and... Read more…

Reviewed 23 September 2013 by Antrodriguez69
Antrodriguez69 would recommend the Sony Alpha A3000

I just purchased 9/23/13. and I have to say I was not to sure if it was worth the money. Got home installed it and started playing with it, and was shocked that the pen doesn't need to touch the... Read more…

Reviewed 3 November 2013 by Kingofanime7
Kingofanime7 would recommend the Sony Alpha A3000 (Verified Purchase)

Awesome tablet with free art related programs and it is a must buy for beginner digital artists like me :) when i use my tablet it feels like that i am drawing on digitized paper lol anyway if... Read more…

Reviewed 18 October 2013 by LW2244
LW2244 would recommend the Sony Alpha A3000 (Verified Purchase)

Overall, this is a great beginners DSLR for the price. There is just about everything you may need for the first few years of serious Photography. The other downfall is that it does not take... Read more…

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