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Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

$299.95
SLR 20.1MP CMOS 4x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Four industry awards
Interface intuitive
Poor screen
299 Reviews + 4 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Expert Reviews Budget Buy
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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

The editors of review websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Sony digital camera received a "Value for Money" award from websites Expert Reviews who wrote that this Sony camera was good value for money.

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Average Expert Reviews

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

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 385 owner reviews this high megapixel digital camera has an overall owner rating of 89 out of 100. Over 89% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Interface Intuitive

Sixty-five customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Stuff.tv said “Interface intuitive” in their review of this digital camera. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Intelligent control layout familiar from the NEX system” although they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has been designed for use by beginner and amateur photographers, keeping the camera control and use as simple as possible” .

Eleven people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup. Bestbuy.com said “Was easy to setup and use”. Ofleader mentioned “Very easy to set up and works well” . Sdq17 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “Much easier to set up and use with my ipad” however despite that they gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Six people agreed that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Menu is easy and it takes great shots” nonetheless they scored the product 60 out of 100. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Rc2james said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “For the settings that are easy to understand without a massively confusing instruction manual for reference”.

Two owners who bought this digital camera thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this digital camera “Lighter more comfortable pen”. One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good interface.

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Robust

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk said “In summation it very much appears then that the A3000 has been engineered to hit a budget price tag without it intially”. Theswweet said in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Great Linux support, great build quality”. Byukk said on Bestbuy.com “Built nicely, packaging is great because they don't use unnecessary amount” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three customers who purchased the Sony Alpha A3000 reckoned that it was strong and durable. Chroyaytch wrote on Bestbuy.com “It has a nice sturdy grip” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Dextersydney wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “The pen feels very lightweight and feels sturdy as well”. Allieb mentioned “The nibs on the pen are sturdy and they last quite a while” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was reliable. Kds74 mentioned “Wacom is a dependable brand”.

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Design Diffrent

Nine customers reckoned that this digital camera was well designed. Stuff.tv gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Design diffrent”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “SLR-like design”. Cnet.com.au wrote eleven years ago “With the exact same design and features set”.

Five people wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A3000 was good looking. Sabercat87 mentioned on Bestbuy.com three years ago “The first picture I took was gorgeous”. Electroshue said “Also with mine i got a few programs to choose from and the one i choose (art rage) it was pretty easy to figure out”. Digitalartist14 wrote “It might come home tomorrow and I'm pretty excited to use it c”.

One person considered that this digital camera was smooth. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this digital camera “Smooth writing” but they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.

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Good Sound Quality

Thirty-two owners reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago Pc Mag gave the Sony Alpha A3000 a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Excellent image quality at high ISOs”. Camera Labs mentioned “Excellent image quality and noise performance” in their review of this digital camera. Eleven years ago Stuff.tv mentioned “Good sound quality”.


Price

Good Value for Money

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

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A3000 supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony Alpha A3000 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. This Sony camera also support a video resolutions 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. The best video resolution of all cameras of this age and spec is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One person considered that the product was noisy.

Features Noise Reduction

The Alpha A3000 features noise reduction, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A3000 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Features

Good Features

Nine people who purchased it said that it had good features. Three years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Great features and a good price”. Pictur3michigan mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Though the 5R has TONS of features”. Timothy mentioned “Lots of features, comes with a good lens” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A3000 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than a year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the D3200 ($304.95), or the 1 J5 ($268.00) both from Nikon which has better reviews.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75) is also worth considering.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A3000 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include the DSC-QX10-B, the RX10 II, or the Alpha A7 II ($1,019.99) all from Sony which has better reviews.

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5456 X 3632 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A3000 has a 5456 x 3632 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. Most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have a 2560 x 1920 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176 and 2736 x 1824 and 2736 x 1536. The best still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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1080 60 Video Capture

Nine customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A3000 was good for video recording. Pc Mag mentioned “1080 60 video capture”. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Picture video quality even in dark”. Zipper1 scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote on Bestbuy.com three years ago “I hear movies are quite sharp”.

Focus Peaking

Seven owners considered that the Sony Alpha A3000 had a good autofocus. Bestbuy.com wrote “Auto focus is great”. Bestbuy.com also said “Easy focus and minimum adjustments” in their review. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions” and gave it a rating of 79 out of 100.

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good lens. Bestbuy.com said “The exchangeable lens is a fantastic option at this price point”. Chroyaytch wrote “Changing the lens is easy”. Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Pablo5555 wrote “Quality, very good zoom, love it” in their review of this digital camera.

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Excellent Image Quality At High ISOs

Fifty-two owners who purchased it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “The Sony Alpha 3000 delivers excellent photo quality for the money”. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Expert Reviews “SLR image quality at a breakthrough price”. T3.com said “We haven't been able to test out the picture quality in full just yet.” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good ISO range. Digitalmediaandit.com said in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “Sehr gute Bildqualitt hohe Auflsung bei ISO 100200, auch ISO 400800 noch sehr gut” yet they only rated it 60 out of 100. Digitalmediaandit.com also said “Noch gute Bildqualitt im hohen ISOBereich (ber ISO 1.600” in their review. Digitalmediaandit.com also said “Prezzo eccellente, scatti di qualit anche ad alti ISO, compatta e maneggevole, registra video Full HD 50i” in their review.

Three customers reckoned that it was good in low light. Pictur3michigan said “Low-light imaging was impressive, also” in their review of this digital camera. Techenthusiast said “The low light settings are impressive” in their review of this digital camera and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Techenthusiast also said “Great in low light conditions and better performance than A lot of similar brand/ models” in their review.

Two owners thought it had a good image sensor. Techradar.com/au/ gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote four years ago “APSC size sensor”. Digitalmediaandit.com mentioned “The high-resolution 20MP sensor is a full APS-C size” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

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Does Not Have a Good Flash

Two owners who bought this digital camera said that it did not have a good flash. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Still learning flash” and rated it 60 out of 100.

Poor Screen

Twelve people who purchased this digital camera said that it did not have a good screen. Digitalmediaandit.com wrote “Kein automatisches Umschalten zwischen Sucher und Display (nur per Taste auf der Oberseite” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Stuff.tv said “Display lucido”. Camera Labs mentioned “16 9 proportion low res screen not ideal for stills” in their review of this digital camera yet they still rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Six owners reckoned that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. Digitalmediaandit.com said “Mickriger EVF, grob auflsendes Display”. Three years ago Camera Labs wrote in their review of this digital camera “Small low resolution EVF”. Four years ago Cnet.com mentioned “It's slow, with a poor LCD and only slightly better EVF”.

Three owners thought this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Operational speed could be improved, fixed and low-ish resolution LCD screen, no eye sensor on viewfinder, no Wi-Fi built in”. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Digital viewfinder”.

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was not mirrorless. Kwc1 mentioned “Although it is not a true DSLR (since it is mirrorless” but even so they rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Battery

4700 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Sony Alpha A3000 takes more battery life (CIPA standard) than most of the digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camera is a camera that takes 4,700 shots battery life (CIPA standard) compared to most of the cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera which only take between 150 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Sony Alpha A3000 features histogram. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Alpha A3000 has a carrying case. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a carrying case.

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Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

Similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago have maximum aperture numbers of between 3.5 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 10. At 22, the Alpha A3000 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A3000 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A7 II ($1,019.99) which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Cybershot RX10 Ⅱ (33x), or the Cybershot DSC-RX10 ($818.00) (33x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Power

Huge 35 Hour Battery Life

Three people said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Stuff.tv wrote “Huge 35 hour battery life”. Three years ago Rc2james gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “The battery charges easily though the wall charger or though the USB port” in their review of this digital camera.


Support

Manual Focus With Peaking Assistance

Nine people who purchased the product reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Camera Labs rated it 80 out of 100 and said “Manual focus with peaking assistance”. Bestbuy.com mentioned also three years ago “Good combination of auto functions for the beginner with enough manual function choices to test your creativity” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago expert website Gizmodo.in mentioned “I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments”.


Weight & Dimensions

Light Body

Eighteen people who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Techradar.com mentioned on expert website Techradar “Sony was one of the first few manufacturers to bring a compact system camera to the market, with the original Sony NEX-5” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago expert review site T3.com said “Is the first in the series to use the the E-Mount lens system from the NEX compact system camera range” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Alpha 3000 is roughly the same size as a compact Digital SLR, such as the Sony Alpha A58”.

Four owners who reviewed it concluded that it was lightweight. Stugotz gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said on Bestbuy.com “This camera takes awesome pics, its lightweight, easy to use”. Angellkc mentioned “It makes the process go by so much quicker and it is very easy to use and lightweight”. Jules scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Great for all ages, easy, lightweight and very useful” in his review of the Sony Alpha A3000.

Two people said in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Eleven years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “The NW-A3000 is heavy and lacks the user-friendly access to tracks found on its rivals” in their review of this digital camera. Smh.com.au said also eleven years ago “What costs the same as an iPod and yet is bigger, heavier, smaller in capacity”.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good body shape. Trusted Reviews wrote “Light body”. One customer who bought it considered that it was thick.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was thin. Cortinneb gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Bestbuy.com “I like the tablet, its slim and fits in my laptop bag with ease”.

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Average Weight

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a relatively average weight (353 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon 1 V3 ($452.98) (282g).

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Flash

Fairly Slow Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera range from 0.004s to 10s. At 4 seconds, the Alpha A3000 has a fairly slow flash recharging time compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the Alpha A3000.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A3000 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D3200 ($304.95), and the Canon EOS 70D ($999.00) is also worth considering.

If this high megapixel digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the D7200 ($774.90) (3.2"), or the D5 ($6,496.00) (3.2") both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilce3000kblensk7, sony ilce3000kbkit2, sony ilce3000kbkit4, sony ilce3000kbkit3, sony ilce3000kbkit1, sony ilce3000bkit3, sony ilce3000bkit2, sony ilce3000bkit1, ebasket ilce3000b, sony sel50f18, sony sel16f28
Barcodes 00027242870789, 00060739021332, 00616932802010, 00616932802027, 00616932802041, 00616932802058, 00616932802065, 00616932802072, 00616932803055, 00616932805653, 00617689592049, 00689466731798, 03662362021825, 03662362021924, 04905524945409

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