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Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

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SLR 20.1MP CMOS Dec 2014
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29 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

The experts at three expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this camera. This Sony digital camera received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs.

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

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Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 74 out of 100 based on twenty-eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Good User Reviews

On average, Alpha A3000 owners rated this digital camera 89%.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony Alpha A3000 owners who purchased the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Expert website T3.com mentioned in their Sony Alpha A3000 review three years ago “We haven't been able to test out the picture quality in full just yet.” . Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera also three years ago “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”.

One person thought the Sony Alpha A3000 had a good picture resolution. Steves-Digicams.com said in their review on expert review site Steve's Digicams two years ago “Quick TakeProsiAuto and Superior Auto shooting modes are accurate”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Cnet.com mentioned “If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget.” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review and scored it 4 stars. Three years ago expert website Trustedreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “Unfortunately it fails to particularly impress as either, despite some impressive image quality results” but they scored it 60 out of 100. Ten years ago Stuff.tv mentioned in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “Good sound quality”.

Good Size

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Ephotozine.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “The Sony Alpha 3000 is roughly the same size as a compact Digital SLR, such as the Sony Alpha A58” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Photographyblog.com wrote “The Sony A3000 is an entry-level compact system camera that's styled to look” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review. Trustedreviews.com wrote “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” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 nonetheless they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews highlighted in their review that this digital camera provided a good bang for your buck.

Nice Design

A number of Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A3000 considered that it was a good design.

Good Brand

SLR cameras produced by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just SLR cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Battery Life

One customer considered that this digital camera had a good battery life. Ten years ago Stuff.tv rated it 4 stars and said “Huge 35 hour battery life”.

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had good features. Cnet.com.au wrote ten years ago “With the exact same design and features set” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A3000 thought it had a good autofocus. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Sony Alpha A3000 owners said in their reviews that the product was mirrorless. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “The Sony Alpha 3000 is a mirrorless camera in the styling of a Digital SLR, with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor” in their review and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Two years ago Dpreview.com wrote “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Expert website Dxomark.com said in their review three years ago “Controls, Sony is quite clearly challenging rival mirrorless models from Panasonic” .

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen. Ephotozine.com scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “It is compatible with all Sony NEX lenses and features a 3inch screen and electronic viewfinder on the back”.

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Good Video Capture

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner who bought the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Photoreview.com.au said in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 “Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are”.

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site 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”.

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Good Support

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner wrote that it had good technical guidance. Two years ago Gizmodo.in said “I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Alpha A3000 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 SLR digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the SLT-A35[pl_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Very Light

The lightest SLR digital camera that is a similar age to the Alpha A3000 is 230g and the heaviest is 1.5kg. The Alpha A3000 is fairly light (only 353 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (415g), or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] (294g) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], and the NEX-6L/B[pl_1609287_price] both from Sony or the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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4700 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years only take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Alpha A3000 takes 4700 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Sony camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A3000. The image formats supporteds "EXIF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Alpha A3000 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Features Six Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony Alpha A3000 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A3000. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Continuous Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sony Alpha A3000 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony or the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most of the other cameras of this type and age support video capability, however the Sony Alpha A3000 does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Alpha A3000 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A3000 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony or the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony Alpha A3000 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the D3100[pl_1350595_price], the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] all from Nikon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Alpha A3000 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A3000 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Alpha A3000 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A3000 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A3000 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modess

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "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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Only Supports Three Audio Formats Supporteds

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of audio formats than most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC, AC3 and MP4 are also supported by this camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras of this type and age the display resolution (numeric)s range from 640 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. The Alpha A3000 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 230,400 pixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

With a flash recharging time of 4 seconds, the Alpha A3000 has one of the longer flash recharging times amongst cameras of this age. The flash recharging times of SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 1s to 5.5s.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A3000

Released Over Two Years Ago

This SLR digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A3000 has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price], and the Nikon D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[plb_1947140_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

The Alpha A3000 has a fairly standard megapixel (20.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A3000 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A3000.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Sensor Format
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Tripod Mountable
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Built-In Flash

4 Awards

Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Expert Reviews

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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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