Sony A3000

The Sony A3000 is an entry-level mirrorless E-mount model of Sony that looks like a DSLR (except dimensions). The A3000 comes with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and a Bionz image processor, that together produce high-resolution, well-detailed images with minimal noise and low-light quality. This camera has the same adaptive noise reduction technology like the Sony’s flagship DSLR.

The Sony A3000 (also named ILCE 3000K in UK) has a large and ergonomic grip integrated into the body, and also has a smaller and lighter weight design, reminescent of mirrorless camera. The A3000 is very similar in weight and size with the SLT-A37 camera.

The Sony A3000 digital camera comes with the TRU-Finder QVGA 0.5″ electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage. Of course, there is also a 3.0″ 230k-dot rear LCD monitor that is dedicated to menu navigation and image composition. Due to its sensor and image processor, the A3000 can record Full HD 1080i/p video at 60 fps or 24 fps in high-quality AVCHD codec with stereo sound (via built-in stereo microphone). The internet-friendly MP4 format is also suported.

This camera comes also with a pop-up flash and with a Multi Interface Shoe, that allows you to attach various accessories, like an external microphone, a more powerful system flash and a video IR light.

Sony A3000 body



Sony A300 key features:

  • Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor; 23.2 x 15.4 mm; 20.1 megapixels.
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 16.000
  • AF: Contrast Autofocus System; 25 points sensor
  • Shutter: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse focal-plane type
  • Screen: 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor, 230400 dot
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; Movie – AVCHD/MP4
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card; Memory Stick PRO Duo/ PRO-HG DUO/ XC-HG Duo
Sony A3000 TFT LCD monitor



Sony A3000 reviews:

The Sony A3000 produces photos of excellent quality with noise absent from ISO 100-3200. Colours are vibrant and the Dynamic Range Optimizer and High Dynamic Range modes work really well. More detail you can find on Photpgraphy Blog, that concludes:

While the excellent image quality and keen price are definite plus points, the Sony A3000 lags behind when it comes to handling and performance, especially when compared against the DSLR rivals that it’s trying to emulate. It’s not especially speedy to start-up, and shot-to-shot times and auto-focusing speed, while respectable enough, aren’t anything to write home about, and neither is the lackluster continuous shooting speed.

Another Sony A3000 review comes from Digital Photography School. There you can see a lot of sample images with different settings.

On Sony A3000 review from website, you can find details about the design, controls and features of the A3000.

The website reviews the Sony A3000 and concludes:

As an entry-level model the A3000 is bettered by all of its rivals in terms of features, performance and value for money, including cameras from Sony itself.  It must be noted that it’s a simple easy-to-use camera that produces good results, and as long as you’re not in a hurry it works very well.


Sony A3000 buttons

Alpha A3000

Sony ILCE 3000k

ILCE 3000k

Sony A3000 with lens

Sony A3000 with lens


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