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Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

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34 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

The experts at Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

One more expert review site thought that this digital camera was good value for money. Expert Reviews gave this Sony digital camera a "Budget Buy" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this Sony camera is 73% based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this Sony digital camera rated this camera 88% on average.

Good Quality Pictures

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

Several customers who purchased the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com said “Quick TakeProsiAuto and Superior Auto shooting modes are accurate” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Digitalmediaandit.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The high-resolution 20MP sensor is a full APS-C size” .

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Good Product Quality

Several customers reckoned that the Sony Alpha A3000 was good quality. Expert website Cnet.com wrote in their review “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. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews “Unfortunately it fails to particularly impress as either, despite some impressive image quality results”. Stuff.tv said “Good sound quality” .

Good Size

Several Sony Alpha A3000 owners who reviewed the product thought it was compact. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “The Sony Alpha 3000 is roughly the same size as a compact Digital SLR, such as the Sony Alpha A58” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Sony A3000 is an entry-level compact system camera that's styled to look” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said “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” but even so they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

Several people wrote in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Expert review site T3.com said in their review “The Sony A3000 offers a very good price, although that's clearly reflected in the basic controls, design” . Expertreviews.co.uk gave it a very good review score and mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 on Expert Reviews “The issue in question is its price”. Expertreviews.co.uk also mentioned “SLR image quality at a breakthrough price”.

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was a bargain for the price. Digitalmediaandit.com said “Bargain price tag if you dont mind the lack of extras, large” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews highlighted in their review that this digital camera was good value for money.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

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

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Nice Design

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was a good design.

Good Video Capture

Some Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed the product said that it was good for video recording. Last year Digitalmediaandit.com said “Broad handgrip, easy and quick to shoot video” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Digitalmediaandit.com also said “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 who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are”.

One person who bought it said that it was easy to use. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “It has been designed for use by beginner and amateur photographers, keeping the camera control and use as simple as possible” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Good Battery Life

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner considered that it had a good battery life. Stuff.tv mentioned “Huge 35 hour battery life” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Technical Features

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner who purchased it mentioned that it had good features. Cnet.com.au wrote on expert website CNET.com.au “With the exact same design and features set” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a score of 79 out of 100 and wrote “The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions” in their review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner who purchased it said that it was noisy. Last year Digitalmediaandit.com wrote “Excellent image quality and noise performance”.

Good Support

One person concluded that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Gizmodo.in said “I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments” in their review of this digital camera.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other new comparable spec cameras which do not have a built-in flash, the Alpha A3000 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the D3100, or the D610 (£763.99) both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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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 similar spec cameras that came out in the last year do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon SL1, or the Nikon D3100.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon Rebel T5i (£616.81) is also worth considering.

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Light

The weight of the Sony Alpha A3000 of only 353 grams is one of the lightest amongst latest similar spec digital cameras. Recently released digital cameras have weights of between 350g and 1.3kg.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the D3100, the D810 (£1,199.00), or the D610 (£763.99) all from Nikon.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the D80 (£191.10) (CCD), the D40 (£110.00) (CCD), or the D3000 (£490.57) (CCD) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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4700 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Alpha A3000 is a digital camera that takes 4,700 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A3000 only take between 350 and 4,699 shots per battery charge.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on SLR digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A3000 is more than most latest SLR digital cameras. This Sony digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by recently released cameras. The image formats "EXIF" and "JPG" are also supported by this camera.

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5456 X 3632 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A3000 has a 5456 x 3632 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that were launched in the last year. This camera also have still image resolutions of 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576 and 3872 x 2176 and 2736 x 1536. The best still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A3000 is 6016 x 4000 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that came out in the last year. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on new similar spec digital cameras. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Short

With a height of only 90.9 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A3000 is fairly short compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000. New SLR digital cameras have heights of between 66mm and 160mm.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Across all the latest similar spec digital cameras the minimum focal lengths range from 24mm to 29mm, and the average minimum focal length is 28mm. At only 27 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other latest similar spec cameras.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by new cameras. This Sony camera also 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000.

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 number of light exposure modes found on the Sony Alpha A3000 is more than most 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 commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Features Six Auto Focus

The Alpha A3000 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A3000. The auto focus "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 digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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14 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was not well made. Digitalmediaandit.com mentioned “Operational speed could be improved, fixed and low-ish resolution LCD screen, no eye sensor on viewfinder, no Wi-Fi built in” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 60 out of 100.

Poor Connectivity

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was not wifi compatible.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sony Alpha A3000 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released in the last 12 months also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon D5300.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other recently released digital cameras, the Sony Alpha A3000 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Alpha A3000 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A3000 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year, the Sony Alpha A3000 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Alpha A3000 does not have a GPS. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the D5300, or the D610 (£763.99) both from Nikon is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year do not support video recording. The Sony Alpha A3000 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A3000 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The digital zooms of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year range from 4x to 8x, and the average digital zoom is 6x.

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Only Features Seven Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Alpha A3000 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for the last year. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A3000. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Flash on", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The Alpha A3000 has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 82.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A3000. Across all the SLR digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A3000 the maximum focal lengths range from 82mm to 220mm.

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Only Supports Three Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony Alpha A3000 is more than most new 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 digital camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A3000 the display resolutions range from 130,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 800,000 pixels. At only 230,400 pixels, the Alpha A3000 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other recently released SLR digital cameras.

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Thick

At 84.5 millimeters, the Alpha A3000 is quite thick compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A3000. New SLR digital cameras have depths of between 53mm and 97mm, and the average depth is 77mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A3000

Released Eleven Months Ago

This Sony camera has been on the market for eleven months.

Average Screen Size

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a fairly typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the D810 (£1,199.00) (3.2"), the D610 (£763.99) (3.2"), or the D5300 (3.2") all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 20.1 megapixels, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last year.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the D5300 (24.2MP), the D3300 (24.2MP), or the D610 (£763.99) (24.3MP) all from Nikon 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 typical of many SLR digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months. 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 Sony digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the D3100 (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC), the D810 (£1,199.00) (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the D610 (£763.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
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
Auto Exposure Lock
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
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Tripod Mount
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
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Other Features
Built-In Flash

4 Awards

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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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