Close

Loading image...
Sony Alpha A3000
15 Images + 14 Videos

Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Expert Reviews Budget Buy
SLR 20.1MP CMOS Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Magazine-style Photos Made Easy. Take professional-looking 20-megapixel photos effortlessly with the a3000 interchangeable lens camera. Unlock your artsy side the easy way and shoot stunning,... More
Available used and from international sellers only
Tell Me When It Becomes Available
You are subscribed to price alerts for this product
Unsubscribe
Wex Photographic
Sony Alpha A3000 from Wex Photographic
£152.00
Checked 7 hours ago
Delivery unknown
In stock, only 1 left!
Go to Store
Report an incorrect price Found it cheaper elsewhere?
Searching for international prices ...

Assumed Exchange Rates

Searching for prices in ...
Sony a3000 Review | John Sison
Sony A3000 Hands On Review
Sony Alpha A3000 hands-on | Engadget
Sony a3000 review

30 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This SLR digital camera received a "Recommended" from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all of whom said that this camera was good.

The writer at one more expert review site wrote that this camera was great for its price. Expert Reviews gave this Sony digital camera a "Budget Buy" award.

Read more Less

Average Expert Reviews

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

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 89% on average.

Good Quality Pictures

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

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer who purchased it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Steves-Digicams.com said three years ago “Quick TakeProsiAuto and Superior Auto shooting modes are accurate” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review.

Read more Less

Good Product Quality

A few customers said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A3000 was good quality. Cnet.com wrote “If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget.” in their review. Four years ago expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote in their Sony Alpha A3000 review “Unfortunately it fails to particularly impress as either, despite some impressive image quality results”. Stuff.tv gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “Good sound quality” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000.

Good Size

A number of Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “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. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sony A3000 is an entry-level compact system camera that's styled to look”. Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Trusted Reviews four years ago “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”.

Good Value for Money

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

Reasonably Priced

A number of Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers considered that it was good value for money. Expert review site T3.com wrote “The Sony A3000 offers a very good price, although that's clearly reflected in the basic controls, design” . Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk rated it 5 stars and said four years ago “The issue in question is its price” in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000. Expertreviews.co.uk also said “SLR image quality at a breakthrough price”.

Nice Design

A few customers agreed that it was a good design.

Good Brand

We checked 14,398 expert and owner reviews for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its SLR digital cameras.

Chart

Good Battery Life

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

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product thought it had good features. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com.au “With the exact same design and features set” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony Alpha A3000 reviewer thought the Sony Alpha A3000 had a good autofocus. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The autofocus is speedy, even in challenging conditions” and gave it a score of 79 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Sony Alpha A3000 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was mirrorless. Expert website Ephotozine.com scored it 4 stars and mentioned “The Sony Alpha 3000 is a mirrorless camera in the styling of a Digital SLR, with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor”. Dpreview.com said on DP Review three years ago “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Dxomark.com wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 “Controls, Sony is quite clearly challenging rival mirrorless models from Panasonic” .

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. Four years ago Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Sony Alpha A3000 on expert website Ephotozine “It is compatible with all Sony NEX lenses and features a 3inch screen and electronic viewfinder on the back” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars.

Read more Less

Good Video Capture

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner who bought it wrote that it was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote “Snapshooters should generally be satisfied as the auto settings are” in their Sony Alpha A3000 review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said 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”.

Read more Less

Good Support

One Sony Alpha A3000 owner said in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Gizmodo.in said in their review of this digital camera “I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], and the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony or the Canon EOS 400D - Rebel XTi[plb_2179517_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Edit

SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

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 compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on cameras that were released 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 you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the SLT-A57Y[pl_1611476_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Sony.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Very Light

SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000 have weights of between 230g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 670g. With a weight of only 353 grams, the Alpha A3000 is one of the lighter SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A3000 amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price] (415g and higher rated), the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] (294g and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price] (346g and higher rated).

Read more Less Chart Edit

MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon D4S[plb_2203498_price].

Read more Less Chart Edit

4700 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most of the other cameras of this age and spec only take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony Alpha A3000 takes 4700 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

Chart Edit

Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

Chart Edit

Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A3000 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A3000. The image formats supporteds "EXIF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

Chart Edit

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to 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.

Chart Edit

1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Chart Edit

Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Alpha A3000 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A3000. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

Chart Edit

H.264 Video Formats Supported

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

Chart Edit

Features Six Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. 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 that were released around the same time as 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 camera.

Chart Edit

Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Chart Edit

11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A3000, the Alpha A3000 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony or the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Alpha A3000 does not support video capability, unlike most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A3000.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video capability and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 450D - Rebel XSi[plb_1426191_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Not 3D

Most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years are not 3D. The Alpha A3000 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[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.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The Alpha A3000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the D800[pl_1347009_price], or the Df[pl_1740408_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A3000 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider including the D800[pl_1347009_price], or the D800E[pl_2119188_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which is also higher rated.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Alpha A3000 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

Chart Edit

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Sony Alpha A3000 does not have an image stabilizer.

Chart Edit

Only Features Seven Flash Modess

The Sony Alpha A3000 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A3000. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Flash on", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

Chart Edit

Only Supports Three Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the Alpha A3000 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC, AC3 and MP4 are also supported by this Sony camera.

Chart Edit

Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Alpha A3000 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,400 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 750,000 pixels.

Chart Edit

Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

The average flash recharging time of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A3000 is 3.1s, and the flash recharging times range from 1s to 5.5s. With a flash recharging time of 4 seconds, the Sony Alpha A3000 has a quite long flash recharging time compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Chart Edit

4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A3000

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Alpha A3000 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which has better reviews.

Read more Less Chart Edit

Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 20.1 megapixels, the Alpha A3000 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A3000.

Chart Edit

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A3000 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A3000.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A99[plb_1546952_price], or the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price].

Read more Less Chart Edit

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

(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...

« Prev 1 of 12 Next »

User Reviews

(234)
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…

« Prev 1 of 47 Next »

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony w1855, sony w1855m, sony w1855mm, sony sel16f28, sony ilce3000, sony ilce3000b, sony ilce3000k, sony ilce3000kb, ebasket ilce3000, ebasket ilce3000b, sony ilce3000bkit3, sony ilce3000bkit1, sony ilce3000bkit2, sony ilce3000kbkit1, sony ilce3000kbkit2, sony ilce3000kbkit4, sony ilce3000kbkit3, sony ilce3000kblensk7
Barcodes 00027242870789, 00060739021332, 00616932802010, 00616932802027, 00616932802041, 00616932802058, 00616932802065, 00616932802072, 00616932803055, 00616932805653, 00617689592049, 00689466731798, 03662362021825, 03662362021924, 04905524945409

Save Money with These Great Digital Camera Vouchers & Offers

£30 Off
Voucher
£30 Off a £300+ spend
Valid 1 Nov 16 - 31 Jan 17
15% Off
Voucher
15% Off for new customers
Valid 17 Mar 16 - 17 Mar 17
10% Off
Voucher
10% Off the entire site
Valid 17 Jan 17 - 23 Jan 17
Free Next Day Delivery
Voucher
Free Next Day Delivery on orders over £100
Valid 11 Jan 17 - 31 Jan 17

See How Other Digital Cameras Compare to the Sony Alpha A3000

Nikon D5300 vs Sony Alpha A3000

Nikon D5300 vs Sony Alpha A3000
Nikon D5300 Sony Alpha A3000
£ 318.99
Vastly Better "Trusted Reviews" Review
Nine More Awards
Vastly Better Digitalmediaandit.com Review
Vastly Better Macworld.co.uk Review
Vastly Worse "Expert Reviews" Review
Over One Year Older

D5200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB vs Alpha A3000

Nikon D5200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB vs Sony Alpha A3000
Nikon D5200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB Sony Alpha A3000
£ 279.99
Vastly Better "Trusted Reviews" Review
Thirteen More Awards
Vastly Better 01net.com Review
Vastly Better Macworld.co.uk Review
Four Thousand, Two Hundred Less Shots Per Battery Charge
2x Lower Maximum ISO Speed

Nikon D3300 vs Sony Alpha A3000

Nikon D3300 vs Sony Alpha A3000
Nikon D3300 Sony Alpha A3000
£ 288.99
Hugely Better Review from PC Advisor.co.uk
Shorter Flash Sync-Speed
Hugely Better Review from "Trusted Reviews"
Hugely Better Review from 01net.com
Four Thousand Less Shots Per Battery Charge
Hugely Worse Review from "Expert Reviews"
Feedback