- 20MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 16000
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony E Mount
- 411g - 128 x 91 x 85mm
- Revealed August 2013
- Refreshed by Sony a3500
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A3000 summary
Sony A3000 is Sony's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first revealed on August of 2013. It uses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5456 x 3632.
Sony introduced the updated Sony a3500 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this camera.
The A3000 comes in at #61 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & overall #308 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
The following is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.
Sony A3000 family
The Sony A3000 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.
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Sony A3000 Gallery
You can check the A3000 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony A3000 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Sony A3000 based on things which are often considered useful in a camera.
Sony A3000 Sensor specifications
The Sony A3000 features the BIONZ image chip. The spec of the sensor on the Sony A3000 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5456 x 3632 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 16000. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider margin for error.
The image underneath shows the A3000's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The A3000 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony A3000 dimensions
Sony A3000 weighs around 0.91 lb (411g / 14.50 oz) & the volume of the camera is 128mm x 91mm x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g and the Sony A3000 is weightier in comparison with various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Down below is a image of the Sony A3000 beside a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the A3000.
Sony A3000 Lens specifications
The A3000 works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses to choose from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the A3000.
Sony A3000 Connectivity
The A3000 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and in some cases alter settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony A3000 Video specifications
The max video resolution on the Sony A3000 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in AVCHD, H.264 and MP4 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to look into a different model should you need good audio for your video clips.
Sony A3000 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Sony A3000 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.
Sony A3000 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A3000 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specifications for Sony A3000 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.47x
Viewfinders are pretty handy during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony A3000 Shutter specifications
Sony A3000 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony A3000 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony A3000 features both in-built flash along with external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/160 sec.
Sony A3000 Autofocusing specifications
Sony A3000 features just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it helpful for taking photos of people.
The Sensor boasts 25 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for moving things. Sony A3000 has got manual focus in case it is required during low light conditions or you want to have more accurate focus control.
Sony A3000 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-FW50) on the Sony A3000 is built to last for 470 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini offers the maximum (650) battery life within this range of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Sony A3000 for varying categories of photography
The following graph presents a outline of the Sony A3000 for varying categories of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony A3000 Portrait photography advice
The Sony A3000 gets a points total of 78 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a great pick to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files & option to work with off-camera flash.
Sony A3000 as a Street photography camera
Having a average points tally of 57, the Sony A3000 is fairly suited to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony A3000 Sports photography details
A modest sports photography score of 60 suggests the Sony A3000 is relatively suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony A3000 Travel photography details
Weight is super important when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony A3000 gets a decent 60 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to purchase for your holidays.
Sony A3000 Landscape photography features
For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A3000 at it's nice score of 71 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit within the current market.
Sony A3000 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony A3000 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 26.
Sony A3000 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the A3000, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The chart here will give you a bird's eye view of the A3000 vs it's highest scoring rivals listed previously.
These are some more cameras you may consider as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.