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The Sony A3000 helps you take professional-looking 20 megapixel photos effortlessly. Unlock your artsy side the easy way and shoot stunning, frame-worthy images and HD video with small-camera simplicity. Best of all, can’t-miss moments and fast-action shots are captured with DSLR quality and speed-all in a lightweight camera you’ll want to take everywhere.



20.1 MP APS-C size HD
image sensor

The a3000 uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into its full-sized DSLR cameras. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Light body and dependable grip

Using larger, more professional digital cameras can sometimes be awkward to manage and can weigh you down. But, the a3000 offers a lightweight body and a newly developed grip that enables you to hold the camera more securely for worry-free shooting. It provides ease and comfort when you’re taking photos on-the-go.



Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses

The a3000 is compatible a wide selection of smaller, lighter Sony E-mount series lenses. Each lens is portable, powerful and will open up a world of creative options for you to explore. The a3000 also accepts
A-mount lenses via an optional adaptor. (LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adaptor
sold separately)


Gorgeous low-light shooting

Now you can shoot with confidence in a variety of lighting conditions. With a new Exmor® sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the a3000 easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.


Quick Auto Focus in Live View

If you enjoy taking photos via the large 3.0″ LCD screen over the viewfinder, then you’ll be thrilled with the performance of the a3000 optimized auto focus feature. It’s intuitive operation means you’ll never miss the action or get frustrated waiting for your camera to focus as you shoot stunning images or HD video. This is an ideal feature for photographers who prefer to keep contact with their subjects.

Full HD Movies1 at 60i and 24p

Not only does the a3000 take high resolution, magazine worthy photos, but it can also capture stunning HD movies in your choice of standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution1. The AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning Blu-ray™ HD picture quality. Also included is the MP4 codec which offers smaller file size for easier upload to the web for sharing.


Additional Features


QVGA Tru-Finder™ Eye-level viewfinderThis eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder with 100% coverage begins with over 200k dots for impressive resolution. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.Up to 3.5 fps shootingEnjoy the advantages of DSLR-style photography with fast action shooting. Never miss a moment of a soccer game, a gymnastics meet or even the subtle movements of a newborn baby. You’ll capture amazing 20 megapixel images at up to 3.5 frames per second of continuous shooting. Standard continuous shooting speeds will vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds.Multi Interface Shoe connector

Users can expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe, including a powerful external flash, stereo microphone and more. You can also connect with a compatible remote control via the Multi Terminal.

Picture Effect modes

Ditch Photoshop and hours of editing. With 11 types of in-camera picture effects, you can create unique and exciting photos that really pop. Effects include: Soft Focus, Partial Color, Retro Photo, Miniature and more.

Auto Object Framing

Auto Object Framing automatically recognizes a scene and subjects in your photos and crops a photo accordingly allowing you to have your original photo and a second cropped photo. Thus, creating ordinary photos into stunning compositions.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)

This feature improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows, perfect if you’re capturing a beautiful sunset photo. Settings include Auto, 5 operating levels and off.

Auto HDR modeThis feature essentially captures three shots, highlighting the best elements from each shot (details, mid-tones and shadows) to create one incredible and stunning photograph (up to 6 EV stops) – all captured in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)Face Detection/ Registration technologyThe camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. It can even prioritize children or adults.Sweep Panorama™ Technology

Create stunning vertical or horizontal landscape photos with just the touch of a button. It’s easy – simply press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally and the camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together into one panoramic image.

Six Creative Style settings

Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Photo Creativity Interface

The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.


Clear Image Zoom Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.Convenient USB charging

Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.


The a3000 supports Sony’s “TRILUMINOS Color,”8 allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a “TRILUMINOS Display.” The expanded color gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Stamina™ battery power for up to 470 shots7

Take up to 470 shots on a single charge7with Sony® lithium ion Stamina™ battery power. Sony’s InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.



1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.6. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®.7. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.8. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and cable sold separately 


Source:  Sony Electronics Inc.


Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, the Memory Stick logo, PlayMemories Home, Remote Commander, Smile Shutter, Stamina, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, Xtra Fine LCD and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD™ is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.





Technical Details

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

Customer Reviews

Excellent Product from SONY at an unbelievable Price.

339 people found this helpful.
 on December 11, 2013
By aljacobs
I’m not going to bore you with repeating statistics and features many contributors do. I needed this camera for my trip to Germany in the fall, I have two other SONY Cameras the A77 and the A99 which are the full size DSLR’s with two pieces of Carl Zeiss glass and lots of toys. Since we will be in Europe for 21 days, weight became an issue.

Sony A3000 compared to Canon T3i, Nikon D3100, and Olympus E-PL1

244 people found this helpful.
 on February 27, 2014
By Richard Goulmassian
I have come to the conclusion that most of the reviewers of this camera do not own any other cameras with which to make a competent and accurate comparison! Unless you are looking at a review from a professional site that does nothing but camera reviews, most consumer reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt! You have to keep in mind that for a review to have meaning, you must know what camera(s) the consumer is comparing the A3000 to and if the photos are being taken under similar conditions. Comparing the A3000 to a 6MP Canon is useless and so is comparing photos that are shot under different lighting conditions or using different ISO settings or different lenses (zoom versus wide angle).

Best image quality for the price point

74 people found this helpful.
 on November 24, 2014
By Hst Odino
This camera fits 3 types of photographers: 1. If you are learning about photography you need a good camera with a PASM mode dial that includes full manual plus aperture priority and shutter speed priority. You also need an interchangeable lens camera so as you progress and grow in the photography hobby you can buy better lenses.

Wide variety of shots from Sony A3000

39 people found this helpful.
 on January 8, 2015
By Richard Gates
For the price of this camera and the quality of the images, it is a very hard deal to beat. Photos are crisp and clear. I have had this camera since May of 2014. Used it for everything from landscape photography to using it to get the Christmas card shot that I sent out. The only knock that I have about it is some of the in camera art filters are not great, but, it is a great camera for under $300.00. All of these photos were taken with the 18-55mm lens that is included. Take a look at the photos, no enhancements were made except for a crop on one.

Worth it for the in-camera automatic HDR processing…THIS SHOULD GET 10 STARS!!!!!

40 people found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2014
I now have two of these A3000’s….Unfortunately AMAZON is selling this camera for 60 to 70 dollars more than they should. This A3000 camera has several in-camera HDR options….again all in-camera…that create dramatic effects you would work your rear end off doing on the computer sandwiching a series of bracketed photos.

Simply put – the BEST FOR YOUR MONEY

24 people found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2014
By experto
People keep knocking this camera for it’s lower res LCD and viewfinder and other minor issues. First off, this is a $279 camera which gives you DSLR type features (interchangeable lens, comfortable grip, hot shoe) AND a fantastic 20MP sensor. To find similar resolution from another camera you’ll have to pay $450 or more. So if you want to spend money go ahead but don’t knock this camera for minor issues. If you’re going to stare at a camera’s LCD screen all day maybe this isn’t the camera for you but if you want GREAT IMAGES then definitely buy this camera. The whole idea behind this camera is “magazine quality images” for as little money as possible. This camera meets that goal! BTW, it takes great video also.

Best Bang for the Buck! Great Photos!

11 people found this helpful.
 on November 6, 2014
By C. Atwood
This camera takes very good photos and has lots of options to enhance your pictures. It is the first DSLR that I have purchased and really gotten to play with. I am not a professional but I would consider myself to be a hobbyist. The camera takes pretty good low light shots. It has a twilight mode where it will take 6 or 7 shots together and combine them to create a photo with very little blurring or noise, even when shooting without a tripod. The photo I uploaded of the moon and clouds was shot without a tripod and turned out great. It also has a night portrait mode using the flash to capture the close up details combined with a slow 2.5 second shutter to capture the background also. The 18-55mm lens seems to be very good. I will probably eventually get something with a little bit better zoom as I like to hike and being able to catch bears and such up close would be great. It seems to take about 2 seconds to focus when you have close up objects and ones off in the distance. It does do a great job capturing detail and makes pretty stunning professional looking photos straight from the camera with little editing. The images I uploaded all had little to no editing.

A Real Sleeper

24 people found this helpful.
 on December 15, 2013
By Kindle Customer
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