Sony A3000 – Best Selling Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Amazon Price: $398.00 $398.00 (as of October 16, 2017 2:02 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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.

 

 Technology

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.

TRILUMINOS™ Color

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.

355 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.

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

41 people found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2014
By THE-GO-BETWEEN
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.

The definition of "bang-for-your-buck"!

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 16, 2016
By Sheepdog
I love this camera and it stands up to many of the high-priced DSLR’s on the market today. I’ve used multiple models from the Canon Rebel Series, as well as several of the Nikon models in the $500-$600 range, and this Sony performs just as well if not better. Don’t quote me on this, but I heard Sony produces the Image Processors that Canon uses, so that must contribute to the lower cost in some way I would imagine. I’ve taken this camera all over, including Japan and was able to get some BEAUTIFUL shots. I’m also a Graphic Designer, and it gives me the High-Res shots I need to do the rest of the leg-work in Photoshop. Furthermore, it feels like a sturdy piece of machinery and has proven to be very durable. It may not be the most expensive or most cutting-edge product on the market, but this camera get’s five stars for the “bang-to-buck” ratio alone. This is a great camera for ANYONE, especially those aggravating tourists who shop with their wallets and buy a $3,000 camera and then shoot on Auto mode the whole time. However, that’s a whole different can of worms and entirely tangential to this review. In conclusion, I highly, highly recommend this product… you won’t be disappointed.

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

255 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).

I’m a happy camper with this camera!

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2014
By MBG
This is a very serious camera for its price. In addition to having a large sensor for extra clarity and lower noise in its images, it has the ability to accept legacy lenses – from various brands and models of camera – including many from the days of 35mm film photography. Those adapters can cost as little as under $15 – right here on Amazon.com – which means that I can use some fine old lenses I already have once again – on a modern, 20 megapixel camera. While it’s true that those lenses are manual focus only – and the only exposure automation is to set the camera in Aperture Priority so that the camera selects the shutter speed – those lenses WERE manual focus back when I used them before. After all, people like Ansel Adams, Elliot Porter, and other greats of photography also used manual focus. In those days there was no other choice. I got the camera with two lenses – an 18-55mm and a 55-210mm. Both lenses have auto focus and auto exposure and built-in antishake and give great results. – And, for great results too – so does my ancient legacy 500mm mirror lens, and my vintage Soligor double bellows with built-in macro lens, and my Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, and my 35-135mm Sigma with macro – (all with manual focus only).

Rediscovering your past

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2015
By Shutterbug
I bought two Pentax Q’s from Amazon in the last two years in order to reuse my collection of manual Pentax lenses. Along with a lens adapter from Fotodiox, reusing them was something I needed to do since nobody develops film anymore. Buying a dedicated Pentax DSLR was an option but just too expensive for my budget. Had I realized the awesome potential of the Sony A3000 combined with a Pentax K to Sony E mount adapters I would have bought it in the first place. Essentially because the size of the APS-C sensor,lenses behave much like before with only a 1.6x increased angle of view. On my Pentax Q, the angle of view increases to 5.6x which is OK if you want a telephoto lens. However, using those old and heavy lenses on the Pentax Q is often rather awkward and challenging.

Great Camera if you don’t need a full DSLR

 on December 20, 2016
By M. Ray
Still getting up to speed with this camera(an older model but great price) also the software and menus are all new to me as this is my first Sony. It is replacing an Olympus ZX-1 (which had to be sent back for repair when new and is now having trouble again). I wanted an almost DSLR with a large sensor and a good lens which also had a good Auto mode as my wife just wants to point-and-shoot (the ZX-1 Auto mode was poor) . So far the Sony works great and fits what I was looking for. My daughter has a Canon Rebel DSLR and I like my pictures just as good as hers PLUS the Sony is smaller and less then half as heavy. Would of been nice to have a little better LCD but it is fine for me. I normally do not use the LCD view finder as I find it a little awkward with glasses. (You can read about it in the reviews)

Wonderful step up from a point and shoot

One person found this helpful.
 on May 10, 2015
By Anna
I’ve owned this for about a month now. I am amazed at the quality almost every time I use it. I really like the viewfinder because it works great on sunny days when seeing the LCD screen is nearly impossible. I still do not know how to completely use it but I have taken some beautiful shots with it so far. I have not really used the original lens that came with it. I did not care for it for the types of photos I am taking, so I cannot comment on the quality of it. The battery life is amazing, and I love that you can see a percentage of how much is left. My old point and shoot did not have that and it would die on me a lot without much warning. I am extremely happy with my purchase. I decided a mirrorless camera was the way to go for me because carrying a bulkier and much more expensive DSLR camera around did not appeal to me. The icing on the cake is when the price dropped to $249 before I was about to buy it. It was already on sale but then dropped again, so I had no reason not to get it. Overall I am thrilled with my purchase and will plan on using this camera far into the future as I grow with photography.
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