Sony Alpha A3000

Released September, 2013
  • 20.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Monochrome is particularly pleasing, and because you can shoot in raw format, you could have a colour version to go back to if you need it.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha A3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha A3000
9.3
Sony A7
10.0
Nikon D90
9.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha A3000
7.1
Sony A7
7.8
Nikon D90
7.8
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha A3000
8.3
Sony A7
8.7
Nikon D90
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha A3000
9.2
Sony A7
9.2
Nikon D90
9.5
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com and techradar.com

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha A3000
8.9
Sony A7
9.2
Nikon D90
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha A3000

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha A3000
1,068 ISO
Sony A7
2,449 ISO
SLT A58
753 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A3000
279 ms
Nikon D90
208 ms
Sony A7
221 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A3000
22 ms
D3100
117 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha A3000
2,200 ms
Nikon D90
300 ms
D3200
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A3000
3.5 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A3000
480 photos
Nikon D90
850 photos
SLT A58
690 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha A3000


8.0

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20.1 MP
Resolution 5175 x 3875
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 18.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 25
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.46x
Display type LCD
Display resolution 230 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps
Battery life 480 photos
Continuous shooting 3.5 fps
Focus lag 279 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 128 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm
Thickness 84.5 mm
Weight 353 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Optical
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