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Sony Alpha 3000 review

Mix the build of a DSLT and the NEX E-Mount and you get the Alpha 3000

Our Verdict

Sony has produced another good camera in the shape of the a3000. It's not hugely exciting, but it's not meant to be. It produces excellent image quality and is available at an enticingly low price point.

For

  • APS-C size sensor
  • EVF
  • Affordable

Against

  • Poor screen
  • Disappointing EVF

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Sony Alpha a3000

In terms of JPEG files, the Sony a3000 doesn't fare particularly well when compared with other similar cameras, including its own Sony NEX-3N. It also doesn't perform as well as the Panasonic GF6, throughout the entire sensitivity range.

Raw (converted to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Sony Alpha a3000

For the raw format files, the A3000 compares more closely with the GF6 and the NX2000, but it is beaten by some margin by its own NEX-3N.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony Alpha a3000

For dynamic range, the a3000 competes very closely with the other cameras on test, beating the others at the lower end of the scale. From the mid-range on, other cameras overtake it slightly, though.

Raw (converted to TIFF) dynamic range

Sony Alpha a3000

The A3000 sits in the middle for raw format dynamic range. It beats the GF6 at every sensitivity, but it is beaten by the NEX-3N and Samsung NX2000 at almost every other sensitivity. It's a pretty consistent performance though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product Familyalpha
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Noise Reduction
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)353 g
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5456 x 3632
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Total Camera Resolution20.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FW50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo
Height90.9 mm
Width128 mm
Depth84.5 mm
Autofocus Points25
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC-LC, AC3
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Flash Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product Modelα3000
Product Nameα3000 Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberILCE3000KB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Magazine-style photos made easy.

Take professional-looking 20-megapixel photos effortlessly with the α3000 compact interchangeable lens camera. 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.

Battery Life470 Shot
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker