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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


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Shallow depth of field effects can be achieved even when using the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

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A range of different lenses are now available for Sony E-mount, including a 30mm macro lens.

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The 50mm f/1.8 is a good lens for isolating subjects and portraits.

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Colours are vibrant directly from the camera.

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Switching to sequential shooting allows you to capture fast moving action.

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Setting the autofocus point to a different point in the frame allows you to get creative with depth of field.

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The Sony's 20.1 million pixel sensor is capable of resolving lots of detail.

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Two different types of panorama are available, a standard size and a full 360 degree view. It can be difficult to know exactly what is in frame when shooting a panorama.

Creative Styles and Picture Effects

You can choose to shoot with different Picture Effects or Creative Styles to change the look of your photos. Picture Effects cannot be shot in raw format.

Creative Styles

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Standard

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Vivid

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Portrait

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Landscape

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Sunset

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Black and White

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Picture Effects

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No Effect

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Toy Camera

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Pop Color

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Posterization

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Retro Photo

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Soft High-Key

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Partial Color

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High Contrast Mono

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Soft Focus

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HDR Painting

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Rich-tone Mono

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Miniature

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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