Sony Alpha a3000 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

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Key Features

  • 20.1 MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with Sony NEX E-Mount lenses and Sony/Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses via optional LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adapter
  • ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (100-3200)
  • 1080p/60i/24p HD video AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
  • 3" fixed TFT LCD with 230,400 dots
  • 1/2-inch color electronic viewfinder
  • 2.5 fps (Speed Priority Continuous mode: 3.5 fps)
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Focus peaking
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot

Product Description

The a3000 uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into its full-sized Alpha DSLR cameras, including the same adaptive noise reduction technology from their flagship A99. The a3000 is compatible with Sony's growing selection of E-mount lenses; smaller, lighter and designed specifically for Sony's compact interchangeable lens cameras (NEX). For users who are looking to upgrade from a point and shoot for DSLR-quality images, while keeping their kit small and light, this camera makes the transition easy and comfortable. It'll help the novice photographer with quick live view focus, plenty of automatic modes, and in-camera processing.


Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5456 x 3632
Other resolutions 3872 x 2576, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor BIONZ image processor
ISO ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Lens-based (where applicable)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Standard, Fine
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes (Focus Peaking Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,400
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes (Continuous Live View)
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Built-in, Pop-up Auto)
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
External flash Yes (hot shoe)
Flash modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Continuous drive 2.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type C mini))
Remote control Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA) 470
Weight (inc. batteries) 411 g (0.91 lb / 14.50 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 91 x 85 mm (5.04 x 3.58 x 3.35)
Other features
GPS None


User Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Dirk Nuary, Dec 19, 2013 GMT:
    Wolf in the sheep's cloth

    I have sony A3000 for three months, I think it's a great camera for its class. Great image quality with remarkable detail in good light.

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  • fotolike, Dec 30, 2013 GMT:
    much better than expected...!

    I use the camera for 1 week..better than I expected. having used many cameras, dslr, compact,etc, and having in mind, from various articles,  that the camera was considered flimsy or cheap looking, I was happily surprised to find that the a3000 is very well made considering the low price (300 euros) ! -very good handling and controls for the price too... -image quality : excellent...beyond my expectations in bright and low light... acceptable noise till 3200 iso..( havent used RAW yet) -fast ...

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  • marc petzold, Mar 13, 2014 GMT:
    Sony A3000 - a great value for the money, if you can live with it's drawbacks

    For the price alone here in germany (sold for 130 EUR, body only) or for 239 EUR new via Saturn Onlineshop @ebay with 18-55mm/3.5-5.6 OSS Kitlens, you really can't go wrong, nothing beats that price atm from canikon. The bad, or worst: - very cheap EVF, flickering, very low resolution. - plastic eyecup, not rubber like onto a "real DSLR". - low resolution 3 inch display (230.000 pixels, flickering, too) - no Sony Alpha menu style, in fact it looks like a NEX-3N into a DSLR body, ...

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  • prodesma, Apr 5, 2014 GMT:
    Quick-ish Sony a3000 first impressions/review of features.

    So, I took my a3000 out for about an hour of shooting. I won't make this a full-fledged review, just a few major points and one major issue. I just got mine delivered yesterday, so haven't spent much time getting to know each other. (yet). First, I've not ever used a translucent mirror camera before. So, having no optical viewfinder is driving me crazy on a harsh/overcast day. Tough to compose (can't see anything except glare off the rear LCD), will take lots of getting used to. I don't feel ...

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a3000 Mirrorless Camera by Sony

Questions & Answers


Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7

Hi all, I am trying to find a camera to use when I go on travels for climbing/travel. I used to have an Olympus XZ-1, as was very happy with it, but it got stolen. So now I am looking for a new one. I am on a limited budget, and have suggested the below cameras as I know I can afford them. TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N (with 16-50mm), A3000 (with 18-55)mm, LX7. While reading climbing blogs, I've noticed that alot of people recommend having some wide angle and zoom capabilities, which is why I've included the FZ72. A friend of mine is very happy with her LX7 when taking pictures of people climbing, so that's why its in the bunch. And RAW is necessary as well. The two mirrorless cameras are in the bunch because I've heard that it might be nice to have an option of changing lenses. However, I will not do that yet because of a limited budget. The TZ60 is known for being a good camera for travellers. Any suggestions or tips? Or if there are others in the same price range which offer a good wide ...

evelyn87 asked
5 months ago


I would not recommend the Sony a3000 for rugged outdoor activities like rock climbing. It's just a wee plastic lad, doesn't have weather proofing, and is egg shell like. It's a great camera I use, but taking it along where a good beating could easily occur? Well, I guess it's cheap and better than breaking a $3000 body so in that sense it is almost a disposable as you could buy 10 a3000's to one A7r .... so maybe a couple of climbs you get lucky and nothing gets broke? I'd still want a more solid frame although lightweight is a solid forte of the a3000 sturdy is not..... Continue Reading

Diginal answered
4 months ago

I can really recommend the nikon AW1. It's mirrorless. Underwater secured but the best feature is that it's very easy to handle with one hand. Also it's very fast focusing and shoots extremely rapid for a camera in that class, even in raw. And it's the most rugged mirrorless. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
4 months ago


Using Sony alpha a3000 as webcamera

Hi everyone, I see there's many software and a way to use canon and nikons as a webcam I was wondering if anyone has figured out how to do it with a sony alpha a3000 camera. Thanks!

Rannu sMASH asked
1 month ago



A3000 + HVL-F42AM + ADP-MAA = no flash (RESOLVED)

****EDIT**** Problem resolved. It turns out there was a loose/incomplete insertion of the flash in the adapter OR adapter into the hotshoe. Backed everything out, connected the flash to the adapter THEN inserted adapter into the hotshoe and the contacts were good. **** I just purchased an A3000 and realized that my existing flash (HVL-F42AM) would not work since it was for the proprietary hotshoe on the a300 & a350 I had been using. I purchased an adapter (ADP-MAA) so that I can continue to use this flash. But now that I have all of the pieces in hand, the flash is not popping as it should (not at all) when mounted. I bought the a3000 as a body only and currently only have a Rokinon 8mm UMC Fisheye II. So is this a problem with the lens not being "recognized" by the camera? Is there some setting in the camera's brain that needs tweaking to allow for the adapter? The external flash pops when i hit the test button - on or off the camera. It pops when linked to the a300/a350 hotshoe. I ...

atp1313 asked
18 days ago


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